Monash University is one of only five select Australian Universities to have been chosen to establish an Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair of Indian Studies. Announced in 2012 by then Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh these Chairs were formed by the ICCR in consultation with Indian Missions Abroad to both educate foreign students about India and to create a nucleus around which Indian Studies could thrive in leading academic institutions abroad.
The academics/scholars deputed to these Chairs teach courses on India spanning politics & economy through society & culture and promote the widening of knowledge and appreciation of Indian issues through other academic activities including research guidance, seminars, lectures, publications and scholarly interactions with other academics throughout Australia.
Academic and student exchanges between Australia and Indian are intended to underpin the developing partnership between the two democracies and enable both countries to build stronger ties into the future.
In 2014, current Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi signed a MoU on Arts and Culture to facilitate deeper cultural exchanges, e.g. Confluence: Festival of India. Monash University signed a MoU with ICCR to establish the Chair from 2016-2019 for which a rigorously selected artist or academic spends a semester in their home discipline in the Faculty of Arts under the umbrella of the Monash Asia Institute. The Chair will also deliver the “ICCR Lecture on India” and shed light on their areas of expertise.