Recognising their contributions in strengthening Indo-Australian relations, eight Indians, including cricketer Sunil Gavaskar have been felicitated with the Australia-India Council (AIC) award.
Australian High Commissioner to India, John McCarthy presented the award to Sunil Gavaskar (sports), Suman Bery for public policy, and Prof Devesh Gopal and Prof Pankaj Singh for education.
Dr Alka Pande and Dr Jasleen Dhamija were felicitated for their contribution in the field of Art, while Dr Jyotindra Jain for Culture and Tarun Das for community, health and sport management, a statement from the Australian High Commission said.
“These awards recognise the special contribution made by these individuals to build a stronger and deeper relations between Australia and India in diverse fields,” McCarthy said at the award function here.
Addressing the function, AIC Chairperson Suzanne Davies said each awardee has made an outstanding effort in building the Indo-Australian relationship.
The AIC, a non-statutory body, was established by the Australian Government in 1992 to strengthen ties with India through contacts and exchanges in a range of fields which promote mutual awareness and understanding.