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Shastri News - November/December 2009

$80,000 Millennium Development Goals Research Grant recipient announced

The Shastri Institute is pleased to announce the winners of our 2010-2012 Millennium Development Goals Research Grant. Dr. Steven Newmaster and Dr. Nirmala C. Balasubramaniam will be the principal investigators in a collaborative research project between the University of Guelph (Ontario) and the Centre for Biocultural Diversity (Chennai). They will be working with three aboriginal communities in South India to assemble biodiversity knowledge toward an en-gendered cultural approach to environmental sustainability.

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New Canadian Student Handbook on Opportunities in India

Do you know what programming is currently available for Canadian Students who want to study in India? This new handbook is a comprehensive guide to the Master’s and Undergraduate programming available at our 36 Canadian member universities in 2010-2011.

There are a breadth of opportunities waiting to be discovered and students should act now to get involved because most application deadlines are in December – February.

Please help us build awareness about the benefits of studying in India and pass this handbook along to a student you know who may be interested.

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A storyteller’s story

Rashi Khilnani makes a living telling people’s stories and she loves her job. First, because she believes that everyone has a story worth listening to, but also because she gets to focus on a group of people close to her heart: Indo-Canadians. Rashi runs the Indo-Canadian Report, a thrice weekly segment on CBC’s international broadcast, Radio Canada International. This month, she celebrates her first anniversary on the job, so we have decided to reverse the microphones and tell her story.

Like many Indo-Canadians her age, Rashi was born in India but moved abroad when she was only a toddler. She spent her formative years in Nigeria, where she attended an international school and became a true citizen of the world. When she moved to Canada at age 15, the idea of being an Indo-Canadian was just as foreign as the idea of living on Indian soil…

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2010 Visiting Lecturers and Lecture Series announced

In 2010, the Shastri Institute will be sending several prestigious academics and activists from Canada to India and from India to Canada. Learn more about who they are and what they will be doing…

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Indian professor honoured for her contribution to Francophone studies

The Canada-India academic relationship profits tremendously from the commonality of the English language. However, our relationship would be tragically incomplete if we never attempted to build understanding beyond what is capable in English. The French heritage and culture unique to Canada is an invaluable contribution to Canadian society. There are also countless languages and cultures in India that define and shape its’ people. When somebody translates literature they make a piece of culture accessible to others, opening a window into a world that was previously out of reach.

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Symposium in Sweden highlights Shastri Youth Intern’s research in India

Robin Lau is one of the Shastri Institute’s most recent Youth Interns. He has been working with a bi-national team of academics to study the future of life expectancy and healthy life expectancy in India. Thanks in large part to the research he conducted in Chennai from September 2008 to February 2009, his research supervisors, Dr. Shanthi Johnson from the University of Regina and Dr. T.J. Kamalanabhan from IIT Madras, were able to present the India Healthy Life Expectancy Projection Model (IHLEPM) at an International Symposium for Health Information Management in Kalmar, Sweden in October 2009.

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The Shastri Institute is pleased to welcome a new Canadian university member

Celebrating its centenary in 2010, St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution whose roots are in the faith and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. With an enrolment of 2,400, its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education and Social Work degrees. The faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the university holds three Canada Research Chairs.

St. Thomas University takes pride in and seeks to nurture its Catholic and humanistic heritage, its concern for social issues, its interaction with the community beyond the campus and its sensitivity to the needs of individual students. A strong sense of community unites its alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends.

The Shastri Institute looks forward to working with the faculty and staff at St. Thomas University to strengthen their relationships with Indian Institutions and facilitate more India related studies on campus.

For more information on St. Thomas University, please visit their website.

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Das appointed as new Secretary for the Department of Higher Education in India

Mrs. Vibha Puri Das has recently taken charge as the Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Government of India. She will be the new official representative of the Government of India serving on the Executive Council (Board) of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Das is an Indian Administration Service officer of the 1976 batch, Uttaranchal Cadre. Prior to this posting, she was Addl. Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training. Das’s earlier stints in the Central Government include that of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, and Executive Director, Central Social Welfare Board.

Her other earlier postings include serving as Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Forest and Rural Development, Uttaranchal and Principal Secretary, Home and Transport of Uttaranchal. She has also been Addl. Chief Executive officer of the Greater Noida Authority, Vice Chairperson, Ghaziabad Development Authority, and Special Secretary (Finance), Government of U.P.

Das is an M.A. in Political Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

The Shastri Institute looks forward to working with Mrs. Vibha Puri Das and wishes her well in the new position.

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Professor Braj Sinha receives Ivany Internationalization Award

The Shastri Institute is pleased to congratulate one of its long-time friends and alumni for being awarded the J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award at the University of Saskatchewan’s Fall Convocation this year. Braj M. Sinha, Professor and Head of the Department of Religion and Culture at the U of S, is the current Shastri Member Representative on campus and has been promoting Saskatchewan’s academic ties with India for over two decades.

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Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Lal Bahadur Shastri Student PrizeFriday, January 15, 2010
For Canadian Undergraduate and Master’s level students

Scholar Travel Subsidy GrantMonday, February 15, 2010
For Indian and Canadian Faculty

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New Publications

e-Journalism: New media and News Media
Edited by: Kiran Prasad
New Delhi: B.R. Publishing Corporation © 2009

The purpose of this book is to examine the role of new media and how the nature of news media and news presentation has changed dramatically over the last decades with the emergence of new media technology and growing popularity of electronic news media. It also discusses how electronic media journalism is changing and challenging the identities of the occupations and organizations that make up the news industry. This book brings together senior researchers in media and communication studies who examine the challenging interplay between ‘new media’ and ‘news media’ through theoretical reflections, empirical studies and policy deliberations in the field of mass media and journalism.

The book includes a chapter on “Community Radio in India and Canada: Media Policy for Democratizing Communication”

About the Editor: Kiran Prasad is Professor in Communication and Journalism, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupati, India and currently with the Salalah College of Applied Sciences, Ministry of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman. She was a Commonwealth Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for International Communication Research, University of Leeds, UK and a Shastri Institute Canadian Studies Research Fellow at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Arti Nanavati, Canadian Studies Research Fellow, has published a working paper:
“Social Capital and Labour Market Outcomes for South Asia-Born Immigrants in Canada”

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Seeing the forest, the Trees and the People
Seeing the forest, the Trees and the People

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