The Australia India Institute is Australia’s only national centre for research and analysis on India. Through its teaching, research, public policy and outreach programs, it is building Australia’s understanding of India and deepening and enriching the relationship between the two countries. Based at the University of Melbourne, the Australia India Institute (AII) is also a hub for dialogue, research and partnerships between India and Australia.
Nodes of the growing AII network currently exist at La Trobe network currently exist at La Trobe University and the University of New South Wales and more are planned. The AII at Delhi will be inaugurated by the patron of the Institute, the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency, The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC in early 2015.
In 2014 the AII was pleased to receive both commonwealth and state funding. The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, announced $3 million in funding during his trip to India in September. Later in the year, the Victorian government’s department of state development, business and innovation renewed its funding with a contribution of $1.5 million over three years. The state government has been a major partner of the Institute supporting trade missions, research collaborations and education scholarships among other initiatives.
The Institute also received funding to launch the Australia India Leadership Dialogue (AILD) an annual bipartisan dialogue of leaders from Australia and India. Participants of the dialogue will include leaders from business, public life and civil society, including the media. The dialogue will be held alternately in India and in Melbourne. Mr. Anthony Pratt, Chairman and CEO of Pratt Industries and Global Chairman of Visy Industries, will be the Australian Patron of the dialogue for the first four years while Anand Mahindra of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited will be the Indian Patron for the first dialogue to be held in October 2015. Mr. Pratt and Professor Amitabh Mattoo, CEO and Director of the AII, announced the launch of the dialogue at a CEO’s roundtable held with the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Australia.