The University of Western Australia Networking Dinner at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad
Winthrop Professor Hema Sharda Director South Asia Relations
PhD UWA, M.Tech IIT Delhi, M.Sc, B.Sc(Hons), MEEE Director, South Asia Relations The University of Western Australia
Brief about Winthrop Professor Hema Sharda
Prof Sharda migrated to Austarlia in 1984 after completing her education from Delhi University and prestigious IIT Delhi. She also completed her PhD from UWA in the field of microelectronics. When Prof sharda migrated, she found there was lot of awareness gap between Indian and Australia n Universities. . She has tirelessly worked for past 25 years in bridging this gap by sharing information jon both sides on education, training and skills.
Presently Prof Sharda is the Director of South Asia Relations at the Vice Chancellory at UWA and has contributed in building strong links and ties with IIT’s, IISc Bangalore & many central universities and institutes and research organisations. She was awarded distinguish alumni award by Hindu College, Delhi University in recognition of her work in Australia India relations. Prof Sharda is married and her Professor is also IIT D alumni and Professor of Computer Science. She has two children; her son is an IT entrepreneur and her daughter is upcoming Bollywood actress, Pallavi sharda who appears in a lead role in Abhinav kashyap’s new movie called “Besharam” opposite India’s No.l actor, Ranbir kapoor.
The University of Western Australia:
The University of Western Australia is Western Australia’s oldest and most prestigious university and is part of Go8 (Group of Eight) university network. It is in Top 100 in the world, ranked 84 by latest World University Rankings 2013. As the Director of South Asia Relations Prof Hema Sharda have prime responsibilities of building links with Indian Universities, Institutions, research organisations and industry. UWA is committed to long term mutually beneficial teaching and research links with India and for that Prof Sharda regularly visit several premier institutes and universities in India. Students are advised to explore more by visiting University site www.uwa.edu.au.
‘In Hyderabad, we work closely on research relations with CCMB, ICRISAT, and University of Hyderabad. We are also working closely with IIT H and Prof Desai, Director at IIT H had visited UWA. We will explore joint research degree, supervision, staff and student exchange with premier partners. We have a major research project with ICRESAT’ said Prof Sharda. The Project is about ‘chickpea drought, heat and salinity resistance -use of genomics approaches’. The university of Western Australia academics regularly visit Central University Hyderabad, Osmania University and JNTU and good affiliated colleges.
UWA has produced Noble Laureates in the field of Medicine, Prof. Barry Marshal and Prof Robyn Warren. Prof Barry Marshal has given public lectures in Hyderabad at CCMB and Osmania University and his area of Infectious Diseases attracts many students from India.
The University of Western Australia also offers generous research scholarships under IPRS scheme. Prospective students are required to visit www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au for further information.
UWA is very popular for its Engineering Programs among Hyderabad students as UWA offer two years masters program in all branches of engineering ranging from Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Electronics, Environmental, Mechanical, Mining & Software. UWA also offers some partial fee relief to meritorious students in engineering course work programs. Typically a student must have an average of 60% in the final two years and an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6. To qualify for partial fee relief they must have 65% and above. With WA’s fast economic growth and good career prospects UWA is fast becoming an attractive destination for the Indian students.
‘Our MBA program, Masters in Exercise program, Masters in Forensic Science, Masters In infectious disease are also very popular. Our MBA requires min. two years of work experience post study and a degree with first class marks’ Prof Sharda said.
UWA is committed to excellence in teaching and research and it is one of Australia’s most beautiful campuses, located in Perth. People in India do not know that Western Australia is Australia’s largest and richest state with highest career opportunities due to strong economy & mining boom.
With new VISA changes, all students who complete our two year degree program qualify for PSW (Post Study Work) VISA. Students are allowed to work 20 hrs a week which gives them chance to earn money while studying and integrating with Australian Community, at large.
‘International experience is all about global experience and time has come when people will have to invest in their education more carefully than ever before. It is true that many people will get a degree from here or there, but what will differentiate you is where you have got your degree from. So choose your course and university with due diligence. Students should always use only reputed agents who have good track record and high ethical standards. I hope this advise will help our students in India’ Prof Sharda said at a networking dinner for University and School Principals and Directors at Taj Krishna.