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A delegation of Vice-Chancellors from Pakistan-based universities visited Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi earlier this week.

The visitors met Jamia Vice-Chancellor Mushirul Hasan and other senior officials of the university. The delegation comprised the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Mohammad Akram Khan; the Vice-Chancellor of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, A. Q. K. Rajput; the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, S. Imtiaz Husain Gilani; and the Vice-Chancellor of Government College University, Lahore, Khalid Aftab.

At their meeting with Prof. Hasan, several avenues of mutual cooperation and interaction between universities and institutes of higher learning in the two countries were explored. Exchange of students and faculty members for long-term and short-term visits was also discussed.

Earlier during his visit to Pakistan in the first week of March, the Jamia Vice-Chancellor had signed several memorandums of understanding with three universities in Pakistan — University of Sargodha; Government College University, Faisalabad; and Government College University, Lahore. According to the agreement, Jamia will engage in areas of academic cooperation with these three universities like organising seminars, technical conferences and workshops; training researchers and assisting each other in collaborative research.

The senior-most Dean of Aligarh Muslim University, Mohammed Zubair, inaugurated “Seerat”, an exhibition of books on “Seerat”, “Quraniat” and specimen of Quaranic calligraphy, at Maulana Azad Library on the occasion of Meelad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad, this past week.

Some rare manuscripts and copies of the Holy Quran were displayed at the exhibition, including a 1,500-year-old Quran written on parchment in Kufi script, which is believed to have been transcribed by Hazrat Ali, the fourth Caliph of Islam. Another prized display was a cotton waist coat of a Mughal ruler on which the entire Quran has been inscribed. Several illuminated and decorated manuscripts were also on display.

Prof. Zubair also released a book, “Contemporary Relevance of Prophet Mohammad – Exemplary Model”, authored by Saud Alam Qasmi on the occasion.

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade held its 42nd convocation ceremony for the 2006-08 graduating batch of MBA (International Business) on its campus in New Delhi earlier this week.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath delivered the convocation address, while IIFT Chairman G. K. Pillai presided.

Congratulating the graduating students, Mr. Kamal Nath remarked: “Climate change may be a bad thing for the environment, but trade climate change is a good thing! India’s merchandise exports have been increasing in the last four years by an average of 24 per cent.”

“From 63 billion dollars in 2004, our exports this year will touch in excess of 155 billion dollars. This shows a shift in the hub of world economic activity from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean,” he said.

Addressing the gathering, IIFT Director K.T. Chako said: “In the four decades of IIFT’s existence, we have built a niche for ourselves and are constantly striving towards fulfilling our pioneering role”.

Parul Sharma

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