EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, July 17, 2001,  Chandigarh, India,
Distance education courses gain popularity
Computer era mainly the reason
Jatinder Sharma
Professional courses being run by universities in Haryana through the distance education mode appear to have gained popularity with the advent of the computer era.


Distance education courses gain popularity
Computer era mainly the reason
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak: Professional courses being run by universities in Haryana through the distance education mode appear to have gained popularity with the advent of the computer era.

Encouraged by the response to these courses, particularly computer courses, these universities Maharshi Dayanand University, Kurukshetra University and Guru Jambheshwar University plan to introduce new courses to provide greater options to candidates.

Although technically Maharshi Dayanand University is not introducing any new course from the current academic session, it started at least four new courses in January last. These courses are Advance P.G. Diploma in Computer Application (APGDCA), Advance Post-Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (APGDIT), M.Sc (Computer Science) and Bachelor in Computer Application (BCA).

According to official sources there is great rush for admission to these four new courses though the other professional courses run by this university have not attracted much candidates. Over 10,000 admission forms (prospectus) have been sold though the last date of admission has been extended to July 31.

Guru Jambheshwar University, though still facing teething problems, too, plans to start at least six new courses through distance education.

The new courses proposed by it include M.A. in Insurance, P.G. Diploma in Environmental Management, P.G. Diploma in Website Content Development and Cyber Journalism, BCA, BISC, Advance Diploma in E-Commerce and Diploma in Emerging Areas of Science and Technology Management.

Kurukshetra University, the oldest among the universities in Haryana, appears to be much ahead of Rohtak and the Guru Jambheshwar Universities in the field of launching the maximum course through distance education. The university is running at least 48 courses of one, two and three-year duration including professional courses in the field of computer, management, finance, marketing, tourism, hotelling, journalism, library and information science.

Some of these courses are being conducted in collaboration with Hartron, a Government of Haryana undertaking, and Zee Interactive Learning System (ZILS).

The Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, Mr R.S. Chaudhary, says the Directorate of Correspondence Courses of his university is the first in the country to have started two ‘OnLine’ courses of M.Sc Software and P.G. Diploma in Software in close coordination with ZILS.

Kurukshetra University plans to introduce seven new courses from the 2001-02 academic session. These courses include PG Diploma in Business Laws and Practice, P.G. Diploma in Copyright, Patent and Cyber Laws, PG Diploma in Computer Teaching, PG Diploma in Computer Science (Software), M.Sc Computer Science (Software), Master of Mass Communication and MA/M.Sc Geography (2-year).

Mr Chaudhary claims that his university is maintaining quality in distance education teaching. Timely supply of study material is ensured to the students.

Apart from course material, which is now supplied in book form, books by eminent authors, revision papers and old question papers are supplied.

He says the Directorate of Correspondence courses of Kurukshetra University proposes to construct its own block at the campus at a cost of over Rs 3 crore.

It will have computer laboratories and open class-rooms for candidates of distance education.

Mr Chaudhary says he plans to introduce P.G. Diploma in Computer Maintenance and Networking aimed at imparting training in computer repairs.

Though it is believed that computer courses have more employment potential, no university has conducted a survey to find out as to how many students may have got jobs.




Q I have come across a number of ads issued by consultants who are recruiting candidates for training as airhostesses. Are these genuine?

Prabhjot Kaur.

A While it's true that at times placement consultants are appointed to conduct the initial selection of cabin crew on behalf of the Airlines (mainly foreign ones), not all of them are genuine.

Beware of those that demand a fee in lieu of a job. Some of these are known to charge astronomical sums - in the region of 1 lakh and even more to get you a job in a "foreign" airline. That too in advance. Avoid them like the plague.

Similarly, watch out for those who claim to train or groom you for selection. Most of these, barring a few, will simply take you for a ride. The actual fact is that airlines prefer to train candidates at their own centres and in their own style at their own cost (either in India or abroad, depending on where they originate).

Also, when in doubt, do check-up with the Airline concerned to confirm whether they have indeed authorised the firm to recruit candidates on their behalf.

Q I have cleared Class XII (PCM) this year and am keen on doing a course in Aeronautical Engineering. Please advise.

Kuntal Baweja.

A Aeronautical Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of both commercial and military aircraft. A course in this branch of engineering encompasses a study of fluid dynamics, material science, structural analysis, propulsion and electronics. This course offers specialisation in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, propulsion, structures, celestial machines, acoustics and guidance and control systems.

After 10+2 (PCM), you can take up a course in Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering at the following institutes:

BE (4 years): Hindustan College of Engineering, Chennai (Univ of Madras). Eligibility: Class XII with Physics, Chemistry and Maths or Vocational Stream (Engineering & Technology) or Diploma in Engineering or BSc (Applied Sc).

BE (4 years): Park College of Engineering, Tirupur (Bharathiar Univ). Eligibility: 10+2 or equiv (acad/voc) with Physics, Chemistry, Math (70% agg).

BE (4 years): Punjab Engineering College (Panjab Univ), Chandigarh 160012. Eligibility: 10+2 with English, Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects. Selection Procedure: Entrance test.

BTech (3 years): Madras Institute of Technology (Anna University), Chromepet, Chennai 600044. Eligibility: BSc (10+2+3) with one main and two ancillary subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry with 70% aggregate in one attempt (50% for SC/ST). Age: Below 22 years (25 years for SC/ST). Selection Procedure: Based on merit in the qualifying exam and entrance test conducted by Anna University.

BTech (4 years): Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Mumbai, Kanpur, Chennai & Kharagpur.

Procedure: Entrance to IITs is through a common entrance test (IIT-JEE).

Admission details for the others will be available from the concerned institutes.

Associate Membership Exam of the Aeronautical Society of India. ASI conducts Associate Membership Examination twice a year. Sections A and B of this examination have been recognised by the Ministry of Education, at par with a Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from an Indian university for purposes of recruitment to superior posts and services under the Central Government. Hence aeronautical engineering can be studied at this Society through correspondence.

The exam consists of 3 parts - Studentship, Section A and Section B. The minimum educational qualification for appearing in the exam is a pass in Class X. Students who have cleared 10+2 with science subjects are eligible directly for Section A. For further information, you may contact the Aeronautical Society of India, 13-B, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi 110002.

Q I am a student of Class XI (medical) and wish to do BSc Nursing. Please provide information on the eligibility criteria, and the colleges that offer the course. Would it be a good career option to take up?

Shaina Gupta.

A Considering that the ratio of nurses to doctors in India is a pathetic 1 : 4, as compared to the international norm (i.e.., four nurses to a doctor), it's certainly a good choice. More so if you are temperamentally cut out for it. You also have the option to go in for further specialisation at the postgraduate level.

Listed below are some of the colleges offering BSc (Hons) Nursing: (The reservation quotas as per the government's directive apply. Selection is through an entrance test. Duration of the course is 4 years except for at IGNOU. Candidates should be medically fit.). The colleges are:

College of Nursing (affiliated to AIIMS), Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029. Eligibility: Females. Class XII with PCB and English and with 55% aggregate (50% for SC/ST). Candidates should have a working knowledge of Hindi.

Ahilya Bai College of Nursing (University of Delhi), Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi 110002. Eligibility: Class XII with PCB and English (core/elective) securing 50% aggregate.

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing (affiliated to University of Delhi), Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi 110024. Eligibility: Females. Class XII with 50% aggregate (45% for SC/ST) in PCB and English with a pass in each subject separately.

School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068. Course: BSc (Nursing) (Corresp). Duration: 3 years. Eligibility: Class XII with 3-year Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery with 2-year work exp or Class X with 3-year Diploma in General Nursing with 5-year work exp.

Rufaida College of Nursing (affiliated to Jamia Hamdard), Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi 110062.

Eligibility: Unmarried women. Class XII with 50% aggregate in PCB.

College of Nursing, PGI, Chandigarh 160012. Eligibility: Unmarried women. Class XII with PCBE.

College of Nursing, CRP Lines, Indore 452001. Eligibility: Class XII with PCBE.

Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Nursing, Katraj-Dhankawadi, Pune 411043. Eligibility: Class XII or equivalent exam with 50% marks in PCBE taken together in one attempt.

College of Nursing, AFMC, Pune 416410. Eligibility: Single women. Class XII with 50% marks as a regular student only.

College of Nursing, (Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences), Kotkapura Road, Muktsar 152026. Eligibility: Class XII or equivalent exam with 50% marks (45% for ST/SC) in PCBE taken together in one attempt.

College of Nursing, (Christian Medical College & Hospital), Ludhiana 141008. Eligibility: Class XII with PCBE. Domicile certificate required.

College of Nursing, Medical College Campus, Kanpur 208002. Eligibility: Inter or Equivalent with 45% marks in Science subjects (Bio.)

Q I have taken admission in BSc (Maths) in Chandigarh. (I had got a 95% in Maths in Class XII and a 97% in Class X). Could you please describe the prospects in this field as I am not too interested in entering the teaching line?

Manisha Verma.

A Career opportunities are wide and varied for those specialising in Mathematics. Moreover, the skills you develop while studying for a maths degree - such as the ability to think logically and methodically - are great assets in any profession.

Some of the careers where a mathematical background is particularly valued are:

Accountancy, actuarial work (insurance), taxation, management, software programming, finance, operations research, market research, and media planning.

Another growth area lies in the banking and financial services sector where the work centres on portfolio management, financial control methods and forecasting.

Those specialising in mathematics also work as members of research teams in industry, meteorology, information technology, aerospace, bioinformatics etc.

Of course there is always the academics and competitive exams option to consider.

Q I am going to complete my BCA in 2002 and am keen on doing a course in International Business from a prestigious institute. Could you please tell me about the courses offered by IIFT?

Gursimrin Kaur.

A The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi, established by the Govt. of India is India's premier international business institute.

IIFT offers an array of full-time and short-term programmes for those seeking professional degrees, mid-career executives and government officers from India and abroad. These include a full-time 2-year Master's Programme in International Business.

The eligibility is graduation or postgraduation (50% agg). There is no age limit. Selection is through an entrance test, group discussion and interview.

The other short-term courses are mainly meant for working executives, self-employed individuals and officers involved in international trade. The dates for short-term courses are notified from time to time. These courses include:

Certificate in Export Marketing (Evening). Duration: 4 months.

Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade. Duration: 6 months.

Executive Master's in International Trade. Duration: 11 months

Certificate in International Business Language (Evening). Duration: One semester (5 months).

Certificate in International Trade Logistics. Duration: 4 months.

After completing their course, students are assisted with job placements.

For further information and calender of courses you may contact:

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIFT Bhawan, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016.

Q I have completed my graduation in Political Science and am keen on becoming a Sub-Inspector. Could you please tell me about the eligibility criteria and the selection procedure?

Lalit Kumar Sharma.

A combined competitive exam is held by the Staff Selection Commission for recruitment of Sub-Inspectors (SIs) to the following categories of posts:

Category A: Sub-Inspector (Executive) in the State Police.

Category B: Sub-Inspector of Police in Central Bureau of Investigation.

Category C: Sub-Inspector/Platoon Commander in Border Security Force.

Category D: Sub-Inspector in Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

Category E: Sub-Inspector in Central Reserve Police Force.

Category F: Sub-Inspector in Central Industrial Security Force.

Graduates in any discipline and those between 20-25 years of age are eligible to take the Sub-Inspectors Examination.

A desirable qualification for SIs in Central Police Organisations is possession of NCC 'B' or 'C' Certificate.

Candidates are also required to meet certain physical standards. Selection is through the written exam and interview. For further information, you may contact:

Staff Selection Commission, Block No. 12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003.



Admission deadline

Distance Education

Jul 31 School of Distance Education, Bharathiar University Coimbatore-641046.

(1) BCA, PGDCA (1 yr)

(2) MSc, MA (Sociology, Appl Psychology) MCom, MSc (2 yrs)

(3) BCA, BBM, BCom (Comp Appl) BSc (Comp Sc) (3 yrs)

Appln F: Send Rs 50/- by DD favouring "The Director School of Distance Education", payable at Coimbatore along with stamped (Rs 12/-), self-addressed envelope (24 x 30 cm) to the above address.

Aug 17 Directorate of Distance Continuing Education, Utkal University, Vanivihar, Bhubaneshwar-751004.


BSc Info Tech & Mgmt (3 yrs)

Elig: 10+2 or equiv/diploma (3 yrs).

Appln F: At counter: Rs. 100/- (cash). For details see website.

Aug 31 Directorate of Distance Education, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar-125001 (Har), (In assocn with Aptech Computer Educn).

(1) BCA (3 yrs)

(2) PGD e-Com (1 yr)

(3) Advanced Diploma in Web Programming (1 yr)

(4) Diploma in Computing (1 sem)

Elig: (1), (3) & (4): 10+2 (with/without Maths). (2): Bachelor's degree.

Appln F: Send Rs 125/- by DD favouring "Director, Distance Education", to the above address. At counter: Rs. 100/- (cash).

Sep 30 Guru Ghasidas University, Instt of Distance Educn, Bilaspur 495009 (Chhatisgarh).

(1) BCA, BBA, BSc IT (3 yrs)

(2) BJMC, B Lib ISc (1 yrs)

(3) PG Diploma: IT, Comp Appl, e-Comm; Software Engg; Business Mgmt; Mktg Mgmt; Indl Relations, LW&PM (1 yr)

(4) MLibISc (1 yr)

Elig: (1): 10+2 (2) & (3): Bachelor's degree. (4): BLib ISc.

Appln F: Send Rs 160/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Ghasidas University", to the above address. At counter: Rs. 130/- (cash).


Aug 14 Regional Engineering College Kurukshetra-136119. (Har)


(1) Civil (Soil Mechanics & Foundation, Structural, Water Resources);

(2) Electrical (Control Syst, Power Syst);

(3) Mech

(4) Electron & Commun

(5) Instrumentation

Appln F: Send Rs 750/- by DD favouring "Principal, REC, Kurukshetra", payable at Kurukshetra, to the above address. At counter: Rs 700/- (cash).

Jul 30 Indian Institute of Fire Engineering, Iqbal Manzil, Near SBI, Chaoni, Katol Rd, Nagpur-440013 (Directorate of Tech Educn, Govt of Maharastra)

(1) Advance Diploma in Fire Safety Engg; Post Diploma Fire Engg

(2) Advance Diploma in Industrial Safety

(3) Diploma in Fire Safety Engg (1 yr)

(4) Certificate in Fire Safety Engg (6 mths)

Elig: (1): BE/BTech/BSc OR Diploma Engg/Tech of MSBTE or equiv OR Bachelor's degree (40% agg) (plus 2 yrs exp in fire field). (2): Degree/Dip Engg/Tech OR BSc Phy/Chem (2 yrs exp in Mfg/Maintenance, Safety, Research, Training, Safety Admin). (3): 10+2/ITI. (4): Class 10.

Appln F: Send Rs 150/- by DD favouring "Director, IIFE", payable at Nagpur, to the above address. For details see Employment News 7-13 July.

Library Sc

Deptt of Library & Information Sc, Tutorial Building, Delhi-110007 (University of Delhi).

Jul 19 (1) Master of Lib & Info Sc

Jul 25 (2) Bachelor's of Lib Sc

Aug 7 (3) MPhil

Elig: (1): B Lib Sc/BLI Sc. (50% agg). (2): Bachelor's degree (50% agg). (3): Masters degree Lib Sc/Lib & Info Sc (55% agg).

Appln 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 16 College of Applied Education & Health Sciences, Gangotri, Roorkee Road, Meerut 250005 (UP). (Ch Charan Singh University)

(1) Bachelor's in Med Lab Tech (BMLT) (3 yrs)

(2) Radio Diagnosis & Imaging Tech (BRDIT) (3 yrs)

(3) Physiotherapy (BPT) (4 yrs)

Elig: For 3: 10+2 PCB (45% agg). For 1 & 2: 10+2 PCM/PCB.

Appln F: Send Rs 250/- by DD favouring "College of Applied Education & Health Sciences, Meerut", along with stamped (Rs 35/-), self-addressed envelope to the Coordinator (admissions) at the above address. At counter: Rs. 250/- (cash).

Jul 24 Punjab Technical University, GT Road, Jalandhar-144011.

BPharma (4 yrs)

Elig: 10+2 PCB/M (50% agg)/DPharmacy (50% agg)

Appln F: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring "Registrar, PTU", payable at Jalandhar to the above address. At counter: Rs 400/- (cash).

Aug 7 School of Nursing, Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals, New Delhi-110001.

Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery (3 yrs)

Elig: Unmarried females, widows & divorcees below 22 yrs with 10+2 (50% agg). (preferably with Sc subjs.

Selection: Written test/Interview

Appln F: Send Rs 35/- by DD favouring "Principal & Medical Superintendent", at the above address. At counter: Rs. 35/- (by DD).

Physical Science

Jul 25 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, R-11, Trombay, Mumbai-400085.

MSc Post Diploma in Radiological Physics (1 yr)

Elig: Masters degree in Physics (60% agg). Age: Below 40 yrs.

Stipend: Rs 1500/- pm.

Appln F: See leading newspapers.

Social Sciences

Jul 24 Deptt of Social Work, University of Delhi, 3 University Road, Delhi-110007.

MPhil, PhD in Social Work

Test: 31 July MPhil:

Appln F: Send Rs 250/- by DD favouring "Department of Social Work", to the H/o Deptt at the above address. At counter: Rs 200/- (cash). For details see prospectus.


Jul 31 Chatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur 208024 (UP).


(1) BCA (3 yrs)

(2) MCA (3 yrs)

(3) Masters in Tourism Mgmt (2 yrs)

(4) MSc: Biotech, Environ Sc, Microbiol (2 yrs)

Elig: (1): 10+2 with Maths (45% agg). (2): Bachelor's Degree with Maths/Stats (45% agg). (3): Bachelor's Degree (45% agg). (4): Bachelor's Degree (45% agg).

Test: 16-17 Aug.

Appln F: See website.

Unless otherwise specified, the dates mentioned above are deadlines for receipt of completed application forms.


Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Sector-1, Block-AF, Bidhannagar, Kolkata-700064 (D/o Atomic energy, GoI).

Junior Research Fellowship in Physical & Biophysical Sciences 2001-02


(1) Physics

(2) Biophysical Sc

Elig: For (1): Masters Degree in Physics OR Applied Mathematics Engineering Sc/Tech. For (2): Masters Degree in Physics OR Biophysics/Molecular Bio/ Biotech/ Crystallography/Chem/Bio Chem (Maths & Phy at UG level)

NET qualification mandatory for (1) & (2).

AppIn F: See Employment News: 23-29 June.


Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahajahan Road, New Delhi-110011.


Special Class Railway Apprentices Exams 2001

Elig: 10+2 maths & Phy/Chemistry (1 Div). Age: below 21 yrs.

AppIn F: For details visit website.

Unless otherwise specified, the dates mentioned above are deadlines for receipt of completed application forms.



Lesson in English
By W.L. Gordon

Words often misused:
Distinguish between FLOUT (to treat with contemptuous disregard) and FLAUNT (to make a show of). E.g. "He FLOUTed the edicts of the court." "He continually FLAUNTed his new title."

Often mispronounced:
Chicanery. Pronounced "shi-kain-er-i" with an accent on the second syallable.

Often misspelled:
Disassemble (to take apart)

Dissemble (to feign)

Impudence (noun) — assurance, boldness, effrontery, impertinence, insolence, pertness, rudeness, bravado.

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: RETROGRESS (verb) — to revert to an earlier state.

E.g. "Some people retrogress mentally from routine and drudgery."



Why do we say that?

The Jeep

The Jeep is, of course, the amazing four-wheel drive vehicle which is now popular all over the world.

The vehicle was designed in the United States during World War II and listed by the army as a GP — general purpose — vehicle. The initials GP rapidly became the word ‘Jeep’.

The army is also responsible for another well-worn word in the trucking world, DERV — for use in a Diesel Engine Road Vehicle. Asia Features