EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, July 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India

Change nomenclature, varsity told
The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIU) for changing the nomenclature of Bachelor of Information Science (BIS)/Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) courses to Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA).

Thapar Institute misuses grant
V. P. Prabhakar
rregularities have been detected in the working of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, as a result which the institute has had to suffer losses.



Lesson in English
By W.L. Gordon

Why do we say that?
Conspiracy of silence 




Change nomenclature, varsity told

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIU) for changing the nomenclature of Bachelor of Information Science (BIS)/Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) courses to Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA).

Justice S.K. Mahajan, on a petition filed by two students who had applied for the course has asked the university why the duration of the course has been reduced to three years from four.

The petitioners had said the University Grants Commission (UGC) notification dated May 31 this year had been issued at a time when students were about to appear in the entrance examination for these courses and there was no option left with them, but to apply for other courses.

They had said the UGC did not have the power under the UGC Act, 1956, to issue such a notification as the university was an autonomous institution and not funded by the commission.

The UGC had initiated the action at the behest of ‘teaching shops’, which would be driven out of business if the university was allowed to run these IT courses, they had said, adding that the university ran the courses on nominal fees while ‘the shops’ charged hefty sums.

The petition also listed the Union Government, the UGC and the All-India Council of Technical Education as respondents.

The court has given the university time till July 20, the next date of hearing, to file reply. UNI


Thapar Institute misuses grant
V. P. Prabhakar

Irregularities have been detected in the working of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, as a result which the institute has had to suffer losses.

Out of a grant of Rs 88.68 lakh, Rs 57.20 lakh were not utilised for the purpose for which the grant was received. The institute suffered a loss of Rs 13.88 lakh due to investment of provident fund in fixed deposit receipts.

The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, was set up in April 1956 through a collaboration between the then State of PEPSU (Patiala and East Punjab States Union), the Government of India and the Patiala Technical Education Trust (PTET).

The institute was registered as a society in October 1985 and was accorded the status of deemed university in December 1985 under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956, by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

A test-check conducted during October to December 1998 of the accounts and related records of the institute for the years 1993-94 to 1997-98, has revealed several discrepancies which have been mentioned in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India for the year ending March 31, 1999.

The institute enhanced the tuition fee of under-graduate students from Rs 3000 to Rs 20,000 from the academic year 1994-95 and retained the additional funds raised in 1994-95 and 1995-96 though the state government had approved (June 1996) its retention only from the year 1996-97 and onward.

It was noticed in the audit that the institute had not taken into account this additional income while claiming from the state government the deficit grant during 1994-95 and 1995-96. This resulted in an excess claim of Rs 2.91 crore.

For meeting non-recurring expenditure, the institute receives grants-in-aid from the Central Government for purchase of equipment, development and modernisation of laboratories and workshop, removal of obsolescence and creation of infrastructure in areas of emerging technology.

Grants aggregating to Rs 88.68 lakh were received from the Central Government (Rs 67.48 lakh) and the UGC (Rs 21.20 lakh) during 1995-96 to 1997-98. Of the total receipt of Rs 88.68 lakh, the institute utilised only Rs 31.48 lakh (36 per cent) for the purposes for which the grants were received and diverted Rs 57.20 lakh for payment of salary to the staff.

The institute admitted the diversion of funds and stated (August 1999) that the amount was temporarily utilised which was recouped on receipts of grant from the state government. The reply by the audit was not considered tenable as there was minus balance of Rs 35.51 lakh in the account of 1997-98 under the account MHRD (Rs 27.26 lakh) and the UGC grant account (plan Rs 8.25 lakh). Evidently, funds totalling Rs 57.20 lakh were unauthorisedly diverted for the purposes other than those for which these were received.

The institute retained the accumulated balance of Rs 3.62 crore as on March 31, 1998, of contributory provident fund of employees (including employer’s share) and invested the same in the fixed deposit receipts in scheduled banks, although exemption under the Provident Fund Act was not granted by the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner.

The institute was liable to pay an interest at the rate of 12 per cent on the accumulated balances of contributory provident fund (including employer’s share), whereas it earned interest on fixed deposit receipts at the rate of 10 per cent to 12 per cent. The institute, thus, suffered a loss of Rs 13.88 lakh due to difference between the interest paid and interest earned. A scrutiny of records by the audit revealed that the matter regarding grant of exemption was pending with the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (November 1999).

For the purchase of books and journals, the UGC sanctioned (February 1998) grants-in-aid of Rs 16.20 lakh. Though the sanction was valid only for 1997-98, the institute utilised Rs 2.79 lakh and retained the balance of Rs 13.41 lakh beyond March, 1998, which was subsequently utilised during the next financial year without any authorisation.



What is the admission criteria for graduation in history from IGNOU?

Pervin Malhotra, Tribune’s career expert answers all your career queries.

Q I am keen on doing graduation in history from IGNOU. Could you please tell me the admission criteria.

D K Sharma.

A The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers History as a course in its graduation programme. Depending on you educational qualifications, you could choose from two modes of entry for graduation courses offered by IGNOU. For the 31/2-years non-formal Open University Graduation Programmes you must 20 years of age but need not possess any formal qualifications. You will be are admitted only after passing the entrance test. The eligibility for the 3-year graduation programmes is a pass in Class XII.

For further information, you could contact:

IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068.

Q I have appeared for my BSc. Computer Science (III) exams and wish to do MSc in the same. Please suggest some recognised courses.

Sheetal Singh.

A Nearly 30 universities in the country offer MSc/MS in Computer Science. Here are some you could consider:

Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi 110025. Course: MSc (Maths with Computer Science). Eligibility: BSc (Hons) with 50% (agg) or 55% in BSc (Pass). University of Allahabad, Allahabad 211002, U.P. Courses: MSc (Computer Science, Software). Eligibility: BSc (60% agg) with Maths and Physics, Computer Sc, Electronics or Statistics as subjects. Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani 333031. Eligibility: BSc in relevant subject. Currently BITS offers MS in Computer Science and MS in Software Systems. WASE (Wipro Academy of Software Excellence) offers a 4-year MS programme combining teaching inputs and practical project experience for Science graduates in collaboration with BITS Pilani at its campuses in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (UP). Eligibility: BSc (Hons) with 45% agg and 48% marks in the concerned subject. Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Senate House, Paliwal Park, Agra 282004, U.P. Course: MSc (Integrated) Course in Mathematics & Computer Sciences. Duration: Six-semester course with project. Alternatively, you could also consider doing an MCA.

Q I have passed Class XII and wish to do a course in astronomy. Please tell me about the institutions offering this course at the bachelor’s level and also the minimum qualifications required for the same.

Atul Behl.

A The study of astronomy requires a sound base in mathematics and physics. While several premier institutions offer courses at the PG level, at the BSc level Astronomy is offered as a subject at the following universities. Eligibility is Class XII in the Science stream: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431004, Maharashtra. University of Lucknow, Badshah Bagh, Lucknow 226007 (UP). The university also offers Astronomy as a subject in BA. University of Chennai, Centenary Buildings Chepauk, Triplicane PO, Chennai 600005 ( TN). The Birla Institute of Astronomy & Planetarium Sciences (BIAPS), Kolkata, conducts a six-month postgraduate diploma course in Astronomy & Planetarium Sciences. Eligibility is Bachelors (hon) or Masters degree with at least two subjects from the following: physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics or geology. Selection is through an entrance test and interview. Job prospects: You can focus on observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy, radio astrophysics, star study, etc as fields of specialisation. Employment opportunities exist in organisations such as the U.P. State Observatory at Nainital, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and Indian Space Research Organisation at Bangalore, Astronomical Society of India, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Udaipur Solar Observatory and the Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad.

Q I have completed graduation and wish to opt for BEd. Could you please tell me about the universities offering a correspondence course in BEd?

Gurpreet Kaur, Hoshiar Singh, & Narinder Singh.

A Under the guidelines issued by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the apex statutory body established by an Act of Parliament for co-ordinating and monitoring teacher education in the country, only working teachers with minimum three years of teaching experience in a recognised school (primary, secondary or higher secondary) within the jurisdiction of the concerned university are allowed to enrol for correspondence courses in BEd. All others must enrol in a regular face-to-face programme. This rule has been formulated with a view to achieving planned and co-ordinated development and also maintenance of norms and standards in teacher-education system throughout the country. The following universities offer BEd through correspondence: Himachal Pradesh University, International Centre for Distance Education & Open Learning, Summer Hill, Shimla 171005, H.P. Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068. For details, contact the nearest regional centre. Kota Open University, Rawatbhata Road, Kota 324010, Rajasthan. Kurukshetra University, Department of Distance Education, Kurukshetra 132119, Haryana. Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 124001, Haryana. Punjabi University, Directorate of Correspondence Courses, Patiala 147002, Punjab. Tripura University, PO Agartala College, Tripura West, Agartala 799004, Tripura. A word of caution: Do not fall prey to local institutions offering BEd courses of XYZ universities. It is always best to enrol directly with the university concerned. And this holds true of most other courses as well.

Q I wish to become a theatre actor. Please tell me about the selection procedure at the National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Ankur Sood.

A The National School of Drama (NSD), established by the Sangeet Natak Academy, offers a 3-year PG Diploma in Dramatics. The course consists of Dramatic Literature & Aesthetics, Theory & Practice of Acting, including components of Mime & Music, and Theory & Practice of Stage Technique. Eligibility is graduation in any discipline with experience of actively participating in at least ten theatre productions. The upper age limit is 30 years. The selection procedure is rigorous. There are only 20 seats for this course. After the initial screening and written test which is held in four centres (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata), nearly 80 applicants are called for a 5-day workshop that forms part of the selection process. Admitted candidates do not have to pay tuition fee; instead they get a stipend of Rs. 2000/- pm. Living expenses, including mess charges are deducted from this stipend.

Q I am keen on a course in cinematography from the FTII, Pune. Could you please tell me how I should go about it?

Amrit Sharma.

A Unhappy with the syllabus and tenure of the restructured academic programme introduced in 2000, FTII students have been on strike agitating for change. As a result, the present pyramidal pattern has been replaced. According to the latest notification, FTII now offers 3-yr Diploma courses in: 1) Direction, 2) Cinematography, 3) Editing 4) Audiography (10 seats in each course). Eligibility for courses 1-3: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognised university. For course 4: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with Physics at 10+2 level. Admission to these courses (session starts in Nov. ‘01) will be done on the basis of an Entrance Exam to be held on 19 August 2001 at 12 centres. Preference will be given to those who submit samples of their earlier creative work in preferred areas of specialisation. The last date for receiving completed application forms is 25 July ‘01. (By the way, there’s one strike practically every two years and 5 zero admission years in last 40 years at FTII). For information related to admission, contact the Coordinator (Academics) Film & Television Institute of India, Law College Road, Pune 411004.Ph: 5431817/ Ext 223. E-mail:

Q I am a Kashmiri migrant living in Patiala. I managed to complete my Class XII this year. I have got 62% in the commerce stream. Now I want to do BCom in a good college in Delhi or Chandigarh. I have heard the government is planning to extend certain concessions to children of migrants from Kashmir for admission to colleges and professional courses could you give me the details?

Ravi Kachru.

A Yes! Ravi you have heard right. All universities have been instructed to relax the cut-off percentage for Kashmiri migrant students and extend the date of admission by 30 days. The instructions have been issued by the Union HRD ministry following the government’s decision to provide concessions to the wards of the Kashmiri migrants during the academic session 2001-2002. The decision, taken in view of the hardships being faced by the Kashmiri migrants, also calls for a 5 per cent increase of seats in every course and reservation of atleast one seat in the merit quota in technical and professional institutions, waiving of domicile requirements and facilitation of migration in the second and third years.




Jul 23 Department of Agrochemical & Pest Management, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.

MSc Agrochemical & Pest Management

Elig: PG diploma in relevant subject OR BSc Agri/Hons/Gen (55% agg). Age: below 20 yrs.

Test: 28 July at D/o Chemistry, Delhi University.

AppIn F: Send Rs 400/- by DD favouring the "Registrar, University of Delhi", payable at Delhi along with Application on plain paper, attested marksheets & a passport sized photograph to the coordinator at the above address.

Armed Forces

Aug 16 Army Dental Corps, Room No. 9, L-Block, M/o Defence,

New Delhi 110001.

Direct Recruitment of Dental Surgeons

(1) Permanent Commission

(2) Short Service Commission

Elig: (1): BDS (60% agg). Age: Below 28 yrs.

(2): BDS (55% agg) with 1 yr rotary Internship. Age: Below 45 yrs.

AppIn F: For details see Employment News 23-29 June.

Jul 26 Indian Army, AD 6 of Recruiting, (Women Entry Section), West Block-III, R K Puram, New Delhi-110066.

Non Technical, Technical & Specialist Entries

Elig: For Non Tech: BA/BCom/BSc.

For Tech: See For Specialist: BSc PCM.

AppIn F: For details see Employment News 23-29 June.

Art & Design

Jul 12 National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT Campus, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016 (M/o Textiles GoI).


Fashion Design & Clothing Technology (1 yr)

Elig: 10+2 (Industry sponsored candidates preferred).

AppIn F: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring "NIFT", payable at New Delhi to the CE Department at the above address. At counter: Rs 100/- (cash).

Distance Education

Institute of Correspondence Education, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai-600005.


10 Aug Open University System (UG Courses)

14 Sep Regular System (UG Courses)

12 Oct MA, MSc, MCom

31 Oct Calendar Year Courses

Test: 14 Oct for UG Courses.

AppIn F: Send Rs 130/- by DD favouring "Director, Institute of Correspondence Education", with the course mentioned to the above address. OR download from website. For Eligibility, courses and other details visit website.

Jul 31 Madurai Kamaraj Univ, D/o Distance Education, Univ Bldgs, Palkalainagar, Madurai 625021.


(1) IT (1 & 3 yrs)

(2) Professional Courses (1-3 yrs)

(3) Regular Courses (3 yrs)

(4) PG Courses (2 yrs)

(5) MPhil Courses (2 yrs)

(6) Open University System (Under Age Rule):

(a) Introductory Course (above 14 yrs)

(b) Pre-Foundation Course (min class VIII)

(c) Degree Courses (3 yrs)

(d) PG Courses (2 yrs)

(7) PG Dip (1 yr)

(8) Diploma Courses

(9) Certificate Course: Lib Sc (3 mths)

Appln F: Send Rs. 280/- (for MBA, MCA & DLP); Rs. 130/- for MPhil & BCA, Rs. 80/- for rest. by DD favouring "Program Officer" to the above address. At counter: Rs 250/-; Rs 100/-; Rs 50/- (cash) respectively.


Jul 13 Delhi College of Engineering, Bawana Road, Delhi-110042 (University of Delhi).

(1) PG Civil, Electric, Electron & Commun, Mech, Comp Engg, Applied Phy/Chem

(2) PhD Civil, Electric, Electron & Commun, Mech, Prodn, Applied Chem/Maths/Phy

Elig: For (1): BE/BTech with valid GATE score. (2): For Applied Sc MSc in relevant field, for Engg disciplines ME/MTech.

AppIn F: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring, "Principal, Delhi College of Engineering", payable at GPO Delhi along with three self-addressed slips (10 x 5 cm) to the Dy Admin Officer to the above address. At Counter Rs 150/- (cash).

Jul 15 Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore-632014 (TN).


BTech, (4 yrs), BSc (3 yrs), MSc Software Engg (5 yrs), Comp Sc (2 yrs),

MTech (11/2 yrs) in various disciplines.

AppIn F: Send DD for Rs 600/- for BTech/MTech; Rs 250/- for BCA, BSc, MSc favouring "Vellore Institute of Technology", payable at Vellore to the Registrar at the above address.

Jul 16 National Fire Service College Nagpur-440001 (M/o Home Affairs, GoI).

Sub-Officers Course

Elig: 10+2 or equiv. Age: below 23 yrs & physical standards.

Test: 14 Oct at Delhi, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar & Nagpur.

AppIn F: Send Rs 12/- by DD favouring "Director, National Fire Service College Nagpur", along with self-addressed, unstamped envelope (10 x 23 cm) to the above address.

Jul 23 Delhi Productivity Council, 1E/10, Jhandewalan Extn, New Delhi-110055 (Approved by AICTE, GoI).


PG Diploma in Industrial Safety

Elig: BE/BTech (2 yrs exp) OR Engg/Tech Diploma OR Bachelor’s Degree with Phy or Chem and 5 yrs exp.

AppIn F: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring "Delhi Productivity Council", to the above address.

Environmental Science

Jul 14 Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032.


MPhil Environmental Sc (3 sem)

Elig: M Sc in any discipline OR MA/M Sc Eco/Geo OR BE (55% agg) 10+2 Sc (50% agg) mandatory.

AppIn F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Jadavpur University", payable at Kolkata along with self-addressed envelope (12" x 9") to the Superintendent, Information Office, at the above address.


Jul 11 Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi (with Zee Interactive Learning System Ltd), J-107, 1 Floor, South Ext, Part-I, New Delhi-110049.


BCA (3 yrs)

Elig: 10+2 Eng & Maths OR Comp Sc/Informatics Practice/Comp Applications (45% agg) OR 3 yrs Dip in Engg.

Test: 22 July at 11 Centres including Delhi, B’lore & H’bad, Jammu, Patna

AppIn F: Send Rs 550/- by DD favouring "Zee Interactive Learning Systems Ltd", payable at New Delhi to the above address. At counter: Rs 500/- (cash).


Jul 09 Bundelkhand University, Jhansi-284001.


LLB (3 yrs)

Elig: Bachelors Degree (40% agg).

Test: CAT 22 July.

AppIn F: Send Rs 350/- by DD favouring "The Finance Officer, Bundelkhand University", payable at Jhansi to the Director (admissions) to the above address. At counter: Rs 300/- (cash).

Library Science

Deptt of Library & Information Science, Tutorial Building, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.

Jul 25 (1) Bachelors of Lib Sc

Jul 19 (2) Master of Lib & Info Sc

Aug 7 (3) MPhil

Elig: For (1) Bachelors Degree (50% agg). For (2) B Lib Sc/BLI Sc (50% agg). For (3) M L Lib/M LI Sc (55% agg).

AppIn F: Send Rs 60/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi", payable at New Delhi to the above address. At counter: Rs 50/- (cash).


Jul 23 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi-110001 (GoI).

Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery (3 yrs)

Elig: Unmarried females, widows without encumbrances with 10+2 (50% agg). Age: below 21 yrs.

AppIn F: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope along with class 12 marksheet & proof of age to the Principal’s Office at the above address. OR in person.

Physically Handicapped

Jul 17 Forest Research Institute, Post IPE, Kanlagarh Road, Dehra Dun-248195.

Entrance Exam for Physically Handicapped 2001-02

M Sc Forestry (Eco & Mgt); MSc Environment & Mgt, PG Diploma in Plantation Tech

AppIn F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun", to the Registrar at the above address. At Counter: Rs 300/- (cash). For eligibility & other details see Employment News 17-23 March.

Jul 07 National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, 25, Green Park Extn, Yusuf Sarai, New Delhi-110016.


Postgraduate/Professional Scholarship Scheme.

Elig: Disabled students studying PG Degree/Professional courses.

AppIn F: Contact the concerned zonal coordinator or the above address.


Lesson in English
By W. L. Gordon

Words often misused:

Do not say, "This chair is more preferable than that one."

Omit "more" and say, "This chair is preferable TO that one."

Often mispronounced:

Melange (mixture or medley). Pronounce as ma-lahnza with accent on the second syllable.

Often Misspelled:

Exceptionable — objectionable.

Exceptional — remarkable.


Pretense (noun) —affectation, air, semblance, appearance, cloak, disguise, excuse, feint, mask, pretext, ruse, show, hypocrisy.

Word study:

"Use a word three times and it is yours." Let us increase our vocabulary by mastering one word each day.

Today’s word: Panacea (noun) — a remedy for all diseases; a cure-all. Pronounce as pan-a-see-a with accent on the third syllable.

E.g. "One’s faith in God can be a panacea."

WorldWide Media


Why do we say that?

Conspiracy of silence 

If you are the victim of a ‘conspiracy of silence’ you are convinced often wrongly - that your friends or associates are trying to keep a secret from you.

The expression was first used in the 19th century by a British poet named Sir Lewis Morris. In truth he was not very good, but he wanted to become Poet Laureate. He complained to writer Oscar Wilde that people were jealous of him and so refused to discuss his poetry. ‘There is a conspiracy of silence against me. What shall I do?’ he asked. Wilde replied, ‘Join it.’