Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, Professor Stephen Garton, said he is incredibly saddened by the worsening COVID-19 situation in India.
"I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected and extend my support to our Indian community of staff, students and alumni at this time," Professor Garton said.
"The ties between India and Australia go back for over two hundred years and the University community values the deep connection we have with colleagues, students, and research and industry partners in India.
"We also have an extensive Indian community living here in Australia. While we have been fortunate in Australia’s management of the pandemic, many other countries are continuing to deal with its extreme effects and at the moment India is in the throes of a pandemic crisis."
The University of Sydney has offered its support to the Indian Consulate and is eager to work with the Australian Government and higher education sector to see what practical help can be shared including protective equipment and ventilators.
Our students and staff, both here and in India have access to a range of support services. Students in Australia can talk with one of the University counsellors from Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) . Support is also available for our students in India including peer support programs, the ability to chat with students around the world, 24/7, in a safe, supportive and encouraging multilingual environment and access to a module that helps students manage wellbeing during times of anxiety, loneliness, low mood and stress.
Support services are also available for all staff and their families, both here and in India. For staff, the University has a free and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) service available to support any colleagues or their immediate family who are feeling distressed. The EAP service is also available by telephone or video teleconference to any staff or their family who are based in India.