AII@Delhi, the first centre of the Institute’s network to be established in India, opened in February 2015. The Institute’s plans to expand its operations to India with a centre in Delhi were revealed by Australia’s Prime Minister at the time, the Hon. Tony Abbott, MP, during his trip to India in September 2014.
“I welcome the Institute’s plans to open its first node in India in 2015, supported by the University of Melbourne,” Mr Abbott said.
In August 2015, the then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne inaugurated the centre’s Delhi offices during a trip to India by an Australian education delegation including vice-chancellors from some of Australia’s leading Universities.
“With nodes also at La Trobe University and the University of New South Wales, it is good to see a deep focus on India at a time when the relationship between our two countries is fast growing in importance.” Mr Pyne said.
“The Institute plays a crucial role in strengthening the relationship in education and research between Australia and India, and the New Delhi node can only strengthen this,” he said.
By promoting public policy dialogue and academic debate, the new centre will facilitate research partnerships and serve as a resource hub for academics, policy makers and businesses.
A dynamic program of lectures, seminars and events will enable thought leaders from India and Australia to engage with each other on current issues in a wide range of disciplines.
The AII@Delhi will work closely with the Government of India, the Australian High Commission, and Indian universities and think tanks to expand the work of the Melbourne-based Australia India Institute. The Institute is committed to deepening and enriching the strategic relationship between Australia and India, a relationship that is emerging as one of the most significant Asian partnerships of the 21st century.