Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council

By Judith Ireland September 4, 2019 — 3.52pm   Religious schools should be required to admit a certain percentage of teachers and students from other religions so children can learn about other faiths, the peak body representing Hindus has told the Morrison government.

UWS Orientation Day for International Students

By: Bhupinder Chabra. On Friday, 12 July 2019, University of Western Sydney organised an orientation day for international students. I met many new and established students during the orientation, provided them the information on HCA activities in Sydney and Australia and how HCA continue to support students, our current programs we have available for students […]

Meet with UNSW Hindu Society

By: Bhupinder Chabra, University Chaplaincy Coordinator, Hindu Council of Australia. On Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting with University of NSW Hindu Society to discuss the initiatives they have established and challenges they face at university. The Hindu Society is lead by Abhijit Srivastav and Moumita Paul and they continue to grow at UNSW. […]

Chaplaincy Partnership with University of Western Sydney

By: Bhupinder Chabara. With immense pleasure I inform that after the long drawn tedious process, The Hindu Council of Australia (HCA), finally signed the Chaplaincy agreement with University of Western Sydney. Now HCA is the official community partner to deliver the well needed services to the large number of local and international student community, especially […]

Sewa International sponsoring school bags for poor in Karnataka

By: Rajesh. Sewa International. Sewa International, a member organization of Hindu Council of Australia,  has been sponsoring poor children from rural areas of Karnataka by sponsoring school bags with all stationery for an year. Our target is 500 kits and we have raised about 74 kits. We still need 426 kits yet to be sponsored […]

Hindu students suffer due to a lack of understanding of their faiths

Hindus have called upon faith based schools in Australia that their Hindu students should not be a target of conversion. They should not be asked to hide their faith as was the recent case in a Catholic school in Perth. Hindu Council of Australia has also called upon all faith based schools to admit students, […]

Teaching Hinduism in NSW public schools is in full swing

By: Madya Lila. We are now half way through Term 1 and all of our classes have started. We are currently working with seven schools to deliver SRE programs: Burwood Girls, Sydney Boys, Sydney Girls, North Sydney Boys, Macarthur Girls, Evans, Fort Street. Most of these schools only have SRE programs for Year 7, but […]

Aranmore school getting its own Hindu priestly advice to justify Nose Stud fiasco

@arancc #hinduism #nosepiercing @hinducouncilau A young Hindu year 10 student has been asked not to come to school wearing a Hindu religious symbol, a nose stud, as it is against school policy. Parents of the girl explained to the school that the nose stud is not a fashion item but a spiritual icon. Hindu Council […]

Hindu Council writes to Archbishop of Perth about Nose Stud

Hindu Council of Australia writes to the Principal of Aranmore Catholic College and Archbishop Perth to recognize Nose Piercing and Bindi as acceptable Hindu religious symbols in Catholic schools. Hindu Council has expressed its willingness to work with the school and others to resolve the issue resulting from ignorance i.e. lack of knowledge about Hindu […]

Hindu Council to take up Nose Piercing restriction with Catholic establishment

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia has taken up the issue of a Hindu student being kicked out of a Catholic school for a religious nose piercing with Catholic Educational establishment. According to Hindu Council’s multi-faith director, the recent misunderstanding among Catholic schools about Hindu culture and traditions has a potential of affecting the […]

Hindu student kicked out of a Catholic school for a religious nose piercing

By: Hindu Human Rights – http://www.hinduhumanrights.info. Hindu girl in Perth Australia, has been barred from her Catholic school after she had her nose pierced for cultural and religious reasons. At Aranmore Catholic College, Sanya Singhal, 15, was ordered to remove the tiny new stud in her left nostril or go home. The Year 10 pupil […]

Hindus lobby for Religious Freedom in Australia

By : Surinder Jain. Hindus represented by Hindu Council of Australia along with representatives of Anglican, Catholic, Islamic and Buddhist faiths are meeting various federal MPs and impressing upon them to protect religious freedom and not to pass a law that can suppress religious freedom as an unintended consequence of anti-discrimination. The main points being […]

PM ScoMo fights for religious freedom despite the opposition

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and the government’s response. Although the Ruddock panel said that Australia does not need a religious freedom commissioner, the Prime Minister  has announced his intention to do so. The response also addresses issues like, when can a parent take their […]

Religious freedom collides with anti-discrimination laws in Australia

By: Surinder Jain. Religious freedom is fundamental to Australian identity said the Australian Prime minister Scott Morrison. And Australians voted in favor of anti-discrimination laws to protect the rights of LGBT only recently. One would think that both are laudable achievements for Australia, but the future of religious freedom does not look so rosy. A […]

Survey of school going children’s parents on SRE

Hindu Council of Australia is conducting an SRE survey of parents who have school going children and live in NSW. Please fill out the form below if you have a school going child in NSW. Your Name Your Email Your Phone Name of the school where your children are studying? Suburb of the school where […]

Australia’s first Hare Krishna schoolies: No sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling or meat

By :  Samantha Turnbull , ABC North Coast   Australia’s first all-Hare Krishna Year 12 class is shunning traditional Schoolies Week celebrations in favour of a trip to India, while vowing to forgo sex, alcohol, drugs, gambling and meat.

Giving Tuesday promoting vegetarian diet in New York schools

By : Kelley Wind, Giving Tuesday.   I didn’t think it could happen. I didn’t believe that a New York City public school would adopt a vegetarian menu… and then become one of the highest rated schools in the state. But I was wrong.    When the school leadership and staff is fully on board, […]

SRE Teacher Training 2019 starting in a big way

By : Madya Lila. It’s great to see Hindu Council of Australia has finally been added to the Department of Education’s web page https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-across-the-curriculum/religion-and-ethics/approved-sre-providers#letterH as a provider of Hinduism teachers to state schools for teaching Hinduism. We held a very successful training day on Saturday and 15 new volunteer teachers are now trained and ready […]

Hindu Council connects with UWS students for Diwali

Hindu Council of Australia has made contact with University of Western Sydney (UWS) students and had a low key Diwali sweets distribution with them on 8th November 2018. UWS is one of the premier Universities of Sydney and has over 6,000 Indian students many of them from India, studying in it. Soup The University holds […]

Survey of University Students

Hindu Council of Australia is conducting a survey of University going students to understand their issues and see how the local community can help them. Take a Survey here. Your Name Your Email Your Phone 1. What course are you studying? MastersBachelorsDiplomaOthers 2. Name of the Institution where you are studying? UWSUTSUSydUNSWTAFEMQUOthers 3. How was […]

An auspicious beginning of first SRE Hinduism class by Hindu Council

By : Madya Lila. On the auspicious occasion of Dusshera, Hindu Council of Australia began its first Hindu Special Religious Education (SRE) program at Sydney Girls High School. Genedine Sionillo, a volunteer teacher from the Australian School of Meditation & Yoga led the class which was very well received by all the students. They especially […]

HCA to Teach Hinduism in NSW Schools

Hindu Council of Australia has been approved by the Minister of Education to teach Hinduism as an SRE (Special Reigious Education) in NSW state schools. The education is provided on a voluntary basis i.e. the department does not pay any thing and Hindu Council has to provide volunteer teachers, their training and teaching material.  You […]

Tributes to Prof Raja Jayraman, former Vice President

Prof Raja Jayraman is remembered by us all. He did so much work for Hindu education in schools and for promoting interfaith harmony in Australia as Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia. Tributes are still pouring in. Surinder Jain Professor Raja Jayaraman left his mortal body on last Thursday; his funeral will be at 2 pm on […]

Severe shortage of Hindu SRE teachers in NSW schools

NSW Currently there is an estimated short fall of about a 1,000 Hindu Special Religious Education teachers in NSW. 2017 Statistics In the enrollment year 2107, there were about 20,000 Hindu students in NSW out of a total of 755,000 student in 2,160 schools, making 2.64% of all students. Buddhists had about 15,000 and Muslims […]

State of Teaching Hinduism in NSW Australia

By Vijai Singhal and Surinder Jain (Hindu Council of Australia) 1st March 2018 Apart from various temples and organizations running their own religious and scripture classes, Hinduism is being taught in primary and secondary Schools. At Primary School level (SRE) – An hour of class time is allowed in state schools per week to teach […]

NSW Govt gets serious about Religious education

NSW state government had ordered a review of Special Religious Education(SRE) in 2015 and the report was received in 2017. Hindu scriptures are taught to students in schools by VHP and Chinmaya Mission under this special scheme. As a part of implementing many of these recommendations, an All Faith SRE (AFSRE) committee was formed. This […]