EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, February 22, 2000, Chandigarh, India

College that runs with people’s initiative
From Kulwinder Sangha
Politicians often cry themselves hoarse that proper development and women’s education are complementary. They are usually letting off hot air. Often, it is left to ordinary citizens to take up the challenge to put the idea into practice.

Career hotline
by Pervin Malhotra





College that runs with people’s initiative
From Kulwinder Sangha

Politicians often cry themselves hoarse that proper development and women’s education are complementary. They are usually letting off hot air. Often, it is left to ordinary citizens to take up the challenge to put the idea into practice.

Ignored by the Punjab Government in terms of funds, it’s an institution struggling to find its feet even after about a decade of its coming to being, determined to encourage college education among rural women.

Such institutions can be counted on the fingertips in the state’s villages, but their contribution cannot be underestimated,especially in the face of the orthodox view that girls need not be well-educated — after all, as many village elders say, what is of foremost importance is their marriage.

Run by a 15-member charitable trust, Mai Bhago College for Women at Ramgarh, near Ludhiana is rendering valuable service to around 100 surrounding villages. Set up in July,1990, it has to a great extent depended on donations from NRIs. It now has a student strength of 521 with 19 teachers and eight other staff members.

Fighting against odds, the college, with a 1.75 acre campus and grounds measuring 5.5 acres donated by Ramgarh residents, about 1km away, has managed to introduce nine courses, including home science, physical education and sociology. It also runs a vocational course in computers — unusual in a rural institution — and another one in dress designing. Students attending postgraduate classes in Punjabi and history, however, have to appear as private examinees. The institution got affiliation to Panjab University in July last.

Inadequate funds has forced the trust to stick to undergraduate arts classes, compelling girls with interest in science to make a beeline for city colleges.

It all started with residents of Ramgarh collecting Rs 1.87 Lakh for the project (May,1990). Each trustee of the Mai Bhago Educational Charitable Trust was required to give Rs 2.50 lakh for the institution. Mr C.S.Atwal, Punjab Speaker, donated Rs 25,000. Donations came, too from NRIs — Rs 15 lakh in 1993 and Rs 11.5 lakh in 1998. The SGPC pitched in with Rs 6.15 lakh and also donated books worth Rs 50,000.

Interestingly, over the past 10 years or so only once, when Mr T.R. Sarangal was the Deputy Commissioner, has the Ludhiana district administration given financial aid of a measly Rs 1 lakh.

To encourage parents to send their wards to the college, the trust has hired seven mini buses which ply on 10 routes, picking up students from various villages. The institution has kept the tuition fee low, on the pattern of government colleges.

Teachers for subjects like physical education, economics, sociology, home science and political science are overworked. Each of them has to take five or more periods daily.

The teaching staff do not get proper salary as well. Each teacher gets between Rs 3,000 and Rs 3,500, which is around one-fifth of the UGC pay scales.

Home science teachers have additional problems as the laboratory is short of equipment. When practical work is to be done, the class has to be divided into small groups, leading to a wastage of time and extra labour on the part of the teacher.

Mr M.S.Mangat, trust president and chairman of the managing committee, says the college does not get any government funds. He says though the staff salaries are low, these were paid on time. The management fears that if the tuition fee is hiked, many parents may withdraw their children from the college.

Dr Swaran Singh, a trustee, says the government must provide adequate funds to rural colleges encouraging women education. If such education is ignored, development as a whole suffers, he says.


Career hotline
by Pervin Malhotra

I am interested in doing a course in textile designing. Please suggest some recognised courses and also tell me about the job prospects in this field.

Vivek Desai, New Delhi; Nitin Sharma, Faridabad

Dealing primarily with fabric, textile designing covers a wide range of disciplines such as printing, dyeing, embroidery and design development. It includes designing fabrics of all kinds such as clothes, curtains, bed linen, towels, carpets and even lace. Designing is even done for wall paper, printed plastic sheeting and floor covering. A knowledge of colour combinations, textures, weaves, knits, dyes and prints helps the designer at his job.

You can opt for the following institutes for a course in Textile Design:

  • National Institute of Design (NID), Paldi, Ahmedabad 380007. Course: Diploma in Textile & Apparel Design. Duration: 4 years. Eligibility: Class XII. Upper Age Limit: 22 years (relaxable by 3 years for SC/ST). Selection Procedure: Entrance test; Course: Advanced Entry Programme in Textile Design. Eligibility: Graduation in Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Home Science (with Textile & Clothing) and in any textile-related programme or Diploma in these areas with 2-year work experience or MDes (Communication Design). Selection Procedure: Entrance test.
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) (an autonomous body under Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India), Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016. Course: Postgraduate Diploma in Textile Design & Development. Duration: 2 years.
  • Pearl Academy of Fashion, C-56/2, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-II, New Delhi 110020. Course: Undergraduate course in Computer Aided Design (Apparel). Duration: 1-year.
  • YWCA of Delhi, Women’s Training Institute, Bangla Sahib Lane, New Delhi 110001. Eligibility: 10+2. Duration: 2 years.
  • Apeejay Institute of Design, 54 Tughlakabad Institutional Area, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Near Batra Hospital, New Delhi 110062. Course: Advance Diploma in Textile Design. Duration: 4 years. Eligibility: 10+2.
  • AVI School of Fashion & Shoe Technology, S.C.O. 493-94, 2nd Floor, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh 160022. Eligibility: 10+2. Duration: 2 years.
  • Sophia B.K. Somani Polytechnic, Bhulabai Desai Road, Mumabi 400026. Course; Textile Manufacture. Duration: 2 years.

Several polytechnics offer certificate, diploma and advanced diploma-level courses in textile designing.

Jobs for textile designers. After completing a course in textile design, you can also work as a colour specialist in fabric design. Design studios, garment export houses, textile mills, textile dyeing and printing units and even fashion designers employ textile designers. There is scope for working as a freelancer with assignments from government and private firms.

I have completed BHMS from Bangalore University. Please tell me about job prospects in homeopathy.

Chandrashekar, Chandigarh

Although first developed in Germany, homeopathy has taken firm roots in India. From being considered a on-scientific last resort, it’s now a preferred, scientific system of medicine both in India and abroad. An indication of the popularity of homeopathy abroad is the fact that the best homeopathic medicines are manufactured by German and American companies.

With an increase in the cost of allopathic treatment, a large number of people prefer homeopathy. There are several ailments which have no cure in allopathy but are treated by homeopathic medicines. Besides, there are no side-effects in this treatment.

The homoeopath’s task is to elicit a full picture of the patient, including mental, emotional and physical symptoms and characteristics. While including modern laboratory methods diagnosis also requires taking a detailed history of patient.

Homeopaths are employed in government hospitals and dispensaries. Recruitment for these jobs is conducted by the UPSC and State Public Service Commissions. Opportunities are also available in private nursing homes and polyclinics. Medical colleges, training institutions and medical councils recruit doctors for purposes of teaching and research.

Although there are opportunities in many govt bodies — for instance, Delhi has qualified homeopaths in its Central Government Health Scheme dispensaries, private practice is the choice that the most homeopaths invariably take. If you are unwilling to start on your own, an affiliation or assistantship with an established homeopath would help you gain the necessary confidence.

For further information, you may contact:

Central Council of Homeopathy, Jawaharlal Nehru Bharatiya Chikitsa, Avum Homeopathy Anusandhan Bhavan, No. 61-65, Institutional Area, Opp. ‘D’ Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi.

I am a graduate working as a typist in a marketing firm. I possess excellent speed on the keyboard. I would like to put my skill to test. Are there any typing speed competitions I could participate in?

Manjit Singh, Amritsar

Yes, you are in luck!

For nearly twenty years now, the “Godrej National Speed Typing Competition contest” is conducted in Bombay by Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., in collaboration with the Bombay Shorthand writer’s Association, Mumbai. This hugely popular contest attracts a large number of typing professionals and is held in over 50 centres across the country. Many outstanding contestants have gone on to create world records and even entered the Guinness Book of World Records.

Dr D.V. Padmavati created a typing record by typing (with reasonable accuracy) at a speed of 118 w.p.m., even to-day stands unchallenged. Several keyboard wizards have represented India in the World Championships held in collaboration with International Federation of Shorthand and Typewriting, Germany and the world speed typing contest which is an international contest held in various parts of the world.

All the contestants who clock 50 w.p.m. with reasonable degree of accuracy are awarded a Merit Certificate which is well received for job opportunities and promotions.

There is no entrance fee. The only criteria is that Godrej typewriters have to be used. Those of you who would like to pit your skills against each other to vie for the “swiftest and the best slot”, for details of the next contest championship write to: the General Manager-Marketing, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Priojshanagar, Vikhroli, Mumbai 400079.



Armed Forces

March 17 Indian Air Force Headquarters, Western Air Command, IAF, Subroto Park, New Delhi 110010.

  • Recruitment of males in Parmanent Commission and Short Service Commission as officers in the Technical Branch

Age: 18-28-yrs as on Dec 1,2000. Candidates should be unmarried if below 25-yrs (term unmarried excludes widower and divorcee even though without encumbrances).

For Aeronautical Engineers (Electronics Branch): 55% agg. BE/BTech in Electro/ Telecom/ Electrical/Electrical Comm/Electro & Comm/Instru/Comp Sc & Engg or a combination of these subjects or BTech in Radio Phy & Electro of Calcutta Univ or MSc (Phy) with Electro of Mumbai Univ or MSc (Electro) of Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Lucknow, Gujarat or Calcutta Univ or BSc (PCM) with AMIE in Electro/ Electrical/ Telecom/Radio & Radio Engg/ Avionics/Associate Membership Exam of Aeronautical Society of India with Avionics/ Communication along with 2-yr work exp.

  • For Aeronautical Engineers (Mech Branch): 55% agg in BE/BTech in Aeronautical/Mach/Prod/Industrial Prod or BSc (PCM) with AMIE or Associate Membership Exam Part II and III of Aeronautical Society of India with Group (Design & Prod) or Group II (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul) subjects along with 2-yr work exp.

Selection Procedure: Engg Knowledge Test (EKT), psychological test, group test and interview.

Appln Form: See Employment News and leading dailies.


Mar 01 Deptt. of Secondary Education & Higher Education (M/o HRD, Gol), E.S. 5 Section, A-1/W-3, Curzon Rd Barracks, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001.

Portuguese Government Scholarships:

(1) Portuguese Language & Culture (2 Scholarships) (1-yr)

(2) Annual Course in Portuguese Language & Culture (6 Scholarships) (8 mnts)

Elig: For (1): Postgraduates, univ teachers and artists with knowledge of Portuguese and intent to pursue research in Portuguese Lang & Culture, Postgrad in the concerned subj. Age Limit: 45-yrs. Only those who have secured admission/acceptance in a Portuguese Instt/Univ may apply.

For (2): Must be enrolled for Portuguese studies in any Indian University with good knowledge of Portuguese.

Appln Format: Employment News, 5-11 Feb.

Management — Agri

Mar 11 Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar 263145 (UP)

Ph: 05944-33884

  • MBA (Agri Busi)

Elig: Bachelor’s/Master’s: Agri, Agri Engg, Dairy Sc/Tech, Fisheries, Food Sc/Tech, Forestry, Home Sc, Horti/Vet Sc (60% agg) (55% for SC/ST).

Entrance Test (PMAT): April 9 followed by GD & interview.

Details & Appln Form: Send Rs 800/- by DD favouring “Coordinator, CABM” payable at SBI (Code No. 1133) to the Coordinator Admissions (MBA) College of Agribusiness Management at the above address.


Mar 18 Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi 221005.

1. MD/MS

Psycho, Radiotherapy, Anaesthesiology, Preventive Social Medicine, Microbial, Pharmacol, Biochem, Physiology, Forensic Med, Anatomy.

Elig: MBBS with 1-yr Compulsory Rotating internship by March 31, 2000.

Selectn: Test on April 9 at BHU

Appln Form: Send Rs 600/- by DD favouring “Director, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU” payable at SBI (Code No. 0211) along with a self-addressed, stamped (Rs 23/-) envelope (25x16 cm) superscribed “Request for Application for MD/MS Entrance Test” to the Director at the above address before Feb 21. Also available against DD at counter till Mar 8.


Apr 20 Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Gen A.K. Vaidya Marg, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400065.


1. MPhil (2-yrs); 2. PhD (4-yrs)

(Areas: Eco, Energy & Enviro Policy Issues)

Elig: For (i) MA in Eco (55% agg) or

For (ii) MBA/MMS with Bachelor’s Degree in Eco, Engg or Physical Sc or

For (iii) MSc in Physical/Environ Sc (with Maths at degree-level)/Maths/Op Res/Stats or

For (iv) MTech/BTech/BE

For (ii), (iii) & (iv): 60% agg.

Selectn: Academic record, written test on Apr 23 at 18 centres including New Delhi, Chandi & interview.

Appln Form: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring “Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research” payable at Mumbai along with application on plain paper mentioning your name, date of birth, sex, address, acad quali, choice of test centre to the Admissions Office at the above address before 15 Mar.


Mar 18 Indian Institute of Information Technology, 1st Floor, “Innovator”, International Tech Park, Whitefield Rd, Bangalore 560066.

Website: www.

  • PG Program in Information Technology (3 Sem)

Elig: BE/BTech (1st Div).

Selection Procedure: Admission test: Apr 23 at 6 centres including Delhi and Bangalore followed by interview on May 15-17.

Appln Form: Send Rs 800/-by DD favouring “Indian Institute of Information Technology” payable at Bangalore along with a self-self-addressed envelope (9”x 12”) to the Registrar at the above address.


Mar 13 Professional Examination Board, MP Chayan Bhavan, Main Road No. 1 Chinar Park (East), Bhopal-462011.

E-mail: [email protected]

Entrance Test for BE, BArch

Elig: Class 12 with PCM for PET & PCM/Bio/Agr./Forestry for PAT.

Entrance Test: 25 & 26 Apr at New Delhi.

Appln Form: Send Rs 100/-byDD favouring “Professional Examination Board” payable at Bhopal at the above address. Also available in cash (Rs 50/-) at:

1) School of Correspondence Courses, 5, Cavalry Lines, Delhi-110007. Ph: 011-7256773

2) Avanti Handlooms, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi-110024. Ph: 011-3368035.


Mar 15 Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411004.

E-mail: [email protected]

  • Masters Programme in Mass Communication (MPMC) (2-yr, F/T)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

Admission Test: On Apr 9 at 7 centres including New Delhi & Chennai. Followed by GD & Interview

Appln Form: Send Rs 750/-by DD favouring “The Director, SIMC” payable at Pune.


Mar 24 Panjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh 160014.

* Common Entrance Test (CET) 2000

For admission to: BE/BArch/BE (Chem)/BE (Agro Processing Tech)/MBBS/BAMS/BHMS/BPharm/BSc (Hons. School)

Test: at Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Kurukshetra.

Appln Form: Send Rs 180/-by crossed DD favoruing “Registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh” payable at Chandigarh before Mar 6.

Apr 14 Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, JNU Campus, New Delhi-110067.

PG Diplomas

1. Journalism (Eng)

2. Journalism (Hin)

3. Advtg & PR

4. Radio & TV Journalism.

(Courses offered at Delhi: 1,2,3,4; at Dhenkanal (Orissa):1)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Age: Born after 1-8-75 (1-8-70 for SC/ST and 1-8-72 for OBC).

Entrance Exam: 22 May at various centres including New Delhi. Interview: 7, 8, 9 July.

Appln Form: Send Rs 100/-by DD favouring “Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi” along with a self-addressed, stamped (Rs 10/-)

Envelope (27x17 cm) to the Registrar at the above address before Apr 7.

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi.