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Ashoka Award 2014 for Louise Asher & Amitabh Mattoo


By our reporter

Melbourne, 30 May : Victoria Minister Louise Asher, the Minister for Trade, Employment, Tourism and Major events and on Australia India Institute (AII) inaugural director Amitabh Mattoo were awarded the Australia India Business Council’s (AIBC) 2014 Ashoka Award for their contributions to India-Australia relationship.
The Awards were presented to Minister Asher and Prof Mattoo at a glittering function at the RACV Club attended by the Victorian Governor Mr.Alex Chernov and several Australian and Indian dignitaries. The event was also attended by a large number of prominent guests from businesses, government, media and the community.
The 2014 Ashoka Award is the third in the series that was started in 2012 by the AIBC President Mr. Ravi Bhatia and the Ashoka Award Committee. Prof Mattoo is the first Indian-origin person to receive the award.
Receiving the 2014 Ashoka Award from the Indian High Commissioner Mr. Biren Nanda, Minister Asher said the Victorian government has been working on a four-point engagement programme for building ties with India which included enhancing understanding between the two sides through cultural and student exchange programmes and also building strategic, trade and investment relations.
Minister Asher said that since 2011, she has been on trade missions to India six times from which “the reported exports were recorded at over USD 653 million dollars”.
Prof Mattoo, while thanking Dr Ravi Bhatia for the award, said though relations between Australia and India have improved and grown over past few years, there was still a big scope to further strengthen it.
Speaking on the occasion, the Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Nanda said the new Indian government has been assertive about trade and investment which Australia should see as a unique opportunity to build future relations.
“Because of it having its own majority in Parliament the present government will have greater ease in pulling its agenda but there might also be hurdles in fulfilling the many expectations,” Mr. Nanda said.
Dr Ravi Bhatia said that, quite coincidentally, the evening turned out by a celebration not only for Ashoka Award but also for the elections in India that have conclusively demonstrated the strengths of a democratic city. He said that the strong mandate given to Mr Modi had invigorated the nation for rapid economic growth and opportunities.

- SAT News Service.

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