USP staff, Ms Shaiza Janif meets the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi during her trip to India.
Ms Shaiza Janif, a staff of the University of the South Pacific recently returned to Fiji after spending almost a month in India.
She was selected by the Indian Cultural Centre to represent Fiji as part of the Know India Programme (KIP). The KIP is an orientation programme for Diaspora youths conducted with a view to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields.
Ms Janif, who works as the Research Student Coordinator at the USP Research Office, was in India from 22 April to 16 May, 2012.
She said that her visit to India was “a dream come true.”
“The notion of being in India had been a dream which I had inherited from my mother. I cannot thank the Indian Cultural Centre, Ministry of Overseas India Affairs and especially the USP Research Office enough for making this dream a reality,” she added.
A total of 32 participants from 12 nations were part of the programme this year.
During their time abroad, the participants visited important dignitaries, government departments, media stations and historical monuments.
“Everyday brought about a new learning experience, adventure and twist to the trip. At the end of each day there was always something that had left me feeling amazed with India and her people,” she said.