The University of Queensland partners with Asha Society India to uplift students from marginalized communities in India


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

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

A delegation of UQ senior staff, led by Rongyu Li, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) visited Asha in August 2022.

“These students are driven by a desire to learn that is truly inspiring. Access to education not only changed the lives of these students, but also impacted their wider communities. Through the India Equity Scholarships, we are committed to supporting students like Amritesh Kumar Maurya, who is currently in Brisbane, Australia, to study a Masters in International Economics and Finance at UQ,” said Rongyu Li.

Adding to the above statement, Abhinav Bhatia, Senior Commissioner, Trade, Investment and Education – South Asia at TIQ, said, “We aim to act as a bridge between India and Queensland by identifying talent, synergies and finding durable solutions aligned with the UN. SDGs. Moreover, the partnership between UQ and Asha will empower deserving individuals with fully-funded scholarships, which will certainly strengthen the bilateral relationship between India and Australia.

Also, a company statement said that qualifying for this scholarship is a rigorous process undertaken by Asha through various selection mechanisms such as pre-assessments, interviews, and shortlisting talented students for each scholarship awarded. . Final selection will be subject to UQ’s approval as part of the University’s admissions process. Students are selected on the basis of their ability to undertake the chosen course of study; ability to adapt to international studies and life; and has demonstrated a commitment to “paying it forward” or “giving back” to their community by telling their story and inspiring other students. Kiran Martin, Founder and Director of Asha, believes that education is the only tool that has the power to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable slum students and their families and break the chains of the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

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