November 21, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Deepavali celebration for postgraduates

Celebration of Lights

Our annual Deepavali celebration for postgraduate students was held on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

Deepavali, also known as Diwali, comes from the Sanskrit word dipavali meaning “row or series of lights”. Decorative oil lamps are an ever-recognisable feature of Deepavali, befitting its name of the Festival of Lights.

In her welcome address, Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, Head of Graduate School, gave a brief overview of the story behind Deepavali’s beauty, lights and colours. “In a way, festive gathering like this portrays multiracial harmony which is what Malaysia is famous for,” added Deepa.

Also present to celebrate with the postgraduates was Dr Lexi Earl, Outreach and Engagement Manager for the Future Food Beacon. Dr Earl was here in Malaysia campus for a four-day long visit as part of the UK delegation from the University’s Future Food Beacon of Excellence.

Celebrating Deepavali with postgraduates

Festive delicacies

The celebration featured a range of Indian delights such as chicken kurma, mixed vegetables, briyani rice, egg chettinad, mutton masala, gulab jamun and murukku.

Community of postgraduates

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all those who came for the festive celebration. Through it, we hope to promote and foster the spirit of unity and solidarity among members of the postgraduate community on campus.

Celebrating Deepavali with postgraduates

Coming up next

On a separate note, we will be having our annual Christmas and Year End Celebration for postgraduate students on Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 1pm in H1B14. We welcome all our postgraduate students to join us in celebrating the joyous occasion.

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