Saturday, July 1, 2000,
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Job opportunities and computer institutes
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — Why do students join computer institutes? According to a study conducted by Mukesh Chadha and Kreeti Aggarwal, students of the Punjab College of Technical Education, Ludhiana, the students who join these institutes are not actually into programming or professional courses, although there is a lot of scope in these courses. Most of these students work as data entry operators. This job only requires a basic knowledge of typing and some insight regarding a particular software. Due to this fact most of the students get theoretical knowledge, which has got little relevance in the industry.

The study “Consumer about computer education” was done under the guidance of Mr Khushdeep Dharni, Assistant Professor, PCTE, which included a sample of 70 respondents, who are studying in Aptech, NIIT, Tulec and Wintech, some leading computer institutes here.

Other findings of the study say that the fee being paid by the students is very high and availability of facilities (infrastructure) and recognition of certificate are the most important factors while selecting a computer institute. The suggestions given by the respondents for betterment of computer education include the provision of advance computers in lab, more books in library, introduction of more languages and softwares, increase in practical hours and installation of ACs in the class rooms.

It was also reported that according to students, along with improvement in job prospects, courses help them to perform other jobs better, improve their confidence and give push to their status. It was found that 59% of respondents were hopeful to find a placement while 41% of respondents thought otherwise.


Hard work, devotion led to success
From Surbhi Bhalla

LUDHIANA, June 30 — City boys and girls have proved their mettle by topping in various medical entrance exams. What took them to the top? As part of the continuing series we ask another topper the secret of his success.

"You have to constantly convince yourself that a particular goal can be attained", says Kamal Bali, who can rightly be named as City Hero. No one can imagine Kamal's feelings after his grand success though he had dreamt of getting the first position.

'First', it sounds nice. Kamal stood first in the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) exam, first in the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) exam, third in Punjab PMT, 59th in the CBSE. Also qualified Mata Bianti Devi Scholarship Exams, securing the top position. He has qualified first stage in physics, chemistry and biology Olympiad.

Not only in competitive exams, Kamal was brilliant throughout from the beginning. He secured 90.4% in class X, and 90.6% in class XII, cleared the NTSE examination. He got second position in the National Level Science Talent Search Examination.

No doubt, competitive exams nowadays give every candidate a lot of sleepless nights and put them under great stress. So Kamal's grand success is not a one day story. He has been working hard, right after studies of class X.

"Encouragement from my parents, hardwork, sincerity and full devotion to my work, healthy competition among friends, and above all blessings of Almighty led to my success" says Kamal.

He further said that it was only because of his father, Mr V.K. Bali, and his mother, Mrs Kavita Bali, that he attained such a position. Mr V.K. Bali feels on top of the world after his son's stupendous success. It is a dream come true for him. Kamal also wants to thank his sister, who has guided him at every step, his mamaji and other relatives, his teachers and the Principal of his school.

As for leisure activities, Kamal and his friends "freaked out" frequently and he was also involved in extra-curricular activities. According to his Principal, Mrs Indra, he was an all-rounder and the school captain. She is really proud of him.

Kamal is fully satisfied with his results. At the moment he is on top of the world, and rightly so.



Rupali tops in MBA exam
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — Ms Rupali has topped the list of candidates selected by Punjab Agricultural University for admission to the master of business administration course on the basis of an entrance test. Ms Ameet Kaur Kakkar and Mr Kashmir Singh have obtained second and third positions, respectively.

Other candidates (roll numbers in bracket) selected are Seema Aggarwal (140), Jasleen Kaur Pahwa (53), Mani Jain (69), Reena Gupta (109), Aman Kundra (5), Rajesh Kumar (97), Charanmeet Singh (23), Kiranpret Kaur (60), Nidhi Bathla (84), Dinesh Kapoor (28), Gurpinder Singh Walia (41), Manpreet Singh (71), Bhavna Maheshwari (21), Arun Kumar Chaudhry (15), Tinu Gupta (157), Shashi Malik (141) and Navinder Pal Singh (82).


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