Mandi youth honoured for building better communities in Australia

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 20:26 IST

A youth from the Mandi district, Abhishek Awasthi, who is working at La Trobe University Student Engagement and Transition, recently received national recognition for his work in helping shape the next generation of leaders in Australia.

Awasthi has been recognised as one of the leading practitioners in higher education across Australia and received the award for excellence by a New Entrant in Tertiary Education Management, sponsored by Campus Living Villages, an international student accommodation firm.

Rob Stephenson, head of campus, Bendigo, in his statement, said the award recognised young staff, who made significant achievements in their fields within the first five years of working within tertiary education.

“Abhishek is passionate about motivating students to engage in learning through first-hand experience of community action. In his role as University Student Engagement and Transition Officer he has been a strong advocate of volunteering, civic engagement and leadership development” added Stephenson.

He said that the program shaped their students' capacity to address most pressing global challenges, whether they were related to innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainable thinking or global citizenship.

Awasthi moved to Melbourne from here in 2008, before settling in Bendigo in 2010. He studied a master of biotechnology and bioinformatics at La Trobe, before taking up a role within the university.

“I might have been the recipient of the award, but it also recognises the best practice of numerous staff, which I have worked with during my time at La Trobe University” said Awasthi.

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