INDIA PROVIDES 26 SCHOLARSHIPS TO FIJI

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Students may acquire higher education in India free of charge

By Nasik Swami SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 1, 2011) - The Indian Cultural Center, High Commission of India is providing 26 scholarships to the grass root students of Fiji.

In an interview with FijiLive, the Director for Indian Cultural Center, High Commission of India, Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra, said the Indian government is ready to assist the people of Fiji for higher studies in India.

Dr Mishra said so many students of Fiji have benefited from the scholarship and are physically seen doing wonders for Fiji.

He said academic and cultures are the bond of real friendship and it has a soft power that we experience in a different way.

Dr Mishra said the Indian government continues to provide educational assistance to the most venerable in Fiji.

"The government of India has given so many students the opportunity to gain higher education free of charge from India." he said.

Dr Mishra said, the scholarships put up for grabs this year does not only focus on the undergraduate studies but up to doctorate level.

"Students can study a wide variety of courses at over more than 400 universities in India." he said.

He said it’s interesting to see students of Fiji getting higher education and investing back in their own country.

"It’s my wish to see Fiji students study in India and return with higher qualifications and give Fiji an identity in the world." he added.

According to Dr Mishra there are various scholarships to grab this year and in the years to come in various forms.

Meanwhile, a Fiji student Sharon Chandra is the latest recipient of the General Cultural Scholarship Scheme, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), government of India.

Chandra said she will be studying Kathak (one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances) at the Central Sangeet Natak Dance and Drama Academy in Delhi, India for three years.

Chandra said the standard of education in India is high but I am going to work hard and prove myself as one of the best students of Fiji.

"I always had a passion for Kathak dance and the ICCR Scholarship Scheme has enabled me to fulfill my dream.

She added that, "my advice would be for Fiji students to apply for the scholarship as it paves a better way and provides a lifetime opportunity for study."

The next Indian Council for Cultural Relations scholarship will be advertised in December this year.

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