I came across a very interesting news story in The Times of India, India's leading English daily. It is a positive news story from the point of view of media studies and also a welcome development. Such 'human interest' stories are always welcome in the media. I would like to congratulate the University, it's Vice-chancellor and the media wing for the news release. Of course, I would like to appreciate the fact that the 'Abba Endowment Fund' has been set up. Needless to say that this personal effort from the Vice-Chancellor needs to be lauded and appreciated well.
This is the news story:
Jamia VC creates endowment fund in memory of his Abba’
Manash Pratim Gohain, TNN, Nov 28, 2010
NEW DELHI: There is nothing new about instituting an endowment fund for the underprivileged , but Jamia Millia's 'Abba endowment fund' (AEF) is different.
Not only is the fund being created from the salary of the incumbent vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Isamia — — but it is dedicated to one Abdullah, who joined the Jung household as a help in 1938 and served three generations of the family before his death in 2006.
Unlike any other scholarships , AEF is not structured and its core philosophy is to offer a flexile support system. So far, it has helped four students who could not afford to study in any university.
Among the beneficiaries are class XI student Fatima Naaz, who lost her parents in the Bhagalpur riots and Mehtab Ali, human resource management student......
[Please read the complete article on the Times of India website at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Jamia-VC-creates-endowment-fund-in-memory-of-his-Abba/articleshow/7003216.cms ]