EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, November 7, 2000, Chandigarh, India
Study group visits southern institutions
From Rashmi Talwar
Encouraged by the grant of 5-star status by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), Guru Nanak Dev University here formed a study group comprising college principals under Dr S.P. Singh, Dean College Development Council, which visited mainstream colleges, universities and accredited institutions of South India with the aim of exploring growth boosters in education and setting the tone for educational networking in the era of computers and information technology (IT).

Govt to start ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ soon
By V.P. Prabhakar
THE Ministry of Human Resource Development will soon launch ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ to incorporate all existing schemes and programmes in the elementary education sector.



Study group visits southern institutions
From Rashmi Talwar

AMRITSAR: Encouraged by the grant of 5-star status by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), Guru Nanak Dev University here formed a study group comprising college principals under Dr S.P. Singh, Dean College Development Council, which visited mainstream colleges, universities and accredited institutions of South India with the aim of exploring growth boosters in education and setting the tone for educational networking in the era of computers and information technology (IT).

Consequently, some of these institutes could be adopted as models for restructuring course as well as raising the required infrastructural support in colleges affiliated to it.

Among the 11 principals in the team are Mrs J. Kackria, Principal, BBK DAV College, Mr H.L. Aeri, DAV College, Mrs Inderjit Vashisht of S.R. Government College, Dr M.S. Dhillon, Khalsa College, all from Amritsar, Mr Subhash Kumar, DAV College, Mr S.S. Chahat, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Mr Swarn Singh, GNDU College, all from Jalandhar, Mrs Ritu Bawa of Kamla Nehru College, Phagwara, Mrs Neelam Goel, BLH College, Nawanshahr and Mr Inderjit Singh, Guru Nanak College, Sukhchain Sahib.

A total of 13 institutes were visited by the team with special emphasis on proactive IT expansion in the cyber cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad.

The team found that St Francis College for Women, Hyderabad, offered multiple streams in B Com and undertook community service programmes like adult literacy and braille work. Secunderabad’s Satyam Mayfair Centre attempted sharpening business competitiveness by constantly evolving, innovating and modifying new ways for information exchange. Colleges like Vivekanand College, Chennai and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi imparted the students with Indian value-oriented education with stress on social and cultural concerns. Mid-day meals and cooperative marketing were some of the features of Udupi which had documented, stored and preserved archival material on folk performing arts.

To cope with current trends and demands, the NIFT in Hyderabad had made giant strides with active integration of the information technology and local skills.

The study group has chosen specific tasks for the year ahead which includes a degree course in occupational therapy and B Com professional, a diploma in medical transcription in B Com, global business operations, financial management and masters in software.

It suggested research centres and museums in colleges with special focus on social and cultural life of the region — folklore, sports, history, and manuscripts.


Govt to start ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ soon
By V.P. Prabhakar

THE Ministry of Human Resource Development will soon launch ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ to incorporate all existing schemes and programmes in the elementary education sector.

It is a holistic and convergent approach to implementing universal station of elementary education in a mission mode with a clear district focus.

India is one of the few developing countries, which took initiative in 1991 to lay down the minimum level of learning (MLL) to be achieved at the primary stage. This new approach integrates various components of curriculum, classroom transaction, evaluation and teacher orientation.

The first phase of the programme was implemented through 18 voluntary agencies, research institutions, state councils of educational research and training etc. The result of these projects, according to the annual report of the Department of Education of the ministry, claims to have shown significant improvement in learning achievements of school children.

The state governments have introduced MLL in most primary schools, including local body private schools. The District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) has adopted MLL as a major strategy for improvement of quality of primary education. Non-formal education programme is also adopting MLLs wherever appropriate learning competence for various subjects taught at the upper primary stage is under consideration. The National Council of Educational Research and Training has undertaken an intensive curriculum review to meet the needs of excellence with equity.

It has now been decided, according to the report, to upgrade the MLL programme through institutional mechanism throughout the country. The national resource institutions like the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Regional Institutes of Education (RIEs), State Councils of Educational Research and Training and District Institutes of Education and Training are being networked for this purpose. Curriculum revision, rewriting of text-books to make them competency based, enhancing their pedagogical value, training of teachers in the class room processes are the major activities being undertaken.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has a central objective of mobilising all resources — human, financial and institutional — necessary for achieving the goal of universalisation of elementary education. A national committee of state Education Ministers under the chairmanship of the Human Resource Development Minister was constituted to develop the structure and outline of implementing universal elementary education in a mission mode.

Based on the suggestion of this committee, the ministry according to the report, is launching a new scheme of SSA to incorporate all existing schemes and programmes in the elementary education sector.

The following key strategies have been worked out for this scheme: (i) emphasis to be laid on retention and achievement rather than on mere enrolment (ii) adopt incremental approach for creating school facilities. Education guarantee centres in unserved habitations and ‘back to school campus’ for out-of-school children in the 10-14 age group (iii) focus to be shifted from educationally backward states to educationally backward states to educationally backward districts (iv) adoption of desegregated approach with focus on preparation of district specific and population specific plans (v) universal access to schooling facilities particularly to girls, desegregated groups and out-of-school children (vi) make education relevant by curricular reforms to promote life skills (vii) Improvement in school decentralisation of planning and management through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), village education committees (VECs) and stress on participation processes.

The objective of the SSA is to provide quality elementary education to all children in the age group of 6-14 by 2010 A.D. There will be special focus on girls, children belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe communities, urban slum-dwellers and low female literacy blocks.

In order to build up public opinion and mobilise social support, a national programme of media publicity and advocacy for universalisation of elementary education has been included in the ninth five year plan.

The programme will focus on four groups (i) teachers and all those involved in education of children (ii) students and parents of students, particularly non-literate parents (iii) community opinion leaders and (iv) policy-makers and public representatives.

It is envisaged that the programme would facilitate social mobilisation and environment building for operationalising the proposal to make elementary education a fundamental right.

It has been decided that this programme would be implemented as a part of the new scheme ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’.


aCareer hotline

I am interested in landscape designing. Could you please suggest names of some institutes offering the course?

Rati Chopra, Hoshiarpur

Landscape architects design areas to make them functional, beautiful and compatible with the surrounding environment. A landscape architect decides the location of buildings, roads, walkways, gardens, even the arrangement of trees flower beds, fountains etc. keeping in mind the conservation of natural resources and history of the area. The controlling of urban problems like excess traffic and pollution also comes within the ambit of landscape designing. Hence it may even involve regulating traffic movement and redesigning traffic-ways. While it is developing its own niche in India, Landscape Architects are in considerable demand in the Middle and the Far East. Specialised courses in Landscape Architecture are offered at: * School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), 4, Block - B, I.P. Estate, New Delhi 110002. Course: Master of Landscape Architecture. Admission through Entrance Test & Interview. * Centre for Environmental Planning Technology (CEPT), School of Architecture, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, Navarangpura, Ahmedabad - 380009. Course: Master’s in Landscape Architecture The number of seats, however, is limited (roughly 15 in each).

I would be grateful if you could tell me the procedure for recruitment of officers in the paramilitary forces.

Ajay Yadav, Bathinda

Officers in the paramilitary forces i.e. BSF, ITBP, CISF, CRPF etc. are recruited by the Special Selection Board (SSB) of the Central Police Organisation (CPO) through a written examination followed by physical efficiency test and an interview. Graduates between the age of 19-25 are eligible for taking the written exam which covers general awareness, reasoning, numerical ability, essay writing, written comprehension etc. The physical test covers various events like 800 m race, long jump, high jump etc. to assess your strength and stamina. Short-listed candidates undergo a medical examination. On selection you will be appointed as an Assistant Commandant or Dy. Supdt. of Police. The Cabinet Committee on Security and the Union Home Ministry have come decided to bring the BSF, CRPF, ITBP and the CISF under a unified command over the next five years. While retaining their individuality the four forces will function more homogeneously to combat insurgency and border security. Their operations, weaponry, training and intelligence will be will be upgraded and shared to improve the country’s internal security management. A total of 209 new battalions will also be raised for the four forces. This will be accompanied by the introduction of Global Imaging System (GIS) for co-ordinating counter-terrorism operations and keeping vigil in border areas.

After completing MBBS, I would like to specialise in sports medicine. Are there any institutes in India offering courses in this field?

Vidhi Juneja, Chandigarh

Sports Medicine is a great idea. The nation’s collective sigh of relief on Tendulkar’s bouncing back onto the pitch (pun intended) after weeks of nail biting will-he, won’t-he, uncertainty only serves to highlight the importance and shortage of highly trained professionals in sports medicine. As sports gets increasingly competitive and the stakes increasingly higher, nothing short of 200% fitness can give the player the crucial winning edge. A simple swelling on the wrist may not only result in a dropped catch but could well cause the World Cup to slip from your hands! Not only does a huge vacuum exist in the area of sports science and medicine, but India also needs top-flight trainers, physiotherapists, nutritionists, psychologists and masseurs to keep our athletes and sportspersons fighting fit. The following institutions offer courses in Sports Medicine: * Sports Authority of India, Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Motibagh, Patiala-147001. Ph: 0175 202474 Course: PG Diploma for Medical Graduates. Duration: 2 years. Affiliated with the Baba Farid University, it is the only course recognised by the Medical Council of India. Seats: 6. Selection: interview (July). Boarding & Lodging: Free. Establishment charges (Rs. 1,500/- to be paid on admission). * Hospital for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Arthritis & Accident-Trauma (HOSMAT), Bangalore .Ph: 080 5593796 Course: a) Fellowship Basic Course after MBBS. Duration: ! yr. Fees: Rs. 1,000 pm. b) Advance Course for Orthopaedic Surgeons. No Fees. * All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Calcutta-700073. Course: Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, MD (SPM).

What is the difference between a chartered accountant and a cost accountant?

Raman Chugh, Hisar

To become a Chartered Accountant, you have to clear the examination conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and also complete 3-year articleship. But for becoming a Cost Accountant, you have to merely clear the examination conducted by the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWAI). There is no need to do articleship. While a Chartered Accountant is empowered to verify and certify all accounts including the balance-sheet of an organisation, a Cost Accountant or Cost Manager as he is now called, has no power to verify the balance-sheet. His focus lies in analysing and determining organisational and management costs.

I am a final year student of BE. As I am interested in pursuing a career in software engineering, could you suggest some short-term diploma/certificate courses other than Mtech/MCA, where the input is essentially BE/BTech?

Kirti Singh, Patiala

One option is to do a course in networking, e.g. the CNE (Certified Novell Engineer) course from Novell or a MCSE (Microsoft Systems Engineer) course - both certifications are globally recognised for the design, implementation, administration, trouble-shooting, creating web servers, etc. in the networking industry. Although it is a short-term course (subject to clearing the exam on completion of the course), certified networking professionals are always in demand because both platforms enjoy a customer-base running into billions. Followed by some relevant work experience, you can look forward to fairly well-paying jobs in India and abroad. Make sure you do the course from a Microsoft or Novell Authorised Training Centre. While strictly speaking, you don’t have to be an engineer to enrol for these courses, your knowledge of computing will put you at an advantage. Similarly, you could specialize in JAVA or ORACLE. Another good course you could consider is the one offered by CDAC - Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (a scientific society of Department of Electronics, Govt. of India). It’s a tough, full-time 6-month course with a lot of emphasis on practical training. Admission is on the basis of a common admission test which tests you on C-Language programming, Operating Systems, DOS & UNIX and general aptitude. CDAC has centres in three cities - Delhi, Bangalore and Pune and ATCs in nine other cities. They also offer 1-month coaching to prepare candidates for the entrance test.

What is the scope in animation in India? I am a third year BFA student and my parents are worried about letting me pursue a career in this field.

Shivam Sharma, Ludhiana

India is set to witness a boom in export of animation and digital special effects for Hollywood blockbusters. The recent release of Sindbad, a 3D animation motion picture produced in India has captured the fancy of US studios. Forecasting the demand for animation experts, a global consultancy firm, Arthur Anderson, has estimated that India will bag $2 billion worth of animation projects in the next three years. With production costs being a fourth of that in the US, India is fast emerging as a mega-base for outsourcing animation production from global studios and even diverting business from Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan, thanks to our synergy of local talent, speed and quality of output. PentaMedia, Crest Communications, Unilazer, Magic Shop, Universal Studios, Western Outdoor, Digital Canvas, ZICA, Shri Adhikari Brothers and Heart Animation, Hyderabad are some of the big players in India. If you have loads of talent i.e. if you are good at drawing and sketching or cartooning (which you probably are, considering that you are already doing your BFA), all you need to get cracking is professional training to handle the relevant animation and multimedia software like 3D Studio Max, Adobe After Effects, and one of the compositing softwares. Don’t just settle for any of the chhota-mota courses offered at every nukkad these days. They will get you nowhere.

Please send in your query preferably on a postcard along with your name, complete address and academic qualifications to: 

Editor, Career Hotline, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160020.



Armed Forces
Nov 30 Indian Navy, D/o Manpower Planning & Recruitment (R&R), Naval Headquarters, Room No. 204, "C" Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi 110011. Website: go. to/navyrecruitment Recruitment of Men & Women as Commissioned Officers (Executive Branch): 1) Law Cadre 2) Naval Armament Inspection Cadre (NAIC) 3) General Service (GS).

Elig: (1): Law Deg (55%). Age: Born bet: 2-Jul-’74-1-Jul-’79.

(2): BE (Mech/Electl//Electron)/PG in Phy or Electron). Age: Born bet 02-7-’76 1-1-’82.

Physical Stand: Wt & Ht: Men: 157 cms. Women: 152 cms. Eyesight: (1): 6/60, 6/60 correctable to 6/6, 6//12 with glasses. (3): 6/12, 6/12 correctable to 6/6 in each eye with glasses.

Appln Format: Employment News 28 Oct-3 Nov.

Dec 20 Special Selection Board, Directorate General, ITBP Tigri Camp PO, Madangir, New Delhi 110062. Recruitment of Asst Commandant in CRPF/BSF/ITBP Elig: Bachelor’s degree. Preferred: NCC "B" or "C"/Outstanding Sports Certs. Age: Born bet: 2-Aug-’76-1-Aug-82 (Relaxation: SC/ST: 5 yrs; OBC: 3 yrs). Physi & Med: Men: Ht 165 cms, Chest 81 cms (5 cms expansion), Weight: 50 kg or proportionate. Women: Height 157 cms, Weight: 46 kgs or proportionate. Eyesight: Distant Vis (Better eye, Corrected) 6/6-6/12, 6/9-6/9 OR Near Visi (Worse eye, Corrected) J.1-J.II.

Appln Format & Info: See leading newspapers.

Distance Education
Nov 15 Panjab University, D/o Gandhian Studies, Chandigarh 160014. PG Dip in Gandhian Studies

Elig: Bachelor’s deg/Foreign Nationals living in India also elig.

Appln F: Send Rs. 65/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Punjab University, Chandigarh", payable at SBI, PU, Sec 14, Ch’garh to the Chairman, D/o Gandhian Studies, at the above add.

Dec 11 All India Management Association, AIMA-CME-Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003. Ph: 4617354/55

Exec doctorate in Business Administration
Elig: PG (55%) with 5 yrs wk ex or 3 yr ex in acad institution OR BE; Law; CA (55%).

Selectn: M-RAT on Dec 17 at 8 centres including Del, B’lore, Hyd, Chennai.

Appln F: Send Rs. 850/- by DD favouring "AIMA-CME" payable at New Delhi. Also, at counter: in cash.

Govt Services
Nov 27 Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (G/O NCT Del), UTCS Bldg, Behind Karkardooma Courts Complex, Vishwas Nagar, Shahadara, Delhi 110032. Combined Preliminary Examination for Matric Level Posts 2000. Detailed Info & Appln format: See leading newspapers

Dec 24 The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences, Aranya Bhavan, Sector-III, 10-A, L.A. Block, Salt Lake City, Calcutta 700091. BSc/BA, LLB (Hons) (5 yrs) LLM (2 yrs Resid) MPhil (1 yr)

Elig: (1): Class XII (50% agg). Age: 21 yrs (SC/ST: 22 yrs) on 31 Dec of the admission year.

(2): LLB (B-grade) (3): LLM (50%) with teaching/research ex.

Selectn: NUJS NAT: MIKS-MAT on Jan 28, 2001 at Cal, Cehnnai, Del, Kochi & Mum.

Appln F: ICIC Bank at: Cal, Chennai, CP New Delhi, Kochi bet Nov 2-Dec 15: Rs. 300/-

Nov 13 Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur 302017. Master of Management Studies (2 yr) Specialisations: Industrial Mgt; Info Tech System Mgt; E-Commerce; ERP & Comp Aided Mktg; HRD & Finance Mgt.

Elig: BE (55%).

Selection: Written Test: 16 Nov followed by GD & Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- by DD favouring "Director, CMSIC, MREC, Jaipur" payable at Jaipur. List the following on plain paper: your name, father’s name & address (Tel No. with STD code), 1 self-attested PP photo, d/o birth, nationality, academic record, work ex, achievements & awards, career objectives, strengths & weaknesses.

Dec 11 Indian Instt. of Forest Management (IIFM), PB No. 335, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal 462003. PG in Forestry Management (PFM)

Elig: Scores in CAT-2000.

Appln F: Send Rs. 600/- (SC/ST: Rs. 300/-) by DD favouring "Director, IIFM, Bhopal" to the Coordinator PFM Admission at the above add.

Feb 17 K. J. Somaiya Instt. of Management Studies & Research, Vidyanagar, Vidyavihar, Mumbai 400077. Email: PG Programme in Management Studies (PGPMS) (2-yr F/T)

Elig: Bachelor’s deg (50%).

Test: Feb 24 at 17 centres including Delhi, Ch’garh & B’lore, Kochi followed by GD/interview.

Appln F: Send Rs. 850/- by DD favouring "The Director, KJ Somaiya Instt. of Management Studies & Research" payable at Mumbai with 2 self-add envelopes. At counter: Rs. 800/- (cash).

Nov 15 Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (MP) MPharm

Elig: BPharm with GATE scores.

Appln F: Send Rs. 100/- by DD favouring "The Registrar, Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (MP)" at the above add. At counter: In cash from SBI, Sagar Univ Branch.

Jan 01 Banaras Hindu University, Instt. of Medical Sciences, Varnasi 221005. Website: MCh Paediatric/Plastic Surg/Neurosurg/Urology DM Nephrology/Endocrinology/Gastroenterology/Neurology/Cardiology MDS Prosthodontics/Operative Dentistry


For 1 & 2): MD/MS For 3): BDS and 1-yr compulsory rotating internship.

Appln F: Send Rs. 600/- by DD favouring "Director, Instt. of Medical Sciences, BHU" payable at SBI (Code No. 0211) with self-add, stamped (Rs. 23/-) envelope (25 x 26cm) superscribed "Appln for DM/MCH/MDS-January 2001" to the Director at the above add.

Nov 20 Kumaun University, Nainital 263001

BPharma Entrance Exam-2000

Elig: Inter Sc/CBSE/ICSE (50%) (SC/ST: 45%).

Appln F: Send Rs. 550/- by DD favouring "Finance Officer, Kuman University, Nainital" to the Registrar at the above add. At counter: Rs. 500/- (cash/DD)

Nov 23 Christian Medical College, Ludhiana-141008, (Punj).

PG Medical Admission-2001

MD (Anatomy; Anaesth; Biochem; Gen Med; Obstet & Gynae; Paed; Med; Pharmacol; Physiol; Radio-Diagnosis & Radiotherapy.

MS (Gen Surg; Opthalmol & Orthopaed)

Super Speciality (Plastic Surg & Cardiol)


BSc Nursing

Test: Jun 3, 2001

Appln F: Send Rs. 525/- favouring "Christian Medical College, Ludhiana" drawn on IOB/PNB/SBI at Ludhiana to the Registrar at the above add. Also at counter: Rs. 525/- (cash).

Dec 22 Instt. of Aerospace Medicine, Airport Rd, Vimanapura Po, Bangalore 560017.

MD (Aviation Med) (3-yrs)

Test & Inter: Jan 24 & Jan 25 respectively.

Elig: MBBS, registered with State Med Coun.

Appln F: Send DD for Rs. 350/- favouring "Chairman, Selection Committee, IAM, IAF" payable at B’lore to the above add before Dec 8. At counter: (DD) before Dec 16.

Oct 31 Malaviya Regional Engg College, Jaipur.


Rajasthan Pre-Engineering Test (RPET)-2000

Elig: 10+2 (PCM & Eng) (60%). All India.

Test: Nov 4 for PCM (agg above 65%)

Nov 5 for PCM (agg bet 60-65%)

Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- by DD favouring "Coordinator RPET-2000" payable at Jaipur along with your complete details on plain paper to the Co-ordinator at the above add. Send advance copy by email/fax to: 0141-702109.

JSS Academy of Technical Education, C-20/1, Sector-62, Noida 201301 (UP)

E-mail: Ph: 4585135, 4580898

BE (Info Tech; Comp Sc & Engg; Mech; Elect & Comm; Elect; Inst. & Control; Mfg Tech).

Elig: Scores in UPSEAT-2000SE.

Appln F: Contact the Registrar at the above add.

Red Alert
(Some of the important deadline Notifications carried earlier in these columns)

Nov 27 Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai 600036. MBA (2 yr F/T)

Nov 30 University of Delhi, F/o Mgt Studies, Delhi 110007 (1) MBA (2-yr, F/T). (2) MBA (Public Systems Mgt) (2-yr F/T).

Dec 11 Narsee Monjee Instt. of Management Studies (NMIMS), V.L. Mehta Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056. Postgraduate Dip in: 1) Business Administration (2-yr, FT). 2) Advertising & Communication Management (2-yr, FT). 3) Rural Marketing (2-yr, FT).

Dec 15 Goa University, D/o Mgmt Studies, Goa 403206. MBA (F/T)

Distance Education
Nov 17 Annamalai University, D/o Distance Educ, Annamalainagar 608002. PG Dip in Concrete Tech & Design of Concrete Structure Z Unless otherwise specified, the dates mentioned above are deadlines for receipt of completed application forms.

(Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi .