This award is granted not only for his academic achievements, but also for his social, societal and university-internal commitment. This will not only leave traces in his birthplace Oonnukal (India), but also in Gengenbach. In India, Basal John had been involved in NGOs for many years - both for the education of children and for a dignified life for older people, Najderek said.
And also in Gengenbach good relations were very important to him. Najderek emphasized the active support of fellow students provided by Basal John through the organization and implementation of learning groups, his assistance in the coordination of the study course, when needed, the organization of the Christmas get-together in Gengenbach with the Senior Service, and also his active support for older people in Gengenbach, for example with the transportation of the instruments to regular church meetings. Anne Najderek presented Basal John the award certificate on behalf of the President of the German Academic Exchange Service, Prof. Margret Wintermantel.
The prize of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for outstanding achievements of foreign students at German universities is endowed with 1,000 euros and has been awarded for over ten years. The award intends to contribute in giving the large number of foreign students at German universities a face and make their stories visible. The students who receive this award represent their fellow students from all over the world. They are Germany's future partners in business, politics and science. „A double win for Mr. John and our society“, concludes the program director of International Business Consulting Prof. Rainer Fischer.
5 questions to the award winner Basal John
Please introduce yourself:
I am Basal, from a village called Oonnukal located in the Southernmost state of India, Kerala, which is also known as God’s own country due to its lush green tropical plantations and peaceful backwaters.
How did you grow up:
I grew up along with three elder sisters in a cozy home. My father and mother are farmers, and I learned the pure form of hard work, seeing them get up every dawn and put their sweat into their plantations of rubber, coconut, etc. till dusk. We are Syrian Christians, so we have a close community of the church, and I also got opportunities to help the locality through participating in various programs they would conduct. It was a blissful childhood, and I am lucky enough to even come from a lineage that values education immensely. I was sent to a nearby city to do my bachelor's and then to another state in the South of India to do my Masters in Human Resources.
What were your reasons for studying IBC in Offenburg?
After having a satisfying career in IBM India, Germany seemed to be an amazing and challenging destination to drive my career up a notch. Hence I selected the course of International Business Consulting. The German love for perfection encouraged me to apply and come here.
How do you feel about winning the prize?
It has been an incredible journey so far. While working with elders in India and here in Offenburg, I never knew that I’d be awarded in such a large platform. I am so grateful to the University of Offenburg, the whole IBC family, and especially my director Prof. Dr. Fischer for all the support I have received. I hope I can integrate fully with German society and can contribute my bit to the vast industry there is here.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to work for a company here which matches my education and continue to work in the NGOs here and help the community.