NINE Fijians of Indian descent will embark on the trip of their lives after being selected by the Indian Government for a month-long trip to India.
Indian High Commissioner Vinod Kumar said the Study India program was organised and paid for by the Indian Government's Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, and allowed youths of Indian descent to visit the country to learn about India's economy, culture, history and art, among other things.
He said they received 10 applications and all had been selected, although one student pulled out.
A statement from the high commission noted that one of the aims of the program was to create awareness about the "phenomenal transformation taking place in India from just a destination for culture, heritage and art to an emerging powerhouse in the global economic system".
The nine applicants, aged between 18 and 26, come from all over Fiji. Married couple Prashant Chand and Avengeleen Chand were selected, and were overjoyed to be heading to India.
"I'm looking forward to the excursions, and the program has many interesting aspects, like mythology, pottery making, and learning about the political landscape of India," Mr Chand said.
"Plus, celebrating Diwali in India will be awesome."
The students leave the country at the end of the month.