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.
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:
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.