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Emphasis on cultural roots

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 28, 2009) - STUDENTS from Fiji are being given an opportunity by the Indian High Commission to visit India and learn and share their cultural aspects with their peers from other countries around the world.

Four Fiji students left Kerala in India on Saturday for a three-week trip via the Know India Programme (KIP).

The students were briefed by Indian High Commissioner Professor Prabhakara Jha at the High Commission in Suva last Thursday.

Professor Jha said the Know India Program was a means through which the Indian Government encouraged students of Indian origin around the world to visit the country of their forefathers and learn about the way of life there.

The thirteenth KIP will include students from Fiji and other countries that have people of Indian origin.

The group will be visiting India's Southern state of Kerala and move on to the capital New Delhi and Rajasthan.

The group that left for Indian on Saturday includes University of the South Pacific student Betty Barkha, a graduate trainee with the law firm of Brinda Rathod, Fiji Institute of Technology student Angelita Nayaran and Deepak Sharma who is a student at the Fiji School of Medicine.

The director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Doctor Kamal Kishor Mishra, said the students would be required to present a report to the Indian High Commission upon their return from their study trip.

Dr. Mishra encouraged the students to keep diaries and to note down their visits and experiences which could be kept by them even after the trip as memoirs.

The Indian Government has also been actively involved in developing cultural ties with countries with which it has historical, social and economic connections.

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