|EDUCATION TRIBUNE||Tuesday, October 17, 2000, Chandigarh, India|
English teaching in primary
schools a farce
English teaching in primary
schools a farce
FATEHABAD: The recent policy of the Haryana Government to teach English from Class I in Government Primary schools is proving a farce in the absence of proper training to primary teachers. Though the policy stands implemented from the current academic session, the language is hardly being taught in any of the schools in Fatehabad district. The Haryana Government had through its new education policy, introduced English from Class I in government primary schools from this year. As teaching work in government schools is done by JBT teachers, who don’t have training in teaching English, the government had announced that it would train its teachers for the purpose. A selective group of teachers called “master trainers” was first trained for this purpose at the state council of Educational Research and Training Institute. (SCERT), Gurgaon. These trainers were in turn to train primary teachers in the state. But primary teachers in Fatehabad district complain that they were not given proper training. Whatever training given to them, was a near eyewash. A primary teacher said that 10-day seminars were organised by the District Primary Education Project (DPEP) at the block level. But the seminars named “Tarang-3” were not specially organised to impart training in teaching English. These seminars were in continuation of a series of seminars being organised by the DPEP every summer vacation. These are a part of the District Primary Education Project in force for the past three years. It was only on the last day of the seminar that the “master trainers” gave tips on teaching English to Class I students, the teacher lamented. Most teachers admit that as the government does not seem to be serious in this matter, they too are taking the policy lightly.
The Haryana Government had through its new education policy, introduced English from Class I in government primary schools from this year. As teaching work in government schools is done by JBT teachers, who don’t have training in teaching English, the government had announced that it would train its teachers for the purpose.
A selective group of teachers called “master trainers” was first trained for this purpose at the state council of Educational Research and Training Institute. (SCERT), Gurgaon. These trainers were in turn to train primary teachers in the state.
But primary teachers in Fatehabad district complain that they were not given proper training. Whatever training given to them, was a near eyewash. A primary teacher said that 10-day seminars were organised by the District Primary Education Project (DPEP) at the block level. But the seminars named “Tarang-3” were not specially organised to impart training in teaching English. These seminars were in continuation of a series of seminars being organised by the DPEP every summer vacation. These are a part of the District Primary Education Project in force for the past three years. It was only on the last day of the seminar that the “master trainers” gave tips on teaching English to Class I students, the teacher lamented.
Most teachers admit that as the government does not seem to be serious in this matter, they too are taking the policy lightly.
I am in Class XI (science stream). What is the job of a Flight Engineer? Are girls and those with spectacles eligible to take up a course in flight engineering? Does the IIT offer this course and could you suggest other institutions?
Ranjana Dhamija, Chandigarh
Aircraft Engineers in civil aviation normally specialise in mechanical or aeronautical engineering. While mechanical engineers service and overhaul engines and airframes, aeronautical engineers specialise in the maintenance of aircraft instruments, electrical and electronics equipment, navigation, radar and radio communication systems. Aircraft engineers work at airports during turn-around of airplanes, working in all types of weather conditions. They work as part of a very organised and highly efficient team and often, under great pressure. Yes, girls and bespectacled candidates can take up a course in flight/aeronautical engineering but physical fitness and total dedication to one’s work remains a prerequisite. The following institutions offer a course in Aeronautical Engineering after 10+2:
BE : Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh 160012
B. Tech : Chennai Institute of Technology, Chromepet, Chennai 600044
B. Tech : IIT, Mumbai 400076
B. Tech : IIT, Kanpur 208016
B. Tech : IIT, Kharagpur 721302
B. Tech : IIT, Chennai 600036
Entrance to IIT is through a common entrance test (IIT-JEE). Admission details for the others will be available from the concerned institute.
I am working as a sales executive in a leading MNC for the last two years. I have just received an offer to join an ad agency as an accounts executive. While this sounds interesting it’s a completely different field. Since it would require re-learning and adjusting to a new and demanding work environment, I am totally confused.
Shaurya Sharma, Ludhiana
Sometimes the biggest risk is not taking a risk at all, to stay in your own cozy "comfort zone" - especially at this early stage in your career when you need to be learning as many new things as you can.
Set a goal so that you have some idea of where you want to be next year, or the next, or 5-years down the line. And then see if your new job in advertising is likely to take you in that direction. Find out what your new responsibilities are going to be. If they are more challenging than what you are presently doing and likely to open up better professional options in the future, head for it. If you turn down a better job now, opportunities won’t always come knocking at your door. Think about it. Advertising is an exciting field to be in and a stint in servicing. Also the ability to take risks early in your career will hold you in good stead even if you revert back to marketing later.
I am a journalist interested in a course in environment and wildlife, though I do not have a degree in science. Is there any institute offering such courses?
Sushant Batra, Amritsar
Although it helps to have a master’s in environmental science and related areas for better job opportunities, a number of short and long-term courses are available for those like you who have a genuine interest in this field.
IGNOU offers a Certificate course in Environmental Studies which you may find interesting. Admission is round the year and covers topics such as Human Environment, Ecology Environment & Tourism and a project in Environmental Studies.
The Indian Institute of Ecology & Environment, A-15, Paryavaran Complex, Saket, Maidan Garhi Marg, New Delhi 110030, Ph: 6865084/6515081, Fax: 6967514, E-mail: email@example.com), offers PG Diploma and a Master’s degree in Environment & Ecology through correspondence. Graduates from any discipline are eligible.
In the non-formal sector, the Centre for Environmental Education, Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad, (Ph: 079-6442642/51, Fax: 6420242 and E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), an autonomous NGO offers a variety of courses and modules in environmental education i.e., Training Programme in Environment Education (TEE), Teach & Learn Environmental Modules (TALEEM) etc.
In Chennai, the CRP Centre for Environment Education offers similar modules.
The World Wildlife Fund-India is also involved in several non-formal projects i e Education Outreach Programme and the India-Canada Environment Facility Scheme, currently implemented in seven Indian states. It offers a Diploma in Environmental Law at it’s centre for Environmental Law. It is a part-time (3.30-5.30pm) course spread over 5 months.
The Salim Ali School of Ecology & Environment, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014, offers MS as well as PhD in Ecology for which the only criterion is a genuine interest in ecology. Yet another institution of repute is the Wildlife Institute, PO Box 18, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248001, Ph: 0135-640112-15, E-mail: email@example.com
Tata Environment Research Institute (TERI), India Habitat Centre plans to offer PG level courses once it is accorded a "deemed university" status.
Courses offered by private institutes are loosely structured and non-accredited but contribute towards promoting environment consciousness.
I am interested in mass communications. Could you suggest a recognised postgraduate course and the job prospects in this line.
Urmila Dewan, Ferozepur
Mass Communications is a very broad term that includes various fields, eg. advertising, journalism, public relations, cinema, radio, television and even theatre in its ambit. After completing the course, you can opt for a job in the area that fascinates you most.
The University of Calcutta offers MA in Journalism while Masters. in Mass Communications which includes training in cinema, radio, television, journalism, editing, production, camera, sound recording, direction, etc. is offered by the AKJ Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Kurukshetra University, Mysore University, Nagarjuna University, Punjab University and the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC), Pune.
Certificate in Mass Communication (1-yr) is offered by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s College of Communication & Management all over the country. The Indian Institute of Mass Communications, New Delhi, is highly reputed and offers 1-yr. postgraduate diploma courses in advertising & public relations and journalism and TV journalism. The Symbiosis Institute of Masscom, Pune also offers 1-year PG Dip in Masscom for postgrads and working media persons.
I am interested in doing a diploma course in Nutrition & Dietetics. Could you suggest some recognised postgraduate courses.
Madhulika Verma, Hoshiarpur
Nutrition & Dietetics is a fast developing field which offers good employment opportunities. Postgraduate diplomas in this field are offered by the following universities:
* Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore (TN)
Course: 1-yr PG Diploma after BSc. Home Sc.
* Institute of Home Economics (Delhi University), New Delhi 110049
Course: Diploma in Dietetics & Public Health Nutrition
* Lady Irwin College, New Delhi 110001
Course: Diploma in Dietetics and M.Sc (Home Science).
* Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai (T.M.)
Course: 1-yr PG diploma in Appld Nutrition & Dietetics
* Sri Padmavati Mahila Vishwavidyalayam, Tirupati, (A.P.)
Course: 1-yr PG diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics after BSc. Home Sc. (50% marks)
* University of Bombay, MG, Rd. Fort, Mumbai 400032
Course: 1 yr diploma after BSc. Home Sc.
Besides these, specialisation in Food & Nutrition and Nutrition & Dietetics is offered in most M.Sc. (Home Science) courses.
Manipal International Instt of Info Tech, C/o ICDS Ltd., SG-01, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Rd, B’lore 560042.
Advanced Business Computing (3 mths)
Elig: BE/Faculty/PG/faculty in Sc & IT (IT Professionals & Faculty must be sponsored).
Appln F: Send bio with summary of acad/career record to: Prof. N. Chandrasekaran, Pro Vice-Chancellor (MAHE) by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the above add.
Oct 31 Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Institute of Management Studies, Khandwa Rd, Indore 452001.
1) Master of E-Commerce (MeC) (3 yr BeC + 2 yr MeC)
2) Master of E-Commerce (Mec) (2 yr)
Elig: (1): 10+2 (50%) (SC/ST/OBC: 45%)
(2): Bachelor’s degree (50% (SC/ST/OBC: 45%)
Selectn: Written test & Counselling.
Appln F: Send Rs. 1000/- by DD favouring "Chairperson, Admission Committee, D.A.V.V., Indore" at above add specifying the course.
Nov 20 Indian Instt. of Information Technology (IIIT), MITS Campus, Gola ka Mandir Rd, Gwalior 474 005.
PG Dip in Management & Information Technology (PGDMIT)
Fellowship Programme (FT/PT)
Elig: (1): Bachelor’s degree (10+2+4) in BE/Tech OR MCA (6-%) (SC/ST: 55%).
(2): Master/s in Engg/Tech OR MBA (65%) or GPA of 7 OR 3-yrs Indust/teaching (tech instt) wk ex.
Test: Jan 14, 2001.
(1): Send Rs. 500 (SC/ST: Rs. 250/-);
(2): Rs. 200/- (SC/ST: Rs. 100/-)
favouring " IIITM, Gwalior" payable at Gwalior with self-add, stamped, envelope (310x240mm) to the Chairman Admissions at the above add before Nov 30. At counter: Also in cash at counter, till Dec 04.
Nov 15 National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 390007.
PG Diploma in Design (PGDPD) (21/2 yr)
Apparel & Accessory Design
Animation Film Design
Film & Video Communication
Elig: (1): BE/BArch
(2): BE (Civil, Mech & Interior)/Arch
(3): Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, Archi, Engg & Ceramic, Enamel/Glass Tech
(4): Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, Appl Arts, Textile Tech/Engg//Chem, Home Sc (Textile & Clothing).
(5): Bachelor’s in Fine/Appl Art. Other grads with high proficiency in drawing/or garment construction.
(6): Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Other grads with high proficiency in drawing & painting.
(7): Bachelor’s in any discipline, preferably in humanities or arts, inclined towards creative expression or visual & communication arts with insight into mktg & social communications.
(8): Bachelor’s in any discipline with basic software exp in Multimedia/New Media/Convergent Tech.
Test: 6/7 Jan 2001 at 5 centres including B’lore, Cal & Del.
Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- (SC/ST: Rs. 250/- send cert) by DD favouring "NID" payable at Ahmedabad with self-add, stamped (Rs. 9/-) envelope (25x12cm) superscribing "admissions". Downloaded Forms with DD accepted.
Also available from foll Bank of India Branches: Rs. 520/- (cash) till Nov 15:
Delhi: J. Path, H’Khas
Kar: KG Rd & Jayanagar, B’lore; Sardar Patel Rd, Mysore; Lamington Rd, Hubli.
Nov 10 IIT, Kanpur-208016, UP.
Chem; Materials & Metallurgical; Materials Sc.
Engg; Sc; Humanities & Social Sc
1): BE/BTech in Engg/MSc with valid GATE.
2): MTech/ME in resp area. GATE Scores. For PhD in Sc & HSS valid GATE/UGC/CSIR scores.
Appln F: Write to The Asst. Registrar (Academic) with self-add stamped (Rs. 15/-) at the above add. Web-downloaded Forms accepted.
Nov 03 IIT-Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076
Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Comp Sc & Engg; Electl; Mech; Metallurgical; and Materials Sc; Chem; Earth Sc; Maths; Phy; Biotech; Humanities & Soc Sc (Eco, Psycho; Philo; Eng; Sociol); Biomed Engg; Corrosion Sc & Engg; Energy Systems Engg; Environ Sc & Engg; Indstl Engg/Reliability Engg; Syst & Control Engg; School of Mgmt & School of Info Tech.
Details & Appln F: Send Rs. 300 (SC/ST: Rs. 100/-) by DD favouring "Registrar, IIT Bombay" payable at SBI Powai, with self-add, stamped (Rs. 15/-), envelope (27x12 cm).
Film & Television
Imago Acting School & Casting Agency, Brahma Studio, Film City, Noida 201301.
Diploma Course for Adults (F/T)
Cert Course for Adults (P/T)
Appln F: Contact above add for further info & prosp.
Nov 06 Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Room No. 422, B-21, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016.
Cert Course in French Language (8-mth, eve)
Appln F: Send Rs. 100/- by DD favouring "Indian Institute of Foreign Trade" at the above add. Also in cash at counter.
Dec 07 LBS Instt of Management, Shastri Sadan, Venkateshwara Mandir Marg, Sector-III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi 110022.
PG Programme in Mgt (2-yr, F//T)
Elig: Bachelor’s degree.
Test: Jan 28, 2001 at 15 centres including Del, Cal, B’lore & Ch’garh.
Appln F: Send Rs. 850/- by DD favouring "Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management" payable at New Delhi, to the Admission Co-ordinator at the above add. At counter: Rs. 800/- (cash) till Nov 30.
Dec 15 Instt for Integrated Learning in Management (IILM), Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003.
PG Dip in Business Management (PGDBM) (2-yr, F/T).
Elig: Bachelor’s degree with CAT-2000 scores.
Appln F: Send Rs. 600/- by DD favouring "Instt. for Integrated Learning in Management" payable at New Delhi. At counter: Rs. 550/- (cash) and at following IOB Branches:
Delhi: M-82, GK-II; Karol Bagh Gurdwara Rd; Opp Palika Bazar, Janpatah; 21-B1, Janakpuri Comm Cent; Preet Vihar; Patparganj
Ch’garh: Sector 7C. Ludhiana: Mn Br, Nr Clock Towr;
B’lore: Shanti Nagar.
Dec 16 Instt. of Management Technology (IMB), PB No. 137, Rajnagar, Hapur Road, Ghaziabad 201301.
PG Dip in Busi Mgmt (2-yr) (PGDBM)
PG Dip in Comp Appln (PT 3-yrs) (PGDCA)
PG Dip in Business Mgmt (3-yr PT) (PGDBM)
Distance Learning Progs
PG Dip in Business Mgt (3 yr); PG Dip in Mkt Mgt (2 yr).
Elig: (1-4): Bachelor’s degree.
PGDBM (PT): 2 yr (1 yr for PG) wk ex with prof qualification.
Age (1 & 2): 19; (3): 22 yrs.
PGDCA (Maths till 10+2).
Test: 31 Dec at 26 centres including Del, Agra, Amritsar, Ch’garh. Separate test for Distance Learning Programs (DLP)
App F: (1-3): Send Rs. 650/- by DD (write yr name & add on reverse) favouring "Institute of Management Technology" payable at Ghaziabad with 2 self-add, tel no. stickers. See website for online registration.
(5): Contact IMT Study Centres: Ch’garh 569690; Del: 6823135/5454921/3312989/7258993/6146772; F’bad 5283144; G’bad 4781101; G’gaon 330979), Ludhiana 421520; Noida 536610.
Oct 21 Apollo Hospitals, Academic Bldg, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500034
Diploma in Family Medicine (3 mth) (from Royal Coll of Gen Practitioners, UK)
Emergency Medicine Technician (2 yrs + 1-yr internship)
Elig: (1): MBBS with MCI Registr
Appln F: Send Rs. 300/- by DD favouring "Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation, Hyderabad" to Deptt. of Emergency Medicine, at the above add.
Lalitha Niketan, 15, Singaravelan Street, Muthumudaliar Nagar, Thavalakuppam, Pondicherry 605007.
Merit Scholarships for Undergraduate Studies 2001-2002
Appln F: Write to the Secretary, at the above add, with self-add, stamped (Rs. 3/-) envelope (9"x4").
Nov 30 The Hindu, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai 600002.
The Hindu-Hitachi Scholarships (3)
Technical Training in Japan in: Info & Telecom System; Display (Color tubes or liquid crystal (TFT); Digital Media; Power & Industl System; Industl Components; Elevators & Escalators; Automotive Comps; A/C Systems; Consumer products.
Elig: BE/BSc (Engg). Age: 30 yrs on Mar 31, 2001. Preference to those with exp. candidates.
Appln F: Rs.5/- in cash from: The Hindu, 210, Ansal Bhavan, 16, KG Marg, New Delhi 110001, 19, Infantry Rd, B’lore 560001.
CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi.