Forging new academic links between India and Australia

Pictures by Carmen Lee Platt, Encapture Photography. See below for a full captio

Pictures by Carmen Lee Platt, Encapture Photography. See below for a full caption

In summary: 
  • UTS will appoint an Indian academic as a visiting professor for one semester a year over four years under a new agreement with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations
  • UTS has also announced the Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Doctoral Scholarship for Indian Students in honour of former President of India Dr Abdul Kalam

 

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and UTS will establish the Rajiv Gandhi Visiting Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies, ICCR's first chair in Australia.

High Commissioner for India in Australia, Mrs Sujatha Singh, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the chair at a ceremony at UTS last week attended by the former President of India Dr Abdul Kalam and Consul-General of India Mr Amit Dasgupta.

The MoU signing. Professor Ross Milbourne, Dr Kalim and High Commissioner for InThe MoU signing. Professor Ross Milbourne, Dr Kalam and High Commissioner for India in Australia, Mrs Sujatha Singh

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said that under the agreement UTS will appoint an Indian academic as a visiting professor for one semester a year over four years, with a new candidate being selected each year. It is expected the inaugural appointee will be selected by the end of 2011.

"We will be looking for both senior and up-and-coming, dynamic academics for whom this will be a great opportunity," Professor Milbourne said. "While at UTS they will contribute to research, scholarship, educational engagement and mentoring at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels."

Professor Milbourne said UTS was also pleased to announce the Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Doctoral Scholarship for Indian Students. To be advertised internationally, it will provide a full scholarship for an Indian student admitted to PhD in any faculty at UTS.

The scholarship is an initiative of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, which had also arranged for Dr Kalam to visit UTS.

In an announcement made in India, the ICCR said the Rajiv Gandhi Visiting Chair could be considered "a major step in the propagation of India related studies in Australia", fulfilling a larger mandate of "fostering and strengthening academic and cultural links."

At UTS the Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network (IOSARN) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been a prime mover in creating the chair.

IOSARN Director Associate Professor Devleena Ghosh said the research network would also gain a scholarship to support research on Indian Ocean topics.

"For the first three years the chair will be based in Arts and Social Sciences, with a focus in areas such as media and social inquiry, but there is scope at the end of the MoU for the position to move between faculties," Associate Professor Ghosh said.

"The chair is an opportunity to develop collaboration in research and teaching with perhaps several Indian universities over the course of the MoU and an important contribution by UTS to academic development."

Pictured in the main image above: UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) Professor William Purcell greet the former President of India Dr Abdul Kalam.

I think the visiting academic from India is a great idea (assume he can be of any race, albeit he is most likely to be Indian).

What I don't understand is why race is being used to select who gets a PhD student scholarship. What would the reaction be if we created a scholarship only available to Europeans :)

I am against all forms of discrimination including so called positive discrimination or afirmative action.

I believe you are hosting a conference for Indian teachers in June, entitled Compendium, organised by a Delhi based organisation called Eduexcellence. can you please send me details of where the event is being hosted in your university and who i can speak to about the conference. Thanks!

@ Anonymous,

If you don't know there are already scholarships for only Europeans. Please do some research before writing your comments!

Richard, there is no mention of UTS on the conference website, although it is possible the organisers are hiring a venue on campus. Your best bet is to mail them directly: info@eduexcellence.org

I find the amount of international students in our university to be an absolute slap in the face to the hard working australian students we already have in our country. While I know that international students bring both our country and universities income, they take positions away from our own longstanding citizens with national pride. I speak from the point of view of a student at uts struggling to make a transfer between courses, to one that I submajor in, already filled with an obscene ratio of international students to local ones. All who value their position at university should be strongly against the increase of international students, even if this new scholarship is admitting only one.

Study hard mate, don't blame others achievements for your failure

It would always be a priviledge to listen Dr. Kalam.

As an UTS alumni, I normally get campus news via email, but we were not told about this event.
Can we get some information in advance, in case UTS invites such personalities in future.

Thanks.

Andrew, you're absolutely right. Keep your head in the books and you wont have a problem.

It's a pleasure to know that a great academic (and person) such as Dr. Kalam (his written works are amazing!) was on UTS campus, although I'm disappointed to realise that I wasn't aware.

It would be great if students are given the opportunity to attend such events and notified in the same way as they are of other events - email.

I agree with Andrew - international students face the same assesments as the local ones and there's a trivial reason why they may be more successful.

It is indeed an honor for UTS to host and become the recipient of such caliber of scholars from India. Dr Kalam is no stranger in the field of Science and an ambassador for education.

His writings are very inspiring and thought provoking.I am also disappointed like others, that I was able not to meet Dr. Kalam while he was on campus. Probably there should be more publicity of such events in future.

Good Luck for Exams