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Study criteria

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, December 29, 2013

FIJI'S human resource needs will be a key consideration when students will be awarded scholarships under the government's new Tertiary Education Scholarship and Loans Scheme (TELS) next year.

And the newly-established TELS board, chaired by hotelier and Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto, believes this move will greatly benefit Fiji.

Mr Seeto yesterday said under the new criteria outlined by the board, those students applying for a scholarship and consideration in the loans scheme would have to apply for preferred areas of study only.

These areas of study include tourism, engineering, mining and milling, commerce studies, medicine and health, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, teacher training, land and town planning, social sciences, technology and special areas of high priority in diploma and certificate levels.

Mr Seeto said the first 600 top students would be given full scholarships under the National Toppers Scheme and they could apply for these preferred areas for the study.

"These are the areas which are deemed to be preferred areas of study that we feel will fulfil human resource requirements of Fiji in the future," he said.

"These courses will give us people who will assist in the development of Fiji and its economy in the years to come."

Mr Seeto said applications would be received first depending on what people applied for and scholarships would be issued on the basis of the preferred areas involved.

"That is why we are also suggesting to applicants that they should list their preferences so that we have some flexibility to try and fulfil the applicants' preparations as well as filling in the numbers in the various applications."

He revealed that the outlined field of studies under the scholarship scheme was determined following consultations with various universities and relevant arms of government.

"The board will decide on the numbers when we have received all applications."

Mr Seeto said the board would see the applicants' aspirations and the human resource requirements of Fiji while granting scholarships.

"There were wide consultations on ascertaining the numbers and the numbers were set for the board to take action on."

He also outlined the labour market would be reviewed on an annual basis and the board would monitor that recipients do well in their studies.

The new board now looks after all tertiary scholarships and loans including those administered by the iTaukei Affairs Board, the Depart of Multi-Ethnic Affairs and the PSC.

"We have a very capable and experienced board with the inclusion of three vice chancellors from three universities and the Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal.

"We have had a number of meetings already and the board is working well in contributing to making this scholarship and loan scheme a success," Mr Seeto said.

Mr Seeto said applications would be received first depending on what people applied for and scholarships would be issued on the basis of the preferred areas involved.

"That is why we are also suggesting to applicants that they should list their preferences so that we have some flexibility to try and fulfil the applicants' preparations as well as filling in the numbers in the various applications."

He revealed the outlined field of studies under the scholarship scheme was determined following consultations with various universities and relevant arms of government.

"The board will decide on the numbers when we have received all applications."

Mr Seeto said the board would see the applicants' aspirations and the human resource requirements of Fiji while granting scholarships.

"There were wide consultations on ascertaining the numbers and the numbers were set for the board to take action on."

He also outlined the labour market would be reviewed on an annual basis and the board would monitor that recipients do well in their studies.

The new board now looks after all tertiary scholarships and loans including those administered by the iTaukei Affairs Board, the Depart of Multi-Ethnic Affairs and the PSC.

"We have a very capable and experienced board with the inclusion of three vice chancellors from three universities and the Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal.

"We have had a number of meetings already and the board is working well in contributing to making this scholarship and loan scheme a success," Mr Seeto said.