Speaking at the launch of the Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) at O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, the former Australian High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu, commented, “India now sits at the top tier of countries of importance to Australia. In 2016, the India-Australia relationship is stronger, more diverse, and more active than ever before.”
The CIAS was established to harness the growing momentum of Australia-India relations. Fast forward six years and the bilateral relationship has only continued to deepen. In that time, the CIAS has facilitated hundreds of student and academic exchanges, immersion programs, internships, academic conferences and joint publications.
Here, we speak with Executive Director Professor Shaun Star who has been with the CIAS from the beginning. He shares how promoting the Australian identity on campus and a collaborative work environment has been key to its success.