The good old Delhi College of Engineering is keen to develop a "Knowledge Park" on its campus. The announcement was made by Principal D. Goldar at the DCE Convocation this past week.

"We have identified five areas of interest for the Knowledge Park -- energy, telecommunications, infrastructure engineering, information technology and bio and nano-technology sector," said Prof. Goldar.

"There will be five people each from these sectors and very soon DCE will be organising a corporate meeting with them to get an idea about the construction of Knowledge Park in DCE and its day-to-day functioning," he added.

The Principal also announced that DCE had been selected by Intel Technology Pvt. Ltd. to join Planet Lab Consortium that has the world's top universities and industrial research labs like Princeton University, University of Washington and NEC Labs as its members.

The Intel Planet Lab will strengthen research capabilities of the students in the areas of knowledge technologies of the future, he added.

The Old Students' Association (OSA) of Delhi University's Hindu College organised its sixth "Distinguished Alumni Awards" this past week to recognise and honour outstanding contributions of its alumni.

These awards are given every year to former students who have excelled in their respective professions.

The function was presided over by eminent lawyer and OSA president Lalit Bhasin.

Those felicitated this year included the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Forbes Gokak Ltd., K. C. Mehra, sportsman Vinay Lamba and diplomat T. C. Rangachari.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal Kavita Sharma said: "Hindu College has always striven for excellence and has tremendous popularity and respect across generations. It has moved from strength to strength over the years with the constant efforts of its outstanding faculty and students who converge to advance knowledge, address societal challenges and in the process pursue intellectual and personal fulfilment."

Aligarh Muslim University has made two new appointments this week. Noted agricultural scientist Akhtar Haseeb Khan has been appointed Controller of Examinations and Admissions, while Javed Musarrat of the Department of Agricultural Microbiology will be the new Registrar.

Professor Khan has a vast experience in the field of agricultural research and has published more than 150 research papers in leading national and international journals. The new Registrar, Prof. Musarrat, has worked in the field of biochemistry for more than two decades. He was a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection in the Netherlands, Ohio State University and Michigan State University of the U.S.

With the help of a special grant from the University Grants Commission, Jamia Millia Islamia has successfully completed the first phase of construction of buildings on the campus. The new buildings that will soon be ready for possession include Noam Chomsky Complex, Nelson Mandela House, Castro Garden Court, F. T. Khorakiwala Centre for Information Technology, Centre for Distance and Open Learning and a new block for Mass Communication Research Centre.

There will be new buildings for the Departments of History and Geography, Academic Block and Centre for Theoretical Physics.

The buildings housing the University Polytechnic, Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Faculty of Social Sciences have been extended.

New lecture halls at the Faculty of Engineering and five sub-stationshave also been constructed.

Some of the new buildings will be inaugurated this Friday.

Parul Sharma