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Lal Will be First Fijian To Represent Pacific In Commonwealth Students Association

Ketan Kirit Lal has become the first Fijian to take up the role of Pacific representative to the Commonwealth Students As­sociation. The 23-year-old Fiji National Uni­versity student was part of
24 Feb 2018 12:29
Lal Will be First Fijian To Represent Pacific In Commonwealth Students Association
Former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark and FNU Student Association President Ketan Lal at the Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting 2018 at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on February 19, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Ketan Kirit Lal has become the first Fijian to take up the role of Pacific representative to the Commonwealth Students As­sociation.

The 23-year-old Fiji National Uni­versity student was part of the 20th Commonwealth Education Minis­ters Meeting in the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island in Nadi yesterday.

The fourth year Bachelor of Civil Engineering student is originally from Savusavu in Vanua Levu.

He is also the president of the Fiji National University Student Associ­ation which is the national body for all the campus associations within the university.

“I was recently appointed so I am getting to that point where the other regional representatives are at,” Ketan said.

He got advice from various youth networks around the country to as­sist him steer his role as Pacific rep­resentative to the Commonwealth Students Association.

One of his goals, Ketan said was to form a Pacific Youth Network where all regional student associa­tions would gather to discuss issues they faced. The Commonwealth Stu­dents Association, he said was basi­cally to provide capacity building for national students organisations at every level in the Pacific region and unify students under Common­wealth nations.

“Being a Pacific representative I will basically look at the common issues affecting our youths. We have issues concerning students, but we need to look at the bigger picture,” Ketan said.

“My role is to take issues affecting our youths in the region to the Com­monwealth Students’ Association.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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