Professor Subramani has been appointed the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fiji by the University Council who met for a special meeting at the Samabula Campus last Saturday. This appointment has been well received by the staff and students of The University of Fiji.
Professor Subramani has been a professor at all three universities in Fiji where he has served in various roles as Dean, Pro Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor, and he has been visiting professor and writer to many countries. He has also been part of Fiji’s Education Commission 2000; therefore he is well-informed about educational issues in the country. He is currently the Professor in Literature and Language, School of Humanities, University of Fiji.
He is a distinguished writer and literary scholar, the author of many seminal books, and who writes both in English and Hindi. His two recent books are: Wild Flowers (2017) and Fiji Maa; Mother of a Thousand (2018). He has been recipient of National and international awards for his work
He will now hold the responsibility of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor until the substantive Vice-Chancellor assumes office. Professor Subramani took over the duties from the former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Narendra Reddy. With the support and well wishes from all stakeholders, he will give fresh academic and intellectual direction to the university.
Here is what he says:
The University is moved by the ideals of the noble Founder of the organisation that established this institution, who speaks of the virtues of truth and goodness. The pursuit of truth and human values is indeed the goal of any university that wishes to make a difference without succumbing to soulless utilitarianism. We should not be shy of high ideals because we are living in desperate times where truth, liberty, fairness and virtuous work are all under a great deal of strain. The University of Fiji will endeavour to cultivate the power of resilience in our teachers and students, as well as in the larger community. We believe we can achieve this in our teaching, research, scholarship and governance collectively by implementing the principles of shared governance. There has been a breath of fresh life from the University Council which we want to translate into a new direction for the University.