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Chitra

Graduate Program 2003

Chitra

Home State

Australian Capital Territory

University

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland

Degrees

MA Ancient Indian Social History, 1994
MA Cultural Heritage Studies in Anthropology and Archaeology 1998

Background story

I was born and raised in India, in the 'City of Joy', Calcutta, later renamed Kolkata. I became interested in Heritage during the tumultuous events of Ayodhya in 1992, when the focus of both the international and national media was on the demolition of a mosque. My quest for knowledge on heritage management led me to James Cook University, where I completed a Master's degree in Cultural Heritage Studies in Anthropology and Archaeology. After completing my degree, I travelled to Canberra to do voluntary work at the Australian Heritage Commission, which enriched my understanding of the challenges of managing and preserving cultural symbols and heritage in Australia. I also worked for a couple of months in the Native Title Unit of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, where I edited and produced a native title newsletter. After spending four freezing months in Canberra I found myself working as Information Resource Officer under the hot desert sun of Alice Springs at the Centre for Appropriate Technology - an indigenous organisation committed to enhancing technical skills and competency of remote communities to use appropriately designed modern accessories suitable for their living environment, on a self-reliant basis.

Spending nearly three and a half years in the Australian heartland I decided to move back home to the 'headland', Canberra. I started work in the Department in 2002, in the Strategies and Information section of the Heritage Division. Within eight months of working here I came across an announcement on the Intranet inviting expression of interest from the Department staff for the Graduate Development program. One of my colleagues convinced me to 'sign up' for this program and I did, with much support and encouragement from my section. So here I am about to fulfill a dream of working with Environment and Heritage professionals. It is once in a lifetime opportunity and I am glad that I applied for it and was selected.

Graduate rotations and responsibilities

1. Natural Heritage Division/Policy and Governance Section/Commonwealth Regional Natural Resource Management Team.

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