Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN), based in Georgetown, Guyana, is a secondary school featuring a curriculum of CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) subjects and Hindu studies. Over the last decade, SVN has expanded from its initial enrollment of thirty-five students, to 312 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. The school features a computer laboratory outfitted with printing and photocopying equipment, and is currently working to build a science laboratory.

As a non-profit and non-governmental school, SVN’s mission is to educate its students and foster their social responsibility. The school’s curriculum incorporates Hindu studies in an effort to expand students’ cultural awareness, since the typical Caribbean curriculum in the region emphasizes Western and Judeo-Christian values.

For more information about the school, its admission process, and its curriculum, visit SVN.edu.gy.

About the Author: A philanthropist and entrepreneur, George Subraj is the President of Zara Realty and the donor of SVN’s Zara Computer Laboratory. Additionally, Mr. Subraj often visits SVN with distinguished medical professionals to conduct healthcare training and outreach.

According to October 2012’s Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions conducted by the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), the apartment market expanded this quarter, making it the seventh such quarter of growth in a row. The survey defines a growing quarter by a series of metrics that take into account market tightness, equity financing, debt financing, and sales volume. If these metrics all come in at over fifty, the NMHC declares the quarter a growing one. 

While this comes as good news, the survey indicates a moderating trend. Much of the industry’s success stems from healthy demand caused by the housing market collapse and the credit crunch preventing more apartment complexes from breaking ground. Those conditions still generally reign today but with more moderation. Though credit remains tight, it is easier to get than in 2010, hence the less impressive growth of this quarter when compared to earlier examples. 

About the Author: George Subraj, a real estate professional with decades of experience in the apartment industry, works as President for Zara Realty.

Guyana faces a shortage of pathologists as the current cohort continues to age and enter retirement, according to a report in Kaieteur News Online. The situation prompted the Ministry of Health to call on registered doctors to enroll in training programs in the discipline.

Pathology focuses on the causes and effects of diseases, particularly with regard to diagnostic and forensic purposes. Ministry officials pointed out that the oldest pathologist in the country is 63 years old, while the youngest is only a few years younger.

The government has created a scholarship program to encourage young physicians to enter the field. In addition, a number of overseas universities and clinical centers have entered into arrangements with the University of Guyana and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation to create programs that meet international standards. Graduates of the programs will be expected to serve in regions throughout the country.

About George Subraj: Born in Guyana, George Subraj is a successful real estate executive in New York City who donates significant funds to medical causes in his native country.