EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India

Mathematics Olympiad
Vishal Gulati

OR high school students who have a love for maths, here is a chance to prove their prowess along with students of 76 countries at a mega international event to be held in July, 2002, in the UK.

Pervin Malhotra, tribuneís career expert answers all your career queries.






Mathematics Olympiad
Vishal Gulati

FOR high school students who have a love for maths, here is a chance to prove their prowess along with students of 76 countries at a mega international event to be held in July, 2002, in the UK.

The event, the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), offers the students an opportunity to assess their performance in a test environment that is stimulating but non-threatening and leads to international recognition. No formal education at the university level is required. Problems come from various areas of mathematics, which requires exceptional mathematical ability.

What is the olympiad activity in India? Every year regional-level tests are held to select students for participating in the national contest, Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO). The country is divided into 18 regions. Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Chandigarh comprise one region. This year the screening test for regional-level olympiad, will be held on September 30 at the Department of Mathematics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, MD University, Rohtak, Jammu University, Jammu, Punjabi University, Patiala, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, SD College (Ludhiana), PG Government College (Hoshiarpur), Dr B.R. Ambedkar Regional Engineering College (Jalandhar), Government Rajindra College (Bathinda) and DAV College (Kangra). After the screening test, 75 students will be shortlisted who will be given a three-day training at Panjab University in November. Finally, they will appear in the regional-level test in December.

At least 30 top scorers from each region have been invited by the National Board of Higher Mathematics for the national exam, INMO, on the first Sunday of February. After that 30 will be shortlisted for an intensive four-week training camp in problem solving. Finally, a team of six students will be selected for the IMO. The competition is open to students of Class XII. However, students of Class X can also apply. The aspirants are required to apply through their respective principals to the coordinator of their respective university or institute. The last date is September 26.



Pervin Malhotra, tribuneís career expert answers all your career queries.

Please tell me the universities that offer LLB through correspondence.

Q I am very eager to do LLB, but due to certain professional priorities I want to do it through correspondence. So please list the universities offering the course through correspondence.

Monika Thakur, HP

Neither IGNOU nor any other university offers a full-fledged 3-yr LLB through correspondence. However, the following law courses can be done through correspondence:

Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalinagar 608002. Courses: Bachelor of Academic Laws (3yrs) and Bachelor of General Laws (2yrs).

University Of Jammu, Directorate of Distance Education, New Campus, Jammu 180006. Course: LLB (Academic) (2yrs).

Kakatitya University, School of Distance Learning & Continuing Education, Warangal 506009. Course: Bachelor of General Laws (2yrs).

University Of Kashmir, Deptt. of Distance Education, Hazratbal Srinagar 190006. Course: LLB (Academic) (2yrs).

Madurai Kamraj University, Directorate of Distance Education, Palkalainagar, Madurai 625021. Course: Bachelor of General Laws (2yrs).

Unfortunately, due to statutory requirements, these courses are not recognised by the Bar Council of India and you will not be able to practice in a court of law after doing these courses.

Q I am in government job. I want to do BEd through correspondence and have no prior teaching experience. Please advise.

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. Kurukshetra University, Department of Distance Education, Kurukshetra 132119, Haryana.

Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 124001, Haryana. Punjabi University, Directorate of Correspondence Courses, Patiala 147002, Punjab.

Q I am a science student studying in Class XII. Can you tell me where I can study biotechnology at UG level?

Joginder Kumar, Hamirpur (HP)

A If you are interested in the nature of life and living things, if you have an aptitude for research oriented work and a scientific bent of mind i.e. you are methodical, observant, imaginative and creative, you may want to explore this exciting and future-positive career option.

I am listing some of the most prestigious courses in Biotechnology offered in India. While the BSc, BE/BTech and Integrated MTech courses can be undertaken straight after 10+2.

After BSc in any of the scientific disciplines: Biology, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Fisheries, Pharmaceutical Science and even Chemistry, Engi neering or Medicine, you may apply for a PG course in Biotechnology.


Kakatiya University Osmania University University of Chennai Patna University Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Noida

BTech Biotechnology/Bio-Medical Engg (4 yrs)

Bharathidasan Institute of Engineering & Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620024 (Bioengineering & Technology).

Guru Nanak Dev University (Bio-Engineering) Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal 576119 (BE Bio-med Engg) KLE Societyís College of Engineering & Technology, Udyambag, Belgaum 590008. (BE Bio-med Engg)

Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara, Ernakulam 682021 (BTech Bio-med Engg)

Dwarkadas J Sanghvi College of Engineering, Vile Parle, Mumbai 400056. (Bio-med Engg)

Mahatma Gandhi Missionís College of Engineering & Technology, Navi Mumbai 410209. (BE Bio-med Engg) Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050 (BE Bio-med Engg)

MTech (integrated)

IIT, Delhi: Course: Integrated 5-yr MTech programme in Biotechnology

IIT, Kharagpur: Course: Integrated 5Ĺ-yr MTech programme in Biotechnology.

Admission to both IIT programmes is through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). While IIT, Delhi requires 10+2 (PCM), IIT, Kharagpur requires (PCMB). The seats are limited to 30. The IITs also offer an MS in Biotechnoligy (20 seats) Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. Course: Integrated MTech (5Ĺ yrs)

Q I had completed BA part II in 1995. Now I want to complete my BA but HPU, Shimla, isnít allowing me to do so. Is there any other university which allows students to complete their IIIrd yr?

Ravinder Singh, Shimla

A As per the IGNOU prospectus, BA offers a provision for students of other universities to continue their regular courses in the equivalent correspondence course offered by IGNOU. However I quote from the IGNOU prospectus.

Credit Transfer: "Credit transfer" means allowing a student of another university to get admitted to IGNOU for completing any equivalent degree/diploma programme on the basis of credits obtained by him in that university. A student thus admitted need not write IGNOU examinations for such courses which are found equivalent to and for which appropriate credits would be deemed to have been acquired for and purposes of fulfilling the IGNOU requirements for award of a degree/diploma.

Eligibility: The credit transfer scheme is applicable to those candidates who have not completed their degree from any other recognised university, yet willing to complete through IGNOU as per rules provided.

Also, I have heard that thereís a similar provision for DU correspondence courses, the details of which can be acquired from the school itself.

Credit transfer can be done on the basis of individual subjects and not on the basis of year-to-year subjects as in conventional institutions.

In order to get a degree/diploma from IGNOU, a student must earn at least 50% credits from IGNOU. The degree certificate/mark list given would specifically indicate credits earned from IGNOU and from other institution.

All applications for credit transfer must be addressed to the Deputy Registrar, SR & E Block-3, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, enclosing a DD of Rs. 50/- per subject drawn in favour of IGNOU, payable at New Delhi. You must also enclose attested copies of your mark sheet as well as an attested copy of the syllabus covered by the university.




Armed Forces

Oct 08 Indian Air Force, Central Airmen Selection Board, Post Box No 11807, New Delhi-110010.


Airman in Technical (Inter) Trades

Elig: 10+2 (Eng, Maths & Physics, 50% agg) or Dip (Mech/Electl/Electron/
Auto/Comp Sc/Instru Tech, 3-yr). Age: below 20 yrs.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to above address.

Details: See Employment News 08-14 Sep or website.

Distance Education

Sep 15 Guru Jambheshwar University, Directorate of Distance
Education, Hisar-125001 (Har).

(1) BBA (3-yr)
(2) Bachelor of Mass Comm (1-yr)

(3) Master of Mass Comm (2-yr)
(4) Master In Insurance Business (2-yr)
(5) PG Diploma in Taxation (1-yr)
(6) PG Diploma in Environ Mgmt

Elig: (1): 10+2 (40% agg); (2): Bachelorís Degree; (3): Bachelorís Degree with 1 yr study of Mass Comm/Journ/PR/Advtg; (4) & (5): Bachelorís/Masterís Degree/Fellow of ICSI/ICAI/ICFAI/ICWAI; (6): Bachelorís Degree (40% agg), with Sc in 10+2.

Appln F: Send Rs 130/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Jambheshwar University" payable at Hisar with self-addressed envelope (25 x 30 cm) to the above address. At counter (Univ/Nodal Centers): Rs 100/- (cash).

Oct 06 A P S University, Distance Education Centre, Rewa-486003 (MP).
Ph: 30441/30050

(1) BLiSc (1-yr);

(2) Bachelor Journalism & Mass Comm (1-yr);

(3) PG Diploma in Environ Impact Assessment/Pollution Mgt (1-yr)

(4) PGDCA (18 mths)

Elig: (1), (2) & (4): Bachelorís Degree; (3): Bachelorís in Sc/Engg/Med/Agri.

Appln F: Send Rs 150/- by DD favouring Director, Distance Education Centre, APS University, Rewa. At study centre: Rs 150/- (cash).

Details: See Employment News 08-14 Sep.

Oct 12 Bharathiar University, School of Distance Education, Coimbatore-641046 (TN).

(1) BBM (6 sem)

(2) BCom Comp Appln (6 sem)

(3) BCA (6 sem)

(4) BSc Dual (2 sem)

(5) BSc Comp Sc (6 sem)

(6) PGDCA (1-yr)

(7) MA Sociol (2-yr)

(8) MCom (2-yr)

(9) MSc Appl Psycho (2-yr)/Info Sc & Mgt (4 sem)

(10) MSc Comp Sc (2-yr)

(11) MBA (6 sem)

(12) MCA (6 sem)

Elig: (1), (2) & (3): HSC; (5): HSC/Dip in Engg (3 yr)/; (4), (6), (7), (9) & (11): Bachelorís degree; (8): Bachelorís in Comm/Mgt/Corp Secretaryship/Banking/Eco & Stats; (10): BSc (Comp Sc)/Electron/Appld Sc/Comp Tech; (12): PGDCA/Bachelorís Degree (Engg, Maths, Stats, Comp Sc, Appl Sc)/ Bachelorís Degree (Phy, Chem, Com, Business Mgt/Admin, with Maths for 1-yr or 2 sems).

Appln F: Send Rs. 75/- by DD favouring "Director, School of Distance Education, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore", alongwith a self-addressed envelope (24 cm x 30 cm). At BOI, Univ Branch: Rs.50/-(cash).


Nov 09 IITs, IISC Bangalore.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE, Feb 10) -2002
(For admission to PG courses in colleges & instts with MHRD Scholarship/Assistanship for Engg/Tech/Arch/Pharm)

Elig: BE/BTech/BArch/BPharm or Masterís Degree in Sc/Maths/Stats/Comp Appln with Maths at Bachelorísor students of post BSc Tech courses (2nd yr).

Appln F: Send Rs. 1,000/- by DD favouring the Institute in which admission is sought, along with 2 self-addressed slips, to the Chairman, GATE at the concerned institute. At specified SBI/Canara Bank branches: Rs 1000/-(cash).

Details: See Employment News 08-14 Sep or website.

Nov 16 IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai-400076 (Mah).

Ph: 022-5724054/5767068


Master of Design (2-yr)

Elig: BE/BArch/CEPT/BFA/GD Art/Proff Dip (NID).

Selectn: CEED: (03 Feb).

Appln F: Send Rs 1000/- by crossed DD favouring "Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay" payable at Mumbai along with 2 self-addressed slips (6 cm x 8 cm) to the Chairman, GATE at the above address.




1. In which year was the construction of the World Trade Center towers completed?

2. Which structure is said to be the world's largest office building?

3. In which year did the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour take place?

4. Where are Petronas Twin Towers situated?

5. What is the name of Osama bin Laden's terrorist outfit?

6. Which country recently cancelled its month-long cricket tour to Pakistan in the wake of terrorist attacks on US cities?

7. Who recently won the coveted Golden Lion Award for best picture at the 58th Venice Film Festival?

8. Which leading computer firm was recently taken over by Hewlett Packard company for $ 25 billion?

9. Who was recently elected Prime Minister of Fiji?

10. By what name are the Great Hungarian Plains, designated as a specially protected zone and a world heritage area by UNESCO, known?

11. Expand Nalco.

12. Which world heritage monument in Orissa is going to be conserved and developed by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)?

13. Who won this year's men's US Open singles tennis title?

14. Who won this year's women's US Open singles tennis title?

15. In which year did two sisters clash in a Grand Slam final for the first time in tennis history?

Name.............................Class... School address......................

Winners of quiz 139. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Deepak Gupta, XI, Commerce, DAV English Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula.

Second: Kush Sharma, VIII-B, Mount Carmel School, Rakkar Colony, Una (HP)-174303. Third: Nitin Munjal, X-C, Campus School, CCS HAU, Hisar-125004.

Answers to quiz 139: Durban, Dr Christian Barnard, Irene Zubaida Khan, 1948, Cotton, 2002, National Development Council, Fred Hoyle, China, Madhya Pradesh, Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited, Brasilia, Brisbane, Beijing, Pakistan and Australia.

Cash awards of Rs 400, 300 and 200 are given to the first, second and third prize winners, respectively. These are sent at the school address.

ó Tarun Sharma