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Students awarded for their contributions

Date posted: Thursday 15 Nov 2012

Students awarded for their contributions
Swinburne University of Technology Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, presented the 2012 Swinburne Leadership and Volunteer Program (SLVP) awards in a ceremony held last week.

The SLVP aims to provide students with leadership and volunteer opportunities, supports development with practical experience and enables students to contribute further to the Swinburne community.

"I'd like to congratulate all students who participated in the 2012 Swinburne Leadership Volunteer Program. Their volunteering and leadership roles have had a very positive impact on Swinburne and the wider community," Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson said.

The 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Indian International student, Devashish Dutta Baruah, studying a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Swinburne.

Mr Baruah completed more than 300 hours of community service, working with Swinburne International and the Swinburne Student Amenities Association (SSAA).

"I've really enjoyed being a volunteer at Swinburne. I've made a lot of new friends and gained invaluable experience in leadership and teamwork which will come in handy in the future," said Mr Baruah.

The 2012 Leader of the Year Award was awarded to Zuben Rustomjee, who completed 380 hours of work in leadership roles around the university.

Mr Rustomjee is the Chair of Student Consultative Network, a member of the Swinburne's Orientation Committee and a member of the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences Academic Committee.

"I've really enjoyed the leadership roles I've taken part in at Swinburne throughout 2012 and I'm honoured to have been named the 2012 Swinburne Leader of the Year," said Zuben Rustomjee.

Throughout 2012, more than 2,500 students took part in the SLVP and completed a total 5,145 hours in volunteer and leadership roles.

Leadership and volunteer roles completed by students registered with SLVP were done at Swinburne and within the wider community.

Roles included participating in the YMCA Youth Parliament, working at local Red Cross stores, hosting at Swinburne Orientation days and assisting at Swinburne events.

Read more about Swinburne's Leadership and Volunteer Program on the SSAA website.