Stuck In India
Some Fijian students studying in India are stuck there after their visas expired and scholarships terminated.
Indian High Commission’s Cultural Centre director Kishan Lal Kanojia said in Suva some had failed the exams and had gone into hiding.
The students are under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) schorlarship scheme.
Mr Kanojia could not give the exact number of students involved.
Mr Kanojia said in one case the ICCR was assisting a student in India whose student visa had expired.
“He had no financial support from home so we started assisting him and I have advised him to report to the Fiji High Commission in Delhi to assist him regarding his visa but to this day I haven’t received any report yet,” he said.
“We later found out that at the completion of his three-year course, he was still in first year because he has been failing his exams.”
Currently there are 20 Fijian students studying under ICCR scholarships in various universities around India.
“It is their duty to inform us of their problems so that we can know what they are facing in regards to their visas or any other related problems because we can’t help them if they don’t tell us their problems.”
He said it was proper they also reported to the Fijian High Commission so that they can get assistance,”he said.
“Most of these students have been failing their exams because they had joined the wrong group of friends and the purpose of going to India has been replaced with social life and partying.
“We cannot be running after them because I believed that most of these students are adults,” he said.
Mr Kanojia also said that students had been briefed before leaving for India.
“For those students whose scholarship has been terminated I would say that they have made a mistake,” he said.
Mr Kanojia further said the Fijian High Commission in India would be informed if action was needed against these students.
“We are urging them to please seek assistance from the Fiji High Commission in Delhi and come out of hiding so that they can be assisted,” he said.