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17 April 2020

I think people that give they get. So on behalf of the wider audience I'd like to thank you.

From a small historic city in Rajasthan to the vibrant cobbled streets of Cartagena, the Bhati family's philanthropic legacy has spanned generations and traversed the globe.

U.N. Bhati, 81, is the patriarch of a Canberra based family with strong links to ANU. Born in Rajasthan, he first arrived at ANU in 1967 as a PhD student in Economics. Back then, he could hardly have imagined that his daughter, Rina Bhati, and two of his grandchildren would also end up graduating from ANU. U.N believes that education is enormously important.

The Bhati family not only possess academic credentials; their philanthropic initiative can be traced back at least as far as U.N.'s grandfather. As the only literate person in his community, U.N.'s grandfather was much sought after for advice and guidance, and his strong sense of social justice was imprinted on U.N. from an early age.

The Bhati family established a travel grant that assists a student each year of any discipline to undertake research in Australia.  They feel an immense indebtedness to both India and Australia, as both countries gave them a lot. They wanted to give back and so the family established this travel grant.

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