USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra receives the cheque from the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal.
Hindi Studies programme at The University of the South Pacific (USP) was boosted after a donation of F$79,560 was handed over to Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP by the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal on 9 November 2016 as part of the celebrations to commemorate 100 years of Girmit at USP’s Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre.
The Hindi Studies programme had faced some financial issues in the recent years and as part of its revival plans; Professor Chandra had sought assistance from the Indian Government through the Indian High Commission in Fiji.
While receiving the cheque, Professor Chandra thanked Government and the people of India for supporting Hindi Studies programme at USP.
Professor Chandra explained that the University was facing some problems with its Hindi Studies programme in terms of enrolment and expenditure, hence was being closed at a time.
“We knew that this was not a desirable thing to do and there was a lot of community interest and we are very grateful to the government and people of India through H.E Mr Sapkal,” Professor Chandra said.
“Now I can let the University Council know that we have the sponsorship and a group working together to revive the Hindi Studies programme and hopefully through these efforts, we will have a viable Hindi programme,” he added.
Professor Chandra said that the University recognises that Hindi Studies is a very important part of the identity and culture, and hoped that everyone will work hard to ensure that the programme goes from strength to strength.
Minister of Health and Medical Services, Honourable Rosy Akbar thanked the Indian High Commission for their contribution towards the Hindi Studies programme at USP.
She wished USP well in reviving the programme and has urged young people to actively participate in events that will help preserve their culture and identity.
During the 82nd USP Council Meeting in May this year, it was decided that the Hindi Studies programme will be offered for another two (2) years and this decision will be reviewed within the two (2) years following discussion with all stakeholders including the Fiji Ministry of Education.
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