The Asia Education Foundation encourages schools and educators to engage with India through practical curriculum resources, subject specific study tours and a series of inspiring videos of dynamic Australians discussing how their experience in India has enriched their lives and careers.
We've compiled a digest on where to find thought provoking teaching materials on the web. On this page you'll also find a series of useful external links and embedded resources.
The AEF and India
On this site there is a wealth of information on India, including units of work, student activities and resources for purchase. Nothing can substitute for in-country experience and a selection of mind expanding study programs afford insights into India’s history, culture and development with a focus on India’s education system. Principals might be interested in the Australia-India School Leaders' Exchange Program. Read also what participants had to say about what they gained from their trips to India.
Australia and India
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website includes factsheets, country briefs and the latest travel advisory information. It includes embassy websites (the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and the Indian High Commission in Canberra) as well as an update on the Australia–India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. Amit Dasgupta, Consul General of India in Sydney (pictured), delivered a stirring presentation at the 2011 AEF National Summit on intercultural understanding.
A number of similar organisations to the AEF and Asialink have extensive resources on India. These include the Asia Society in New York, the Asia New Zealand Foundation in Wellington, Casa Asia in Barcelona and Asia House in London. The Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne aims to provide leadership in policy, business briefings, research and postgraduate training, for the benefit of India and Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region.
India in the Media
The Mumbai-based Times of India is the world's widest read English-language newspaper, followed by the Hindustan Times of New Delhi. Public service broadcaster Doordarshan operates 21 channels. Reliable country information can be found through the BBC country profiles, the Economist topic index and CIA world factbook. The New York Times meanwhile has a dedicated page. The National Geographic has compiled a comprehsive resource on Indian music, via its World Music Guide.
Three picks on the world wide web
This fascinating daily chart from the Economist places compares the wealth and populations of India provinces with countries around the world.
2) TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks:
Devdutt Pattanaik, an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, examines the myths of India and of the West.
3) Helen Warnod, Principal of Camberwell Primary School, Melbourne participated in the AEF's 2010 Australia–India School Leaders' study tour. She compiled this slideshow, which gives a flavour of the enriching experience.