Oct. 7, 2011
-- In a breakthrough step towards facilitating education to the underprivileged children, Central Queensland University, Australia has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Lovely Professional University and an NGO- The Salaam Baalak Trust. The MoU was exchanged between Mr. Rennie Fritschy, Chancellor, CQUniversity Australia, Dr. Lachlan Strahan, Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to India, Mr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor, LPU and Ms. Praveen Nair, Founder Trustee & Chairperson, SBT in New Delhi.
The collaboration signifies the establishment of valuable collaborative relationships between the three parties to provide enhanced educational opportunities for Indian students and provide assistance to street and working children.
Under the partnership with LPU, CQUniversity will subsidize students to undertake university studies in India by paying their tuition fees, accommodation fees and living expenses for the duration of their degree. A total number of 15 students selected by SBT will study at LPU and this activity will continue for five consecutive years. LPU will provide the learning platform to the students and would support them in the best possible manner.
Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor, Mr. Ashok Mittal, LPU remarked, “We are delighted to enter into partnership with CQUniversity, one of the leading universities of Australia. Lack of adequate funding for higher education to the deprived children has always been a serious constraint in India. Through this step, together we would be able to address this issue and ensure to provide enhanced educational opportunities to some of our most needy students in the country.”
Talking about the noteworthy association, Mr. Rennie Fritschy, Chancellor, CQUniversity said, “It gives us extreme pleasure to be associated with a leading university- LPU in India. Our partnership is unique and special because it is aimed towards supporting and providing opportunities to the Indian children who are in need.”
s agreement with LPU will also witness both universities work together to create a meaningful academic and cultural exchange program between Australia and India,” said Mr. Fritschy.
“This association will moreover ensure the development of a suitable employable pool of children who will be able to get quality education, functional knowledge to earn a living. It’s all part of our aim towards becoming Australia’s most engaged university and helping to facilitate access to higher education for all individuals,”
he further added.
With the signing of its agreement with SBT, CQUniversity is now the official sponsor of the charity- ‘WALK into the street life of Delhi’ program with support of 1.5 million rupee over the next three years.