Divyangna Sharma and Ritika Saxena, two Indian female students in Australia have won the prestigious Victorian Premier Award. According to Amit Sarwal, correspondent for The Australia Today, the awards are a Victorian government initiative to recognize advanced international students in Victoria.
Divyangna Sharma was adjudged Victorian Premier Award – International Student of the Year 2021-22 and Ritika Saxena as International Student of the Year in Research category.
According to Australia Today, Ritika moved to Melbourne at the age of 18 and is now a PhD student on stem cell research.
Divyangna has also won the Victorian International Education Award 2021-22 in the Higher Education category. Sarwal said that she had come to Melbourne in February 2020 to study nursing at the Holmesglen Institute.
As Sarwal reports, the winners of the ‘Premier Award – International Student of the Year’ receive USD 10,000 to support their studies. The award is a ray of hope for Indian parents who shy away from sending their children to study abroad following a rise in hate crimes against Indian students.
On Hate Crimes in Australia, the Indian MEA said, “Our High Commission/Consulates in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take appropriate action.
Indian Embassies and Commissions abroad are in touch with local authorities as well as Indian students studying abroad. Issue circulars for their safety and keep them on our priority list, COVID-19 and Ukraine are some of the prime examples.
These isolated incidents should not restrict parents to send their children for higher studies abroad. It is an opportunity to get world class education and global exposure.
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