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Go for it ladies

Sheenal Sharma
Saturday, December 08, 2012

GIRLS should not be scared to get into male dominated fields, says a gold medal recipient.

Shivanjani Kumar who received a gold medal in Trade Diploma in Architectural Technology from the Fiji National University yesterday said there was nothing girls could not do.

Ms Kumar said taking up the architecture program was a challenge for her. "When I entered into the program, I had very little knowledge about actual construction," she said.

Ms Kumar said it was a field where boys had more knowledge about building and construction than girls did.

"When boys come to class, they know a little bit more than girls do," she said.

Ms Kumar said she wanted to become an architect since she was 10 years old. She said getting enrolled into the architecture program at FNU was the first step into making her dream come true. "It feels good to know that I have made my parents really proud," she said. "Getting the gold medal was a goal that I have achieved."

Ms Kumar said her parents had been a huge support for her as well as her lecturers and colleagues. Meanwhile, the FNU has recorded an overall increase in 162 students graduating this year compared to last year.

1501 students graduated yesterday and another 1000 students will be graduating from the Labasa and Lautoka Campus next week.

FNU's vice chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand said FNU graduates were high in demand.

"FNU produces graduates who are ready for the job market unlike many other universities in the world where students have no idea of the actual situation at the workplace," he said.

Dr Chand said compulsory work experience was a new thing that FNU had done.

"I do not think universities in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific region have this kind of policies in place," he said.