Taasir Education News Netwrok
Updated Aug 23, 2016, 12.14 PM IST
In an attempt to strengthen and deepen UNSW’s ties with India, Amit Dasgupta, former Indian diplomat, author and educator and research has been appointed as its inaugural India Country Director in New Delhi.
Amit Dasgupta’s association with UNSW stems from the time he was India’s Consul General in Sydney (2009-12). He was instrumental in the installation of the Mahatma Gandhi bust and the creation of UNSW’s signature Annual Gandhi Oration. NSW Community Relations Commission awarded him a medal for his exemplary efforts to promote harmony in Sydney.
“UNSW is delighted to have someone of Amit’s calibre leading our ambitious India strategy. He shall be a key ambassador for the University over the next 10 years as UNSW aims to achieve a step change in the way Indian students access its progressive style of education. He shall build upon this strong foundation to lead UNSW to become Australia’s pre-eminent destination for Indian students and research partners”, said Fiona Docherty, Vice-President, International.
A firm believer in the power of education to transform lives and society, Dasgupta’s trajectory has been rather interesting. From a wide range of overseas postings in Sydney, Philippines, Germany, Belgium, Egypt and Nepal and high ranking positions in the Indian Government, he headed the SP Jain School of Management’s Mumbai, in the recent past.
“I am delighted to take up the opportunity of exploring, through a world-class university like UNSW, how education can become a strategic contributor in intensifying India-Australia relations. Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Australia had a transformational impact on bilateral relations”, he concluded.