The AIYD has regularly brought together emerging leaders from Australia and India at its annual conferences since 2012. Many of its alumni have now successfully collaborated on projects that have had a significant impact on the Australia-India relationship. These young leaders met their respective project partners at the AIYD conferences and started the discussions for collaboration during the dialogue itself.
Below are some examples of activities AIYD alumni have completed after their participation as AIYD delegates.
- Two taskforce papers, one comparing skills and education sectors in Australia and India, and the other exploring areas for collaboration in sport have been prepared by AIYD alumni. The Sports Taskforce Report was prepared by AIYD 2013 Alumni, Amrut Joshi and AIYD 2014 Alumni, Jacob Taylor and is available here. The Education Taskforce Report, prepared by Srijan Pal Singh, is available here.
- 2014 AIYD alumni Chris O’Neill, director of an engineering firm in Melbourne and Chhavi Rajawat, the Sarpanch of the village Soda in Rajasthan, have produced a Development Roadmap for Water Resources in Soda. This roadmap aims to help improve the quality and quantity of freshwater available in the village, and improve wastewater services by developing a series of low-tech, sustainable water harvesting and treatment systems, starting with a sustainable wastewater filtration plant for urban run-off.
- After participating in AIYD 2015, Talish Ray has been following efforts made by Australia to address the universal issues of family violence and child abuse. Talish visited Hobart in 2016 to study firsthand Tasmania’s Safe Home, Safe Families Action Plan. This fellowship was facilitated by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute and consisted of a study and interaction with various local stakeholders.
- AIYD 2014 delegate Kashish Gupta was selected to launch and run the India edition of The Conversation – an australian digital news platform. Kashish is a broadcast journalist with 10 years of work experience in NDTV, India’s leading english news channel. Her role involves raising seed funds for the initial launch, signing on content partners and setting up a physical newsroom which includes a pool of editors to simplify and publish the articles written by academics/researchers.
- AIYD 2016 delegates Sam Freeman and Lairenjam Niranjan Singh have formed a partnership to deliver high quality skill development programs to the youth of North East India through their organisations, ARC India and JCRE Skill Solutions. The partnership will see JCRE delivering ARC’s international standard course content in a number of their North Eastern centres. The initial focus is on training 100 kids in the retail sector, but will expand to many more sectors and much higher targets over the next 24 months. Sam and Niranjan formed this partnership and announced it during a signing ceremony in Manipur in April 2016, two months after they discussed it at AIYD 2016.
- AIYD 2015 delegate Sam Almaliki spearheaded a successful Australia India Council (AIC) grant application to bring the first international female indigenous cricket squad to India in May 2016. The Australian womens’ indigenous team played a number of matches throughout New Delhi and Mumbai during their landmark tour to India.
- Hakimuddin Habibulla’s visit to Australia as an AIYD delegate in 2014 marked the beginning of his organisation’s close affiliation with Australian-based AUSTSWIM. Since then, the two organisations have successfully applied and implemented a grant from the AIC, ensuring that 99 swim teachers trained in the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety foundation course in the Indian sub-continent. The grant allowed them to bring the 2004 & 2012 Australian Olympic Head Coach Leigh Nugent to India to conduct Professional Development Workshops for swim teachers and coaches across India. The Sports Minister of India and the CEO of the Sector Skill Council for Sports, Physical Education, Fitness & Leisure amongst others visited the workshop.
- Bangalore-based wildlife photographer/filmmaker Amoghavarsha travelled to Australia as an Indian delegate for AIYD 2013 in Australia, and took the opportunity to travel across the beautiful country backpacking for five weeks and traveling 7,000kms. He subsequently created a montage of his journey. The entire film, One Australia, was shot solo by Amoghavarsha during these five weeks. The video is a testimony to the wonderful experience one can have traveling across this spectacular landscape. The video is available here.
- Dr. Amit Ranjan and Mosiqi Acharya, both 2015 AIYD delegates, collaborated to complete a series of podcasts which were aired on SBS Hindi and discussed the historical linkages between Australia and India. For example, click here to listen to a podcast on ‘Australia India connection goes back to 19th century’.
- Payal Mahindroo was an AIYD delegate in 2012. Subsequently, Payal was appointed as a Board Member of the Australia India Council. The Council’s purpose is to broaden the relationship between Australia and India by encouraging and supporting contacts and increasing levels of knowledge and understanding between the peoples and institutions of the two countries.
- AIYD 2014 alumnus Julian O’Shea organised an India Humanitarian Design Summit project, which connected Australian university students with Indian students, designers and community members through a two-week learning process in Mumbai, including undertaking a human-centred design project.
- A collaborative and comparative research project on community radio in Australia and India was spearheaded by Pinky Chandan, AIYD 2012 alumnus. This project was completed in 2015 and a report on the project was released at the Gala Closing Dinner of AIYD 2016 in Bengaluru.
- Two AIYD fellowships have been funded by the AIYD Alumni grants program as follows:
- A fellowship enabling a young Indian to accept an internship with Pollinate Energy, an Australian NGO working in the renewable energy space in India, co-founded by AIYD 2014 alumnus Monique Alfris.
- A fellowship enabling a young Australian to participate in a teacher training program in a rural village in India with the Australian NGO, Tara.Ed, run by AIYD 212 alumnus Jennifer Star.