Indian students study together, stick together - Australian Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Kevin Rudd, who is on a visit to India, delivered a keynote speech at a business...

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Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Kevin Rudd, who is on a visit to India, delivered a keynote speech at a business lunch today in the capital, which was jointly hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry in conjunction with FICCI and ASSOCHAM.

In his speech, he addressed the Indian students who come across to Australia to study. "Nearly one-fifth of the half a million students come to our country. These students represent the future of Indian and Australian business - and those who study together, stick together," said Mr. Rudd.

He also ensured that the Australian Government is committed to doing all that is physically responsible to guarantee that all international students in Australia have a safe and rewarding experience during their time as welcome guests in the country.

"Indian students are welcome guests in our country and we have an obligation to extend the hand of friendship and support to all our Indian visitors," said the Australian PM.

Earlier in the morning, Mr. Rudd also announced an additional $50 million investment by the Australian Government in the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.

The announcement was made by Rudd during his visit to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi today morning.

"The Australian Government will make a major new investment in building scientific links with India, with support for research efforts targeted at the challenges both countries face in energy, food and water, health and the environment", Rudd said in a press statement.

The $50 million investment, over five years for the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, will commence in the financial year 2009-10.

The Indian Government has also agreed to match Australia's increased investment.

The fund will be utilized to continue the successful competitive grants program which supports 'bottom-up' investigator-initiated research; introduce new projects demonstrating both excellence in science and a clear path to end use for either commercial or public good and introduce a fellowship program to support exchanges for Australian and Indian researchers.

Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Kevin Rudd, Confederation of Indian Industry, FICCI and ASSOCHAM, Indian and Australian business, Australian Government, International students in Australia, Indian students, Indian visitors, Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, Indian Government

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