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Chandra Sets Study, Work Priorities

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Rakiraki Town Council hopes to work with the Govern­ment and non-government organisations to create awareness on climate change. Rakesh Chandra, 41, made the
08 Jan 2019 11:00
Chandra Sets Study, Work Priorities
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Rakiraki Town Council Rakesh Chandra

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Rakiraki Town Council hopes to work with the Govern­ment and non-government organisations to create awareness on climate change.

Rakesh Chandra, 41, made the comment after being awarded an Australian Govern­ment scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Climate Policy at Cur­tin University in Perth for one-and-a-half years.

He leaves next Tuesday for Austral­ia.

“Being awarded an Aus­tralia Awards Schol­arship is just like a dream come true,” Mr Chandra said.

H e i s one of 55 recipients for the scholarship.

“After experiencing the destructive after­math of Tropical Cyclone Winston, I felt that more knowledge was needed to be better pre­pared come the next natural disaster,” Mr Chandra said.

“When I saw the priorities for studies listed in the scholarship advertisement, I knew that this was my opportunity to strengthen my own capacity and play a role in building disas­ter preparedness and response.”

Originally from Sigatoka, Mr Chandra said he was motivated to pursue studies in his chosen field after having experienced several natural disasters.

“During my term in the council, I had gone through a lot of natural disaster phases that made me realise that I need to learn on how to tackle these issues and create awareness. Hence, I applied based on that,” he said.

Mr Chandra also hopes to do some consul­tancy work on the issue.

He was CEO for Rakiraki Town Council for four years and resigned last month.

The Australian Government-funded scholar­ships provide an opportunity for people from developing countries, including Fiji, to under­take full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

They cover all costs for recipients, including tuition fees, accommodation, allowances and airfares.

Applications for the 2020 intake open Febru­ary 2, 2019.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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