In a bid to boost ties with India, the Australian government on Wednesday announced 19 grants worth 630,000 dollars for several projects in the field of education, science, sports, arts and culture. “I announce the recipients of grants funded by Australia-India Council,” foreign minister Julie Bishop said. “The successful grants include an exchange between TAFENSW and India’s Centurion University to share expertise for training indigenous learners, collaboration between University of New South Wales and Indian scientists to develop effective new water purification systems for the country’s water supply,” she said.
It also includes development of a website by Women’s Legal Service Tasmania and TRS Law Offices in India to provide young Indian women with information about their rights. Sports programme will also be undertaken jointly in India by Hockey Australia and Dabang Mumbai Hockey Club to share expertise in hockey training, she said.
The grant has also been assigned to a project by Soft Tread Enterprises to tell the story of historical links between Australia and India through theatrical and literary performances and for a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology and KM Music Conservatory Chennai to develop new approaches to music curriculum and facilitate ongoing exchanges with New Colombo Plan students.