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Pioneer commercial agriculture students graduate

Shayal Devi
Thursday, January 09, 2014

WHEN Antonio Tupua decided to apply for a scholarship in commercial agriculture, he was not sure he would be selected.

Yesterday, he was among the inaugural batch of 37 graduates in commercial agriculture at the Fiji National University graduation at Lautoka's Girmit Centre.

Mr Tupua said he was very happy to be one of the pioneer graduates and being selected for the scholarship had been a positive development.

"I am now looking forward to further studies," he said.

Meanwhile, the top student honours went to 20-year-old Shristi Datt who was awarded a gold medal.

"I am here today solely because of the efforts of my parents," she said.

Ms Datt was among 627 others who graduated from the university's teaching and commercial agriculture courses.

A PSC scholarship recipient, Ms Datt said she intended to pursue further studies.

"This is not the end of the road for me, I will look to do more so that I can become a better qualified teacher," she said.

Ms Datt was inspired to join the teaching field by her elder sister, who is a primary schoolteacher.

"My parents had to struggle to send me and my siblings to school and this is my way of thanking them.

"Ever since I started university, this has been my goal — I have always wanted to be a top student in school."

The Nadi lass, who had a 4.47 GPA at university, said there were a lot of negative comments about the teaching field, which she personally wanted to change.


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