Lata makes it through

Postgraduate Diploma in Hindi Literature Graduand Parvin Lata (centre) with her mother Raj Wati (left) and daughter Prashantika Prasad pose for a photo after the graduation at University of Fiji Lautoka Campus yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

PARVIN Lata has endured a number of challenges in her life. The death of her father when she was a Year 11 student changed things for the Ba woman. After completing high school, she couldn’t attain a tertiary education and worked as a cashier for four years.

Yesterday, the 39-year-old graduated with a postgraduate diploma in Hindi Literature from the University of Fiji. An assistant lecturer at the institute, Ms Lata said the journey to success had been a hard one.

“There were a lot of struggles, especially after my father died because he was the sole breadwinner of the family,” the mother of one said.

“I got married sometime after I left school and after five years, I started schooling. After this, I graduated with a degree in Hindi language and Indian culture. “I underwent teacher training too and became a part time lecturer before being contracted.”

She said the support of her husband and daughter had helped her through her studies. About 272 students graduated from the university yesterday.