Welcoming the conviction of the much talked about Member of Parliament from Siwan, Mohammed Shahabuddin, for abducting an activist of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) eight years ago as a "partial victory" for the student movement against criminalisation of politics, the All-India Students' Association has demanded his disqualification from the Lok Sabha.

AISA is now pressing for completion of the Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the alleged murder of its leader, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union Chandrashekhar, by the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader 10 years ago.

"It is a shame that such a criminal should enjoy a seat in Parliament. The student movement since the past 10 years has been demanding justice for Chandrashekhar and dismissal of Shahabuddin from Parliament. The CBI probe into his killing has been lying in cold storage," said AISA national president Indresh Maikhuri.

Chandrashekhar was gunned down while addressing a public meeting atn Siwan in 1997.

A memorandum of understanding will soon be signed between Jamia Millia Islamia and the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) for the proposed Centre for North East India Studies on the campus.

The new centre at Jamia will work like a "think-tank" on the North East.

It will draw upon the expertise that C-NES has in the field of research, publications and study on issues of connectivity of the North East with other regions of South East Asia, migration, demographics, women in conflict situations, participatory planning and governance.

The centre will focus on ways to strengthen academic research and develop policy alternatives on the geographical entity of the North East as well as the adjacent State of West Bengal and neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Tibet and China.

Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and Pearl School of Business recently signed an agreement to offer a doctoral degree in business administration from the new academic session starting July 2007.

The three-year course designed specially for working managers from corporates and entrepreneurs fills a critical and growing research gap, said Pearl School of Business Chairman Deepak Seth.

AIT is an international post-graduate technological institute in Bangkok that offers advanced courses in engineering, science and technology and management. It also runs its programmes in Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

After inking the agreement, AIT president Said Irandoust said: "India is fast emerging as a global talent pool but unless we look forward and strengthen this, it will be inadequate to meet the requirements of tomorrow. Pearl School of Business fits in extremely well with our philosophy to promote entrepreneurial talent in Asia and creating globally competitive enterprises."

U21Global, an online graduate school, has announced the launch of the second batch of 51executives of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Indian Oil) for its hybrid certificate programme in Project Management.

The 15-week online programme has been customised to suit specific needs of the executives of Indian Oil.

Fifty-one executives have been selected for this course.

"An important and distinctive feature of our programmes is that organisations receive an immediate return on investment. We trust that our unique online pedagogy will help Indian Oil executives develop competencies required for international business practices in the area of project management," says U21 Global Chief Executive Officer Mukesh Aghi.

-- Parul Sharma