Balpreet Singh, Shaun Kumar and Sanam Deep with CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman to discuss the university’s initiative to offer an education to some of India’s poorest children.
Balpreet Singh, Shaun Kumar and Sanam Deep with CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman to discuss the university’s initiative to offer an education to some of India’s poorest children. Chris Ison

Uni helps India's street kids

AFTER moving to Australia only four years ago for university studies, Shaun Kumar already calls himself an Aussie-Indian.

He refuses to barrack for either Australian or Indian cricket teams, despite his love of the game, and he calls Australia his home right now.

But the CQUniversity PhD student said he would one day return to his homeland and his family in India.

That is one of the reasons Shaun is proud to be a part of a university that is further developing its strong ties with India.

CQUniversity has joined forces with one of India's most progressive non-profit, non-government organisations, Salaam Baalak Trust.

The trust works to improve educational opportunities for Indian students and to provide assistance to street and working children.

Having returned only recently from a visit to India, CQUniversity Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman said the university was keen to give something back to the country by supporting some of its most underprivileged children.

The trust provides support to more than 5000 street and working children every year, with secure spaces, meals, counselling and educational opportunities.

"It's all part of our aim towards becoming Australia's most engaged university and helping to facilitate access to higher education for all individuals," Mr Bowman said.

CQUniversity is now the official sponsor of the charity's "Walk into the street life of Delhi" program, with support of 1.5 million rupees over the next three years.

The university will also sponsor a number of students to do university studies in India by paying their tuition fees, accommodation fees and living expenses for the duration of their degree.

"The whole nation is very young and very enthusiastic," Shaun said. "There's a lot of great potential."

HELPING HAND

CQUniversity has joined forces with one of India's most progressive non-profit, non-government organizations, Salaam Baalak Trust, to improve educational opportunities for Indian students and to provide assistance to street and working children.

The university is now the official sponsor of the charity's "Walk into the street life of Delhi" program and will sponsor a number of students to undertake university studies in India by paying their tuition fees, accommodation fees and living expenses for the duration of their degree.



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