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In a move to strengthen education ties with India, Australian government has appointed former cricketer Adam Gilchrist as nation's inaugural ambassador to the region on education.
"I am delighted to announce Adam Gilchrist as the first Australia-India Education Ambassador. Consistent with the pillars of the Draft National Strategy for International Education, the Australian Government is committed to reaching out to the world," said Australia’s Minister for Education and Training Minister, Christopher Pyne.
"The Indian people recognise Adam as one of cricket's greats, and the values he espouses both on and off the field? Excellence and integrity are precisely those with which Australia aligns its reputation for high-quality education, training and research," Pyne added.
"Having spent so much of my cricketing career playing in India, I have gotten to understand the important bond Australia has with India. Being Australia's first education ambassador to India will give me the opportunity to put so much back into that relationship through the all-important focus of learning and training," said Gilchrist to media. Gilchrist will join Minister Pyne in New Delhi next week to help showcase the quality of Australia's education systems.