Sharma Makes 10,000 Pacific Student Graduates
I finally did it, says Australia-Pacific Technical College 10,000th graduate, Amit Anand Sharma.
Mr Sharma, 35, graduated with a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade, during the graduation in Suva yesterday and became the 10,000th student in the Pacific region who graduated from the institute since it started operations in 2007.
An emotional Mr Sharma said this was his second tertiary qualification, but his first graduation.
“I am very much excited about it. I will never forget my APTC journey,” Mr Sharma said.
“I studied fabrication trade to be qualified to work for heavy engineering companies that produce, fabricate and develop products made from plate materials.
“I studied for six months in APTC Samoa with the help and support of my wife who looked after everything back home here while I can fully concentrate in my studies there.”
He said his journey through the six months of distance wasn’t easy but it was worth it.
“But I am grateful to my wife because of whom I am standing here with the certificate in my hands, proudly saying I have done it,” Mr Sharma said.
His wife, Linda, 35, was equally proud of her husband.
“I could not hold back my tears as I saw Amit walk across the stage to receive his certificate,” she said.
“There is nothing more precious than seeing his hard work paying off and knowing he has made it through all the difficulties and challenges he faced while trying to complete his six months of academic programme.
“I am standing proud as his wife and companion and I have promised Amit that no matter what it takes or how hard it is, we will face all the challenges we come across and go through it together as a family.”
Mr Sharma was born and raised in Field 40, Lautoka, and later joined an engineering company in Ba where he was exposed to the welding trade.
He obtained his certificate in welding from the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF).
Mr Sharma has started his own business called Grace Welding Works.
Edited by Naisa Koroi