Fostering international ties

St. Stephen's College and the United States-based Brown University entered into an understanding for expansion of a student exchange programme earlier this week. Under this, graduate students from St. Stephen's College would visit Brown University for studies and additional Brown under-graduates would study at St. Stephen's.

Brown and St. Stephen's have been partners in education since 1991.

According to the understanding, one master's candidate from St. Stephen's would study at Brown and up to 15 Brown University under-graduate students would study for one year at St. Stephen's, taking courses emphasising on Indian culture, languages, literature and politics.

The understanding also seeks to incorporate exchanges between faculty and research staff. Such exchanges could include invitations to lecture, conduct seminars and participate in other academic activities at each institution.

The partnership aims to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of cultures of countries and could spawn opportunities to engage in cutting-edge scientific research.

The agreement which takes effect from July lasts for three years with the option for renewal.

To do its bit towards conserving the environment, Zakir Husain College has set itself on the path of a paperless system. The college has developed a software for viewing important information and accessing data on the Internet. The software would benefit the teaching and non-teaching staff and students. Teachers would be able to keep track of their salary slips, income tax calculations, provident fund subscription sheet, Form 16 and leave data while students would be able to access details of fees paid, attendance and internal assessment records, examination records, as well as the status of their examination forms.

The college has already taken the step of sending out circulars, and information about meetings, examination duties and college functions through e-mail, to do away with wasteful paper usage.

Jamia Millia Islamia organised the Ninth Shukla Memorial Lecture earlier this week which was delivered by Central University of Himachal Pradesh V-C Prof. Furqan Qamar. He spoke on “Development and Reforms Initiatives in Higher Education”

Prof. Qamar highlighted the various measures that were being taken for the structural reforms of higher education. As a result of policy interventions and initiatives, there had been some progress in absolute terms, he said.

The problems of enrolment and of multiple colleges operating at sub optimal levels were pointed out. Prof. Qamar touched upon issues related to teachers and infrastructure in higher education and also discussed the implications of the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research. Making higher education inclusive with equitable access had to be accorded top most priority, Prof. Qamar said.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) held its 44 {+t} {+h} Annual Convocation this past week where 164 students were awarded their MBA degrees. The students were from the 2008-2010 batch of the two-year full time MBA in International Business. Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma delivered the Convocation Address.

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University organised a two-day national seminar on contemporary poetry titled “This World, The Poet, and The Critic”. Held earlier this week, the seminar was divided into seven sessions focusing on the relevance of poetry as a communicating art in the changing world scenario.

Eminent critics and poets of different languages participated in the literary conclave to forge a discourse on the status and trends of contemporary poetry.

Urvashi Sarkar