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FNU Saga

A new acting vice-chancellor of the Fiji National University is expected to be announced today. Education Minister Mahendra Reddy is holding a press conference at 10.30 this morning at the
29 Dec 2014 11:00
FNU Saga
From right Ganesh Chand, Mahendra Reddy and Professor Ian Rouse

A new acting vice-chancellor of the Fiji National University is expected to be announced today.

Education Minister Mahendra Reddy is holding a press conference at 10.30 this morning at the Nasinu Campus of the university.

Several sources from within FNU have confirmed that on Wednesday, Minister Reddy and College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences dean Professor Ian Rouse and others met in the vice-chancellor’s office for close to one hour.

While the meeting was in progress, the sources said that vice-chancellor Ganesh Chand was outside the office waiting.

At around 1.30pm Professor Rouse was named as the acting vice-chancellor, the sources said.

At around 2pm, Professor Rouse gave staff at the administration office the rest of the afternoon off.

People who were at the vicinity said it was an emotional time for those who were employed at the vice-chancellor’s office. Tears flowed openly when Mr Chand left the building. He had packed his things.

When contacted yesterday, Mr Reddy declined to expand on the issue.

“All I can say is that tomorrow I will be holding a press conference at 10.30am at FNU’s Nasinu Campus. I cannot say anything beyond this.”

Attempts were made to contact Mr Chand. Calls made to his home number, his mobile number and emails sent remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Email sent to the public relations team of the university also remained unanswered.

The Fiji Sun team also went to Mr Chand’s home in attempts to talk to him but he was away.

Speculations have been rife about Mr Chand’s position but neither FNU nor the education ministry have so far released any details.

Professor Rouse did not wish to comment on his imminent confirmation as the acting vice-chancellor.

He, however, confirmed that a meeting was held at the vice-chancellor’s office on Wednesday.

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