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University hosts forum on India

13 Apr 2011

Roundtable organiser Professor Gail Pearson from the Discipline of Business Law will join Senior Lecturers from the Discipline of International Business Vikas Kumar and Richard Seymour; Senior Lecturers William Harvey and Diane Vandenbroek from Work and Organisational Studies; Associate Professor Teresa Davis from the Discipline of Marketing and Professor of International Business, Sid Gray to take part in the discussion about capacity building in the business environment.

Prominent Indian journalist and politician Chandan Mitra will be the key-note speaker at the Forum being held prior to the roundtable discussions.

Dr Mitra is the editor and managing director of The Pioneer, an English-language newspaper in Delhi. He is a well-known political commentator in India, regularly appearing on TV to discuss issues ranging from Indian society and popular culture to terrorism and foreign policy.

Dr Chandan Mitra

                 Dr Chandan Mitra

He is also the opposition BJP member for Madhya Pradesh in the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

Dr Mitra is taking part in the forum with Neville Roach, chair of the Australia India Business Council; David Stuart, First Assistant Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Professor Jaivir Singh from the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Professor Singh is an economist who writes on regulation, competition policy, property rights and infrastructure. He will be talking about the business research environment in India. Professor Singh spoke about innovation at a Symposium held by the University of Sydney in New Delhi in November 2009.

The forum is being organised by the International Portfolio as part of the Sydney World Program of events for 2011.

Professor Pearson says the focus of the informal Roundtable will be on information sharing. "Our aim is to build bridges in the cross disciplinary environment of the Business School with a view to expand our research networks and engagement with Indian researchers."

The Business School roundtable is one of a series of meetings being held to discuss areas of joint interest between India and Australia: food security, capacity building in business, public health partnerships and science education.

The University is looking to strengthen its links with India and is engaged in research partnerships with Indian universities in areas including food security, public health, biotechnology and commerce.

It is also looking to increase the flow of staff and students between the two countries and to improve Australia's reputation as a destination for Indian students.