Mar 02, 2018: Dr Abraham Samuel Babu, an associate professor in the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, MAHE, has been made Endeavour Ambassador by the Department of Education and Training, Australian High Commission, India. Endeavour Ambassador is a prestigious appointment of a select group of eminent scholarship alumni picked from the South Asia region.
The 2018 Ambassadors’ event was held in Delhi recently. Twenty ambassadors from India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh have been appointed. Among them, 10 are from India — Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bhopal, Mizoram, and Delhi. The Ambassadors form a core group and are committed to promoting Australian Awards — Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, and will be involved in broader alumni engagement activities. The ambassadors act as champions to promote and raise the visibility of the scholarships to pre-eminent research institutions, universities and colleges in their area. They will also be recognised in Australian Government publications and events and will have the opportunity to meet and network with others from the region.
For MAHE, Dr Abraham is the second ambassador. The first was Dr Arun Chawla, professor, Department of Urology, KMC, Manipal. Dr Abraham received the Endeavour Executive Fellowship in 2015 to train in heart rate variability measurements and scale development under the supervision of Prof David Hare, Department of Cardiology, Austin Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. MAHE has also been home to 13 various Endeavour Fellow recipients.
Following his training, he was offered an Honorary Research Fellow position in the Department of Cardiology at Austin Health, Melbourne, to continue research activities. Promoting faculty mobility, Dr Abraham and Dr R Padmakumar, professor of Cardiology, KMC, Manipal, hosted Dr Samia Toukhsati from the Department of Cardiology, Austin Health, Melbourne, through the Australia-India Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Fellowship, administered by the Indian National Science Academy and supported by the Australian Academy of Science and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dr Abraham has recently received an Honorary Fellow appointment in the Department of Medicine—Austin Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.