omar-mahmood-3No matter how much we tell you about the minds that make the city proud, it is never enough. The tale today is of yet another boy-next-door who didn’t get it easy but knew he had to be at it, till he had it. With quite a few accolades to his credit, we spoke to Vashi’s Omar Mahmud to know what these achievements mean, and what led to this interest in a field like evolution. Educated from Nerul’s Apeejay School, Omar Mahmud had exited the school as the Head Boy and with the Best Student Editor award twice to his credit already. He had nabbed his first Gold Medal in the academic year 2002-03 for Excellence in Academic and Sports. This Presidency’s Gold Medal was but the beginning of the journey. The next milestone for Omar was to get through to the prestigious Maharaja Sayaraji Rao, better known as the MS University in Baroda in 2006 following the completion of a Bachelor’s degree from V J Waze college. Omar left the MSU with another Gold Medal in his pocket and this time it was for topping the course of the Master’s of Bio Technology at the University. In the meantime, he has worked on two research projects at the National Centre of Biological Sciences and at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. As of now, the immediate road ahead seems sorted out. Omar is on his way to pursue a PhD in evolutionary biology, and has already received calls from international universities. He is quick to appreciate the support system that allowed him to get this far. According to Omar, the one message that kept him going was ‘Never Quit’ from his mother, but for the mother right now, this is nothing more than an absolute proud moment. Concentration on studies is very important, but if one has to be successful at that, the mind needs its refreshments, and in Omar’s case, there were two clear things that kept him closer to life, while still immersed in books and laptops. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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