|EDUCATION TRIBUNE||Tuesday, October 16, Chandigarh, India|
Tuition menace worries eminent scientist
Tuition menace worries eminent scientist
Prof Kuldip Singh Dhindsa, a senior scientist at Haryana Agricultural University, has emphasised the need for constantly upgrading and modernising teachersí knowledge of science in view of new developments and research.
At a UGC-sponsored refresher course in Chemistry at Rohtak recently he came down heavily on the menace of tuitions and observed that it was a reflection on the poor performance of teachers in classrooms. If the teachers discharged their duties sincerely in schools and colleges, there would be no need for extra coaching, he argued.
Prof Dhindsa criticised the concept of entrance tests, terming these as a symbol of disbelief in the examinations of sister universities/ boards. He termed such tests as anti-poor and anti-rural students.
According to Dr Dhindsa, the tests were a tool to debar the poor ruralities from gaining entry into privileged courses. Elaborating the point, he said in rural areas there were no coaching centres to provide training for entrance tests, whereas the poor in towns and cities could ill afford their exorbitant fees.
Prof Dhindsa said complex concepts of science should be corelated with examples from day-to-day life so as to make these interesting. Benefits of developments in science should be harnessed in terms of new technologies aimed at improving the quality of life.
Dr Dhindsa, himself an internationally renowned and highly decorated scientist, pleaded for flexibility in courses and curricula to meet the challenges of emerging disciplines and inter-disciplinary subjects. An inter-active mechanism should be established among school, college and university teachers, he stressed.
At least 50 teachers from various colleges in Haryana participating in the refresher course which concludes on October 10. The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Mr J.K. Sharma, inaugurated the refresher course in the absence of the vice-Chancellor.
Q I wish to become an Income Tax or Central Excise Officer. Please let me know the selection procedure and eligibility for recruitment.
A If you want to become an Income Tax Officer or Central Excise Officer, you should first take the Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC. In Civil Services, both the posts are those of a Group A officer. The maximum age limit for this exam (for general candidates) is 30 years, eligibility being Bachelorís Degree.
Be on the look out for the UPSC advertisement in Employment News in December. You could also take the exams for Inspectors of Central Excise, Income Tax, etc. conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. For this the eligibility is a Bachelorís Degree and the maximum age limit is 25 years.
Security & money
Q Due to some unavoidable circumstances I had to take up whatever jobs came my way straight after graduation. Now I wish to build a proper career, even if it means taking up higher studies. Which field will offer lifelong security and money till I retire?
A At a time when rapid technological changes are continuously throwing up new jobs while rendering several others redundant, surely you donít expect me to predict which industries will continue to boom over the next 20 years!
Instead of looking for long term security which is an elusive proposition in this age of obsolescence, why not train for something you love? Your best hope for prospering over time is to find the line of work that really fires your imagination - for the very obvious reason that if you arenít enthused about what you do, you wonít be able to compete with those who are.
Why not look afresh at the various jobs you have done in the past. Perhaps one of those fields interests you enough. Or it may be something completely different.
Only if you are passionate about something will you go that "extra" mile or do that "extra" bit to come up with the best solutions.
If you are looking for a real stable future donít look at what jobs are currently "hot" or "in" but at what really interests you. And if you are interested in a career in Advertising, for instance, donít look at courses in insurance or vice-versa. I know this may sound very obvious. But, how many of us have ended up doing just that? Do make your second choice count - for you.
Q What are the responsibilities of the housekeeping department in a hotel? Does it involve menial work?
Sudhir Nangia, Kaithal
A No work is menial. As far as housekeeping is concerned, it is the backbone of a hotel. The housekeeping department is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the entire hotel. One of the first impressions a guest forms when he walks into a hotel is a reflection on the housekeeping department - how clean, spic-ín-span and well maintained the surroundings are. No hotel can function without this department because it oversees everything from guest rooms, public areas, laundry, linen, horticulture and flower arrangement, and maintenance housekeeping machinery which is now becoming increasingly high-tech.
Earlier, considered a back-of-the-house operation, the perception of housekeeping has undergone a sea change. Now, not just managers and supervisors, but staff at all levels including Housekeepers are being encouraged to interact with guests.
Since the feedback they receive is first-hand, it helps the management to respond promptly to the guestís requirements. This also helps update guest history more accurately.
Increasingly more responsibilities are being delegated to the housekeepers who are being groomed as guest service agents.
Q Iím a student of Class XII. I want to build a career in environmental science. What are the prospects in this field? Please name institutions which offer this course.
A In the West, particularly in countries like the US and Germany, environmental scientists are very highly paid and have tremendous career prospects. In India, although there are specialized courses in environment, vacancies requiring such specialists are few and very competitive as of now. However, with increasing environmental awareness, the scope in this field is increasing. The scope varies from teaching and research, engineering and journalism to active social work.
Environmental Sc is generally taught as an MSc level programme and therefore a Bachelorís Degree in any discipline of science is an essential pre-requisite.
Over thirty universities offer MSc in Environmental Science. You could consider the following universities that are located in the North:
The eligibility for all these courses is BSc. At the undergraduate level you can do BSc with Environment Science as one of the subjects.
Q I want to be a correspondent for an international news agency. Could you please tell me about the minimum qualifications and the selection procedure?
Rohit Bajaj, Patiala
A Itís easier to be assigned as a Correspondent in a foreign news agency if you have worked as a Special Correspondent in a leading newspaper has.
That you must possess sharp journalistic skills goes without saying. In addition you must also have domain expertise in a particular field i.e. international affairs, economics or business.
You could either be on the look out for job advertisements in the press or on the web or submit your bio-data directly to the leading news agencies.
Q My son has passed Class XII (PCB). He could not clear any of the competitive exams. Should he join regular coaching classes and in case he enrols for BSc, will he be able to prepare well for the PMT exam?
A As compared to postal coaching, many students prefer regular coaching classes, as they allow for face-to-face interaction with teachers and colleagues to clarify oneís doubts and queries. Also, since the syllabus is very vast, a good coaching class can help you focus your effort on the key issues, so that you donít get lost.
Besides, studying in a group tends to keep the student motivated and focused. However, if the classes are inconveniently scheduled or located and involve long commuting time, you may need to think twice. Besides, you must be very sure of the standard of the institution and its track-record. A fair amount of coaching is also now available on the net.
As for preparing for the PMT exam while simultaneously doing his BSc course, it will entirely depend on your sonís ability to cope with the tight schedule. Balancing the two is no doubt tough, but it is a Ďsafeí option. The competition for PMT being acute, it makes sense to have a fall-back option, just in case he doesnít make it.
Dec 15 Army Welfare Education Society, 153, Kashmir House, Rajaji Marg, New Delhi 110011.
Written Admission Test 2002 for:
(1) MBA (2-yr); (2) MCA (3-yr) at National Institute of Management, Kolkata (affiliated to West Bengal University of Tech). Website: www.nimcal.ac.in;
(3) MBA (2-yr, FT); (4) MBA (3-yr, DL); (5) PGDMM (1-yr, FT) at Faculty of Management Studies, Jabalpur. Website: www.cmmfoms.com; (6) BEd (1-yr, FT) at Army Centre of Education, MP (affiliated to Barkatullah Univ).
Elig: (1, 3, 4 & 5): Bachelorís Degree (50% agg); (2): Bachelorís Degree (50% agg with Maths at 10+2); (6): Bachelorís Degree (45% agg).
Test: At 19 centres including Bílore, Chennai, Del, Kolkata.
Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring the institute where course is to be pursued and payable at the location of the institute.
Art & Design
Nov 30 National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380007.
∑ Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (4-yr)
(Industrial, Exhibition, Communication, Textile & Apparel)
∑ PG Diploma in Design (2Ĺ-yr)
Industrial Design: (1) Product; (2) Furniture & Interior; (3) Cermaic; (4) Toy.
Communication Design: (5) Graphic; (6) Animation Film; (7) Film & Video Comm; (8) New Media.
Textile & Apparel: (9) Textile; (10) Apparel; (11) Lifestyle Products & Accessory Desg.
Elig: GDPD: 10+2. Age: below 22 yrs; PGDPD: See Website.
Selectn: Test (GDPD: 6 Jan, PGDPD: 5 Jan) followed by workshop & Interview at 8 centres including Bílore, Kolk & Del.
Appln F: Send Rs. 650/- by DD favouring "NID" payable at Ahmedabad with self-add, stamped (Rs. 12/-) envelope (25 cm x 12 cm) superscribing "Admissions" on the envelope or download from website. At Bank of India Branches: Rs. 670/- (cash). Chand (Sector-17).
Oct 29 Staff Selection Commission, Block No. 12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003.
Clerks Grade Departmental Exam (for Gr ĎDí staff only) 2001
Elig: Matric. Age: below 50 yrs.
Exam: Dec 16, at 9 centres including Bílore, Cal, Del, Chígarh.
Appln F: See Employment News 6-12 Oct.
Nov 02 IIT-Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076.
PhD: 1) Aerospace, Chemical , Civil, Computer Sc & Engg, Electrical, Mechanical and Metallurgical Engg and Materials Sc
2) Chemistry, Earth Sc, Maths, Phy, Biotech
3) Humanities & Social Sc (Eco, Psycho, Philo, Eng, Sociol)
4) Biomed Engg, Corrosion Sc & Engg, Energy Systems Engg, Environ Sc & Engg, Indstl Engg & Oper Res, Reliability Engg, Syst & Control Engg
5) School of Mgmt & School of Info Tech.
Elig: Given in brochure.
Appln F: Send Rs. 300 by DD favouring "Registrar, IIT Bombay" payable at Mumbai, with self-add, stamped (Rs. 15/-), envelope (27 cm x 12 cm). Separate appln forms for separate disciplines.
Nov 10 IIT, Kanpur 208016, (UP).
PhD (Engg): Aerospace, Chem, Civil, Comp Sc & Engg, Electrical, Indus & Mgmt, Materials & Metallurgical, Materials Sc
PhD (Sc): Math, Phy, Stats
PhD (Hum & Social Sc): Eco, Eng (Lit & Ling), Philo, Psycho & Sociol
MTech: Materials & Metallurgical Engg, Materials Sc
Elig: PhD: MTech/ME/MSc/ MA in the relevant area. BE/BTech with valid GATE score. PhD (Sc & HSS) with valid GATE/UGC/CSIR score.
MTech: BE/BTech (Engg)/MSc & GATE score.
Appln F: Send request to the Asstt Registrar (Academic) along with stamped (Rs. 20/-) self-addressed sturdy cloth-lined envelope (23 cm x 17 cm) to the above add specifying the programme applied for or download from website. Separate appln forms for each programme.
Dec 15 National Law University, Administrative Block, New Campus, JNV University, Pali Road, Jodhpur 342001 (Raj).
Ph: (0291) 747883, 765
National Entrance Test 2002
For admission to: Integrated UG, PG & Research Law courses PG Courses: 1) MBA LLM (6 - sem), 2) PG Program in Constitutional Governance (4 - sem), 3) PG Program in Intellectual Property (4 - sem),
4) MBA MBL (6 - sem).
Elig: UG Courses: 10+2 (50% agg); PG Courses: 1) & 2): LLB; 3): BSc LLB; 4): Bachelorís Degree. Test: 26 Jan.
Appln F: Send Rs 1000/- by DD favouring "The Registrar, NLU, Jodhpur" to the above add. At State Bank of Patiala, Jodhpur: Rs 1000/- (cash).
Lesson in English
It is much better to say, "In what PART of the state does he live?"
Putrefy ó observe the "e".
Todayís word: MERCURIAL (adj) ó quick-changing; volatile, lively. Accent on the second syllable.
1. Name this yearís Nobel Literature Prize winner.
2. Who has won this yearís Nobel Peace Prize?
3. For how many fields is the Nobel Prize given?
4. Who has been appointed the new Chief Justice of India?
5. Who has taken over as the countryís first-ever Chief of Integrated Defence Staff?
6. Name the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
7. In which year was the Indian Air Force(IAF) officially established?
8. Which oldest interceptor and ground attack aircraft was recently taken off its fleet by the IAF?
9. When is the World Mental Health Day observed?
10. Who has been sworn in as Bangladeshís new Prime Minister?
11. In which state is Hemkund Sahib situated?
12. Expand NDDB.
13. What is the capital of Ireland?
14. What is the Test batting average of Graeme Pollock?
15. Which country recently beat Oman in an Asian qualifier to get its maiden entry into the World Cup soccer tournament?
Winners of quiz 141. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Chandan Gupta, X, D.P.S. NJPC, Jhakri,district Shimla, pin-172201.
Second: Apurva Vashisht, VIII-B, Aggarsain Public School, Kurukshetra-136118. Third: Arshkrit S Kapoor, VI-B, Innocent Hearts School, Green Model Town, Jalandhar.
Answers to quiz 141: Enduring Freedom/Infinite Justice, Mohammed Zahir Shah, Saudi Arabia and UAE, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Jesse Jackson, Students Islamic Movement of India, Tashkent, University of Roorkee, O.Paneerselvam, Vienna, Brazil, South Korea, Kuwait, Sunil Gavaskar, Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
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