This year the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas ( PBD ) which was held in Sydney remained full of activities with the presence of so many delegates from different parts of the world. It was attended by people from different walks of life and well received by the Indian community in Australia with a large number of delegates coming and attending it.
PBD has always remained a platform for the NRI’s to raise their concerns and issues and have resulted in many useful outcomes. This time as the Regional PBD was held in Sydney, it provided a wider chance to the community people from Australia to come, unite and raise their issue under one platform.
Besides Australia, delegates form other countries too participated in the event.
Sanjeev Singh, Chief Executive Officer SILK Education and Training were also invited by the High Commissioner Biren Nanda to speak on the Youth Dialogue session between Australia and India at the PBD Sydney.
Sanjeev Singh is a veteran dreamer. From a very young age he had been dreaming of becoming successful in life. From one of the world’s top power-lifters to washing dishes at Hungry Jacks in Perth and from there to the head of a thriving business in the education sector. When he realised the first path would not get him far in life, he quickly looked for another way.
He struggled a lot after coming here and spent his first night sleeping at the airport because he had nowhere to go and was kicked out in the morning by security. But his hard work, dedication and focused approach has earned him a lot of reputation and success in the last few years.
He spoke at the Youth Dialogue session at PBD which was chaired and moderated by Sanuskha Seomangal. The topic of the panel discussion was ‘Assimilation of Indian Youth in Australian Society’ and the speakers highlighted many facts about it.
Jason de Sousa: Chief of Staff to the Minister of Roads and Ports in the NSW Government, Ruchir Punjabi :Founder Chair of Australia India Youth Dialogue and Founder/MD of Langoor, a Web services company , Dr. Monika Barthwal-Datta: Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW, Sanjeev Singh: CEO, SILK Education & Training, Bijo Kunnumpurath: CEO & MD, Institute of Health & Nursing Australia and Karan Anand: Co-President of the YSPN participated in the discussion.
Sanjeev Singh while sharing his views about his participation in the PBD said, “It was a proud moment of my life as I was invited by the Indian and Australian government to attend this event in Sydney. It was great to connect with the governments from both India and Australia . It was exciting to hear about the stronger partnerships that both countries are forming in the areas of education, skills, youth, resources, energy, infrastructure, services, languages, women in business, media and culture”.
Providing further information he said, “To support this partnership SILK Education & Training has already formed partnership with Australian Vocational Training and Employment Group (AVTEG) in 2012, an International consortium based in India which has been developed to foster strategic alliances globally within the area of Vocational Education and Training. SILK has signed an agreement with AVTEG to offer Hospitality programs throughout India and develop strong ties with the Indian business and education sector. Other consortium partners are AIM WA, Box Hill TAFE, Canberra TAFE, Queensland TAFE/Skills Tech, TR7 and CIIS”.
“SILK Education & Training also delivers 23 qualifications in Australia to the domestic market”.
“The PBD has resulted in many new initiatives before as well and the discussions in various sessions in the PBD generally are considered for further improvement of the people living overseas. Earlier PBD’s have also resulted into much recommendation which were beneficial for the people and we are hopeful of the same from this PBD held in Sydney as well.”