A great Indian Australian continues to give – Dr Rao and family

Well done Jana!

The Australia India Institute has just announced that the Australia India Social and Charitable Ventures Limited, through Mr T. Janardhana Rao OAM (pictured above and below) and his family, are providing a gift of at least $400,000 dollars over four years to the Australia India Institute.

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The Aii said: “This extremely generous gift will support the Australia India Institute’s engagement activities with the University and business communities and also support students from India or of Indian heritage.”

Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director of the Aii, thanked Mr Rao and his family noting, “This important gift will greatly enhance the efforts of the Institute and University of Melbourne to develop the study of India and engage with the Indian diaspora. We are extremely grateful to Mr Rao and his family for their generosity and vision.”

For around 25 years Jana was both a surgeon and the Honorary Indian Consul in Victoria – a huge task.

He has been an inspiration to me for many years – pictured below:

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Jana continues to be an example to us all – respectful, modest, a great listener, a principled man who could be very strong but never in an aggressive or divisive way, a man of quiet consensus and leading by example.

His son Harish Rao is a former National Chair of the Australia India Business Council, an advisor to the Australia India Institute, Director of the Australia World Orchestra and more – and my personal mentor on things India.

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Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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