GOPIO Sydney felicitate Young Achiever of Indian Origin : Press Release Feb 11, 2014

GOPIO Sydney’s signature event “GOPIO Young Achievers Awards Night” (GYAAN-2014) that is organised every year to felicitate the high performing HSC students of Indian origin in academic category who attain ATAR 98.00 and above, along with other achievers in non-academic fields like sports, Indian languages, performing arts, visual arts, media, journalism and community service, organised under the able president-ship of Bhupinder Chhibber at Castle Grande, Castle Hill, NSW 2154 on February 9 was a tremendous success, well received and was attended by an audience of about 400 people, full to the capacity of the hall. The event turned out to be so popular that it was fully sold out prior to the delivery day. 
1508985_544142832350186_2016442120_nProf Wai Fong Chua, Pro Vice Chancellor, (Students) UNSW, a top ranking university of NSW, our Chief Guest applauded and encouraged the high achievers, the entrepreneurs, leaders, economists and scientists of tomorrow while addressing the gathering. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion by their presence and joined GOPIO Sydney to honour and bless the achievers included Hon Philip Ruddhock Member House of Representatives for Berowa, Hon Greg Smith SC, Attorney General & Minister of Justice, Member Legislative Assembly for Epping, Hon Ms Michelle Roland Member House of Representatives for Greenway, Hon John Robertson Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, Member Legislative Assembly for Blacktown, Hon Dominic Perrottet Member Legislative Assembly for Castle Hill, Mr Vinod Bahade, Deputy Counsel General Sydney, Government of India, Ms Michelle Byrne Fuentes, Mayor, The Hills Council, Mr Raj Datta, Councillor, Strathfield Council, and Mr Gurdip Singh, Councillor, Hornsby Council and Mr Dilip Chopra a prominent community leader and ex Hornsby Councillor. Young achievers in the academic category included Mathew Jacob 99.95; Prabha Sekhar 99.90; Paurush Tyagi 99.90; Vishal Uppal 99.95; Manroop Bal 99.55; Nivedita Rattan 99.40; Haleen Mohammad Abdul 99.10; Tarunpreet Saluja 99.10; Rizul Makkar 99.00;  Daniel Koleth 98.85; Charu Singh 98.80; Shonie Kaushik 98.35; Shakti Srikanth 98.15; Jimmy Sharma 98.10; Ronic Bedi 98.05; Harsharndeep Singh Kahlon 98.00
The achievers in the non-academic category included Lakhwinder Singh Dhillon Exceptional Honesty: Meenakashi Srinivasan Promoting Indian Language – Sanskrit; Inderjeet Singh Virdi Promoting Indian Language – Punjabi; Manjit Thind Photography and Videography; Jai Raman Community Service – Age care; Aditya Pillai Oratory & Public Speaking; Angelene Singh Music (Instrumental) –Veena; Priyanka Pri Pri Music Direction and Singing; Manish Kumar Music (Vocal) Singing; Ami Surti Music (Vocal) Singer; Usha Barya Dance and Choreography; Nishan Gill Dancing-Bhangra; Kumud Meerani Media Production TV & Radio; Ana Tiwary Film Producer; Monty Simmons Sports- Rugby and Vinay Karamil Sports-Triple Jump.
The program stared of with ceremonial lamp lighting was interspersed with highly rhythmical Indian classical dances and soulful melodious songs by very talented artists. Mr Dilip Chopra our distinguished guest read the message from the Prime Minister. It concluded with group Bhangra followed by dinner. We thank once again the entire community, Sponsors and Media for financial support and helping us spread the word.  Bhupinder Chhibber, President thanked performers who made this event colorful, Executive Committee and the volunteers who worked hard for days.

GYAAN 2014

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