University of Queensland Partners With Asha Society To Uplift Students From Marginalised Communities In India

University of Queensland Partners With Asha Society To Uplift Students From Marginalised Communities In India

The University of Queensland (UQ) has signed an agreement with the Asha Society India (Asha) to support the Asha International Education Program through India Equity Scholarships for students from the marginalised communities of New Delhi.

As part of the agreement, UQ will provide three scholarships for postgraduate master’s coursework study at UQ. Each scholarship will cover the student’s full tuition fees, as well as an annual living stipend of $13,000, on-campus accommodation and meals, overseas student health cover, a book allowance per semester, and $2,400 towards flights to and from Australia.

A senior executive delegation from UQ, led by Rongyu Li, deputy vice chancellor (Global Engagement) visited Asha this month.

Speaking on the partnership with Asha, Rongyu Li, said:

"While in India, I had the pleasure of meeting with several Asha students and hearing their personal stories. These students are driven by a determination to learn that is genuinely inspirational, and we are delighted to be able to nurture their journey to success. Access to education has not only changed the lives of these students but has also impacted their wider communities.

Li further said:

"Through the India Equity Scholarships, we are committed to supporting students like Amritesh Kumar Maurya, who is currently in Brisbane, Australia, studying a Master of International Economics and Finance at UQ. Amritesh, who achieved outstanding academic grades, has aspirations of working for the World Bank. He is a wonderful example of how partnerships like this, between Asha and UQ, help create global changemakers who have a real and meaningful impact on global communities."

For over 30 years, Asha Society India (Asha) has worked to help disadvantaged communities in New Delhi wherein they provide support to people with maternal and child health, basic education, sanitation, and women empowerment. It's mission is to work with the urban poor to bring about long-term and sustainable transformation to their quality of life. As an extension to the line of support, The University of Queensland (UQ) is offering scholarships for students from the disadvantaged communities of New Delhi, India.  Up until now, five students were accepted into reputed universities in Australia, with four attending at the master’s level and one undertaking a Ph.D. in Australia.

Adding further about the collaboration, Abhinav Bhatia, Senior Commissioner for Trade, Investment & Education – South Asia, TIQ said: 

"We aim to act as a bridge between India and Queensland in identifying talents, synergies, and finding sustainable solutions aligned with the UN’s SDGs. Through this rewarding and inclusive engagement from one of the world’s finest education institutes, I am confident this will broaden the horizon of many talented young minds from disadvantaged communities. Furthermore, the partnership between UQ and Asha will empower deserving individuals through fully funded scholarships, which certainly will strengthen bilateral relations between India and Australia."

The University of Queensland is committed to providing knowledge leadership for a better world, and striving towards building a better future for the students and community.

Dr. Kiran Martin, Founder & Director of Asha, said: 

"Education is the only tool which has the power to transform lives of poor and vulnerable slum students and their families and break the shackles of the intergenerational cycle of poverty."

According to the company's statement, qualifying for this scholarship is a rigorous process undertaken by Asha through various screening mechanisms like pre-assessments, interviews, and shortlisting of talented students for each scholarship awarded. Final selection will be subject to approval by UQ through the University’s admissions process. Students are selected based on their ability to undertake the chosen course of study; ability to adapt to international study and living; and demonstrated commitment to “pay it forward” or “give back” to his/her community by telling his/her story and inspiring other students.

Moreover, the three scholarships newly announced is a continuation of commitment from UQ to the Asha International Education Program. In 2021, under the India Equity Scholarship program, UQ awarded a scholarship to student Amritesh Kumar Maurya to study Master of International Economics and Finance at UQ.

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Author: Shalini Pathak
Shalini Pathak Shalini Pathak is a Staff Writer at EdTechReview (ETR) - India's leading edtech media & community. She has over four years of experience in media, covering different beats. Like all writers she's an enthusiastic reader first with a passion to create out of the box content, and an ability to write about any topic. As a part of the ETR team, she will cover the latest in the edtech industry with a focus on edtech startup stories and their funding.

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