Australian High Commissioner to India Inaugurates 'Centre for India-Australia Studies' at Jindal University

SONIPAT, India, October 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

The Centre Aims to Create Greater Awareness and Collaboration in Academia and Promote Stronger Ties in the Bilateral Relationship Between the two Countries 

- India and Australia are Both Committed to a Non-proliferating World and Share a Common Goal to Ensure the Stability and Security of our Region. Our Military, Economic and People-to-people Ties Have Been Deeply Strengthened Over Time: H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India

- The Establishment of the Centre for India-Australia Studies is taking place at an important Inflection Point in the Bilateral Relationship, as our Relationship has Grown Dramatically and Evolved to a Strategic Partnership in Recent Times: H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India.

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Her Excellency Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India, today inaugurated the Centre for India-Australia Studies at the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU). The High Commissioner visited the university to deliver a distinguished public lecture on 'The Importance of India-Australia Relations,' a forum organised by the Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS) at the university campus in Sonipat, Haryana.

The CIAS will work to enhance the understanding of the common values and vibrant diversities of India and Australia and promote growth of the bilateral relationship. The CIAS will aim to create a multi-disciplinary discourse to help promote greater awareness in policy, governance and academia between the two countries.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India said, "I am delighted to be here for the establishment of the Centre for India-Australia Studies. It is a landmark initiative and an artefact of the rapidly deepening Australia India relationship."

Highlighting the importance of the bilateral relationship between India and Australia, the High Commissioner observed, "India now sits at the top tier of countries of importance to Australia. In 2016, the India-Australia relationship is stronger, more diverse, and more active than ever before. Our bilateral relationship has grown dramatically and has evolved to a strategic partnership since 2009."

The High Commissioner observed that both countries are committed to a non-proliferating world and share a common goal to ensure the stability and security of our region. Further, our military, economic and people-to-people ties have been deeply strengthened over time.

In her closing remarks, H.E. Ms. Sidhu, noted that there is a tremendous value-add in India in innovation, technology and services and it is in these areas that Australia's and India's future economic ventures will develop. Among these sectors, education, skilling and training will all lie at the forefront.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor, JGU, said, "At a fundamental level, Australia and India are both liberal democracies which share a commitment to the rule of law, fundamental human rights and the peaceful resolution of disputes. As India intends to Look and Act East, and Australia focuses on deepening ties in the Asia Region, the India-Australia relationship will assume increasing importance over time. The CIAS has indeed been established at an opportune moment in the history of the bilateral relationship."

Prof. C. Raj Kumar, further observed, "As a research-intensive institution, our larger objective is to continuously engage in activities that promote research, knowledge creation and capacity building. The setting up of CIAS is a realisation of that objective and seeks to promote knowledge creation and scholarly research in all its manifestations."

Encouraged by the convergence of common interests in areas such as education, regional security, energy and resources and international trade, the India-Australia relationship has been growing from strength to strength. Both nations have taken extraordinary steps to strengthen bilateral ties.

Highlighting the objective of setting up Centre for India-Australia Studies, Shaun Star, Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Centre for India-Australia Studies at Jindal Global Law School, said, "The Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS) is the first and the only Centre with a focus on the India-Australia bilateral relationship that is embedded in an Indian Higher Education Institution. The CIAS aims to create awareness about Australia in India, increase the opportunities available for student mobility, research, facilitate policy dialogue, business engagement, training and capacity development programmes."

"As the strategic bilateral relationship assumes increasing importance, there is scope for numerous stakeholders to strive for a deeper and more meaningful engagement. The CIAS is focused on building stronger links between India and Australia," noted Professor Star.

Since November 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed a state visit to Australia, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in almost three decades, the governments of both countries have been working together to finalise a free trade agreement to facilitate even closer economic relations. The CIAS has been established to harness this momentum and drive collaboration in key areas of the relationship.

About O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU):

JGU is a non-profit global university established by the Haryana Private Universities (Second Amendment) Act, 2009. JGU is established in memory of Mr. O.P. Jindal as a philanthropic initiative of Mr. Naveen Jindal, the Founding Chancellor. The University Grants Commission has accorded its recognition to O.P. Jindal Global University. The vision of JGU is to promote global courses, global programmes, global curriculum, global research, global collaborations, and global interaction through a global faculty. JGU is situated on an 80-acre state-of-the-art residential campus in the National Capital Region of Delhi.

JGU is one of the few universities in Asia that maintains a 1:15 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. JGU has established five schools: Jindal Global Law School, Jindal Global Business School, Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy and Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities.

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