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Cash available for deserving students

Financially disadvantaged students in the north now have access to funding, thanks to the generosity of the Gurbachan Singh Memorial Trust. Its trustees have pledged $10,000 per annum as donation
05 Feb 2018 11:07
Cash available for deserving students
Gurbachan Singh Memorial Trust chairman and trustee Charan Jeath Singh (right) handover donation to University of the South Pacific vice chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra during the opening of USP Pacific Technical and Further Education at Gurbachan Mall in Labasa on February 2. Photo:Shratika Naidu

Financially disadvantaged students in the north now have access to funding, thanks to the generosity of the Gurbachan Singh Memorial Trust.

Its trustees have pledged $10,000 per annum as donation to the University of the South Pacific (USP) for deserving students.

This was announced by the University of the South Pacific’s vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra during the opening of USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (TAFE) last Friday night at Gurbachan Mall, in Labasa.

Gurbachan Singh Memorial Trust chairman and trustee Charan Jeath Singh said its purpose was to support students who have the drive to achieve academic excellence, but were unable to do so because of lack of financial support.

“A total of 20 students will be awarded a sum of $500 each year and virtually every candidate will have to demonstrate evidence of intellect and hard work,” Mr Singh said.

“Students applying for this grant will have to keep in mind that the selection committee of USP will look for evidence of leadership, moral integrity and intellectual independence in the application.”

Gurbachan Singh Memorial Trust chairman and trustee Charan Jeath Singh (right) with his wife Swaran Singh and daughter Mandvi Singh after the handing over of donation to University of the South Pacific vice chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra (third from left) during the opening of the USP Pacific Technical and Further Education at Gurbachan Singh Mall in Labasa on February 2, 2018.    Photo: Shratika Naidu

Gurbachan Singh Memorial Trust chairman and trustee Charan Jeath Singh (right) with his wife Swaran Singh and daughter Mandvi Singh after the handing over of donation to University of the South Pacific vice chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra (third from left) during the opening of the USP Pacific Technical and Further Education at Gurbachan Singh Mall in Labasa on February 2, 2018.
Photo: Shratika Naidu

He said successful candidates would be those who walk the talk. Students who can demonstrate on-going pursuit of their stated ideals and goals – both in the classroom and in their activities on and off campus.

This goodwill gesture will continue to be in place as long as the USP occupies the Gurbachan Singh Mall.

Professor Chandra said he was very thankful to Mr Singh for the kind donation.

“I must thank Mr Singh also for his co-operation in doing the internal fixtures and fittings as per our requirements at his own cost of around $300,000,” Professor Chandra said.

“His support has allowed USP’s Pacific TAFE to provide a greater range of quality programmes in the Northern Division.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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