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Officer among top 4

Mereseini Marau In New Delhi, India
Saturday, January 26, 2013

He might be just an ordinary crime officer at Lautoka Police Station but last week he successfully completed his second masters degree here in India.

Mohammed Arif, who joined the police force in 1997, graduated with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Planning and Development from Guru Gobind Singh Indrapratha University's Institute of Applied Manpower Research Planning Commission in New Delhi.

For this Lautoka detective, studying with students from different countries was challenging but it paid off.

"While staying here I did another master's wasting no time at all with my own expense and graduated with a master's majoring in Human Resource Planning and Information System," he said.

"I was rated among the top four in both masters I obtained from both universities."

Mr Arif is not going to stop here.

"Soon I'll be doing a doctorate in HR and Information System either at USP or Waikato University in New Zealand," he said.

Mr Arif believes there should be investment in the education sector and human resource development if the country is to prosper in terms of development and economic growth.

"Countries like Japan and Korea have no form of natural resources but their GDP and economic growth is booming because they are investing in education sustaining a 100 per cent literacy rate," he said.

He said every child in Fiji should be educated.

"When you're educated, the world is at your feet," he said.

Mr Arif was grateful to the support given to him that enabled him to complete his degree.

"I take this opportunity to thank each and everyone who supported me in whatever way, especially my family, PSC, ITEC and not forgetting the Fiji Police Force."

In 2008 Mr Arif graduated from USP with a BA in management public administration and industrial relations with a certificate in IT.

"I am going for my Phd very soon," he said at the graduation ceremony.

It would be either in New Zealand or Australia depending on which ever comes first.

The Lautoka born and bred man said he completed his first degree in 2008.

The road to success was not easy.

Mr Arif left behind his family and his comfort zone.

And he had to spend his own money for the completion of his second masters degree.

But he doubted his qualifications would not guarantee him a high rank once he returned to the police force.

"I will go back to my old post and wait for my Phd application outcome," he said.

"I'm a constable with CID, so I made sure I got this qualifications."

Mr Arif was one of the 41 students from the 27 countries who graduated from the human resource institute in Delhi.

And he is one of the many Fijians who had successfully completed their course from that institute either on short course or post graduate diploma and masters degree.

Meanwhile, Dr Anita Kakkar, one of the faculty members said she enjoyed working with the Fijians.

"It's easy to communicate with them and they are not trouble makers," she said.

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