Indian-origin professor wins Australia’s highest teaching award

Sydney: An Indian-origin professor Jayashri Ravishankar has won ‘Australian Awards for University Teaching 2019’, touted as the highest form of learning and teaching recognition in the country.

For the award, there were 71 citation awards throughout Australia from 31 different universities.

The citation letter for Associate Professor Ravishankar read: “For developing innovative online and face-to-face learning strategies and promoting an inclusive classroom in large electrical engineering courses that improve the employability skills of students”.

The letter further recognised her as “being among Australia’s most exceptional university teachers”, who has “demonstrated an outstanding contribution to student learning through your dedication to quality teaching”.

It stated that her work is “valued highly by your students, University and the Australian Government, and commends and thanks her for “enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education, and for your dedication to enriching and improving the learning experiences of your students.”

The nomination provides outstanding evidence of a substantial and sustained impact on student engagement, success and satisfaction.

Ravishankar completed her bachelor of engineering in electrical and electronics engineering from Madras University and secured her master of engineering in power system rngineering, as well as Ph.D in electrical engineering from Anna University.

She was on the faculty of electrical and electronics engineering, Anna University for 10 years and then joined as lecturer in The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in 2010.

She also holds the position of Deputy Head of School (Education) in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, which is one of the highest ranked among Australian universities.