Australia’s strengthening relations with India were the focus of a roundtable discussion hosted by Murdoch University this week.
The Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Navdeep Suri, and Ambassador Jayant Prasad both spoke at the event about India’s growing economy and the strategic importance of Australia-India relations for security and international relations.
Murdoch University’s Provost Professor Andrew Taggart said the event was part of the University’s commitment to build strong ties with India.
“Over the past four years Murdoch has had an increasingly strong presence in India through forging research connections, student recruitment and staff exchanges with other universities,” he said.
“The New Colombo Plan has also opened opportunities for student exchange, and this year Murdoch sent students to India to study law at OP Jindal University and nanotechnology at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology.
“Next year this commitment to the region will be cemented through the establishment of Western Australia’s first Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR ) Professorial Chair, who will teach and research in the areas of security studies.”
The roundtable event was attended by new federal MHR for Tangney, Ben Morton, and State politicians Liz Behjat and Peter Tinley, reflecting the State's expanding commitment to grow relations with India.
Representatives from other WA universities and government departments who work closely with India also attended.