The High Commissioner of India to Australia, H.E. Mr. Navdeep Suri unveiled the bust of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, an eminent Indian jurist, economist, politician, social reformer, and the architect of the Indian Constitution at the School of Law’s Moot Court, Western Sydney University on July 14, 2016. He was accompanied by Deputy Vice Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Prof. Denise Kirkpatrick in the unveiling ceremony.
The bust, sculpted by Gautam Pal, was donated by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Dr Ambedkar, the first Law Minister of Independent India, campaigned tirelessly to eradicate social discrimination against women and the untouchables (Dalits).
During the event, High Commissioner Mr. Navdeep Suri; Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Denise Kirkpatrick; Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) Prof. Linda Taylor; Dr G. K. Harinath, Chairperson, Multicultural NSW spoke about the contributions towards eradicating untouchability.
Dr. Rupali Bhamare, representative of Ambedkar International Mission, Australia spoke about the contribution and relevance of Dr Ambedkar’s thoughts and philosophy in today’s world. Prof. Michael Adams, Dean of the School of Law and Associate Professor Dr. Alpana Roy from School of Law emceed the ceremony.
Prof. Adams said the works of Dr. Ambedkar will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of legal experts studying at Western Sydney University.
“This year, the School of Law, officially visited a number of Indian universities and hope to build stronger relationships. The generous gift of the bust of Dr Ambedkar reflects the closer connection between our communities,” said Professor Adams.
“We are planning a symposium with the National Law Institute in Bhopal in 2017, and this is one more step in the development of our relationship.”
The High Commissioner also distributed prizes to the winners of the Essay Competition on Dr Ambedkar – Ms Nishtha Sharma, Ms Snigdha Rai and Ms Sunila Dixit. The essay competition was organised by Consulate General of India Sydney, Mr. B. Vanlalvawna, as a part of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.