Many congratulations to our Rector, Prof Koh, on receiving the Padma Shri Award

January 26, 2018

On Thursday, 25 January 2018, Professor Tommy Koh was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the Republic of India. The Padma Awards are among the highest civilian honours given by India, and the awardees are named annually on the eve of Republic Day.

He was one of only ten individuals from Asean who were chosen to receive the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour which is awarded for "distinguished service" in various fields.

We at Tembusu College send our heartiest congratulations to our dear Rector on this wonderful occasion. 

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.