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'India in Focus' Seminar Series - Seminar #1
Australia’s Relationship with India
On 19 August 2021, La Trobe Asia (at La Trobe University) held the first of six seminars focused on India.
Our first 'India in Focus' event was a live recording of La Trobe Asia’s Asia Rising podcast with Lisa Singh - Deputy Chair, Australia India Council and Former Australian Senator (2011-2019).
Developing Partnerships Between Australian and Indian Universities
On 11 August 2021, La Trobe Asia hosted a panel as part of 'India Week' with the Australia India Institute.
The panel discussed the importance and value of partnering and sharing their experiences in setting up the Asian Smart Cities Research and Innovation Network (ASCRIN). Our speakers, representing each of the institutional partners (IIT Kanpur, BITS Pilani and La Trobe University) provided information about how the 10 themes were developed, the challenges to operationalise the partnership, the importance and value of industry partners, and where they hope to see the partnership go in the future.
We thank the speakers for sharing their valuable time with us and also for their insights and reflections:
- Professor Aniruddha Desai, Founding Director of ASCRIN, La Trobe University
- Professor Susan Dodds, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Industry Engagement), La Trobe University
- Professor Yogesh M Joshi, Dean of International Relations, IIT Kanpur
- Professor Sudhirkumar Barai, Director Pilani Campus and Director International Programs & Collaborations, BITS Pilani
The panel was moderated by Dr Bec Strating, Executive Director - La Trobe Asia.
Mahatma Gandhi’s Principles: In the Perspective of Alcoholism and the Road Crashes
On the eve of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Saturday 29 August 2020, the Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur and La Trobe University (SPARC Team # 1442) jointly presented this symposium. The symposium was grouped into three key themes: Justice System and Policing; Personal, Social and Community Issues: responsibilities and impacts; and Governance, Innovation and Solutions. This was the first ysmposium for ASCRIN.
The event was recorded and can be viewed in its entirety here. Each speaker contributed a unique perspective on the complex issues of addressing alcohol and road crashes. It was a formidable task, but together, they elucidated Gandhian principles, values and beliefs about prohibition and temperance to provide the rationale for limiting exposure, consumption and impacts of drinking.
The order and summary of speakers is below, and individual presentations can be viewed according to the links below.
Professor Aniruddha Desai (La Trobe University)
Professor Abhay Karandikar (Director - IIT Kanpur)
Part 1: Justice System and Policing
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, Hon'ble Chairman, Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, New Delhi, India.
Title: Prohibition from Gandhi's Perspective and its Effect on Road Safety
Mr. Raja Srivastava, Indian Police Service, Addl Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Title: Gandhi’s Principle, Road Safety and Alcohol: A Policing Perspective
Inspector Donna Mitchell, Local Area Command Goldfields Police Service Area, Victoria Police, Australia
Title: Case Study – What methods are being used to address Regional Road Trauma in Central Victoria?
Part 2: Personal, Social and Community Issues: responsibilities and impacts
Dr Anne-Marie Laslett, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), La Trobe University, Australia.
Title: Alcohol’s Impact on Ourselves and Others: In Our Homes and on Our Streets
Dr Anubha Goel, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Title: Drunk-Driving RoadAccidents and the Survivor’s Perspectives
Professor A Raghuramaraju, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati
Title: Mahatma Gandhi On The Idea Of The Normal
Part 3: Governance, Innovation and Solutions
Professor Adarsh Kumar, Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Radiology, AII India Institute of Medical Sciences
Title: Drunk/Drunken Driving vis a vis Disability and Death
Presentation 2: NOT RECORDED
Mr Vijay Kalakala, Dy. General Manager, Occupant Safety, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India
Title: Continuing the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-30
Professor Uday S. Racherla, Innovation Management Consultant, Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA
Title: Complex Interdependence of Multiple Factors Influencing Road Crashes; How Gandhian Thought Facilitates Innovative Thinking to Avoid Fatal Outcomes and Diminishing Returns
- Professor Raghuramaraju’s deeper discussion about the ‘normal’, and Professor Kumar’s discussion of Good Samaritan laws illustrates the need to tap into our better selves to consciously determine our own behaviours and how we treat others.
- Justice Sapre highlighted challenges and opportunities to address alcoholism and road crashes within justice systems, while Mr Shrivastava underscored the importance of evidence-based solutions to inform decision-making. Inspector Mitchell emphasised the need for strategic and tactical planning that engages communities to create and apply solutions.
- Associate Professor Goel grounded discussion in the challenging realities of redefining self-identity when negotiating rehabilitation and ongoing impacts experienced by crash survivors, while Dr Laslett identified the impacts on individuals, families and community health from her research in Australia and India.
- Mr Kalakala and Professor Racherla identified a variety of potential research, policy, programmatic and technological initiatives to decrease road crashes, especially those associated with alcohol, while emphasising the need to understand socio-cultural contexts.
This symposium demonstrated the importance of university-government-industry partnerships in addressing this issue, as well as the necessity of including multiple fields of knowledge to provide much needed insights about issues of governance, regulation, design, education, attitudes and behaviours.
Download the Abstracts [PDF 2,507KB]
This symposium was co-organised/hosted by Murali Prasad Panta (IIT Kanpur) and Julie Rudner (La Trobe) and would not have been possible without the support of the Indian Government through the SPARC grant program (# 1442 Team).
Gandhi as Absence: Indian Middle-Class Nationalism and the Politics of Elsewhere
On Thursday 27 August 2020, the Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur and La Trobe University jointly presented this talk as part of the commemoration of M.K. Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. This was the first talk for ASCRIN.
Dr Sayan Chattopadhyay's fascinating presentation demonstrated his knowledge, expertise and insights about Gandhi through a literary studies lens.
The event is available to view again here.