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VC Prof Chandra Honoured

The vice-chancellor and president of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra, was recently honoured at the first-ever Uttar Pradesh (UP) Pravasi Diwas, India, on January 4
02 Feb 2016 10:23
VC Prof Chandra Honoured
USP vice-chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra (right), receives the Uttar Pradesh Ratna Award. Photo: University of the South Pacific

The vice-chancellor and president of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra, was recently honoured at the first-ever Uttar Pradesh (UP) Pravasi Diwas, India, on January 4 with Uttar Pradesh Ratna Award.

He was one of the 13 people across the world from the Indian diaspora who were honoured at the Pravasi Diwas ceremony by the Chief Minister of the State of Uttar Pradesh, Sri Akhilesh Yadav.

Among those honoured was the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Basdeo Pandey.

Also included were those making outstanding contributions in various countries in different fields including business, medicine, politics, education, community and social development, and culture.

Professor Chandra said that he was deeply humbled by this award.

“I feel very humbled and grateful for this international recognition and deeply honoured by being placed in company of such eminent recipients.

“I was also overwhelmed by the warmth that was shown by the government and people of Uttar Pradesh and impressed by the calibre of the presenters and participants,” he said.

“In receiving this award, I acknowledge the contribution of my parents, especially my father who has been my inspiration.

“He not only took loans to further my education, but as manager of the Tuva Indian School, he inspired me to make a contribution to education.

“I feel proud that as a son of a girmitya, I could make the kind of contribution that are attracting international recognition, especially being from a small country like Fiji,” he said.

The award was based on his extensive contribution to higher education.

In addition to being the vice-chancellor and president of USP for the last seven years, Professor Chandra has served USP for about 37 years in various capacities.

Professor Chandra also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Uttar Pradesh to promote diasporic studies and exchanges and the development of information and communications technologies.

Source: University ofthe South Pacific

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