Australia India Council Annual Report 1999–2000
The objective of the CouncilÂs Indian studies program is to promote within Australia an informed understanding of Indian society and politics.
To encourage the study of India in Australian universities, the Council has supported a series of workshops conducted by the National Centre for South Asian Studies which have brought together honours and postgraduate students from all parts of Australia to discuss research and future directions in Indian studies with experts from Australia and overseas. The Council provided funding for the seventh such workshop, held in Melbourne in July 2000.
With airfare funding provided by the Council during the previous year, seven Australian economics students participated in the Annual Undergraduate Economics Convention at the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate Board colleges in Mumbai during December 1999.
The Council provided funding to enable Dr Lakshmi Subramaniam of Calcutta University to give the keynote South Asia Lecture at the biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia conference in Melbourne in July 2000 and to present lectures and briefings at universities in Bendigo, Sydney, Newcastle and Perth.
To encourage Australian interest in, and understanding of, India through IndiaÂs literary culture, the Council provided funding to enable the participation of prominent Indian critic and novelist Mr Pankaj Mishra in the Sydney WritersÂ Festival in May 2000. Mr Mishra subsequently participated in literary events in Mel bourne, organised by the Asialink Centre.