Jayaramans head home

TIRU Jayaraman, a Professor at the Fiji National University’s (FNU) School of Economics, Banking and Finance has decided to call it quits after two decades of teaching in Fiji.

“I resigned two months before the end of my contract at FNU; I’ve just finally decided to call it quits,” he said.

Professor Jayaraman has had a somewhat colourful career teaching economics at the University of the South Pacific (USP) and FNU.

Prior to his appointments as economics professor at the two Fijian tertiary institutions, Prof Jayaraman was senior economist at the Asian Development Bank from 1982 to 1997 and was a post-doctoral research scholar at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury in New Zealand for a year.

“I’ve been in Fiji since 1998 and teaching at both the USP and FNU but earlier I used to come to Fiji on ADB missions when I was based at the ADB office in Manila, the Philippines,” Prof Jayaraman said.

He said at that time there were no regional offices in Manila and they had to visit countries in the region on ADB missions.

“I was very much involved in the economic affairs of countries in the region then until I retired from ADB in 1997.”

Regarding the recent signing of the Jayaraman family prize for the top BCom & Economics student at FNU, he said this involved endowment fund of $10,000 which he had given and the interest from this would pay for the yearly prize which hopefully, would run for a very long time.

“Earlier than that I gave a similar endowment of $10,000 to USP in 2012 for the MCom Topper Award; the idea is to get students motivated by providing an incentive.

“Also when they get the Jayaraman family prize they will ask who is this Jayaraman, and they will know what I have been doing in my 20 years here,” he said.

According to his website, www.jayaraman.com, he has had six publications about economics in the region, two of which were published by the USP Book Centre.

When asked to comment on Fiji’s 2017-2018 National Budget, he said Fiji was currently doing very well and we should not be worried about the fiscal deficits and the national debt level.

“Fiscally, public debt is low compared to many other countries; it’s not high and we should not be worried about it.

“Whenever the Government raised debt, it was for putting the money into infrastructure,” he said.

When asked whether he had enjoyed working here, he said: “I don’t think any other place in the world will be like Fiji for anybody; it’s not for retirees but for productive persons.”

His wife Pushpa Jayaraman said: “Our time here has been fantastic; we’ve always enjoyed the long walks and we’ll surely miss the place.”

Prof Jayaraman leaves the country with his wife Pushpa this weekend to return to India after spending about two decades teaching in Fiji.

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