Budget Forum at Derrick Campus
Holi Celebration Reports
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To run any country smoothly there is a need for a carefully strategized budget from the Government. Like all countries, the
Fijian Government had made their budget allocation for all the various ministries. The Attorney-General and Minister of
Economy, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, like the previous year, had visited the DERRICK campus to discuss the year’s budget
and how the country’s economy had changed over the lapse of time with the current government in power.
The date of the forum was set on the 20th of March, 2018. However, due to the Attorney-General’s arrival back to the country
on the same day the forum date was set. It began at 9:30 and ended at 12. The 3 Hour forum began with the honorable Minister
discussing in detail the 2017-2018 Budget, The amount of money that was used in the various ministries that contributed to the
growth of the economy and factual data from around the world in comparison to Fiji with the aid of a PowerPoint Presentation.
Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum took his time in clearly interpreting the slides to the audience to avoid ambiguity, With the Conclusion of
his presentation an email address was provided by the Ministry of Economy whereby students are free to write and inquire
further information he also gave time to the students who had questions about the budget presentation and other issues that
they may face as students and members of the faculty.
All queries that were raised by the students and members of the faculty were answered by the Attorney-General and Minister
of Economy. Recommendations were raised by students such as assumption of tuition fees for students as well as to abolish
the payment of interests in TSLB loan scheme for students whose families earn a low income. Such recommendations were
taken note of by the Members of the Ministry of Economy who were present. The Attorney-General and Minister of Economy’s
team thanked the Derrick Students Association (DSA) for the massive turnout as well as informing the students prior to the
event. The Forum was a success whereby members of the audience were satisfied with the information that was relayed to
them in the forum.
Attorney-General and Minister of Economy Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with
members of the Derrick Students Association (DSA). Picture: DSA
Attorney-General and Minister of Economy Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum listens as DSA President Mr.
Rizwan Asgar asks his question on clarifyimg free education. Photo: DSA
Attorney-General and Minister of Economy Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum thoroughly
explains the PowerPoint Presentation as Students, Members of the Faculty and
Vice Chancellor Mr. Nigel Healey looks on. Photo: DSA
Holi- is a Hindu spring festival not only is it celebrated in India but throughout the world. It is known as the festival of colors
There are various aspects of Holi which makes it so significant. Though it might not be so apparent but a closer look and a little
thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than what meets the eyes. Ranging from social-cultural, religious to
biological, there is every reason why we must heartily enjoy the festival and cherish the reasons for its celebration.
The Executive members of Fiji National University Students Association who are part of the Ba campus had organized a Holi
celebration at its campus. The celebration was held on the 2nd of March, 2018. The ceremony was conducted from 11.30am
to 1.00pm. The President of Fiji National University Students Association Mr. Ketan Kirit Lal served as the chief guest and was
accompanied by his executive team.
The Holi Celebration was a success as staff and students of Ba Campus enjoyed immensely with the Executive Members of
the Fiji National University Students Association. Refreshments were also provided for those who attended the celebration.
FNU Student Association President Mr. Ketan Lal with Ba Student Association President
Mr. Divyesh Maharaj. Picture: Ba.SA
FNUSA Executive Members with students of Ba Campus. Picture: Ba.SA Students of Ba Campus with their item, Picture: Ba.SA
Holi being a very important event in the Indian calendar we, the DSA, thought that the students of the university should get a
chance to celebrate this with each other. This was also a chance for the regional students to experience different culture and
The event was held on 9th of March from 7pm to 10pm. The preparations of this event had begun one week earlier. Every
member of the association had been given different tasks to carry out. The posters and advocating on the celebration was
carried out by the association PRO. The host for the event was chosen to be the associations VP. The chief guest for the event
was chosen to be Dr Rao.
The celebrations began with a bang by a performance by Desi Beats Dance Crew. They also performed two other items on
different timings during the event. There was traditional Holi song (Faag) singing presentation by an invited group, SKYSAA
Mandli. The event lasted for two and a half hour.
All guests present were served with dinner by members of the association. Food was prepared by Mohammad Dhaba. There
was also color provided for playing since Holi is the festival of colors.
At the end of the day, the initiative taken by the DSA to celebrated Holi with staffs and students of FNU Samabula was
acknowledged by all that were present. The event being a success has motivated the association in carrying out more events
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ~Wassily Kandinsky
HOLI CELEBRATION - A FESTIVAL OF COLORS
Holi is known as the “festival of colors” and is celebrated by Hindus
in Fiji and all over the world. It signifies the victory of good over
evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many, a festive day
to meet others play and laugh, forgive and forget, and repair
broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a
good harvest. Holi was celebrated by the Indian Cultural Students
Association (ICRA) on Monday 5th March, 2018 at the FNU
Natabua foyer. There were around 200 students present for this
special event, which consisted of not only Indian Students, but
also students from other cultural groups such as i-Taukei students.
The students of our campus danced and sang to celebrate this
special occasion. This is also an event that brings Indian students
together and for them to be able to know one another and put
aside their differences. The Indian Cultural Students Association
(ICRA) invited the Acting Dean of the College of Humanities and
Education, Professor Unaisi Nabobo, as the chief guest for the
day. Other lecturers and staff of the campus also turned up to
witness the program. Professor Nabobo highlighted that “Holi is
about bringing people together”. ICRA also provided sweets and
juice as refreshments for the students to enjoy as part of the
celebration. The i-Taukei students got to enjoy the refreshments
just like their Hindu brothers and sisters. After the formal aspects
of the event were done, students splashed colors and water for an
hour after which the program endedProfessor Nabobo delivers her speech to students and lecturers present at the
Celebration. Picture: ICRA
Mrs. Vidya Singh introduces the chief Guest
Acting Dean of College of Humanities and
Chief Guest Professor Unaisi Nabobo.
Acting Dean of College of Humanities and
Educatio Professor Unaisi Nabobo as she delivers
her speech at the nCelebration. Picture: ICRA
Staff and students of FNU Natabua Campus enjoys the
Entertainment. Photo: ICRA
and play with
colors as the
also part of the
Master of Ceremony and FNUSAN
Members of ICRA with FNUSA NSA President Margaret
Gabriel and FNUSAN Treasurer Salvin Kumar.
Students of Natabua celebrating Holi with songs.
Students of FNU Natabua Campus celebrate Holi by singing And playing
instruments. Photo: ICRA
The FNUSA had its first Annual General Meeting on the 24th of March,
2018. This function was held at the FNU Ba Campus.
However, aside from going over the main agenda for the AGM, FNUSA
had also incorporated the commemoration of the global event
known as Earth Hour, which fell on the same date as the AGM, at
Each of the voting members of the AGM had received reusable bags
from the SA, containing a notepad and pen. The bags were
branded with the FNUSA logo, the logo of earth hour (60+) and the logo
for the World Wide Fund for Nature (panda bear), which is
the body that established the Earth Hour practice.
Additionally, the Vice President Communications of FSMed, Melissa
Sami, gave an elaborate speech on the definition of Earth Hour,
its foundation and its significance. It was an enlightening experience for
all those who were present, including the National
executives, association presidents and the voting members of the 11
The AGM concluded with a photo session, during which the students
held up their Earth Hour reusable bags and posed with smiles