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Equipping students with reasoning power
Santosh Sharma
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he power to think also implies the power to draw facts. So, a conscientious teachers places facts before his students. He teaches them to put two and two together. For example, a teacher of social science may place before his students the fact that most of the voters in the country attach importance to cast while voting.

50 per cent seats in MCA lying vacant
B.S. Malik
D
espite the fact that the Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed students who have obtained Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) degree provisional admission in MCA in the institutes of managements and engineering colleges, 50 per cent of the sanctioned seats in MCA course are lying vacant in nearly 24 institutes in Haryana.

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Equipping students with reasoning power
Santosh Sharma

The power to think also implies the power to draw facts. So, a conscientious teachers places facts before his students. He teaches them to put two and two together. For example, a teacher of social science may place before his students the fact that most of the voters in the country attach importance to cast while voting. He then, must tell them to draw inference as to from this, what kind of candidate is likely to be elected?

If a teacher gives his students the reasoning power, he equips them with the power to deal with various problems that are likely to confront him in his later life.

Another duty of a teacher is to excite and satisfy the curiosity of a student. It has been rightly observed that knowledge is gained only by those who are gifted with the virtue of curiosity.

A vast majority of teachers neither use nor satisfy the curiosity of a student. Many repeat crammed lecturers in a parrot like fashion. If a student puts a question to them, they try to silence him. This, in my opinion, is the worst offence that a teacher can commit.

A classroom is meant to be a venue for interaction between the teacher and the taught. If that interaction does not take place, the teaching is found to be an exercise in futility. A teacher must bear in mind that all questions put by the students canít be sensible so he should not snub the student even if their questions are irrelevant, unnecessary or even downright stupid.

It is obvious that if a teacher has to answer the question of a student, his knowledge of the subject taught must be though as well as up to date. A good teacher, they say, is always a student. The moment he ceases to be a student, he ceases to be a teacher.

If a teacher is unable to answer a question he must admit his ignorance and tell his student he will give the answer after he was found it through additional reading.

Creation of a rapport between the teacher and the pupil is essential. For this, a teacher has to understand the tensions that modern-life engenders.

If a teacher carries his personal problems and frustrations into the classroom, he can never win the confidence of his students. Students cannot open themselves out before him.

The writer teaches in Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, Chandigarh.


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50 per cent seats in MCA lying vacant
B.S. Malik

Despite the fact that the Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed students who have obtained Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) degree provisional admission in MCA in the institutes of managements and engineering colleges, 50 per cent of the sanctioned seats in MCA course are lying vacant in nearly 24 institutes in Haryana.

Interestingly, according to a list provided by the local Hindu Institute of Management, Sonepat, no student has taken admission in five institutes, two under the jurisdiction of Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, and three under MDU, Rohtak, though each institute had been allotted 60 seats.

The situation is no better in other institutes, mostly owned by private managements. There are 15 institutes under Maharshi Dayanand University and as many as 810 MCA seats have been sanctioned for admission in these institutes. So far only 417 seats have been filled.

In as many as nine institutes under Kurukshetra University, as many as 289 seats out of a total of 660 are lying vacant. The situation is the worst in institutes under Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, where 163 seats out of 220 are vacant.

However, there has been cent per cent admission in eight institutes, four under MDU, two under KU and one each under Guru Jambeshwar University and Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa.

Many factors have contributed to the state of affairs, the main being the eligibility condition imposed by KU.

Dr Ravi Kant Swamy, Head, Department of Management Studies, Hindu Institute of Management, Sonepat, says that only those students with mathematics as a compulsory subject at the graduation or senior secondary level are eligible for the test.

Because of this condition, he says only 1,295 students appeared in the entrance test against 1740 sanctioned seats. The BCA graduates who appeared in the test were denied admission. They filed a plea in the High Court against the eligibility condition imposed by the authorities and the court granted relief to them allowing provisional admission, subject to the final decision of the court.

He says the state government has been liberal in granting MCA seats to institutions lacking infrastructure facilities and the required strength of teachers. In order to serve the double purpose, a number of private engineering colleges running I.T. and computer engineering classes have obtained sanction for running MCA classes without any significant increase in the teaching staff.

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