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3MT Competition 2011

The University of the South Pacific’s Three Minute Thesis Competition was staged on Wednesday August 17th. The event was organized by the University Research Office through the generous sponsorship of AusAID, the European Union, Unwired, Tanoa International and Motibhai Group of Companies. Nine postgraduate research students presented compelling orations of their original research in 3 minutes using a single slide and were judged by a judging panel comprising of Professor Trevor Sofield, Professor Susan Kelly and Professor Vilsoni Hereniko. The Three Minute Thesis Competition is an initiative of the University Research Office to enhance the confidence of our postgraduate research students and to create awareness amongst potential higher degree research students.

First Prize Winner – Mr Rajendra Prasad

Mr Rajendra Prasad, the winner of USP's 3MT Competition held on 17thAugust, 2011

Mr Rajendra Prasad, the winner of USP’s 3MT Competition held on 17thAugust, 2011

Mr Rajendra Prasad is a Master of Arts student with the Faculty of Arts and Law (FALE) and is supervised by Dr Paul Geraghty. Mr Prasad’s presentation topic for the 3MT Competition was “Fiji-Hindi – Hamar Baat”.

As the winner of the 3MT Competition at USP, Mr Prasad will represent the University of the South Pacific at the Australia-New Zealand 3MTTM Competition at the University of Western Australia on the 29th of September.


“Fiji Hindi is a language born out of amalgamation of the various dialects of the Girmitiya’s with fusion from Fijian and English. It is the first language of most citizens of Fiji of Indian origin and is spoken by well over a million people worldwide. The reason for doing a total grammar sketch of Fiji Hindi is because there is a lot of confusion between what conversational Hindi is and what Standard Hindi in Fiji is. It argues that the real conversational Hindi is Fiji Hindi. This is due to many critics calling Fiji Hindi a corrupted language with no grammar and expression. The grammar sketch is an attempt to standardize Fiji Hindi writing system and establish grammatical rules which are currently unwritten. The need for such work is great since it is the language used by all in their daily lives in Fiji.”


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