The local student body of the University of the South Pacific has put their trust in the principles of good governance of the University to solve its internal issues.
The Student Association of the University of the South
Pacific Cook Islands Campus would like to see the issue surrounding the
University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia resolved.
Earlier this week, Ahluwalia and his wife were deported
from Fiji to Australia. The Fijian government stated that Ahluwalia and his
wife breached the Immigration Act.
University’s Cook Islands student council president Mani
Mate said: “The view of the USP Student Association Cook Islands Campus is that
this is an unfortunate event that can adversely affect staff and student morale
and trust in the principles of good governance of the University.”
“We hope that the USP Council can come to a fair
resolution that is in the best interest of all stakeholders.”
The Council which is the executive governing body of the
University met yesterday. Education minister Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa represented
Cook Islands at the virtual meeting.
Mate said the student body would like to see this issue
resolved at the earliest opportunity “as not to impede” on the upcoming
According to Fijian media, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Pal Ahluwalia was not allowed to attend the USP Council meeting yesterday.
Professor Ahluwalia through his Twitter page yesterday
said: “Although Fiji cancelled my work permit and frustrated my contract in a
premeditated move, it is only Council that had the right to hire or dismiss the
VCP. Please keep up your prayers for good to win over evil.”
University of the South Pacific is owned by the
governments of 12 Pacific island countries, including Cook Islands.