India and youth: A powerful relationship

Come join us to celebrate the official launch of the Overseas Indian Youth Club Australia through a inauguration lecture to be held on Mahatma Gandhi's 145th Birthday!

We are honoured to have FIVE of the leading academics on India join us for a public lecture on the topic of - India and Youth: A Powerful Relationship

The speakers - Dr. Raghbendra Jha, Dr. Peter Friedlander, Dr. Shameem Black, Dr. Debjani Ganguly and Dr. Meera Ashar - will each be speaking for 10 min on how this relationship has arisen in their various respective fields of research. Followed by a short statement of support to the OIYC by representatives of the Indian High Commission.

Indian celebratory sweets will be served at the conclusion of the lecture.

Dr. Raghbendra Jha - Elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, 2001. Rajiv Gandhi Chair and Executive Director, Australia South Asia Research Centre, ANU (since January 2001). Member, Panel of Experts, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (since March 1996); Consultant to WIDER, UNDP, UNRISD, ADB, the World Bank, Government of India, Reserve Bank of India and IFAD.

Dr. Peter Friedlander - lived in India from 1977-1982 where he learned Hindi in Varanasi. Completed his PhD on the life and works of the medieval Hindi poet-saint Ravidas in 1991. He has taught Hindi language, Buddhist Studies and Indian studies for Antioch University, La Trobe University (Melbourne), National University of Singapore. Creator of the first bi-lingual MOOC EdX course, Engaging India, that had thousands of people from around the globe sign-up.

Dr. Shameeem Black - received her PhD from Stanford University and served as an Assistant Professor of postcolonial literature in the English Department at Yale University. Her research and teaching focus on globalization and ethics in contemporary Anglophone fiction, with particular attention to South Asia, Asian diasporas, and the cultural work of English in Asia.

Dr. Debjani Ganguly- Head of the Humanities Research Centre. Apart from directing the HRC. Previously she was Director of Research Development, at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, ANU. Debjani is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Chair of the Freilich Foundation Board and a Member on the International Advisory Boards of the CHCI, Duke University, and CLARINS, Utrecht University. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the ACHRC.

Dr. Meera Ashar- Lecturer in the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. She is also the Deputy Director of the South Asia Research Institute (SARI) and the Secretary of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA). Meera’s research interests lie at the intersection of history, political theory and literary studies. Her work addresses questions about identity, self-representation and belonging.

The Overseas Indian Youth Club (OIYC) is an initiative of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to involve the diaspora of Indian youth abroad, through their local Indian High Commission and Consulate. OIYC Australia is affiliated with the Indian High Commission of Australia â€" based in Canberra.
OIYC helps overseas Indian youth to engage meaningfully with their culture, heritage and community. This is done through the club’s four sub-committee functions: Student Welfare, Education, Culture & Heritage and Community. OIYC Australia was initiated in January 2014 by the Indian High Commission of Australia, and has already begun connecting with Indian youth and organizations throughout the country.