Four Fi­jians bound for In­dia

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SWASHNA CHAND Edited by Epineri Vula

Waseem Su­fyaan Ali, 18, of Lautoka, was in­spired by his sis­ter and mother who stud­ied in In­dia to ap­ply for schol­ar­ships of­fered by the In­dian Coun­cil of Cul­tural Re­la­tions (ICCR) Suva.

His prayers were an­swered yes­ter­day when he was given a chance to study for a Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing de­gree in Aero­nau­ti­cal En­gi­neer­ing at Gu­jarat Tech­no­log­i­cal Col­lege.

He was one of the four schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents who re­ceived their air tick­ets at the In­dian High Com­mis­sion of­fice at Life In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion In­dia (LICI) build­ing in Suva yes­ter­day.

“I am priv­i­leged to do a BE be­cause this course is not of­fered in Fiji and I am for­tu­nate to be given a schol­ar­ship,” Mr Ali said. “I will work hard so that I can come back af­ter I com­plete my stud­ies so that I can serve my coun­try.” Was­sim’s course is for four years. An­other re­cip­i­ent, Pau­liasi Man­u­loa Daku­ni­mata, 19, said he was blessed to have been given an op­por­tu­nity to make his dream come true.

“I was a Year 13 stu­dent at Xavier Col­lege last year and this year I started do­ing short cour­ses at Fiji Mar­itime Academy while wait­ing for the re­sponse from ICCR,” Mr Daku­ni­mata said. “I am grate­ful and hon­oured to be given the op­por­tu­nity to study in In­dia.” In­dian high com­mis­sioner Vish­vas Sap­kal re­minded the Fi­jian stu­dents to up­hold their aca­demic ex­cel­lence in In­dia and serve their coun­try.

The other two re­cip­i­ents, Zakiya Zeba Maq­bool and Sher­ine Prasad, said they were ex­tremely glad and lucky to be se­lected. The stu­dents leave for In­dia be­tween the end of this month and the first week of next month.

Photo: Sheenam Chan­dra

From left: Zakiya Zeba Maq­bool, In­dian High Com­mi­sioner to Fiji Vish­vas Sap­kal, Waseem Su­fyaan Ali, Pau­liasi Man­u­loa Daku­ni­mata and Sher­ine Ra­jen­dra Prasad in Suva on July 12, 2018.

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