Prof Gyaneshwar Here To Serve

Serving the health needs of the nation and the smooth running of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science is all that matters to its acting Dean, Professor Rajat
03 Jan 2015 12:57
Prof Gyaneshwar Here To Serve

Serving the health needs of the nation and the smooth running of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science is all that matters to its acting Dean, Professor Rajat Gyaneshwar.

He starts on his new job on Tuesday replacing Professor Ian Rouse who is now the new acting Vice-Chancellor of the Fiji National University.

Professor Gyaneshwar was all praises for his predecessor and felt that he had a great task at hand to maintain FNU’s record.

“The beginning of each academic year is a busy time for the College administration to ensure that enrolments occur smoothly and that the teaching programs are all ready to start,” he said.

“Recruitment and retention of academic staff has been a long standing challenge for the College ever since I started my association with it in the 1980’s.

“This will remain an ongoing challenge and all partners will need to assist in making academic positions and working conditions attractive.”

He said for all to run smoothly, the college required support from the Vice-Chancellor and his team to ensure that all administrative functions could be carried out with the achievement of academic excellence as the goal.


Growing support from Partners

The College has had a great fortune of having the support of several development partners.

“There is obviously the need to ensure that these partnerships grow and the partners are confident that their support for the college is productive,” Professor Gyaneshwar said.

“In the past several years there has been growing support for the College from other training institutions and health professional organisations.”

He said some of these partners were regional while others were international.

“Professional networking and collaborations can value add to the College training mission,” he said.

“There are also opportunities to engage Fiji’s medical diasporas especially in New Zealand and Australia in the training activities of the College.”

Meanwhile, the college would continue working closely with the Ministry of Health and shares a common health vision to provide access to good health care for all.

“In this partnership with the MOH there are many opportunities for mutual growth and development,” Professor Gyaneshwar said.

“The MOH is not only a partner but also a consumer of the College’s graduates.

“Hence it has an added interest to ensure that the graduates are work ready and trained well to meet the challenges of delivering quality health care.”


Personal life

Professor Gyaneshwar had been part of the medical field as long as he can remember.

Originally from Labasa, he graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1972 and has been practicing as clinical doctor with a specialist role in Women’s Health since 1980.
After some time he returned to Australia to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

At present he is a professor at the College in the same field.

In 1987 he migrated to Australia and returned home in 2011.

“The reason for returning was to contribute to the nation building efforts in Fiji after the long period of uncertainty in the country following the upheavals of 1987 and its aftermath.”

He and his wife, Swaran Naidu, are passionate about the quality of health care being accessible to all.

“Thus we started a charitable health centre in Viseisei. Our motto inspired by Sai Baba is ‘Love all serve all,’ Professor Gyaneshwar said.

The Health centre has worked collaboratively with the Ministry of Health and FNU in providing primary health care in the Lautoka and Yasawa sub-division and training of medical students.




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