Amit Menghani, is the 2011 Young Victorian of the Year. Mr Menghani, a 24-year-old aerospace engineering graduate, is president of the Federation of Indian Students of Australia, a not-for-profit student body. Amit was in the forefront with FISA founder Gautam Gupta and others during the protests against attacks on Indian overseas students. The issue made headlines in the media nationally and internationally.
Two years ago, Amit Menghani led a rally of thousands angry Indian overseas students to the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House, protesting against a spate of violent attacks against Indian students in Melbourne. Yesterday he became the 2011 Young Victorian of the year.
In 2009, he sought to raise awareness of the problem of violence against Indians after a young student was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver at a party in Hadfield.
”There lacked a channel between the media and the students, so I decided to make people aware that these things were happening,” Mr Menghani said yesterday.
Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Mr Menghani arrived in Australia at 18.His middle-class ”family of battlers” took out a loan of $100,000 to educate their son at RMIT. In his acceptance speech, yesterday, he said he had learnt from his family’s sacrifice and understood that in life, you needed to do ”that little bit extra”, reports The Age.
He owed a lot to Victoria – it was here that he met ”the love of his life” – and hoped one day it would become ”a world leader in multi-ethnic co-habitation”.
Source: The Age