New role to lead engagement with India at Murdoch September 1, 2015 Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart (right) with Hira Raichandani, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of India, Perth A new academic appointment at Murdoch University aims to deepen understanding of India, facilitate the cultivation of better links with Indian research institutions and attract more Indian students to the Perth university. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of the three year role was recently signed by the Consulate General of India, Perth on behalf of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), which is based in New Delhi, and Professor Andrew Taggart, Acting Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University. The new role, known as the Visiting ICCR Chair, will teach across a number of topics including India’s history, civilization, culture, economy, literature and philosophy. Professor Taggart said the establishment of the Chair reflected Murdoch’s commitment to engagement with India. “This represents the culmination of three years of work initiated by the efforts of Murdoch University colleagues,” he said. “There is enormous potential for student mobility to Murdoch from India and growth in our understanding of India as a result of this new role. An eminent teacher-researcher will be appointed. “It also reinforces a new era at Murdoch as a global university connecting Delhi and Perth, the Indian Ocean capital of Australia. “Murdoch looks forward to welcoming the esteemed Chair in February to teach in security and international relations. The appointment will also complement our recent successes in the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. The Federal Government scheme means Murdoch students will study at two universities in India – O P Jindal Global University and Kalinga University – in 2016.” The High Commissioner of India, Navdeep Suri said that following the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last November, India’s relations with Australia are expanding in many sectors and in particular, education and skill development. “There is also greater interest in Australia to obtain a deeper understanding of India,” he added. “I am confident that the Visiting ICCR Chair at Murdoch University will play an important role.” The ICCR currently has 66 operational Chairs with various foreign universities. The Visiting ICCR Chair at Murdoch is the first such Chair in Western Australia. Professor Taggart recently returned from an education delegation to India, led by Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Research, Asian studies, political science and social sciences, History, literature and religion, School of Arts, School of Arts Research Tags: OP Jindal Global University, andrew taggart, christopher pyne, consulate general of india perth, high commission of india, iccr, india, indian council for cultural relations, kalinga university, murdoch india, narenda modi, navdeep suri, visiting iccr chair murdoch Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!