The attitude of PM Modi is more entrepreneurial and the new government shows more confidence in having foreigners participating in the education sector, says Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria, who was on a recent trip to India to inaugurate the Australia India Institute (AII) Delhi centre. Excerpts from an interview:
Which sectors hold scope for Indian students?
Some of the main sectors to look at are engineering, IT and aviation. Victoria has 40% of the biomedical sector in Australia. Students interested in studying biomedical can come and complete their education here. La Trobe University also has an agro-bio center with 400 researchers working on agricultural matters to help provide information and innovation to other countries. Melbourne also has large scale cultural programmes.
What kind of scholarships are on offer?
Among many, we have the Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships worth AU$90,000 each for the duration of the PhD candidature and a full fee waiver. The Victorian Government in the last two years has supported scholarships worth AU$2.3million for Indian students. The Victorian Government provided AU$440,000 to deliver vocational teacher training programmes in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
What will the Australia India Institute focus on?
In India, the policy makers and leaders can participate on dialogue about relationship with Australia, usually about joint ventures in research and other collaborations. It’ll also get Australians to visit India and talk about common issues related to both countries.