The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association celebrated its Foundation Day in the Capital this past week. The programme began by paying homage to past presidents and secretaries of JNUTA who have passed away.

The gathering welcomed new members of the faculty who have joined the University since October 2006 and honoured all former presidents and secretaries of JNUTA, including Yogendra Singh, the first president of the Association.

Current president Chaman Lal took a trip down memory lane narrating the history of the Association that came into existence on March 21, 1973.

Prof. Lal pointed out that despite JNUTA's role as a democratic association in the University, its constitution had never been published. The Association took an initiative in this direction and published the constitution as a monograph that was released at the function by Prof. Singh.

Eminent historian Bipan Chandra, who was recently appointed National Research Professor, was honoured at the function. He released a historic document comprising the convocation address delivered by noted actor Balraj Sahni in 1972 that has been published by JNUTA.

The function was attended by a large number of senior scholars, including JNU Vice-Chancellor B. B. Bhattacharya.

Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, organised its convocation for the graduating batches of Ghaziabad and Nagpur campuses over the weekend.

Arcelor Mittal Chief Executive Officer and president Lakshmi N. Mittal was the guest of honour and delivered the convocation address.

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath, who is also the president of the Board of Directors of the Institute, awarded postgraduate degrees and diplomas to 476 students from both the campuses.

In his address, Mr. Mittal explained the importance of passion in personal and professional life and pointed out how a combination of professional as well as entrepreneurial spirit was the need of the hour.

Citing his own example, he said success was not an overnight phenomenon and one must take joy and satisfaction in doing the task at hand with utmost sincerity and dedication.

Mr. Kamal Nath said there was no one-size-fits-all solution to complex and intricate business problems in today's global economy.

Since India was poised to play an important role in shaping the world economy, he exhorted the students to be open-minded, honest and innovative to contribute significantly to the mission of the country's growth.

The 109th death anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, was observed on the Aligarh campus earlier this week.

After morning prayers, "Quran Khawani" was organised at the University mosque. Vice-Chancellor Naseem Ahmad led the university officials, teachers and students in paying floral tributes to him.

-- Parul Sharma