The Australian High Commission organised a Gala dinner reception to celebrate Australia and India’s ever-growing partnership in Education and research in the presence of Hon. Jason Clare, MP, Australian Minister of Education, on 2nd March 2023. In attendance were Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education – Government of India, fifteen to twenty Vice Chancellors of top Universities viz, Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Deakin, New South Wales, Western Australia, ANU to name few and representatives of universities of India and other eminent dignitaries.
Ms Lisa Singh, CEO-Australia India Institute, introduced Asha student Abhishek. Abhishek narrated his transformation journey from the slums of Delhi to the prestigious University of Sydney to pursue master's in management- CEMS with a full scholarship with Asha’s support and how it helped to change his destiny by laying the foundation of his professional career. The Education he received has been instrumental in driving his life’s progress and paved the way for changing the face of his community.
Minister Clare started his speech by mentioning that students like Abhishek are one reason for him being the Minister of Education. He said that Education provides the platform for transforming and changing people’s lives, especially youth. He also mentioned that Abhishek’s learning in Australia hopefully would help him in the development of his community. In his speech, the Minister also mentioned organisations like Asha and Salam Balak Trust and how they helped the youth and children from marginalized society to progress and prosper through the power of Education.
Abhishek was privileged to sit at the same table with Hon. Minister Clare and Hon. Minister Pradhan during the event.
Professor Mark Scott- Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney, who was also present at the event, expressed his delight in the wonderful partnership with Asha and hoped to strengthen it in the coming years.
Asha would like to thank the Australian High Commission and Minister Clare for providing opportunity to Abhishek to share his life’s journey in presence of such an august gathering.