Australian Alumni Excellence Awards 2011

Chennai, India (PressExposure) August 05, 2011 -- Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations presented the awards to alumni from Australian education institutions who excelled in their studies and made an outstanding contribution in their chosen field.

The awards showcase Australia's education excellence and the achievements of alumni across a diverse range of fields, including Art and Culture, Sports, Business Leadership, Innovation and Research, Community Service, Alumni Service and honorary felicitation.

The evening also marked the South India launch of the Australian Government's "Endeavours of Excellence" book - a publication celebrating Australia's education ties with India and the South and South East Asia region. Seventeen alumni from India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal are featured in the book.

2011 Australian Alumni Excellence Award Winners

Honorary Award

Mr N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor, Infosys Limited

The honorary award is to recognise and honour Mr N R Narayana Murthy for the significant role played by Mr N R Narayana Murthy towards development of Australia - India relationship. Mr Narayana Murthy is the Chair of the Research Advisory Council of The IITB-Monash Research Academy, a joint venture between the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Monash University. The IITB-Monash Research Academy is a showcase for collaboration between Australian and Indian Institutions in the field of scientific research and development. Mr. Murthy has been recently conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by Australia's prestigious Monash University.

Alumni Award for Business Leadership

Mr Arvind Jadhav, Chairman and Managing Director of National Aviation Company of India Limited

An alumni of Curtin University with an MBA in Strategic Management, Mr Arvind Jadhav is a part of the Indian Administrative Service. Mr Jadhav is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of National Aviation Company of India Limited, which runs Air India - The national carrier of India.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Mr Sahil Shroff

An alumni of Deakin University and Monash University with Bachelor of e-commerce, marketing and Masters in Applied Information, Mr Sahil Shroff has been associated with the media, advertising industry in India and Internationally. He has undertaken modelling assignments for Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and has been a brand ambassador for HCL Computers, Pantaloons.Mr Shroff has also been actively involved in representing Australian educational institutions as their ambassador in India.

Alumni Award for Innovation and Research

Dr Jayaraman Gowrishankar, Director & Staff Scientist, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting & Diagnostics, Hyderabad

A Ph.D. from University of Melbourne, DrJayaraman Gowrishankar, has exemplary research achievements in the field of microbial and molecular genetics; physiology and gene regulation. Dr Gowrishankaris actively engaged in a variety of science-related public activities in India, training and educational on intellectual property rightsand on Committees for evaluation of grant proposals, individuals, research institutions.

Alumni Award for Arts and Culture

Mr Raghav Sachar, singer, musician and actor

Raghav Sachar studied Music & Composition at the Monash University. In 2009, he formed his own record label called "Raghav Sachar Music". His albums "Charming Lootera", "Om Jai Jagdish" and "Vande Mataram" have been released under his own label. He has been part of several Bollywood films. Raghav was seen performing recently at the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi.

Outstanding Australia Awards Endeavour Alumni

Ms Ameeta Wattal, Principal, Springdales School, Delhi

Ms Ameeta Wattal was the recipient of an Australian Government Endeavour Executive Award in 2010. Her research investigated the importanceof Asia literacy and leadership development in Australian and Indian schools.Ms Wattal has actively fostered enduring education links with Australian schools through her involvement in Australian Education International's (AEI) Australia India Principals/Teachers Professional Learning Program and in developing a successful teacher and student exchange program through her own school.

Alumni Award for Sports

Mr Sanket Shetty, Operations Manager, Sports Education Development India Limited

An alumni of Edith Cowan University with an MBA, Sanket was a national level badminton player. Sanket has 9 years of professional work experience and he has worked as the Project Officer in the Operations Department during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Sanket is currently involved in the Operations Managementof Sports Education Development India Limited which owns exclusive rights all across India to run Cricket Education Program a cricket program in affiliation with Cricket Australia.

Alumni Award for Community Service

Mr Karthikeyan Vaitheeswaran, National Consultant - Livelihoods, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

An alumni of Victoria University with an MBA, Karthikeyan has been actively involved in Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Programmes in some of the worst affected remote villages in Tamil Nadu. He was instrumental in designing and delivering market based skills development programmes for the Tsunami affected youth and women.Karthikeyan is actively involved in several non-profit organizations and corporate in their community development programmes.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Mr Ravi Lochan Singh, Managing Director, Global Reach

An alumni of Bond University with an MBA in International Marketing, Ravi Lochan Singh runs a successful education service company in India to promote Overseas Education Destinations in India.Ravi Lochan Singh has been actively involved in promoting Australian education in India through his involvement with the Association of Australian Education Representatives in India [AEERI] in his role as the President of AEERI.

The Alumni Awards were sponsored byUniversity of Technology, Sydney, Monash University, Perth Education City, Macquarie University, Deakin University, University of Western Sydney, University of New South Wales, Curtin University and Australian Education International.

Australian Education

With some of the world's leading universities, colleges and schools, Australia attracts more than 540,000 international students from 190 countriesto its shores. High academic standards and world-class facilities combined with freedom, challenge, competitive costs and a stimulating, multicultural environment are among the drawcards of an Australian education.

Australia makes enormous global contributions through science, technology, business, sport and creative pursuits. In recent times Australians have invented Google maps, a vaccine for cervical cancer, the Black Box Flight Recorder, Penicillin, Internet WiFi and the bionic ear, known throughout the world as the Cochlear implant. The considerable international contribution made by Australian graduates, including Nobel Prize winners confirms Australian education's reputation as the passport to a global career.

According to the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities, 8% of Australian universities are ranked among the top 100 in the world and 43% of Australian universities are in the top 500. Australia offers world class education with excellence and innovation in R&D. Australia is a major international education destination for Indian students seeking an international education with enrolments of more than 100,000 Indian students in Australia in 2010-2011.

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