By Christopher Kremmer
On 31 May 2013, the Australia India Institute hosted an Australia-India Roundtable bringing together a talented and diverse group of Indian Parliamentarians and Melbourne-based academics, policy makers and business leaders.
Rising political stars of India including Harsimrat Kaur Badal from Punjab and Shiv Kumar Udasi from Karnataka spoke on India’s education challenges, with responses from the University of Melbourne’s Professor Fazal Rizvi and Ms Marion van Rooden of the Department of Business and Innovation, Government of Victoria.
Other topics for discussion included India’s health challenges and energy security, with Mr David Luff of the resources company Rio Tinto participating in talks on the latter.
The MPs’ visit to Melbourne was sponsored by the Australia India Institute and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the New Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research’s Governance & Public Policy Initiative.
Mr Ramesh Chandran, director of the CPR initiative which conducts annual leadership programs for prominent Indian MPs and officials in conjunction with Princeton University and Oxford University, expressed interest in establishing a similar program at UoM, a suggestion the A.I.I will pursue.