The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Below is a list of people of Indian Origin who received this honours this year.
COMPANION (AC) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Professor Chennupati JAGADISH, O’Connor, ACT
Professor Chennupati Jagadish is academic at the Australian National University. He is from Andhra Pradesh in India. Professor Jagdish has mentored so far mentored 40 PhD students and 44 post-doctoral research fellows.
Jagadish received the B.Sc. degree from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India in 1977, the M.Sc(Tech) degree from Andhra University, Waltair, India in 1980 and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Delhi, India in 1982 and 1986, respectively. He was a Lecturer in Physics and Electronics at S.V. College, University of Delhi, during 1985-88 and worked at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, during 1988-90 as a post-doctoral research fellow.
He moved to Australia in 1990 and established a major research program in the field of optoelectronics and nanotechnology. He is currently a Distinguished Professor and Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in the Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, the Australian National University
He is an expert in the field of nano-fabrication, or the building of minuscule machines. He has published more than 820 international journal and conference papers and holds five US Patents.
He received this honour for his services to physics and engineering to education as a leading academic, researcher, author and mentor and through executive roles with national and international scientific advisory institutions.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Dr Jay CHANDRA, NSW
For significant service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology as a clinician, and to the international community through eye care programs. Dr Jay Chandra is trained as an Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist) and has a practice located in Penrith.
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Dr Sajeev KOSHY, Greensborough, Vic
For service to dentistry in Victoria. Sajeev is trained as a Endodontist and has a practice located in South Morang.
Dr Thakorbhai Babubhai PATEL, Lutwyche, Qld
For service to the community through a range of volunteer roles.
Adjunct Associate Professor Rashmi SHARMA, Isabella Plains, ACT
For service to medicine, and to professional organisations.
Brief information about Order of Australia
The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.
The order is divided into a general and a military division. The five classes of appointment to the order are, in descending order of seniority:
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC – quota of 30 per annum)
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO – quota of 125 per annum)
Member of the Order of Australia (AM – quota of 300 per annum)
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM – no quota).
Honorary awards in all grades may be made to deserving non-citizens – these awards are made additional to the quotas.
General Division – ‘Eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large’.
Military Division – ‘Eminent service in duties of great responsibility’.
Excluding honorary appointments, no more than 25 Companions are appointed in any calendar year.
General Division – ‘Distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large’.
Military Division – ‘Distinguished service in responsible positions’.
The quota is set at 100 Officers appointed in any calendar year.
General Division – ‘Service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group’.
Military Division – ‘Exceptional service or performance of duty’.
The quota is set at 225 Members appointed in any calendar year.
Medal of the Order of Australia
General Division – ‘Service worthy of particular recognition’.
Military Division – ‘Meritorious service or performance of duty’.
There are no quota limits on awards of the Medal of the Order.
Any person may nominate any Australian citizen for an award. The nominations are reviewed by the Council for the Order of Australia, and then approved by the Governor-General. The Order is awarded on Australia Day and on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in June, when public announcements are made about new awards, on the occasion of a special announcement by the Governor-General (usually honorary awards), and on the appointment of a new Governor-General.