Major boost for University’s engagement with India

October 10 / 46

The University's Australia India Institute will become the national centre for Indian studies in Australia.

The State Government has announced funding for a Chair in Contemporary Indian Studies at the Institute as well as 10 prestigious scholarships and a public lecture series featuring eminent Indians.

In a first for Victoria, a professorial chair, involving teaching and conducting research in contemporary Indian studies, will promote the development of advanced scholarship in relevant areas for India and Australia and encourage the exchange of ideas and understanding among scholars in both countries and in the wider international community.

The University Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of the Australian India Institute Mr Alex Chernov said: "Initiatives like this underline Melbourne’s commitment to being a truly international university.

"Its engagements and partnerships are aimed not only at promoting educational exchanges between countries but at enhancing the sharing of knowledge, culture and experience."

Acting Director of the Australia India Institute, Professor John Webb, said the announcements celebrated the commitment to India by the Victorian Government, the Institute and the University and were a significant advancement of the relationship with India.

“The Chair will provide a focus for high level research, analysis and understanding of contemporary India at the University,” he said.

The 10 scholarships will be shared among Victorian universities and are aimed at post-graduate students from India.

Professor Webb said these prestigious scholarships would attract the best and the brightest young Indian scholars to Victoria who, on return to India, will contribute at a high level to the thriving Indian economy and society and will help in expanding sustainable links between India and Australia.

The Institute was established in 2008 by the University to enhance mutual engagement and understanding between Australia and India in key priority areas including education, business, the economy and around scientific, cultural and social issues.

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