EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, June 6, 2000, Chandigarh, India
 
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T
he reputation of entrance tests for engineering and medical institutes has always been in dire straits. The harassment caused to students and parents by way of whopping amount of money and time that has to be spent over them is compounded by the flourishing private coaching institutes that these tests make indispensable (another source that consumes money and time).

 







 

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I wish to do a course in the repair and maintenance of farm equipment. Could you please tell me where such courses are held?

Udaybir Singh, Hisar

The Northern Region Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institute, Hisar 125001, conducts the following courses:

* Course: TRYSEM (regular course). To acquire sponsorship for this course, one has to contact the district authorities of the Haryana State Govt. Duration: 12 weeks. Eligibility: Rural youth.

* Course: Educational Training on Farm Machinery. Duration: 4 weeks. Eligibility: Diploma in Agricultural Engineering.

* Course: Farm Machinery Utilisation and Maintenance. Duration: 2 months. Eligibility: Rural youth. Knowledge of Hindi/English is desirable. Age: 18-40 years.

* Course: Intensive course in Special Machines & Skills. Duration: 1-4 weeks.

No tuition fee is charged for the above-mentioned courses. Also, lodging facility is provided free of cost.

Could you please suggest some recognised courses in ceramic design and also the job prospects in this field.

Vishal Bhatti, Hoshiarpur

Ceramic design involves designing pottery, crockery, tableware, sanitary ware and other decorative pieces by moulding clay into different shapes, glazing, and firing it in a klin.

The National Institute of Design (NID), an autonomous institution set up by the Ministry of Industry, GoI, is the country’s premier institution for imparting state-of-the-art education and training in design. NID offers two types of programmes: School Leavers’ Professional Education Programme and Advanced Entry Programme. While the former is open to students with a pass in Class XII, the latter is meant for graduates in specific fields. The 4-year programme for school leavers offers a Diploma in Ceramic Design. Although eligibility is a pass in Class XII, competence in maths, science, social studies, drawing, technical and related subjects is considered an advantage. Admission is through an entrance test. The upper age limit is 22 years (25 years for SC/ST). A course in Ceramic Design is also offered at the Advanced Entry-level. For further information, you may contact:

* National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380007.

* The Apeejay Institute of Design, New, Delhi offers a 4-year Advance Diploma in Ceramic Design. Eligibility is a pass in 10+2. For further details, you may contact:

* Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara, conducts degree as well as diploma courses in Ceramic Sculpture.

Yet another option is to train under a professional studio potter.

The current fascination for decorative and utilitarian pottery has popularised this field considerably. Job opportunities for ceramic designers exist in large-scale, medium-scale and small-scale units involved in manufacturing ceramic products. State emporia and handicraft exporters also employ these designers. You can also work on assignments for interior decorators and handicraft boutiques. The ever expanding domestic and exports market for designer ceramicware and art objects offers good scope for entrepreneurs. After acquiring higher academic qualifications in this field, you can even hold faculty positions in colleges and institutions.

I want to do a Bachelor of Library and Information Science by correspondence. Please provide me information on the courses.

Mukesh Kalra, Mohali

Correspondence Courses in BLSc. are offered by:

* Indira Gandhi National Open University

Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068

* Kurukshetra University

Kurukshetra 132119

* Annamalai University

Annamalai Nagar 608002

I am in Class IX and am the captain of my school’s football team. Could you please suggest some sports schools run by the government where I can receive further training in this particular sport.

Parminder Singh, Chandigarh

The Punjab Sports Department conducts selection trials annually to select only boys (in the age group of under-17 and under-19) for the sports wings of State Sports School, Jalandhar, and Football Academy at Government Senior Secondary School, Mahilpur. Selected players can avail of the following facilities: boarding and lodging, sports equipment and medical facilities. Besides football, the State Sports School offers training in athletics, hockey, volleyball, basketball, swimming and handball.

for Further information, you may contact:

* Sports Directorate of Punjab, SCO No. 116-117, Sector-34A, Chandigarh.

I am a Class XII (Arts) student keen on pursuing a career in Law. Could you please tell me about the eligibility criteria for courses in Law and also the institutions offering these courses.

Inderpal Kaur, Chandigarh

You can study law straight after Class XII. Integrated 5-year Law Courses (BA LLB) are offered at nearly 30 universities in India including the recently opened GGS Indraprastha Univ, Delhi.

The most prestigious institution in this category is the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore 560072. Eligibility for the course is a pass in Class XII (50% agg). The upper age limit is 20 years, relaxable to 21 years in exceptional cases. Entrance is through an all-India admission test held each year on the first Sunday of May at various centers. The main thrust of the test is on legal aptitude rather than knowledge level. The University boasts of 100% campus placement with Law firms, corporates, investment banks, government organisations and NGOs.

The Annual intake of students for the undergraduate programme is 80 of which 22.5% is reserved for SC/ST. The deadline for receiving completed application forms is March 15.

In the north, some of the universities that offer Integrated 5-year Law courses are:

* Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002.

* Army Institute of Law, Sangrur Road, Patiala (Punj) only for children of serving/ex-army personnel.

* Indraprastha University, New Delhi.

* Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 124001, Haryana.

The other option would be to do a 3-year LLB after your graduation. You can even do this course from Delhi University. Eligibility is graduation in any discipline (50% agg). Selection is through an entrance test.

For a complete list of 5-year courses and details on career prospects in various fields of law, read Careers in Law published by CARING, New Delhi.

I am a 19-year-old with an inclination towards Music and Acoustics. I have even secured admission at Salford University, UK, for a degree course in Music, Acoustics and Recording Technology. Since studying in UK will be expensive, could you please tell me about the grants/sponsorships that can help me finance my study trip.

Yogesh Dhimen, Bathinda

While it’s a fact that there’s very little financial aid available at the undergraduate level in the United Kingdom, music is perhaps the only area which can be termed as an exception. Besides the concerned educational institution, it may be worthwhile to investigate government as well as private (individuals, foundations, trusts, business corporations) sources for financial aid in India for loans, grants or scholarships. Also, in order to seek finances for your study trip to the United Kingdom, you could contact the following organisations for further information:

* British Council Division, British High Commission, 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001. (Tel: 011 3711401/3710111)

* UK Council for Overseas Student Affairs, 60 Westbourne Grove, London W2

* Asian Resources Centre, 101 Villa Road, Handsworth, Birmingham

* Self-Help Neighbourhood Project, 65 Melton Road, Leicester.

 

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caring@theoffice.net

 

Pervin Malhotra, Director

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Armed Forces

Jun 16 Recruitment Cell, Indian Coast Guard, Coast Guard HQ, National Stadium Complex, Purana Quila Rd, New Delhi 110011.

* Recruitment of Male Asst. Commandants in:

(1) General Duty

(2) General Duty (Pilot)

(3) Technical

Elig:

Male Indian citizens.

For 1): Bachelor’s degree with Maths and Phy as subjs up to Class XII (10+2).

Age: 21-25 yrs as on 1 Jul, 2001.

For 2): BSc with Phy & Maths.

Age: 19-27 yrs as on 1 Jul, 2001.

For 3): BE in Naval Archi/Mech/Marine/Electron/Design/Prod/Control Engg/Electricl/ Telecomm OR 1st Class Engineer of Motorship certificate from GoI, M/o Surface Transport OR Bachelor’s in Marine Engg from the College of Marine Engineering, under the D/o Surface Transport, GoI OR pass in Section ‘A’ & ‘B’ exams of the Institution of Engineers (I) in any of above.

Age: 21-30 yrs as on 1 Jul 2001

Selection: Test/Interview at M’bai, Chennai, Cal & Delhi.

Appln Format: See Employment News May 20-26.

Aviation

Jun 17 Delhi Flying Club Ltd., Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi 110009

1. AB-Initiation/BAMFL/ Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence Training Programme (3 yrs)

Elig: 10+2 with PCM & Eng (60% agg)/BSc PCM (55% agg). Age: 20 yrs (10+2), 22 yr (BSc).

Appln F: Send Rs. 330/- by DD favouring the "The Delhi Flying Club Ltd., Delhi, New Delhi" to the Director (Training), School of Aviation Science & Tech at the above address.

Computers

Jun 28 Nagpur University, Mahatma Jotiba Phule Educational Campus, Amravati Rd, Nagpur 440010 (Mah)

2. All India Entrance Exam for Admission to MCA

In 6 affiliated institutions.

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (50% agg) with maths at 10+2 level.

CET: July 23 followed by Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs. 250/- by DD favouring the "Registrar, Nagpur University, Nagpur" to the Inter Institutional Computer Centre at the above address.

Para-medical (Corresp)

Jun 15 National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, New Mehrauli Rd, Munirka, New Delhi 110067.

Postgraduate Certificate:

1. Health & Family Welfare Mgt

2. Hospital Mgt

Elig:

For (I): MBBS regd with State Medical Council /MCI with 3 yrs work ex.

For (2): MBBS with 5-yrs work ex.

Appln F: Send Rs. 100/-by DD favouring the "Director, NIHFW, New Delhi".

Engineering

Jun 28 Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala 147004

* BE

Elig: 10+2 with PCM.

Appln F: Send Rs. 525/- by DD favouring the "Registrar, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala 147004" to the above address. Also available in cash Rs. 500/- at counter.

School of Energy & Environmental Studies, (F/o Engg Sc), Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Rd Campus, Indore 452017 (MP)

E-mail: seesdavv@vsnl.com

Jun 21 1) MTech (Energy Mgt)

Jun 15 2) MPhil (Energy & Environ)

Elig:

For (I): BE/BTech/MSc (Phy)/ Engg Assocn Exam (55% agg)

For (2): Postgraduation (Sc/Engg) (55% agg)

Appln F: Send Rs. 100/- by crossed DD favouring "Head, SEES" payable at Indore along with self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 9/-) envelope.

Jul 24 Indo Swiss Training Centre, (CSIR, New Delhi), Sector-30, Chandigarh 160020

1. Dip in Instrument Tech (3-yr)

2. Adv Dip in Die & Mould Making (4-yr)

3. Adv Dip in Mechatronics & Industrial Automation (4-yr)

Elig: Matri/10/10+2 (55% agg). Age: born bet Sept 1 ‘81-Mar 1 ‘85. both days inclusive.

Appln F: Send Rs.400/- by DD favouring "Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Sector 30, Chandigarh" payable at SBI (Code 1443) along with self-addressed slip (12 cm x 6 cm), stamped (Rs. 40/- on the right hand top corner of the slip) to the above address before Jun 16. Also available in cash at counter, up to Jun 30.

Jun 20 Maulana Azad College of Engineering & Technology, Anisabad, Patna 800002 (Bih)

1. Computer Sc & Engg

2. Electronics & Commun Engg

3. Mechanical Engg

4. Civil Engg

Written Test: Jul 16.

Appln F: Send Rs. 300/- by DD favouring "Maulana Azad College of Engineering & Technology, Patna" along with self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 30/-) envelope (24 x 15 cm) before Jun 15. Also, available at counter against DD.

Film & Television

Jul 05 Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), Thiruvananthapuram-695027, (Ker)

E-mail: cdit@giasmd01.vsnl.net. in

* PG Diploma in Science & Development Communication (1-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (50% agg) (45% for SEBC candidates).

Entrance Test: Jul 15, followed by interview on Jul 18.

Appln F: Send Rs. 25/- by crossed DD/IPO favouring "The Registrar, C-DIT" payable at Thiruvananthapuram along with a self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 6/-) envelope (26 cm x 11 cm) to the Course Director, Communication Training Division, C-DIT, Chitranjali Studio Complex, Thiruvananthapuram-695 027.

Management

Jun 15 University of Allahabad, (D/o Psychology), Allahabad 211002

Ph: 0532-609493.

* Master’s Programme (M.Psy.)

Human Resource Development & Mgt

Elig: Bachelor’s degree.

Test: Jun 25 at Del & Allahabad followed by interview on July 17 at Allahabad.

Appln F: Send Rs.500/- by DD favouring "The Head, Psychology Department, HRDM Admission 2000" payable at Allahabad along with request on plain paper mentioning name; address; photocopy of final yr grad cert; attested photograph; test centre preference along with two self-addressed labels to the Coordinator Admission at the above address. Those appearing in final yr must submit photocopy of IInd year mark sheet.

Para Medical

Jun 25 HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal 246174.

* PG Dip in Bio-Medical Laboratory Tech

Elig: BSc (50% agg) with Zool/ Bot or Microbiol & Chem up to BSc II. DPharma in lieu of Chem.

Entrance Test: July 11.

Appln F: Send Rs. 425/- by crossed DD favouring "Finance Officer, HNBGU" payable at Srinagar Garhwal to the Co-ordinator UGC-SAP in Zoology, Box 45, HNB Garwal University, Srinagar Garhwal 246174. Also available in cash Rs. 400/- at counter.

Spastics Educn

Jun 15 The Spastics Society of Northern India, Balbir Saxena Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016.

E-mail: sssni@del3.vsnl.net.in

1. PG Dip in Developmental Therapy (1-yr + 3mths intern)

2. PG Dip in Special Educn (1-yr + 3mths intern)

Elig:

For (I): BSc (Home Sc/Human Biol/Biol Sc/Med Sc) (50% agg)/Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) with an additional qual in an allied sub in the field of disability rehab/1 yr work ex/Master’s degree (Child Devp/socl wk/any of the above).

For (2): Bachelor’s degree (Psycho/Educn/Home Sc/Social Sc)/Masters Degree (Socl Wk, Child Devp/any of the above)

Appln F: Send Rs. 5/- (for 1) or Rs. 20/- (for 2) by crossed DD favouring "The Spastics Society of Northern India, along with postal stamps worth Rs. 10/- to the above address.

Scholarships/Fellowships

The United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi 110001

http://www.fulbright.india.org

* Fellowships in Various Subjects

Appln F: Send requests (stating qualifications, date of birth & current position) for application material along with self-addressed stamped (Rs. 15/-) envelope (10" x 7") to be sent to USEFI Office listed above or:

USEFI, Regional Office, American Counsulate Bldg., Anna Salai, Chennai 600006.

Teaching & Education

Jun 20 Bundelkhand University, Jhansi 284001

1. BEd

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (45% agg) (pass for SC/ST)

Test: Jul 23

Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- by DD favouring "The Finance Officer, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi" to the Director (Admissions) at the above address. Also available in cash Rs. 450/- at counter.

University

Punjabi University, Patiala 147002 (Pb)

Jun 14 MTech

MSc (Biotech)/MSc (Microbiol & Food Tech)

LLB

LLM

MCA

Jun 16 MBA

MPharma

Jun 18 MBA/MBA(IB)/MFC/MBE

Jun 19 MCom

Appln F: Send Rs.150 by DD favouring "Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala" payable at Patiala along with self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 50/-) envelope (12" x 9") to the Technical Advisor, Publication Bureau at the above address. Also available in cash at counter.

Jul 07 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (UP)

1. MA:

Anthro; Tourism Mgt; Pers Mgt & Indl Rel; Social Wk; Public Admin

2. MSc:

Environ Sc; Molecular & Human Genetics.

3. MA/MSc:

Population Studies

4. Master of Finance Control

5. PG Dips (2-yr):

Ayurvedic Drug Standardization; Panchkarma Therapy

6. Dip (2-yr):

Dialysis Tech

7. PG Dip (1-yr):

Japanese Studies; Integrated Rural Develop & Mgt

8. Cert Courses (1-yr):

Painting, Modelling & Sculpture, Pottery & Ceramics; Advtg Des.

Appln F: Send Rs. 430/- by crossed DD favouring "The Controller of Examinations, Banaras Hindu University" payable at SBI (Code 0211) along with a requistition letter and self-addressed envelope (32 x 26 cm) superscribing the course applied for.

Jun 16 University of Delhi, D/o Computer Sc (North Campus), Arts Faculty Extn Bldg., Delhi-110007.

* PG Dip in Computer Applications (PGDCA) (3 sem)

Eligibility:

Bachelor’s degree (50% agg) in any discipline with Maths at 10+2/SSC.

Test: Jul 2.

Appln F: Send Rs. 25/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi", payable at SBI Service Br, New Delhi, along with a self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 8/-), envelope (10" x 8") superscribed "PGDCA Admission" to Sh. S. K. Soni, Office In-charge, at the above address or collect from Room No. 303.

Jun 23 Ch Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar 125004

1. BVSc & Animal Husbandary

2. BSc (Hon) (Agri)

3. MSc Food Sc & Tech

4. MBA

5. Master of Physical Educn

6. BTech (Agri Engg)

7. BTech (Agri Engg)

(Under 2nd Lateral Entry Scheme for Dip Holders in Agri Engg)

8. BSc (Hon) Home Sc

9. Master’s Programme

Agri/Agri Engg/Animal Sc/Basic Sc/Home Sc
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Armed Forces

Jun 16 Recruitment Cell, Indian Coast Guard, Coast Guard HQ, National Stadium Complex, Purana Quila Rd, New Delhi 110011.

* Recruitment of Male Asst. Commandants in:

(1) General Duty

(2) General Duty (Pilot)

(3) Technical

Elig:

Male Indian citizens.

For 1): Bachelor’s degree with Maths and Phy as subjs up to Class XII (10+2).

Age: 21-25 yrs as on 1 Jul, 2001.

For 2): BSc with Phy & Maths.

Age: 19-27 yrs as on 1 Jul, 2001.

For 3): BE in Naval Archi/Mech/Marine/Electron/Design/Prod/Control Engg/Electricl/ Telecomm OR 1st Class Engineer of Motorship certificate from GoI, M/o Surface Transport OR Bachelor’s in Marine Engg from the College of Marine Engineering, under the D/o Surface Transport, GoI OR pass in Section ‘A’ & ‘B’ exams of the Institution of Engineers (I) in any of above.

Age: 21-30 yrs as on 1 Jul 2001

Selection: Test/Interview at M’bai, Chennai, Cal & Delhi.

Appln Format: See Employment News May 20-26.

Aviation

Jun 17 Delhi Flying Club Ltd., Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi 110009

1. AB-Initiation/BAMFL/ Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence Training Programme (3 yrs)

Elig: 10+2 with PCM & Eng (60% agg)/BSc PCM (55% agg). Age: 20 yrs (10+2), 22 yr (BSc).

Appln F: Send Rs. 330/- by DD favouring the "The Delhi Flying Club Ltd., Delhi, New Delhi" to the Director (Training), School of Aviation Science & Tech at the above address.

Computers

Jun 28 Nagpur University, Mahatma Jotiba Phule Educational Campus, Amravati Rd, Nagpur 440010 (Mah)

2. All India Entrance Exam for Admission to MCA

In 6 affiliated institutions.

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (50% agg) with maths at 10+2 level.

CET: July 23 followed by Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs. 250/- by DD favouring the "Registrar, Nagpur University, Nagpur" to the Inter Institutional Computer Centre at the above address.

Para-medical (Corresp)

Jun 15 National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, New Mehrauli Rd, Munirka, New Delhi 110067.

Postgraduate Certificate:

1. Health & Family Welfare Mgt

2. Hospital Mgt

Elig:

For (I): MBBS regd with State Medical Council /MCI with 3 yrs work ex.

For (2): MBBS with 5-yrs work ex.

Appln F: Send Rs. 100/-by DD favouring the "Director, NIHFW, New Delhi".

Engineering

Jun 28 Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala 147004

* BE

Elig: 10+2 with PCM.

Appln F: Send Rs. 525/- by DD favouring the "Registrar, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala 147004" to the above address. Also available in cash Rs. 500/- at counter.

School of Energy & Environmental Studies, (F/o Engg Sc), Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Rd Campus, Indore 452017 (MP)

E-mail: seesdavv@vsnl.com

Jun 21 1) MTech (Energy Mgt)

Jun 15 2) MPhil (Energy & Environ)

Elig:

For (I): BE/BTech/MSc (Phy)/ Engg Assocn Exam (55% agg)

For (2): Postgraduation (Sc/Engg) (55% agg)

Appln F: Send Rs. 100/- by crossed DD favouring "Head, SEES" payable at Indore along with self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 9/-) envelope.

Jul 24 Indo Swiss Training Centre, (CSIR, New Delhi), Sector-30, Chandigarh 160020

1. Dip in Instrument Tech (3-yr)

2. Adv Dip in Die & Mould Making (4-yr)

3. Adv Dip in Mechatronics & Industrial Automation (4-yr)

Elig: Matri/10/10+2 (55% agg). Age: born bet Sept 1 ‘81-Mar 1 ‘85. both days inclusive.

Appln F: Send Rs.400/- by DD favouring "Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Sector 30, Chandigarh" payable at SBI (Code 1443) along with self-addressed slip (12 cm x 6 cm), stamped (Rs. 40/- on the right hand top corner of the slip) to the above address before Jun 16. Also available in cash at counter, up to Jun 30.

Jun 20 Maulana Azad College of Engineering & Technology, Anisabad, Patna 800002 (Bih)

1. Computer Sc & Engg

2. Electronics & Commun Engg

3. Mechanical Engg

4. Civil Engg

Written Test: Jul 16.

Appln F: Send Rs. 300/- by DD favouring "Maulana Azad College of Engineering & Technology, Patna" along with self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 30/-) envelope (24 x 15 cm) before Jun 15. Also, available at counter against DD.

Film & Television

Jul 05 Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), Thiruvananthapuram-695027, (Ker)

E-mail: cdit@giasmd01.vsnl.net. in

* PG Diploma in Science & Development Communication (1-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (50% agg) (45% for SEBC candidates).

Entrance Test: Jul 15, followed by interview on Jul 18.

Appln F: Send Rs. 25/- by crossed DD/IPO favouring "The Registrar, C-DIT" payable at Thiruvananthapuram along with a self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 6/-) envelope (26 cm x 11 cm) to the Course Director, Communication Training Division, C-DIT, Chitranjali Studio Complex, Thiruvananthapuram-695 027.

Management

Jun 15 University of Allahabad, (D/o Psychology), Allahabad 211002

Ph: 0532-609493.

* Master’s Programme (M.Psy.)

Human Resource Development & Mgt

Elig: Bachelor’s degree.

Test: Jun 25 at Del & Allahabad followed by interview on July 17 at Allahabad.

Appln F: Send Rs.500/- by DD favouring "The Head, Psychology Department, HRDM Admission 2000" payable at Allahabad along with request on plain paper mentioning name; address; photocopy of final yr grad cert; attested photograph; test centre preference along with two self-addressed labels to the Coordinator Admission at the above address. Those appearing in final yr must submit photocopyof IInd year mark sheet.

Para Medical

Jun 25 HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal 246174.

* PG Dip in Bio-Medical Laboratory Tech

Elig: BSc (50% agg) with Zool/ Bot or Microbiol & Chem up to BSc II. DPharma in lieu of Chem.

Entrance Test: July 11.

Appln F: Send Rs. 425/- by crossed DD favouring "Finance Officer, HNBGU" payable at Srinagar Garhwal to the Co-ordinator UGC-SAP in Zoology, Box 45, HNB Garwal University, Srinagar Garhwal 246174. Also available in cash Rs. 400/- at counter.

Spastics Educn

Jun 15 The Spastics Society of Northern India, Balbir Saxena Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016.

E-mail: sssni@del3.vsnl.net.in

1. PG Dip in Developmental Therapy (1-yr + 3mths intern)

2. PG Dip in Special Educn (1-yr + 3mths intern)

Elig:

For (I): BSc (Home Sc/Human Biol/Biol Sc/Med Sc) (50% agg)/Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) with an additional qual in an allied sub in the field of disability rehab/1 yr work ex/Master’s degree (Child Devp/socl wk/any of the above).

For (2): Bachelor’s degree (Psycho/Educn/Home Sc/Social Sc)/Masters Degree (Socl Wk, Child Devp/any of the above)

Appln F: Send Rs. 5/- (for 1) or Rs. 20/- (for 2) by crossed DD favouring "The Spastics Society of Northern India, along with postal stamps worth Rs. 10/- to the above address.

Scholarships/Fellowships

The United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi 110001

http://www.fulbright.india.org

* Fellowships in Various Subjects

Appln F: Send requests (stating qualifications, date of birth & current position) for application material along with self-addressed stamped (Rs. 15/-) envelope (10" x 7") to be sent to USEFI Office listed above or:

USEFI, Regional Office, American Counsulate Bldg., Anna Salai, Chennai 600006.

Teaching & Education

Jun 20 Bundelkhand University, Jhansi 284001

1. BEd

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (45% agg) (pass for SC/ST)

Test: Jul 23

Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- by DD favouring "The Finance Officer, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi" to the Director (Admissions) at the above address. Also available in cash Rs. 450/- at counter.

University

Punjabi University, Patiala 147002 (Pb)

Jun 14 MTech

MSc (Biotech)/MSc (Microbiol & Food Tech)

LLB

LLM

MCA

Jun 16 MBA

MPharma

Jun 18 MBA/MBA(IB)/MFC/MBE

Jun 19 MCom

Appln F: Send Rs.150 by DD favouring "Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala" payable at Patiala along with self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 50/-) envelope (12" x 9") to the Technical Advisor, Publication Bureau at the above address. Also available in cash at counter.

Jul 07 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (UP)

1. MA:

Anthro; Tourism Mgt; Pers Mgt & Indl Rel; Social Wk; Public Admin

2. MSc:

Environ Sc; Molecular & Human Genetics.

3. MA/MSc:

Population Studies

4. Master of Finance Control

5. PG Dips (2-yr):

Ayurvedic Drug Standardization; Panchkarma Therapy

6. Dip (2-yr):

Dialysis Tech

7. PG Dip (1-yr):

Japanese Studies; Integrated Rural Develop & Mgt

8. Cert Courses (1-yr):

Painting, Modelling & Sculpture, Pottery & Ceramics; Advtg Des.

Appln F: Send Rs. 430/- by crossed DD favouring "The Controller of Examinations, Banaras Hindu University" payable at SBI (Code 0211) along with a requistition letter and self-addressed envelope (32 x 26 cm) superscribing the course applied for.

Jun 16 University of Delhi, D/o Computer Sc (North Campus), Arts Faculty Extn Bldg., Delhi-110007.

* PG Dip in Computer Applications (PGDCA) (3 sem)

Eligibility:

Bachelor’s degree (50% agg) in any discipline with Maths at 10+2/SSC.

Test: Jul 2.

Appln F: Send Rs. 25/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi", payable at SBI Service Br, New Delhi, along with a self-addressed, stamped (Rs. 8/-), envelope (10" x 8") superscribed "PGDCA Admission" to Sh. S. K. Soni, Office In-charge, at the above address or collect from Room No. 303.

Jun 23 Ch Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar 125004

1. BVSc & Animal Husbandary

2. BSc (Hon) (Agri)

3. MSc Food Sc & Tech

4. MBA

5. Master of Physical Educn

6. BTech (Agri Engg)

7. BTech (Agri Engg)

(Under 2nd Lateral Entry Scheme for Dip Holders in Agri Engg)

8. BSc (Hon) Home Sc

9. Master’s Programme

Agri/Agri Engg/Animal Sc/Basic Sc/Home Sc


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USA no more at top

The USA no longer has the highest rate of college graduation in the world. At the beginning of the 1990s, 30 per cent of the US population graduated from college. As of 1998, it was 33 per cent, but Norway (37 per cent), the United Kingdom (35 per cent) and the Netherlands (34.6 per cent) had pulled ahead, reports USA Today. Experts from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development note the rapidly growing demand for education, saying that every government understands education is the key to economic and social success. The increasing graduation rates are largely a matter of incentives, as employers pay workers with college degrees 20 to 100 per cent more than uneducated workers. Also, unemployment is a big factor outside the USA, and college graduates are at a lower risk of unemployment.

Guides for teens on the Net

It is clear that teens have their fair share of problems. Now, many are looking to the Internet for answers. There are hundreds of Web sites that are geared to help teens in trouble. Some are supposedly operated by professionals, such as doctors and counsellors, says a report in The Seattle Times. Others offer Internet support groups for teens, where peers give one another advice. While some mental health professionals say cyberspace counselling can be beneficial, others believe teens should talk to people they already know and trust for the best advice. There is concern that kids are not able to be discriminating about the advice they receive on the Internet. Experts worry that children are not learning to identify directly with the adults in their lives. Love or lust, getting along with parents or siblings and coping with anxiety are just some of the issues teens bring to the Internet.

Limit kids’ cell phone use

Kids should limit their use of wireless telephones because their developing brains could be vulnerable to the effects of the microwave radiation, according to a report commissioned by the British government. The report says that while there is no evidence that wireless phones harm children or adults, it is too early to say decisively that there are no potential risks. Preliminary evidence indicates that mobile phone radiation could have subtle physical effects, according to the report. Among the suggestions: (1) Children should use mobile phones only when necessary; (2) Transmitters planned near schools, hospitals or residential areas should be subject to more scrutiny and monitoring.

—KSB


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Common Entrance Test: a ray of hope

The reputation of entrance tests for engineering and medical institutes has always been in dire straits. The harassment caused to students and parents by way of whopping amount of money and time that has to be spent over them is compounded by the flourishing private coaching institutes that these tests make indispensable (another source that consumes money and time). The plight of students and parents is something our hearts cleave to instinctively and directly Parents, despite the sustained noise they continue to make, have found little redress to their woes. However, things seem not so bleak now! The Messiah, apparently is here.

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry at last has decided to organise a common entrance examination. The test will be conducted by Educational Consultants, a public sector undertaking attached to the HRD Ministry and is named ‘National Educational System for Testing (NEST). The test will be paternal on the lines of international examinations like the SAT, GRE, GMAT and GATE.

Much to the relief of harried students and parents, they no longer will have to go through the financial and logistical harassment they face normally. The multiplicity of examinations is not the only trauma inflicted upon them duplications of work is another. While the connotations also promise freedom from the agony of having to traverse the entire length and breadth of the nation to appear for a string of examinations there is also hope that it will wipe the system clear of undesirable attachments that hold the reigns of the prevalent entrance tests.

It is estimated that at least 12 lakh students appear in these examinations while the number of seats in these courses is close to one lakh. Besides the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the nation has more than 450 engineering, technical and medical colleges which conduct more than 75 types of national and state level examinations for admissions to undergraduate courses. The notification and formalities to be able to appear for these examinations begin as early as November/December and it is as late as July that the rigmarole is over.

With NEST being effective from next year, it is expected that students will be given a percentile score, indicative of their relative ability, on the basis of which merit lists at national and state levels will be prepared. State institutes, however will continue to make seat allotment, then use the NEST scores for admission purposes. In case the state institute concerned wants a specified number from among the qualified candidates they will be given the freedom to conduct a second. It can also incorporate another element in its admission process. The reactions of states to this proposal have been positive, but some fear dilution of their autonomy. Some states also have apprehensions regarding disparity in syllabi and courses which would put their students at a disadvantage.

Despite the rosy picture and the promises NEST connotes, parents, and particularly, teachers are in no hurry to accept it as the best thing happening. What brews just below the surface is only too clear to them. NEST to them is a mirage in the desert of entrance test.

‘So long as states accept the percentile each candidate acquires at NEST, the HRD ministry’s step will yield positive results, but if states conduct a second that, the NEST will at once be redundant’ says Dr Ashwini Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Science, Punjab Engineering College.

The contention is, and rightly so, that is states are given the liberty to conduct tests again, which they most likely will, considering their own insecurities, we are back to square one . Is NEST meant to be just a screening test as the IITs claim it will be for them?

Professor P. Chawla, General Secretary, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, says "NEST is another test in the already endless lists of examinations. How is it any different from another entrance test"? he asks. He feels evils like ‘‘paper leakage, inadequate testing of knowledge, flourishing of private coaching centres and disparity in syllabus will continue to dominate the realms’’. Testing of practical knowledge is another aspect.

What good is any examination for engineering or medical entrance if it fails to test practical knowledge?’’ says Professor Chawla ‘‘Why won’t practicals at schools and college be ignored? Are they being finally being tested?’’ NEST it seems, like others will test agility of mind rather than its profundity or depth. Is this what real life situations demand?

Educationlists feel that in the absence of a clear understanding of the relation between education and economy the educational bureaucracy has hardly been able to come up with viable ideas regarding educational procedures. Sporadic attempts at academic reforms, as the NEST, have been developed with the belief that they would plug loopholes in education and its parameters to meet contemporary needs. They have been some stumbling blocks to reforming the system, even though the need has been universally acknowledged. The main reason is the lukewarm interest evinced by the conservative and traditional educationalists. Even teachers and students who would be the ultimate beneficiaries have shown inertia and inhibition. So entrance tests have withstood all such reforms and have emerged virtually unchanged. As a result they continue to drift for years without any direction given by a national or global philosophy.

Dr H.S. Mehta, ex-lecturer and former office-bearer of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union says ‘‘Remedies suggested to deal with emerging anomalies have further aggravated to the ailing system’’. He opines that ‘‘instead of fulfilling its mandate of ensuring co-ordination of educational studies across the country, UGC bureaucracy has through short cut introduced eligibility or entrance tests’’.

Of the many issues that mar smooth entrances one of the most harrowing is that of syllabi disparity. The student belonging to different systems such as state board, the CBSE and matriculation obviously do not follow exactly identical syllabus at Class XII. The entrance tests of a state follow the plus two syllabus of that particular state board. In this respect, the students of higher secondary schools of a particular state have a edge over others. The CBSE students are the worst sufferers. The CBSE +2 syllabus has almost no credibility, in the wake of the fact that prestigious institutes like IITs, Roorkee, PEC have entrance test syllabus quite in discordance with the CBSE. The question that thus arises is : Is NEST just about to conduct the common entrance examination or is it going to first define an appropriate syllabus that is in keeping with that of educational boards’ at the plus two level.

"If the system of entrance test is to remain, the CBSE results should be considered for percentile," says Prof Chawla " besides, this will also take care of other cancerous growth in the system."

Dr (Mrs) Uma Joshi, lecturer, Department of Chemistry, MCM DAV College, feels that the first essential for NEST to be successful is "streaming a syllabus which should be worked out jointly by the CBSE and NEST. Aspirants for engineering and medical institutes have no conceptual knowledge, the knowledge they exhibit is mere not-learning and this is simply because the present syllabus expectations are as high as B.Sc. level." She feels that , all state level tests should be banned and only one grand merit list should be prepared and adhered to throughout the nation.

The next question that looms large but apparently finds no solution is "Why should the aspiring student community hold on so desperately to private coaching centres"?

"The expectations of these tests being different from what is transacted in the class room has led to empty classrooms and big crowds at private coaching institutes and bookshops selling guides and notes. The problems with entry test paper setting is yet to be resolved. Private coaching institutes are able to anticipate what the competition is supposed to deal with during the test hour and imitiate the process of relative merit evaluation of millions of aspirants competing for a few thousand seats," says Dr Mehta. Obviously the lacunae are only too blatant, says Mr Joshi " the syllabus at plus two does not cater to questions in the entrance tests that demand a knowledge of B.Sc. level Physics and Chemistry. Coaching centres and private institutes cash in on these drawbacks and are scaling exceptional heights."

Dr P.S.Gill, lecturer of Physics and convener of the `Save Education Committee, Chandigarh Chapter of India, goes a step further and ask "Are these entrance tests required at all? Each test costs at least Rs 1000 , thereafter parents have to spend on admissions and of course there are a plethora of other expenses like travel etc. With charges of forms ( to appear for tests ) sky-rocketing as high as Rs 1300 isn’t it justified to say that these entrance test are merely to fleece parents, harass students and pressurise teachers. It is criminal especially when the obvious and easy solution of considering the CBSE plus two result as the percentile for selection is most readily available." Why should there be such a cheerful disregard to the CBSE or state boards? Perhaps with the powerful tide of private coaching , these simply do not merit enough attention.

As if the exhausting ordeal of entry test is not enough, another aspect that seems dubious is the merit list that is finally prepared. Is it really the deserving candidates who are on this list.?

"Except the IITs and perhaps the IIMs, hardly any other institution can locate the really meritorious and motivated students who can absorb fast changing technical knowledge," says Dr Mehta. The reasons are replete everywhere.

Notwithstanding the differences in syllabi followed at the school final, interval between schools final examinations and entrance tests and the marks scoring ability of students in the subjects concerned, the ranking is common. In this scenario, some section of students are clearly at a disadvantage , so the level playing field is not ensured. If justice is to be done, it becomes imperative for NEST to bring about some uniformity of syllabus and provide equal time for preparation for entrance tests for all the sections of students. Another alternative is assigning appropriate weightage to the marks scored by students following different syllabi at the school final. This may be decided by an expert committee drawn from appropriate circles.

Education in our country has suffered because teaching is considered subordinate to examination and not vice-verse. Granted that NEST is an attempt to combat various ailments, yet there is no vision that it will be a subordinate to teaching. Thus the emphasis will continue to be `covering the syllabus’ rather than `discovering the student’.

The question paper which plays the anchor role in these entrance tests, often ends up playing the villain. The students are helpless when they are beleaguered by vague questions and this is because the question paper is ‘content based’ rather than being ‘concept based’ as it ought to be.

The abysmal state of affairs need more than just an announcement of another entrance test. "Once the private coaching institutes across the country learn the ropes, viability of entrance tests for the elite IITs and IIMs too may come under suspicion", says Dr Mehta. The ambiguity surrounding NEST is immense and the wash back effects will be far reaching. What would be done if entrance tests, like even NEST, fail? A short, but vital question. "A huge cerebral labour is required to answer this. Many bureaucratic heads have to join their labour to find an answer," says Dr Mehta. "Will the educational bureaucracy running the UGC, NCERT, AICTE etc seek guidance from non-pliable eductionalists and educational institutes?" By the look of things if this does become so it will be no big deal. All it will fetch to students on a silver platter is an escalated tension-rid environment.

By Meenakshi Mehta



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