Within a decade of its establishment in 2008, the Australia India Institute has become an indispensable resource in strengthening the relationship and deepening trust between Australia and India. The Institute plays a crucial role in undertaking research and activating bilateral relationships between government, industry, and the community.
The overall mission of the Institute in its next phase is to become the leading centre for engaged research on contemporary India outside the subcontinent. The Aii will build Australia’s capacity for India-related research that addresses key social, political and environmental challenges. The principles of bharosa (trust), maryada (respect), and kalyan (welfare) will guide this mission.
In addressing major challenges facing contemporary India, the
Aii will catalyse learning across disciplinary siloes. Key issues affecting India such as climate change, social discrimination, and health inequality require an interdisciplinary approach. Moreover, studying these issues through an India lens provides a basis for rethinking disciplinary and interdisciplinary debates, as showcased in the Aii’s Question Marks seminar series.
This strategy document sets out five directions that the Institute will pursue over the next five years to realise our mission:
- Building research on India in Australia, especially on key challenges related to education, health, infrastructure, as well as governance and security, and doing so in ways that accord with our principles of respect, trust, and welfare
- Developing long-term research capacity on India at Australian universities, with a particular focus on being an incubator for PhD and post-doctoral research, and partnering closely with counterpart institutions in India
- Increasing opportunities for two-way mobility, collaboration, and knowledge exchange between students, researchers, and educators in India and Australia
- Facilitating dialogues, roundtables, and partnerships between leaders in government, business, research, and youth around our four themes in order to advance understanding and effect change in practice
- Partnering with the Indian diaspora in Australia to leverage and strengthen social and cultural links between both countries
The Strategy also identifies how these different directions support one another, via an encompassing interest in building “Generation Australia-India”. Programs involving students, young people, early career researchers, and young entrepreneurs across the Australia- India boundary are synergistic.
Our strategy builds on the foundation laid over the past decade. Much of the activity signalled in this strategy document is well under way. But the Aii will do a great deal more through partnering with stakeholders who share the same goals.
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