The honourable Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman (YTAR) Scholarship has been a wind of change for a Malaysian student, Jothi Letchumy to pursue her studies at the Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
Hailing from Penang, the 28-year-old will start her Masters (MREs/PhD) in the field of Cardiac and Vascular Medicine for four years with the British Heart Foundation and the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) starting in October, this year. It was indeed a surprise for Jothi as she didn’t expect her hard-work to be paid off beyond her expectations.
Jothi’s life is no bed of roses as she lost her mom when she was only 15 and her father took care of her and his other children’s education fees as well. Coming from a middle-class family, she was able to complete her undergraduate studies and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering from the Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) by securing a loan from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), funds from private companies and also from the Bangi Member of Parliament.
In regards to her Masters dissertation, the diligent student will focus more on the methods of diagnosing cardiovascular disease, as it’s becoming too common in Malaysia. With advanced technology such as Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Model techniques, such a complicated disease like this could be easily diagnosed by medical officers.
She was also active in research activities throughout her five year journey while studying at UMP. Jothi is a multiple awards winner in research competitions such as Robocon 2018, Creation, Innovation, Technology & Research Exposition (CITREX) 2018, 2019, and 2020, and the Annual International Festival of Innovation on Green Technology (Finog) 2020.
This scholarship has brought Jothi a step closer towards her dream of ensuring that all Malaysians have equal access to opportunities and a good quality of life.
Source: UMP News