Saturday, June 25, 2011
PANDIT Kamlesh Arya has been appointed president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji. Mr Arya previously held the position from 1996 to 2009 until his posting to Canberra as Fiji's High Commissioner.
A career schoolteacher, Mr Arya has taught in primary and special education schools around the country and after 20 years of service to education, he resigned in 1993 to join the Fiji Teachers Union as industrial relations officer, a position he held until 2001 when he ventured into politics.
After serving a full five-year parliamentary term as a Labour Party representative, Mr Arya did not seek re-election in 2006.
In 1996, Mr Arya contested the position of the president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji and having won then, he held the position until 2009.
On his appointment as Fiji's High Commissioner to Australia, Mr Arya relinquished his position as president of the Sabha.
Pandit Arya was recalled to Fiji by the Government in October 2009 and re-engaged with the Sabha on his return.
During his presidency, the Sabha undertook the establishment of The University of Fiji of which he is the foundation trustee and a member of the UniFiji Council. At UniFiji, Mr Arya is the chairman of the Finance and Physical Planning and Development Committees.
Mr Arya is married to Urmila Arya - a teacher.