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Distinguished Educator Leaves Memorable Legacy

Distinguished Educator Leaves Memorable Legacy
Works of the late Jogindar Singh Kanwal on display at the Khalsa College Ba school library. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
July 18
13:12 2018

The late Jogindar Singh Kanwal is fondly remembered as a distinguished educator and an invaluable contributor in the fields of literature and culture.

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala reiterated these remarks at the Remembrance Day Celebration of Mr Kanwal at Khalsa College in Ba yesterday.

Mr Bala said he came to understand the values of life through the many teachings of Mr Kanwal.

“He was a writer whose books spoke of Fiji’s past, present and the future,” Mr Bala said.

“The walls of this institution echoes with his voice.”

Mr Kanwal is fondly remembered by his family and friends as a loving husband, father, distinguished educator, award winning author, cultural patron and a man with humble beginnings in Punjab, India.

  • He was a former principal of Khalsa College in Ba (1960-1987)
  • A lecturer in English for Business Communication at the Fiji Institute of Technology (1987 to 1991)
  • An administrator of the Fiji Indian Cultural Centre (1993 to 2003)
  • Ex-chairperson of Multi-Ethnic Cultural Council Ba
  • He was a recipient of multiple national and international awards including Member of Order of Fiji, University of the South Pacific Honour for promoting language and literature
  • Outstanding Citizen Award from Ba Town Council for exemplary services rendered in the field of Literature
  • A Justice of Peace.

Mr Kanwal died on July 17, 2017, at the age of 90 and is survived by his wife, four children and seven grandchildren.

A plaque was unveiled in memory of the late Mr Kanwal at the college.

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