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Poly student Divesh Singaraju beats cancer to emerge a top grad

Published on May 23, 2014 8:02 AM
 
Aeronautical engineering student Divesh Singaraju, 21, whose cancer is now in remission, has an offer from London's prestigious Imperial College to study engineering. -- ST PHOTO: AMELIA TENG

His excitement to start studying aeronautical engineering took a blow when Mr Divesh Singaraju discovered that his cancer of the lymph nodes had returned.

"When I found out I had a relapse, it was difficult, but I think my family was more affected than me," he said. "They gave me the motivation to go on."

He started his polytechnic studies a year late because he had to go for fortnightly chemotherapy sessions. Yet, four years on, he has emerged as one of Singapore Polytechnic's top graduates, with a perfect grade point average of four.

The 21-year-old has an offer from London's prestigious Imperial College to study engineering, and yesterday received the Lee Kuan Yew Award at his polytechnic's first graduation ceremony. The award is given to the top technology or computer-science polytechnic students.

 
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