Australian Leadership Award scholarships for 7 Indian students

"I congratulate these seven outstanding people who have been identified for their potential to provide important policy leadership on their return home. These are individuals with the capability to shape future social and economic policy and development outcomes in India," Australian High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese said.

The seven successful Indian candidates have been selected to receive one of the 205 ALA Scholarships offered globally in 2011. These scholarships are part of Australia's efforts to "develop future leadership and build enduring partnerships with India".
"This is a relationship that will be of increasing importance to both countries in the years ahead," Varghese said.

The awardees will undertake postgraduate studies at some of Australia's most prestigious universities in fields that include community planning, agricultural development and intellectual property law.

These students will also participate in a tailored leadership development programme to strengthen their leadership skills, establish networks with emerging leaders in other regional countries, and enhance their understanding of the region's development challenges.

These scholarships are implemented by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as part of the Australia Awards initiative. The ALA programme aims to develop leadership, build partnerships and enduring linkages between the countries of the region.

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