Waikato University accords posthumous degree to Indian student

The body of Kishore Aravindan being flown back tonight

Venkat Raman

Auckland, April 27, 2018

The Waikato University has awarded a postgraduate degree (Masters) in Business Management to a young student who died six days ago under tragic circumstances in Tauranga.

At a formal ceremony held at the University campus in Hamilton this morning, Kishore Kumar Aravindan was honoured with the qualification for which he had arrived from India in November last year.

His uncle Sanjay Viswanathan arrived from Chennai yesterday (Wednesday) to attend to the formalities relating to the release of the body of young Kishore, including consular matters.

Gratitude expressed

Mr Sanjay told this reporter that the understanding, goodwill and support extended by the officials of the Indian High Commission in Wellington in concluding the procedures speedily were remarkable.

“It is unfortunate that my visit to this beautiful country has not been pleasant. But I am grateful to the officials of the Waikato University for the posthumous Master’s degree conferred on Kishore. My nephew achieved his objective of obtaining such a good qualification, although not during his lifetime. I am also thankful to all his friends, officials and members of the Tamil community in Hamilton and New Zealand and to Indian Newslink for their timely and ready support. I hope to come to New Zealand again to see places of interest and meet people who have become my friends during this unfortunate trip,” he said.

Mr Sanjay is due to return to Chennai by Emirates early tomorrow morning, the same flight which will carry the coffin of Kishore.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kishore Kumar Aravindan was swept away at Omanawa Falls near Tauranga on April 22, 2018) while visiting the famous tourist spot with two other students.

His body was extracted from a 17-meter pit about 24 hours later.

We had carried extensive reports about the unlucky young man on April 23, 2018.


Photo Caption:

The car carrying the body of Kishor Kumar Aravindan leaving Hamilton for Auckland earlier today

Kishore Kumar Aravindan

(Picture supplied)


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