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2nd round of Chingari Small Grants Announced

15 Dec 2016

The Australia India Institute is pleased to announce the second round awardees of the Chingari Small Grants Scheme. The initiative was launched by the Institute earlier this year to support projects, research collaborations or events that require funds between $1,000(AUD) and $5,000(AUD).

Recipient: Dr Gavin Melles - Swinburne University of Technology
Amount: $2500 (AUD)
Project: Social enterprise in India and Australia has emerged as a vehicle for addressing poverty and livelihoods in environments of government, philanthropic and market failure. A recent issue in both countries is how to measure social impact of third sector organisations in transparent ways. In contrast to other approaches, the SAN Network (UK & India) promotes social accounting and audit (SAA) approach. This project is a comparative case study of ten organisations – document and interview analysis - who have recently conducted a social audit. The project examine the challenges and benefits of social accounting in the Indian context of social enterprise.
Recipient: Dr Yanping Sun - CSIRO Energy, Newcastle
Amount: $2500 (AUD)
Project: The CSIRO is developing a collaborative program with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to build a tower solar array in India for production of solar fuel through the solar reforming natural gas process using CSIRO’ SolargasTM technology. Both CSIRO and IOC recognise that new highly active reforming catalysts need to be developed for the solar mixed steam/CO2 reforming of methane to improve solar energy efficiency, eliminate the possibility of carbon formation and to reduce its overall operating cost. The proposed visit aims to initiate a new collaborative project between CSIRO and IOC on developing a novel mixed reforming catalyst for production of solarised fuels.
Recipient: Michael Adams - Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong
Amount: $4000 (AUD)
Project: Tackling the immense challenge of managing India's bio-culturally diverse coast requires local ecological knowledge, innovative education and academic rigour. This project will bring these voices into ongoing conversation. The project's aim is to create an immersive, experiential teaching framework to address Indian coastal challenges. Project outcomes will create a learning model to build the capacity of students to understand and respond to coastal human-environment challenges in India and around the world. Disciplinary areas will include geography, ecology, environment and sustainability studies, humanities and creative arts, and disaster studies. There will also be a focus on Australian undergraduates in India collaborating with Indian students, building networks and the potential for further exchange.
Recipient: Dr Amanda Gilbertson - School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Amount: $2000 (AUD)
Project: This project will explore discourses of culture and masculinity in Indian and Australian newspaper articles on violence against women (VAW). By exploring these discourses in two very different places, I aim to show that culture and masculinity are put to work as explanations for VAW in diverse, and at times contradictory, ways. The findings from this study will have relevance for the global campaign to end VAW, which increasingly focuses on engaging men and boys and challenging cultural norms that condone such violence.
Recipient: Dr Rowena Ward - School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong
Amount: $2000 (AUD)
Project: This project examines the case of the estimated 6000 Japanese civilian men, women and children who were resident in British colonies north of Singapore and who were transferred to India for internment after the outbreak of the Asia-Pacific War. Some were repatriated as part of the Anglo-Japanese Civilian Exchange of September 1942, but most remained interned until after the Japanese surrender. Archival material housed in the National Archives of India will be accessed and analysed to better understand India’s experience of war through a focus on its internment of ‘overseas’ Japanese civilians.
Recipient: Lesley Brangan
Amount: $4000 (AUD)
Project: 'Brides of Aravan' is an imaginative fictional short film that will be made in India with an Australian-Indian team. The central roles are played by Tamil actors, filmed against the backdrop of a real-life festival in south India, yielding a dynamic documentary-drama hybrid genre. The story follows a young couple who venture into a festival that re-enacts the ancient Indian legend of the warrior Aravan and his 1000 brides. Dealing with themes of celestial bargaining, gender fluidity, societal pressure to marry, tolerance and the weight of choice, the film is aimed at the international film festival market and online broadcast.


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