10/01/2014, 00.00
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New Delhi, state university abolishes chair named after Mother Teresa

by Santosh Digal
The Indira Gandhi Open University has taken this decision due to lack of funds. For John Dayal, secretary general of the All India Christian Council (AICC), terms the decision "reprehensible." The chair offered courses on HIV / AIDS, family education, substance abuse and philosophy.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) - A "reprehensible and incomprehensible" decision, says John Dayal, secretary general of the All India Christian Council (AICC), commenting to AsiaNews on the decision of the Indira Gandhi Open University in New Delhi to close the chair on health, education and social work named after Mother Teresa.

The chair is being closed due to lack of funds, along with another one sponsored by India Space Organization. The university administration, according to the Vice-Chancellor M. Aslam, "has decided to continue the chairs sponsored by outside agencies and not using faculty funds".

The chair named after Mother Teresa was created with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) and the University on  29 February 2000. On 22 April 2009, the CBCI has signed a new Mou, in which it expanded the provision of training through research and development in the areas of HIV / AIDS, family education, substance abuse and philosophy.

 

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