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Adi Taufa Sacrifices for Daughter, Family

Adi Taufa is among other lucky Fijians who were given the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarships to study in India this year.
29 Jun 2019 17:37
Adi Taufa Sacrifices for Daughter, Family
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship recipients with the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji. (Front from left) Adi Taufa Lalabalavu, Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Padmaja, Premika Lata, ( Back from left) Jashneet Kumar, Shamal Kumar and Poate Kaunisela. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Leaving her four-year-old daughter behind while she heads to India for four years of tertiary studies has not been an easy decision for Adi Taufa Lalabalavu.

But, like any parent, she knows the sacrifice will ensure a better future for the both of them.

The 24-year-old leaves next month to pursue her Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree at the Assam Science and Technology University in Guwahati.

Adi Taufa is among other lucky Fijians who were given the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarships to study in India this year.

However, her daughter was foremost on her mind.

“I won’t be here with her on her first day of school, which is something every parent looks forward to, however, I am doing this for the both of us and my family,” she said.

“I thank the Indian government for this opportunity and I am looking forward to it.”

Another recipient Poate Kaunisela, 29, was also honoured to be given the opportunity.

He will be doing his Master in Business Administration at the University of Kashmir in Srinagar.

Mr Kaunisela said the opportunity would enhance his performance and capabilities in human resource management and information systems and it would broaden his knowledge.

He added that it would improve his implementation of policy in the area of government reform initiatives.

Mr Kaunisela is currently working at the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts.

“This is an investment for the Government and to the ministry,” he said.

Even though it would be a sacrifice leaving behind his wife and two children but “all for a good cause”.

21-year-old Shamal Kumar of Sigatoka was also thankful to the Indian government and said he was looking forward to pursue his studies abroad.

He will be studying Soil Science at the University of Kashmir.

Every year the Indian government offers full scholarships to more than 20 Fijians under ICCR.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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