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ARC grant awarded to examine Indian youth

16 Nov 2016

MELBOURNE – The University of Melbourne has secured $285 thousand over three years from the Australia Research Council (ARC) to examine the nature and effectiveness of pre-figurative action among youth in north India.

Professor Craig Jeffrey, CEO and Director of the Australia India Institute and Dr Jane Dyson from The University of Melbourne’s School of Geography will lead the project.

Professor Jeffrey said, the ARC Discovery Project will examine young people’s efforts to “be the change you want to see in the world”.

“Over the past decade, social movements have risen in which young people try to prefigure their desired better society,” he said.

“Over the past decade, social movements have risen in which young people try to prefigure their desired better society,” he said.

“This project will examine young people’s efforts to “be the change” in education, health, infrastructure and how this might be changing the social landscape.” 

“Both Dr Dyson and I believe this project is going to further the scholarly and public understanding of youth and development both in Australia and around the world.”

The project’s funding is part of a larger announcement by the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, who announced the $416.6 million in funding as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Programme.

Minister Birmingham said the funding was a crucial investment in growing a smart Australia, driving innovation and delivering real outcomes that benefit all Australians.

“This funding represents a significant investment in a wide variety of fundamental and applied research projects, growing Australia’s research capacity and infrastructure, and supporting the next generation of researchers,” Minister Birmingham said.

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