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Australia-India Council grants announced

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has announced the successful applicants for the 2017-18 Australia-India Council (AIC) grants program.

“The AIC works to advance Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between our countries to further grow our relationship and promote collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations,” Ms Bishop said. 

“Each year the AIC awards grants to innovative projects which boost links between Australia and India and enhance our relationship.

“In 2017-18, the AIC will award more than $660,000 to projects with a focus on sectors including education, resources and energy, and agriculture.”

An International Agriculture for Development Pty Ltd project has been awarded a grant to develop technical skills for farming women in West Bengal.

Also awarded is a Western Sydney University project that captures and re-uses excess water to improve agricultural crop yields.

Successful too is a program to connect highly qualified Indian students and engineers from Rajasthan with academics from South Australian universities to study water resources management for eight weeks.

Meanwhile a series of ABC radio programs will also be developed to present a portrait of contemporary India in Australia.

More information about the Australia-India Council, the grants program and a full list of successful grant recipients is available on the Australia-India Council website

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