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Education partnerships the way to go forward between Australia & India: Sheba Nandkeolyar

Photo: SAT/NN.

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 28 November: India and Australia have much in common but partnerships in the education sector are the ones where going forward is the way. This was the opinion of Sheba Nandkeolyar, National Chair Australia India Business Council & founder MultiConnexions. She was addressing a panel discussion on “Connecting Australia & India Through Education Partnerships” at the Indian Consulate, Melbourne, organized by the Indian Consulate and the Women in Business Chapter (WIB) of the AIBC Victoria.

Sheba set the tone for the discussion emphasizing concentrate on the education ties between the two countries while detailing other aspects of the emerging engagement between the world’s biggest democracy and Australia.

A message from the Indian Consul Manika Jain was read out by Mr. Malhotra and Anushka introduced the subject. Rebecca Abharam, student conducted the panel consisting of Jane den Hollander, Vice Chancellor – Deakin University, Jaffa Mckenzie – Senior Market Development Advisor, Victorian Government, and Julia Evans – Project Manager – Project Manager – Australia Academy of the Humanities & Co-Author of the Australia’s Diaspora Advantage report.

There was a lively discussion and it was felt more placements is not the solution, Indian students generally want to settle in Australia, we are two different cultures but still Indian international students are extraordinarily successful. Placement for those going back to India after completing studies here are good and the Indian government has its own pathway with qualifications. It was agreed education partnerships are not just enough and it means jobs also.

The panel discussion was wrapped up and all participants and panelists thanked by Molina Asthana.

Ravi Bhatia gets Hon. Doctorate from Swinburne Univ.


By our community reporter

Melbourne: Mr. Ravi Bhatia, President of the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) Victoria has been honored by the Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne with an Hon. Doctorate in Technology (Doctor of Technology).

The honorary Doctorate was given on 20th December, 2013 during the Convocation of the university, Mr. Bhatia told SAT.


The citation printed in the Graduation Ceremony Program and read by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, at the ceremony said:

“Ravi has contributed significantly to the use of high technology in Australia through founding of Primus Australia and served as its CEO till July 2011. He developed Primus Australia from the beginning into a highly successful and profitable facilities based telecommunications carrier generating over A$500m in annual revenue through organic
growth and acquisitions. Primus became the fourth largest telecommunications carrier and the third largest ISP in an environment of dominance by Telstra.”

“Ravi played a key role in development of a competitive telecommunications industry and Australia-US free-trade agreement as well as interaction with USTR and FCC which are agencies of the United States Government.”

“Ravi led the development and commercial deployment of Australia’s first copper-based DSL broadband services. More recently, he was responsible for roll out of first release NBN sites in Tasmania and NSW. He also pioneered the development of bypass and override codes to introduce competition in Australia’s international telecommunications.”

“He was responsible for development and deployment of indexable and searchable voice order recording systems that contributed significant increase in productivity in the industry. Earlier, he pioneered the use of inverse multiplexing to improve utilization efficiency of international cable bandwidth for internet.”

Mr. Ravi Bhatia founded the Primus Australia and retired as its CEO in 2011. He has held senior management positions in the US, Germany and other countries with Primus, MCI, OTC and Siemens in sales, marketing and public policy. Ravi is a member of the Board of the Alfred Foundation and the President of Australia India Business Council – Victoria.

- SAT News Service

Ashoka Award for Ted Baillieu


By our business reporter

Melbourne, 23 May, 2013: The Governor of Victoria yesterday honored the ex-Premier of Victoria Mr. Ted Baillieu with the Australia India Business Council (Victoria) Ashoka Award at a glittering function at the Grand Hayat, Melbourne. In his address to those present, Mr. Ted Baillieu said he was delighted to work with the Indian community and with India.

” I love every bit of my involvement with India and thank the AIBC and all those involved for honouring me with the Ashoka Award.”

He also traced the relations between Victoria and India and detailed the various trade missions he initiated to India. The former Premier also thanked the Indian media in Melbourne and in India for doing a great job.

The dinner event was also addressed by the Victorian Governor. Mr. John Perera (AIBC) and the President of AIBC-Victoria, Mr. Ravi Bhatia.

Mr Bhatia thanked the VIPs and all those present and appreciated the support of all sponsors.