A “Study in Japan Fair” was held at Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College in the Capital earlier this week in the wake of the India-Japan annual summit meeting last year in which the importance of bilateral exchanges at various levels was emphasised.

The fair, sponsored by the University of Tokyo and supported by the Mombusho Scholars’ Association of India and the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi, was held to strengthen and promote academic exchanges between Japanese and Indian educational and technical institutes.

Many Japanese universities which took part in the fair offered degree courses taught fully in English, thus encouraging foreign students to pursue Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degrees without language barriers.

The fair also provided individual consultations for face-to-face counselling on all aspects of studying at various Japanese institutions.

Jamia Millia Islamia’s FTK-Centre for Information Technology and the Academic Staff College organised a one-week “Professional Development Programme” for senior university faculty members in Delhi this past week. The objective was to bring about awareness among the participants about recent developments in information and communications technology (ICT) that could potentially enhance the teaching-learning process.

A total of 23 professors and associate professors from different disciplines took part in the programme which was structured in ten sessions of 90 minutes each on themes such as Web 2.0 for education, e-presentation, virtual classrooms, media in e-education and open source course management system among others. In addition, four hands-on sessions were organised to enhance the participants’ ICT skills.

The importance of collaborative web-based technologies in improving the quality of teaching and addressing challenges of delivering quality mass education in the country was highlighted.

Aligarh Muslim University’s Centre for Promotion of Science is organising a refresher course on “Computer Application in Teaching” from February 23 to March 5. Selection of participants for the course will be made on an all-India basis. The course announcements with details have been sent to select madrasas. The prescribed application form and other details of the course can also be viewed at www.cps-amu.org

The Jaipuria Institute of Management in Noida has announced admissions for its two-year full-time post-graduate courses in financial services and retail management.

Students can specialise in human resources, finance management, marketing management, information system management, international business, production and operations, services management, insurance risk management, integrated communication and general management. Graduates in any discipline with a minimum of 50 per cent marks can apply.

CAT/MAT/XAT scores are required and a group discussion and personal interview will also be conducted.

Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Ela Gandhi visited the Asia-Pacific Institute of Management in Delhi earlier this week in a bid to enlighten youngsters about the relevance of Gandhian values in the current scenario including business.

Ms. Gandhi interacted with students and faculty members and spoke on “Reflections on Gandhian views vis-À-vis ethics in issues of management”. She said that in her attempt to take the Gandhian ideology forward she had always been surprised that the ideology remained relevant despite the world changing greatly with advances in technology. Future leaders could apply the Mahatma’s ideology to succeed in their businesses and careers, she added.

Urvashi Sarkar