When organisations ask how to engage with India, the answer can be found in how Deakin University has built the India relationship.
Deakin has demonstrated patience, long term commitment, adaptability and real community engagement with India.
Their latest announcement takes it to another level:
“Deakin University’s relationship with India has been a key part of who we are for more than 27 years. Our Indian students and staff are an integral part of the Deakin community and we have been shocked and saddened seeing the COVID-19 crisis unfold.
“After careful consideration about what we can do to help make a difference to the Indian community, we’ve decided to join forces with our long-time partners, Tata Trusts, through their initiative ‘One Against COVID-19’ to lend financial support and encourage our community and partners to do the same.
“Funds will go to the areas most in need, specifically to aid with:
- Repairing/upgrading facilities
- Staff training, and
- Expert project management to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the health response
“These funds would be in addition to the existing Student Emergency Assistance Fund which supports Deakin students experiencing financial distress and would go directly to the individuals and public services in need in India.”
To Vice Chancellor Iain Martin and Ravneet Pawha, Deputy Vice President Global – well done for shining a light in the relationship with India.