University of Melbourne

Contact Person for AIWC

Associate Professor Meenakshi Arora

Brief Introduction

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in researchlearning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018).

Projects relevant to AIWC 

  1. International research project under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) titled “Recharge Process of Springs and its Management to mitigate anthropogenic and climate change impact for water Security: A case study in part of Kumaun Lesser Himalaya, India” along with Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi  in collaboration with Dr Dharma Hagare, Foreign PI and Prof Basant Maheshwari, of Western Sydney University, Australia Dr Meenakshi Arora and Prof Andrew Western of University of Melbourne, as international partners sanctioned by Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), renamed as Ministry of Education (MOE) Govt. of India.

Ref No. SPARC/2018-19/53/SL/IN Date:28-03-2019 with project code P-69 as Indian Principal Investigator institute worth INR 75 Lakhs for 2 years i.e. 2019-21 (extended in view of COVID-19).


  1. Another International research project titled “Securing Water for Agricultural and Food Sustainability: Developing Transdisciplinary Approach to Groundwater Management” along with Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal (Indian PI Institute) and Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat, Gujarat, along with International partners Western Sydney University, Australia; (Foreign PI Institute) Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Wisconsin University, USA of sanctioned by Ministry of Human Resources and Development, renamed as Ministry of Education (MOE) Govt. of India. 2 years i.e. 2019-21(extended in view of COVID-19) Project Code.P1285.

  1. Global Initiative of Academic Networking (GIAN) , MHRD, Govt. of India MHRD, Government Of India of College Of Technology, Pantnagar sponsored programme on “Water futures of urban and rural landscape” Inter National Expert as Professor Basant Maheshwari, Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury Campus, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia during February 09-13, 2018. []