Fiji five receive scholarships to study in India

Indian scholarship recipients, from left, Deepak shanil Prasad, Sumeet Chand, Avneel Chand, Shohil Rosheel Narayan and Shayal Reenaz Devi at the Indian Hing Commission in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

FIVE Fijians have been given the opportunity to study in India.

India’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Padmaja, handed over passports and travel documents to the first batch of students selected under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarships in Suva yesterday.

“Everything will be free for them. Right from the air ticket, food and accommodation. They should make use of this opportunity. Get the exposure and study well and I think it will be a major chapter of their life,” Ms Padmaja said.

For one of the recipients, Deepak Shanil Prasad, it was an emotional achievement to receive the opportunity.

Mr Prasad’s wife passed away in 2017 and it was one of her wishes to one day see her husband excel in life.

He said his wife would always provide moral support to him and he would remember their fond memories together.

“She passed away six weeks after giving birth to our daughter. My daughter is now two years old. She will be looked after by my mother during my stay in India. It will be hard for me to leave my daughter and go,” Mr Prasad said.

“Looking after my daughter and for a brighter future for her, I have to take a step forward and willingly come back and be with my family after two years.”

Mr Prasad would be pursuing Masters in Commerce studies at the University of Gujarat.

The recipients will depart the country on Saturday.

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