Namaste, My Life At Deakin

Indian researchers bring little bit of Bollywood to the GTP - and the DVD was featured on ABC's Lateline program.

Nisa Salim and Professor Peter Hodgson
Nisa Salim and Professor Peter Hodgson

A little bit of Bollywood – replete with a love story - came to the Geelong Technology Precinct in January.

Five researchers who had joined the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (ITRI) from India took part in the filming of a DVD called Namaste, My Life At Deakin.

The DVD was the brainchild of the Director of ITRI, Professor Peter Hodgson.

“What we wanted to do was to get some real life experiences of Indian researchers who have come to Deakin,” he said.

“We have more than 20 researchers here already with many more likely to come through the ever expanding DIRI programs.

“We thought it would be a good idea to be able to show prospective researchers and their families what life is like when you come to work with ITRI.”

Subrata Mukherjee was the chief talent scout cum director for the DVD that also featured Nisa Salim, Ananthi Sankaran, Mahidhara V.N.L. Ganesh and Ranjani Sudharsan.

Subrata’a wife and daughter also became impromptu extras, as did Nisa Salim’s husband, Nishan.

Nisa and Nishan had never met before coming to ITRI, but as Nisa explained, as they worked together they realised they had a bit more in common than science.

They recently returned to India to be married and are now back at work at ITRI.

Ranjani Sudharsan’s mother, on a trip to Australia to visit her daughter and to take in the sights of the Geelong region including the Great Ocean Road, also made a cameo appearance.

“Of course, the mandatory extra copies of the DVD have had to be pressed for families of the participants back home in India,” Professor Hodgson said.

“I know all five of the participants wanted to get across the message that ITRI is a very welcoming place, that we have a broad multi-cultural base and we are highly supportive of all the people who come here, whether it be from India, Iran, South America, Europe and so on.”

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