The Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS)

The Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) is the first and only Centre with a focus on the India-Australia bilateral relationship that is embedded in an Indian Higher Education Institution. This emphasises the scope for an increase in momentum, from an Indian perspective, for this important bilateral relationship.

With this strategic bilateral relationship becoming of an increasing importance, there is scope for numerous stakeholders, not just in Government, to strive for a deeper and more meaningful engagement. CIAS is focused on building stronger links between Indian and Australian:

(i) Institutions
(ii) Researchers and Academics
(iii) Students and Youth
(iv) Businesses
(v) Government and Policy-makers.


The India-Australia relationship is growing from strength to strength, encouraged by the convergence of common interests in various areas such as education, regional security, energy and resources and international trade. Both nations have taken extraordinary steps to strengthen bilateral ties.

The Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) has been established to harness this momentum and drive collaboration in key areas of the relationship. Through its flagship programmes, the CIAS has created opportunities for students and academics in India to learn about, and experience, Australia, and for Australian students and academics to learn about India.

To date, the India Immersion Programme has hosted more than 100 Australian students for intensive residential programmes in India, all funded by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. The students gain learn about Indian society, culture, foreign policy, business and law. In addition, the CIAS runs an international internship programme, providing opportunities for students in Australia and India to gain work experience in leading institutes, companies and Government bodies, in the other country. The CIAS also runs an Australia Studies programme in India, teaching Indian students about Australian society, culture, business and law.

The CIAS also catalyses academic linkages through joint conferences, joint teaching and joint publications with Australian partner universities. More than 200 distinguished Australians have visited JGU and the CIAS since its inception in 2016.

The CIAS and JGU look forward to continuing to help build the Australia-India partnership for years to come.

Prof. Shaun Star