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Friday, 20 April 2018

Success Story - AI Tech Wiz

Last weekend I hung out with my homies from Gombak. It was good to see them all.
Clockwise: Ala, Kumer, Lee, Chee, Chris, Heery
They are all successful individuals with many stories to share, tales to tell, and advice that comes with many sizes. One particular guy I wish to share his story is Prof. Dr. Ir Kumeresan A. Danapalasingam. He passed with flying colors in school back in Gombak, UTM, & attained PhD in a renowned institute in Denmark. The best thing is that he studied and become the expert in AI technology - a field of interesting and emerging knowledge of the future. Nowadays, he is one of the head lecturer in UTM and frequently invited to give talks about AI technology in Malaysia and all over the world.

To find out his study technique/strategy, I decided to conduct informal qualitative research in form of interviews. His points are extremely useful for the students - particularly for those of Indian Malaysian ethnicity to serve as guidance and ideal role-model to emulate and succeed in their study.

Here are the gist from the interview conducted:

1. About Future – Be Practical
Outlying the points
16-17 years old students are considered mature enough to plan for their future. Students should find as much info online about what works and what does not in Malaysia. For example, one might plan to become a painter or footballer. But, unfortunately, the career is not well-established in Malaysia. Kumer took Electrical Engineering degree and became a lecturer, because he realized Malaysian policy of upholding science and technology. In short, be practical.

2. About Study – Always Study Beforehand
In the class, nothing is more frustrating than having no clue about what the teachers are teaching. So, students should seek to study the topics first. The best way is to study for 90 minutes, then take a rest for 15-20 minutes. By doing this, students will understand more and enjoy the classroom session. By doing this, the students will be more intelligent and ask good questions instead of ‘soalan bodoh’. 

3. About Family – Freedom with Limit
"Do whatever you want - as long as you know the limit"
His mother granted him prerogative to spend the time freely, as long as he know the limit. For example, he frequently went out to play football, but returned home before 7pm. He liked to hang around malls with friends, but he remembered that study was his main priority – and he studied like hell at home. By granting freedom during his teen life, he felt the sense of independence and started took charge of his life seriously in order to become a better person.

4. About Yourself – Use Your Strength to Galvanize your Motivation
"My family is everything to me & I did what I could with my very best"
He realized that he was not from a well-to-do family. Because of that, his greatest motivation in life was to help his family. So, he used his passion (love to learn new things) to vigorously study and attain the highest qualification (PhD). By doing this, he secured a good and highly promising career that could effectively help his family.

5. About Education – Highest Qualification is a Must
In a world where everybody can claim to be the expert, having a verified qualification is a must. So, students should not be satisfied with mere degree. Instead, they should strive to study and attain the best (this is highly practical, mind you!) no matter what until they attain the highest Phd level.

6.About Habit – Do Not Smoke
In order to improve yourselves, students should not be burdened with unnecessarily destructive habit, such as smoking and spending too much time on social media and video games. This is because they are highly impractical and will haunt them for the rest of their life – effectively deter you from becoming a fully functioning individual and achieving your goals and dreams.

I hope the students could benefit from his word of wisdom & strive hard & well for their SPM this year. Because the future matters - & it matters a lot. All the best!

Epilogue - "Study well so you can become cool like me"

UPDATE - Dr. Kumar ketika lawatan Cikgu Heery ke UTM, Skudai Johor.

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