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Jay Weatherill Launches Ashok Khurana University of Adelaide Scholarship For Indian School Teachers

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Australia Launches Ashok Khurana University of Adelaide Scholarship For Indian TeachersThe Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, launched the Ashok Khurana University of Adelaide Scholarship for Outstanding Indian school teachers on Monday, November 19. The event took place in the Murray Harris Room of the Australian High Commission in New Delhi at 5.30 p.m.

The scholarship offers an opportunity to school teachers in India to to pursue higher education and further their level of pedagogy. “The gesture will help strengthen education ties between India and Australia,” emphasised South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill. “To build on our existing ties, we need to deliver high quality education and this scholarship offers an opportunity to outstanding teachers,” said Weatherill.

Professor Ashok Khurana, an engineer in petroleum industry and a former University of Adelaide staff member, generously established the scholarship so that he could give back to the Indian education system from which he benefited. As a young man in India Ashok Khurana received a scholarship to study overseas, leading him to spend the last 39 years in Australia. He felt a great debt to his Indian education and so he has made a significant gift to the University of Adelaide to fund in perpetuity the “Ashok Khurana University of Adelaide Scholarship for Outstanding Indian Teachers”. This scholarship will fund an outstanding Indian teacher with more than 5 years experience to come to the University of Adelaide to undertake a Masters in Education course. He set up a corpus fund to provide 38,500 Australian dollars to one teacher every year. The one-year course will be specifically designed according to the needs and field of expertise as desired by the teacher.

Pointing towards the widening gap between the skills shortage in the Indian market arising out of the large amount of vacancies of teachers in India, Prof Pascale Quester, Vice President, University of Adelaide, said “the two countries are working together to reduce this gap” and such an initiative is a step towards that.

The scholarship will be effective from next year and is open to all school teachers in India who have a minimum of five years of teaching experience.

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