India-Australia Current Affairs - 2020

AIIA signs MoU with Western Sydney University to promote Ayurveda

The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australia’s Western Sydney University with aim to promote collaboration in research and developing guidelines for integrating Ayurveda principles with modern medicine. The MoU was agreed and exchanged on the occasion of event ‘India Australia International Education and Research Workshop’ at Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi.

Key Highlights of MoU

Both Institutions AIIIA and Western Sydney University are committed to take collaboration to the next Higher Level by identifying specific areas for collaboration in education, research as well as practices of traditional medicine while ensuring quality standards and also by encouraging investment in traditional medicine related infrastructure.

Since India is a priority country among Australia’s international partnerships, thus signing of MoU is another milestone in the history of health care industry.

Combining data-driven precision based technologies and Ayurvedic medicine will be a valuable contribution to current goals for providing a better and safe health care system to Universe, specifically towards developing a safe and effective integration of traditional and complementary medicine.

Significance: Complementing the Traditional Ayurveda Medicine along with conventional concepts of Modern Medicine is expected in generating scientific evidences that could further help in contributing to global healthcare.


Third Installment of the Joint Naval Exercise of India and Australia AUSINDEX will be held off the coast of Vishakhapatnam from April 2 to 16. The joint exercise will focus on anti-submarine warfare, as part of efforts to ramp up bilateral naval cooperation in the strategic Indian Ocean region.


  • AUSINDEX 2019 will be held off the coast of Vishakhapatnam from April 2 to 16.
  • From the Australian side, HMAS Canberra (landing helicopter dock), Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel, two frigates — HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Parramatta and P8I and P8 maritime patrol aircraft will be involved in the exercise.
  • A Kilo-class submarine, land-based Hawk aircraft that will provide the air attack element for the exercise, a Kamorta class anti-submarine vessel, besides a stealth destroyer will lead the Indian deployment for the exercise.
  • The exercise will feature the deployment of Australian personnel on Indian ships and vice versa.
  • The area of the exercise will be within 200 miles of Vishakhapatnam.

AUSINDEX 2019 will also witness the largest ever deployment of an Australian defence group to India, over 1000 Australian defence personnel will take part. To further strengthen the defence cooperation between India and Australia, Australia has also proposed logistics sharing pact with India.