Mr Mukund Bala

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Mukund is a 2nd year Mechanical Engineer undergraduate student with a second major in InnovateDesignProgram(IDP). As tech enthusiast, Mukund enjoys working on tech related projects to conceptualize engineering solutions to problems we face every day.


To inject some uncertainty in his life to contrast his major, Mukund also enjoys reading abstract things he barely understands, as well as listening to podcasts like the JoeRoganExperience. He is always open to long discussions about difficult topics with no answers as a way to productively procrastinate.


Mukund is also the vice-captain of Tembusu Dodgeball and enjoys this sport as an outlet to daily frustrations. He enjoys team-related sports like this as it gives him an opportunity to hang out with his friends as well as play competitively against other Residental Colleges to establish Tembusu's irrefutable dominance.


Besides this, Mukund works out regularly and enjoys CrossFit. As an avid music enthusiast, he can also be found always listening to something on his headphones. While some may call his tastes broad, others may refer to it as erratic (understandably so). He enjoys rock/metal bands like TOOL, Pink Floyd and RHCP as much as artists/bands like Peach Pit, The Strokes and Tame Impala. He is always down to vibe with people and discover new music as well! 


Mukund also has an unfortunate coffee addiction and you can catch him taking a nap after drinking his morning cup. Besides this, Mukund enjoys planning as little as possible when it comes to travelling, often resorting to one way plane tickets and CouchSurfing to get an authentic travel experience.


Mukund is a friendly and approachable face and hopes to make everyone feel welcome in Tembusu. So do feel free to approach him if you want to have a chat/angry rant as he is always open to lend a listening ear. 

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.