University pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
On Saturday 2 October, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) attended the Indian Australian Association of South Australia’s (IAASA) annual tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 152nd birthday.
The tribute was held at the Gandhi statue situated within the University grounds. This statue was kindly donated by the people of India through the Indian High Commission in Canberra as a permanent reminder of one of the world’s most respected historical figures.
“The University of Adelaide has strong partnerships with India, and the importance of these collaborations continues to grow. We hold our Indian staff, students, and alumni in high regard and acknowledge their significant contribution to our University community. The University places great importance on its links with South Australian locals so it’s wonderful to see so many members of the Indian-Adelaidean community present here today,” said Jacqueline Lo, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International).
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) also remarked that one of her favourite Gandhi teachings is “you must be the change you wish to see in the world” – highly relevant to the University’s global reach.
Flowers were placed on Gandhi’s bust and devotional songs performed to acknowledge his legacy and founding role in the creation of modern India. More than 30 people from the University and wider community joined this annual tribute including key members of the IAASA: Mr Triman Gill, President; Mr Niraj Pandya, Vice President; Mrs Priya Premkumar, Secretary; and Mr Rajat Shah, Cultural Coordinator (pictured above).