Director’s Message: The Australia India Institute in 2018

2018 has been such an exciting year at the Australia India Institute.

We convened the Australia India Leadership Dialogue in January in Delhi. We hosted India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, in Melbourne in July. We also facilitated the visit of the President of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, to the University of Melbourne in November.

Alongside these high-profile events, we ran a major early career conference, held our second ‘India Week’ in Melbourne, convened an international conference on youth, and launched Victoria’s new India Strategy in Melbourne and Delhi. We signed an agreement with the University of Western Australia to establish an Affiliate Centre in Perth and enlarged our New Generation Network of post-doctoral scholars. In 2018, the Aii ran a total of 72 events.

Most recently, the team at the Aii have also been developing a new Strategy that sets out a vision for the Institute becoming the leading centre for engaged research on India outside the subcontinent. At the Aii we wish to use our energy, reputation and reach to build capacity for world-class applied and basic research that addresses the key social, economic, and political challenges facing the sixth of humanity living in India (challenges that affect Australia, too). These challenges concern education, health, infrastructure, and governance, in particular, but also relate to social equity, technological change, and youth.

This is an amazingly exciting time to be doing this suite of work. There is a buzz around the topic of India in Australia. There is a sense of connectedness, of mutual interest, and of the enormous benefits that come from collaboration. In addition, we have a wonderful group of friends and supporters, not least within the University of Melbourne itself, but also in other universities, government, business, and the community – thank you everyone!

2019 may be even more exciting than 2018. We look forward to working with you all in the New Year!

 

Craig Jeffrey

Director and CEO

Australia India Institute