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Delhi Technological University and the Association for Intelligent Transport System jointly organised a two-day conference and exhibition on “Intelligent transport system (ITS) for mobility and safety management” in the Capital earlier this week.

The conference highlighted the need for ITS to be integrated into infrastructure development. This would help bring about increased mobility, enhanced safety, reduction in the number of accidents and toxic missions and solve problems of congestion in mega and metro cities.

There was emphasis on reducing transport generated pollution by introducing green technologies. The problems of climate change also had to be tackled without affecting mobility. The need to reserve a fraction of the budget for physical infrastructure for integration of ITS into transport infrastructure was also pointed out.

Road pricing, electronic toll collection, public transport system, convergence of communication and information technology applications in transport, ITS safety and security solutions and traveller information system were the other subjects that were discussed.

South Asian Women’s Day was celebrated at Delhi University earlier this week by students, teachers and several non-government organisations. The gathering pledged its support to peace and friendship and demanded justice and human rights across borders. The victims of violence due to communalism, religious intolerance, rising socio-economic inequalities and poverty in South Asia were remembered.

The food crisis in the region was also cited as a cause for concern. The event marked the achievements of women’s groups across South Asia and hailed their ongoing multiple struggles against all forms of violence. Students from South Asian countries also spoke up against violence.

The English Department of Hindu College organised its annual fest “Bacchanalia” this past week. Several literary activities and competitions dominated the event. In addition to a general quiz competition, there was also a dramatic monologue competition in which students had to recite a literary work or an original piece.

A debate competition with a slight twist was also held. Titled “Turncoat”, the contest required participants to speak up both for and against the motion. The creative writing competition involved interpretation of a Salvador Dali painting through poetry or prose. A book discussion on a Khaled Hosseini book was also held. Besides cash prizes, winners were awarded books and bookstore discounts.

Ansal Institute of Technology, Gurgaon, played host to a National Assessment and Accreditation Council team that visited the Institute this past week. The visit was aimed at validating a report submitted by AIT a few months ago.

AIT facilities such as the library, computer and engineering labs, centre for corporate relations, sports complex, hostels, guest house, cafeteria, architecture labs and studios were shown to the visiting team. An audio-visual presentation showcasing the Institute and each department was also made. The students of the Institute also organised a cultural programme to highlight the richness of extracurricular activities on the campus.

Gargi College organised an inter-disciplinary seminar on “New Frontiers in Bio-technology” earlier this week.

Discussions were held on tools for dissecting infectious diseases, genetics of Type 2 diabetes and genetically modified organisms. Career opportunities in bio-technology were also discussed.

Urvashi Sarkar


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