A new hostel for students

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Delhi University’s Indraprastha College for Women is coming up with a new hostel for its students.

To be constructed in front of the college compound, the new state-of-the-art hostel complex costing Rs.10 crore will accommodate over 200 girls. The University Grants Commission has provided Rs.2 crore for the new building.

At present, the college has one hostel that houses 210 girls, but because of an ever increasing demand for accommodation facilities, the authorities felt there was a need to construct another building.

“One hostel was not enough. We have been trying for so long. Finally we got permission and were given space across the road. Our target for the completion of the project is December 2007 and the hostel will definitely be ready by the next academic session,” said college media coordinator Manasvini M. Yogi.

The hostel will comprise a studio as well as an amphitheatre. “We have left open spaces in the complex for students to pursue outdoor games. We have exchange programmes with foreign universities also and when these students come visiting us, they will also get to stay in the new hostel,” she added.

Dr. Yogi also informed that the college is planning to start a rainwater harvesting project and a space within the compound has been allocated for it.

There is some good news for Aligarh Muslim University. India International Friendship Society has selected an eminent scientist from the Department of Zoology, M. Shamim Jairajpuri, for “Shiksha Ratna Puruskar”.

Prof. Jairajpuri has done pioneering research on plant and soil nematodes for which the Zoological Survey of India awarded him gold medals in 1977 and 1998. He is considered a renowned world authority in nematology and has published over 20 books and 400 research papers in journals of international repute.

The Department of English at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi is offering certificate and diploma courses in “Translation Proficiency”.

The number of seats for the certificate and diploma courses is 35 and 20, respectively.

For the certificate course, admission is restricted to candidates enrolled in an undergraduate course at Jamia. There are two papers in this one-year course and classes will be held thrice a week.

The diploma programme is for candidates who have completed the certificate course.“The course culls source material from different fields for actual hands-on practice. In literary translation, the students will be given intensive training in translating prose passages, stories, poems as well as songs. They will be taught about the theoretical basis of translation, difficulty of translating idioms and other cultural materials,” says Jamia media coordinator Rakshanda Jalil.

“Not many people are aware of professional translation as a career option but translation is certainly a sunrise industry and this fact was also mentioned in the National Knowledge Commission report that was submitted to the Government last year. Translation can be a very well paying career and a professional translator can freelance or be employed with a translation company,” she adds.

- Parul Sharma




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