9 June 2009: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will contribute more than $180,000 over the next three years to support major education projects in the south Indian state of Kerala.
Bishop Sebastian Adayanthrath opening the Resource Centre, with Bishop Thomas Chakiath (left), ACU’s Mr Tony Reeder and Professor Pam Gibbons.
The collaboration between the University and Naipunnya International - an organisation within the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly in Kerala – was formally recognised with a ceremony in India earlier this year.
Founder of the project and Manager of International Recruitment at ACU, Tony Reeder, said many students from India choose to study at universities in Australia, and this was one way to direct some of that income back into helping their communities at home.
“Some of the major education projects we’ll be supporting in the region include the establishment of an educational and career resource centre and the sponsorship of 400 students every year,” he said.
“In addition we will be supporting a career counsellor and career and education guidance program in five centres across Kerala.
“This project is a practical demonstration of ACU’s mission but also a challenge to other Australian education providers to contribute in a similar way.”
The project is presided over by Bishop Thomas Chakiath and Bishop Sebastian Adayanthrath of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly in Cochin, India.