Australia India Institute Celebrates All Things India

INDIA WEEK 2020 Oct. 26-30

MELBOURNE, Oct 16:  India Week is the annual celebration of all things India. Feeling home sick, then be prepared for this rather extraordinary online flight to your dream country. Organised by the Australia India Institute (AII), Melbourne University, from culture and thought to politics and society, the week is packed full of free events from October 26-30.

To attend the five day’s event one just has to register for individual events. Your participation will help mutual understanding and strengthen links between the two countries.

On Monday, October 26,4 PM (AEDT) there will be a one-hour interactive session that aims to provide insights on occupational demand, future trends, and potential employment opportunities in Australia and India. A panel of industry professionals and alumni will discuss key industry trends, skills needed in a post-COVID 19 world, the importance of having work experience and networking.

Speakers at the event are Nandini Shetty, Head of Talent Acquisition, APAC, Infosys, Manorani Guy, Co-Founder/President, VicWISE, Siddharth Gupta, University of Melbourne alumni representative and Keeratdeep Kaur, University of Melbourne alumni representative.

On Tuesday, October 27, 12,00 PM (AEDT) anyone can have an online yoga class, from beginners to intermediate levels. The one-hour free class will be run by Nupur Biswas, live from Mumbai, India. One has to make sure to login with comfortable clothes and space to practice.

On Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 PM (AEDT) there will be a live recording of the ‘Asia Rising’ podcast as part of the Australia India Institute’s ‘India Week’ via zoom. The subject is – Assessing India and Australia’s strategic partnership. Guest: Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan (Distinguished Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi) Host: Dr. Bec Strating.

The podcast raises vital questions. Are Australia and India’s strategic interests closely aligned? How does India’s leadership define its core national security interests, and seek to manage relationships with rising China and the US? And what practical steps can India and Australia take to further strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation?

On Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEDT) a webinar on Humanitarianism in South Asia – How can Australia help South Asia during the Covid-19 crisis? Panel members – Cherian Thomas Regional Leader, South Asia & Pacific Region, World Vision International and Emma Mawdsley, Geography Department, University of Cambridge, Director, Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies, Vice Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge. This webinar will allow 20-30minutes for audience interaction and Q&A.

On Thursday, October 29, 5:00 PM (AEDT) a Panel event on India’s Heritage: Preserving the Past While Embracing the Future will take place. Panel: Dr. Kiran Shide (Planning, La Trobe University),
Professor Utpal Sharma (Dean and Director at the Institute of Architecture and Planning at NIRMA University, India) and Dr. Anita Smith (Archeology and History, La Trobe University). Chair: Dr. Bec Strating (La Trobe Asia). This is a La Trobe Asia event.

Registrations can be done for all the events at –