Indian and Nepali students in the race for NSW International Education Awards

Ashrika Paruthi and Narayan have been selected based on their impact made on the international student, ethnic, and broader NSW communities.

Ashrika Paruthi and Narayan Gautam have been announced as finalists in the NSW International Education Awards 2023.

Ashrika Paruthi, from India, is a finalist in the NSW International Education Awards – Higher Education.

Ashrika studied at The University of Sydney and is well-known for her leadership skills that have helped improve the experience of international students in Sydney in many ways.

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In a statement, Ashrika said:

“This accomplishment is a testament to my odyssey as an Indian international student leader in Australia, and to the transformative power of community engagement. The unwavering support of the communities that have embraced me has not only propelled me forward but has also instilled in me a sense of duty to give back.”

Ashrika has served in numerous offices on the Student Representative Council (SRC), as editor-in-chief of the university publication Honi Soit, and been a representative on the Dalyell Scholars Liaison Committee.

She represents the Indian student community in the Australia India Business Council (AIBC), advocating for better educational experiences for Indian students in Australia.

As a Consortium member and International Student Health Hub Advisor (Volunteer) at NSW Health, Ashrika supports the design and delivery of the International Student Health Hub.

She has also connected thousands of international students as an ambassador for the City of Sydney, and led the International Student Orientation and Networking Event.

Narayan Gautam, from Nepal, is a finalist in the NSW International Education Awards – ELICOS.

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Narayan studied at Kingston Institute Australia and is preparing to enroll in the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) program with Western Sydney University to continue helping the lives of others. He strives to create awareness in student rights, mental wellbeing, and more among international students.

Narayan is the founder president of the Kanakai Municipal Child Forum, the National Public Relations Officer of the Student Advisory Council under the Non-Residential Nepalese Association (NRNA) Australia, the Executive Secretary of the Nepalese Students Club at Western Sydney, and an executive member of the Australian Nepalese Blood Donors Association.

The selection for the awards is based on the impact made on the international student, ethnic, and broader NSW communities.

The 2023 NSW International Education Awards will be held on Wednesday, 1 November 2023 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney. 

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