A new day care facility has been set up at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi in memory of German educationist Gerda Philipsborn, who spent time at the University between 1931 and 1943. She was affectionately called “Aapa Jaan” by the Jamia staff and students. The new building was inaugurated by Planning Commission member Syeda Hameed.

The day care facility will cater to children in the age group of three months and three-and-a-half years. It will have workers, nursery-trained teachers and watchmen. The building will also offer day boarding facility for Jamia employees.

“The facility is self-financing and the infrastructure requirements have been met under the special assistance grant of the University Grants Commission,” said a University official.

The Centre of Indian Languages at Jawaharlal Nehru University in the Capital organised a memorial meeting for eminent Hindi writer Vishnu Prabhakar who passed away recently.

The chairperson of the centre, Prof. Chaman Lal, spoke of the writings of the late author, particularly his creative biography of the eminent Bengali novelist Saratchandra Chatterjee, “Aawara Masiha”. Prof. Lal also underlined the humanism and social concern of the Hindi litterateur who donated his body to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Senior teachers of Aligarh Muslim University met earlier this week to discuss newspaper reports about an inquiry being allegedly set up against Vice-Chancellor P. K. Abdul Azis. The faculty members felt that such “baseless reports” would damage the image of the institution and the careers of students pursuing studies at AMU.

“The University has not received any communication relating to setting up of an enquiry either by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry or the AMU Visitor,” said a University spokesman.

“Prof. Azis has set in motion a slew of academic initiatives and put the University on the track of democratic functioning and transparent governance,” read a statement from AMU.

The Asia-Pacific Institute of Management has announced its admission schedule for executive post-graduate diploma in management and executive post-graduate diploma in management (marketing). Both these programmes are three-year part-time courses. Admission forms can also be downloaded from www.asiapacific.edu

The last date for submission of applications is May 9.

At the Executive Council meeting of Delhi University early this week, the elected teacher-member from the Democratic Teachers’ Front, Rajib Ray, raised among others the issue of chaos in examinations. “Instead of carrying out its responsibility to organise evaluation of answer scripts well in time so that the process is completed in a timely manner without compromising quality, the University administration has chosen to call some teachers to report at evaluation centres,” said Mr. Ray in a statement from the DTF.

“Each of them has been asked to evaluate 25 to 40 papers per day, and this has to be done at centres that lack adequate seating arrangements and basic amenities. The University administration is trying to hide its own failure behind threatening language used towards teachers,” he alleged.

Parul Sharma