6 – 7 PM, THURSDAY 16 MAY 2013, MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL, THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, LECTURE THEATRE G08. GROUND FLOOR, 185 PELHAM ST, CARLTON, VIC 3053 The Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Mr Peter Varghese AO will tonight in Melbourne deliver the annual Australia India Institute Oration on the subject ‘Our Journey with India’
Distinguished Fellow of the Aii Wayne Lewis has been appointed as the Commissioner for Victoria in India. Premier Denis Napthine made the announcement yesterday of two key appointments, Lewis’ move to Bangalore, and Geoffrey Conaghan as the Agent-General for Victoria in London. “The roles of Commissioner and Agent-General are critical in leading and deepening Victoria’s ongoing relationships within key international regions,” Dr Napthine said. “I am delighted to appoint candidates of the calibre and experience of Mr Lewis and Mr Conaghan to these pivotal roles, which are based in our Bangalore and London offices respectively.
The Aii's Chair of Indian Studies Anthony D'Costa, in colaboration with Amiya Kumar Bagchi has released a new publication entitled 'Transformation and Development: The Political Economy of Transition in India and China.'
A report to be published tomorrow suggests skilling up migrants to become language teachers could help realise government plans to make Australia more ‘Asia literate’. The report, published by the Australia India Institute based at the University of Melbourne, says innovative ways to deliver language teaching will be needed if the Federal government’s plan to introduce the teaching of Hindi in Australian schools is to become a reality.
The test will be whether Australia and India can turn their converging interests into naval exercises, technology partnerships and shared maritime surveillance. A new plan for Australian defence policy has big implications for India. For New Delhi, the good news is that Canberra's 2013 Defence White Paper (WP), launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week, sharply redefines Australia's region of strategic interest as being broadly the same as India's: the Indo-Pacific.
A public call for submissions into the Government’s Australia in the Asian Century country strategies turned into a debate on whether a focus on Asian languages was necessary for improving relations between Australia and our five priority Asian partners. Constituents from the Higher Education sector called for a focus on key Asian languages; Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian, and Korean, saying it’s impossible to do business with Asia or understand their culture if we don’t speak the same language.
Former Federal Labor MP Maxine McKew will tomorrow address the Australia India Institute on the impact of recent Federal government policies on the nation’s drive to engage more closely with Asia.
Indian students in Australia have reacted to a new opinion poll, saying perceptions in India that they are unsafe don’t accord with their experience. The poll commissioned by the Australia India Institute and Lowy Institute for International Policy found that while Indians ranked Australia second only to the United States as their preferred education destination, 62 per cent of respondents believed that despite recent improvements, Australia is still a dangerous place for Indian students.