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33 remember founder

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, December 07, 2013

THE late Dr Umanand Prasad was remembered by The University of Fiji medical school which handed certificates to 33 graduates yesterday.

Dr Prasad, who was instrumental in establishing the medical institution, died in a car accident in Australia earlier this year.

Acting vice-chancellor Professor Chandra Dulare said the school would always be grateful for the contribution made by the late Dr Prasad.

"We are very grateful to the late Dr Umanand Prasad for his vision in establishing the medical school and for his generous donation of $1million for building the school," he said.

"Dr Prasad has left a legacy that shall benefit people in Fiji forever."

Of the graduation, Prof Dulare said the graduating students had been with the school for six years.

"During those six years, they have worked hard and made huge sacrifices.

"It needs to be recognised that in these six years, the students have been supported by their families, government, donors, UPSM staff and above all Dr Umanand Prasad himself."

Chief guest President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau also paid tribute to the late scholar.

Ratu Epeli said Dr Prasad's vision to establish the medical school would not only benefit future students and the university but also the whole country.

According to the university, the establishment of The University of Fiji was announced by the religious organisation Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji on December 19, 2004.

Soon after, Dr Prasad submitted a proposal to establish the medical school at UniFiji where it received an overwhelming support.