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Focus on human rights law

Indira Gandhi National Open University's School of Law in partnership with William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is holding an “International and comparative human rights law practicum” at the IGNOU campus in New Delhi. The conference which began on Monday will end on January 6.

The programme, which has been approved by the American Bar Association, aims to expose law students to comparative and international human rights law themes through classroom and field experiences. A close interaction on these issues will take place between a diverse group of 16 and 12 students from the US and India respectively.

During the course of the programme, participants will visit institutions such as the International Committee of Red Cross, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Patiala House Courts in Delhi and Tihar Jail to get a feel of the functioning of these institutions by interacting with the officials concerned. Based on these visits, they will prepare a research paper for presentation.

The curriculum includes an overview of international human rights law, South Asia government and non-government human rights organisations, comparative Constitutional law in the context of India and the US, individual rights and procedures in criminal proceedings, human trafficking in South Asia and its impact in the US.

The Gurgoan-based Ansal Institute of Technology organised a five-day workshop this past week on nano-structures and nano-technology under the aegis of the Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education of which AIT is a member. The workshop was attended by faculty participants and scholars from different parts of the country.

There were discussions on synthesis and processing, nano-scale characterisation, structure property correlations and modelling of nano-structured materials. The inherent advantages and challenges of nano-science and nano-materials were also highlighted. The importance of emerging nano-technology solutions to help solve energy and environmental problems by improving automobile efficiency and reducing carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions was discussed.

The Jamia Engineering Alumni Association will hold its global meet, JEAA Conclave-2010, in Delhi on December 24-25 to celebrate the completion of 25 years of Jamia Millia Islamia's Engineering and Technology Faculty.

A number of events have been planned for the occasion including academic activities, panel discussions, quizzes and competitions. The conclave will be attended by industry veterans, government officials, alumni and students. The theme of the conclave is “Youth entrepreneurship”.

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Delhi was felicitated with the “Platinum Technology Award” earlier this week by the Otherways Management and Consulting Association.

The university was given the award for its academic track record, quality of education and innovation practices.

Lovely Professional University signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this week with the University of Missouri, Columbia. The agreement took place between the engineering departments of the two universities to give students the opportunity of studying on another campus in addition to the home university.

Students taking admission to under-graduate engineering courses in 2011 would be eligible to complete half their course at LPU and the other half at Missouri University.

Urvashi Sarkar

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