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Biocon founder and chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was bestowed with Australia’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Australia, for her contribution towards advancing the country’s relationship with India.

Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, inducted Mazumdar-Shaw as an Honorary Member within the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division at a ceremony in Bengaluru.

Shaw has been given the award for her “contribution to women in STEM through the joint research programmes developed between Biocon and Deakin University, Australia, as part of her deep and long-standing commitment to gender equality,” said a statement from the Governor General’s office.

The ceremony was attended by representatives from Indian and Australian business, the diplomatic corps, and family, friends and peers of Mazumdar-Shaw.

Honorary appointments in the Order of Australia are made to foreign nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to Australia or humanity at large.

Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, is the fourth Indian citizen to be awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour.

Sachin Tendulkar, Mother Teresa and Soli Jehangir Sorabjee have also been conferred with the Order of Australia honour.

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