New Delhi: Australia’s Deakin University hosted an event to highlight the importance of government, industry and academic partnerships to develop sports in India, held at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. The event included Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan MP, alongside Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin and Rajasthan Royals’ COO Jake Lush McCrum.
Tehan said Australians loved sport and the country’s universities had earned a reputation as world-leaders in sport science, health, management and commerce. Tehan was in India to co-chair the 5th Australia-India Education Council (AIEC) meeting and hold bilateral talks.
“Australia is a leading provider of sport education and our institutions are well placed to meet the growing demand from India for an international education in sport science and business. It makes sense that the world’s biggest sports teams want to work with our universities and tap into our knowledge and talent,” Tehan said.
Earlier today, the All India Institute of Ayurveda signed an MoU with Western Sydney University to extend the reach of Ayurveda to Australia.
Currently in its fourth year of association, Deakin is the official sports education partner for Rajasthan Royals. Jointly the partners have promoted sports education in India and facilitated research in sports management and sports science, while working on initiatives to encourage the participation of women in sports.
“Our partnership with the Rajasthan Royals is a pivotal part of this work. It helps attract the best and brightest Indian students to study sport in Australia, creates meaningful research and training connections between both countries, and provides opportunities for Australian students to participate in internships and study tours during the Indian Premier League season,” Martin said.
“We want to help the next generation to make sports a professional industry in India, while also offering all our students the opportunity to learn globally-relevant skills,” added Martin.
Executive Chairman of the Rajasthan Royals Ranjit Barthakur said the partnership with Deakin University aligns with the core strategy of discovering potential and championing dreams, providing aspiring sports professionals with an opportunity to learn and gain deeper insights into the running of a sports franchise.
The collaboration will provide a ‘Deakin Royals’ fully-paid scholarship to a deserving Indian student to study a sport-related course at Deakin in Australia. The scholarship consists of a full waiver of tuition fees for on-shore studies at Deakin, with the objective that the recipient will use the education and experience to give back to society.
Aiswarya Aanand was selected under the Deakin Royals Sports Scholarship 2019. Anand has represented her state’s under-19 cricket team and captained the volleyball team at IIT Madras.
“I wish to use this opportunity to enhance my knowledge and skills to work on performance and resistance among sportswomen back in my home state,” Anand said.