Octogenarian sets academic record with 354 course credits

Thilliar Varnakulasingham (File Photo)

Staff Reporter
Auckland, March 13, 2022

Thilliar Varnakulasingham, our Health Columnist, has achieved the distinction of completing 354 courses offered by experts and universities worldwide via Alison, an online academy based in the United Kingdom.

His medal collection includes 27 Gold, 16 Silver and 15 Bronze, in addition to commendation certificates and other citations.

The Academy recently confirmed that Mr Singham was the winner in its worldwide competition held in 2021. He completed 216 continuing professional development courses, scoring 5270 points in 30 days in September 2021.

He was the Runner-Up at an international competition organised by the Centre of Excellence, in the Achievement Category for 2021.

Stepping out of his comfort zone, Mr Singham, who is now 82, completed 1000 Linkedin learning courses with Certificates, gaining 40 different skills at varying levels. He received the ‘Super Platinum Certificate,’ stated to be the highest accolade from Digital Defynd for completing more than 50 courses in Home Economics last year.

About T V Singham

Mr Varnakulasingham is an Official Ambassador for the American Sexual Health Association and a Certified Sexologist of the American College of Sexologists (International).

An ACS Certified Sex Educator will have credentials that qualify them to offer instruction, training and education in the field of human sexuality and sexology.

He was admitted a Professional Member (MRSNZ) of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2007. In addition to other requirements, the usual requirement is a PhD or Master’s qualification. In 1867 it started as the New Zealand Institute. In 1867 the name was changed to Royal Society of New Zealand with the approval of King George V.

New Zealand Sports Medicine

Mr Singham was a Member of the Sports Medicine New Zealand for three years.

Sports Medicine New Zealand (SMNZ) is a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary organisation for all health professionals and other groups and individuals interested in community health, with special reference to the principles of sports medicine and exercise science.

Admission to the body as a full member is reportedly an honour. It was bestowed on him in recognition of his contributions, to sports, health, alternative medicine and physical education for several years.

He is a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP).

Mr Singham was an Associate of the Faculty of Public Health in 2005 and 2006.

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is a public health association in the United Kingdom. It was set up as a joint, autonomous faculty from the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow).

Indian Medical Writers’ Association

Mr Singham is also a Member of the Indian Medical Writers’ Association.

His innovative article on ‘Climate Change’ appeared in the Carbon Capture Report.

The Carbon Capture Report is a service of the University of Illinois.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in association with the ‘Brisbane Indian Times,’ presented Mr Singham with a Multicultural Award in 2008 for his innovative health articles that appeared in the publication for many years.

He was the recipient of a prestigious award from John Paul II in 1993 for promoting science, health and sport nationally and internationally

He has been the Health Columnist for Indian Newslink for more than 20 years and we take pride in congratulating him on his academic achievements.

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