Professor Amitabh Mattoo honoured in Australia

Professor Amitabh Mattoo, 52, the inaugural director of Australia India Institute and one of India's leading thinkers, has been honoured by Victoria's Governor Alex Chernov for his significant contribution towards deepening and strengthening bilateral ties. Chernov said Mattoo's writings had a positive impact on the foreign policies of the two sides and his arguments paved the way for Australia finally agreeing to sell uranium to India. He also lauded Mattoo's role in initiating higher education student exchange programmes and visits of high-profile Indian leaders and politicians. Matoo was given the honour during a function that was attended by India's High Commissioner in Australia Biren Nanda, Consul General in Melbourne Manika Jain, and former Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese.