We are delighted to advise that Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar is the Acting Director of the Australia India Institute effective from 1 December 2020. Prof Ashokkumar is currently Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor International (India) for the University of Melbourne, where he has responsibility for international strategy and relationships with India. He will continue in that role concurrently.
Ashok is a great champion for engagement with India at the University. He helped to establish the Melbourne India Postgraduate Program (MIPP), Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) and the BSc Blended program, involving partner institutions across India.
Prof Ashokkumar is a great friend of the Aii and has been engaged with the Institute for many years. He will work closely with its staff and stakeholders while the search for a new Aii Director takes place. We look forward to working with Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar (Ashok) during this transition period.