Monday, July 3, 2017

Eassa Ali Mohammed Ali - Yemeni student tops Kerala univ exam

Jul 04 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Yemeni student tops Kerala univ exam

A Yemeni student, desperate and determined to escape the relentless fratricidal violence in his homeland, has emerged topper in the MA linguistics examination conducted by the University of Kerala. Thirty one-yearold Eassa Ali Mohammed Ali, who won a scholarship offered by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in 2015, secured 83% marks, mustering good grades in 72 credits spanning four semesters.For Ali, a professor of translation at Sana'a University in Yemen, it wasn't easy making it to Kerala. He had to take a boat, packed with livestock and other animals, for a stormy 17-hour journey to Ethiopia and then three hours by road infested with rebels to reach the Addis Ababa airport, from where he took a flight to Kerala. “It was only six days before the deadline for joining Kerala University that I could check my email. But I was determined to reach Kerala on the said date and so I took the risks I had to,“ Ali said.
A rank holder in his graduation course in translation at Sana'a University , Ali imbibed his love for language from his father who was a school teacher.
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