Prof. Prabhat Jha O.C. and Dr. Varsha Malhotra P ’16, ’20 have volunteered for UTS and given their support to our school for over 10 years. “The school had the most precious part of us – our daughters,” says Varsha. “You would do anything you could to make that experience better, not just for your own children, but for all of the children at the school.”
Prabhat served as a UTS Board Director from 2012 to 2020 and Co-Chair of the Building the Future campaign, as well as advising UTS leadership on pandemic response, and Varsha served with the UTS Parent Volunteer Group.
The Jha Family gave their generous support to the campaign, even though their daughters Shreya ’16 and Vedika ’20 would graduate before the building would open. “UTS broadly represents the best of Toronto, with a wide diversity of students because of the commitment to access through bursaries,” says Prabhat. “The school needed a 21st-century building to be sustainable for the future and continue to attract a diverse range of high-calibre students.”
Prabhat says that UTS was an ideal choice for them as parents because: “You know that the friends your children will hang out with are interested in learning. It’s an environment where it’s cool to learn and to challenge yourself, and also probably the finest academic high school in all of North America.”
Now Shreya is studying medicine and pursuing composition, after undergraduate studies in neuroscience and music at University of Toronto. “She’s exactly where she wants to be,” says Varsha. Vedika is in her second year at university, and had her AP research from UTS published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.
When the Jha Family donates to the school, they give in honour of staff, who made a real difference in their daughters’ lives. As for the new building, they hope it sets the stage for the next era of UTS, when all deserving students can have access to a UTS education regardless of their financial barriers. Prabhat says, “The vision downstream is to expand access to an even greater diversity of students and give them all the support they need to come to UTS and thrive.”