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COVID-19: Fijian Students In India Safe, Says Director

Nineteen Fijian students who are currently studying under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship in India, are safe. This was confirmed by the Indian High Commission’s Swami Vivekananda
24 Apr 2021 12:00
COVID-19: Fijian Students In India Safe, Says Director
Santosh Mishra.

Nineteen Fijian students who are currently studying under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship in India, are safe.

This was confirmed by the Indian High Commission’s Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre director Santosh Mishra.

Mr Mishra said the students were taking all the required precautions to keep them safe during this pandemic.

India is the second worst-affected country by COVID-19 after United Sates. And these 19 Fijian students are studying at the different states in India.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Indian High Commission had sanctioned ten ICCR scholarships of which eight students were from Fiji and two from Tuvalu.

“Out of eight Fijian students, we were only able to send three students to India while other three students are studying online, and two students declined the scholarship,” he said.

“One of the 2018-2019 academic ICCR student is also taking online classes as the student had returned to Fiji after COVID situation emerged in India.”

Recently, the Indian High Commission announced the 2021-2022 academic year ICCR scholarship.

Mr Mishra is urging more Fijian students to apply for the scholarship.

“This COVID situation is not going to last long, it’s temporary. The world is containing it and students should not hold their application because of COVID.

“If Fijian students are not willing to travel until COVID situation is better, they can study online. They will have their certificate and degrees with them,” he said.

The last date to submit your application is April 30.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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