|EDUCATION TRIBUNE||Tuesday, November 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India|
School board to implement revised curricula
CAREER QUERIES HOTLINE
School board to implement revised curricula
THE Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education will implement the revised curriculum for the plus one and plus two classes in affiliated schools in the state from the next academic year. The long-awaited changes in the curriculum will finally benefit students of these classes following the expurgation of much of the irrelevant and tedious contents in various subjects prescribed for plus one and plus two classes by the Central Board of Secondary Education recently. Since the Himachal School Board adopt the CBSE pattern of examination and curriculum, the recently revised curriculum by the CBSE is being vetted and reviewed by various expert committees on the subjects concerned constituted by the education board under the chairmanship of Mr P.C. Gupta, Additional Secretary, Board of School Education. In the reviewed syllabus in English for the same classes, which has been submitted to the authorities of the board by the expert committee for final approval and its subsequent implementation in 2002, the committee has taken utmost care to retain and incorporate what is more meaningful and practical in keeping with learning the levels of pupils in the state who reside in varied geographical and economic conditions. In the revised of English syllabus, more emphasis has been laid on the language part which would now account for 55 marks whereas 45 marks have been allotted for textbooks. The pattern will be the same in both plus one and plus two classes regarding the break-up of marks in the final examination. Besides two textbooks in each class, the expert committee has recommended prescribing of Work Book — I and Work Book — II and a course in written English for each class. The committee suggests that Workbooks will largely help both pupils and teachers in making teaching and learning effective. The revision of the syllabus is conspicuously marked by deletions. For example, from stories book of plus one class, four lessons have been deleted, while from book “I-The People,” only four chapters have been retained for ‘detailed study’. Similarly, two chapters from “Guided Reading” for plus two have been deleted. Likewise five lessons from “Web of Our Life” have been deleted. Grammar would more or less be similar for both classes.
The long-awaited changes in the curriculum will finally benefit students of these classes following the expurgation of much of the irrelevant and tedious contents in various subjects prescribed for plus one and plus two classes by the Central Board of Secondary Education recently.
Since the Himachal School Board adopt the CBSE pattern of examination and curriculum, the recently revised curriculum by the CBSE is being vetted and reviewed by various expert committees on the subjects concerned constituted by the education board under the chairmanship of Mr P.C. Gupta, Additional Secretary, Board of School Education.
In the reviewed syllabus in English for the same classes, which has been submitted to the authorities of the board by the expert committee for final approval and its subsequent implementation in 2002, the committee has taken utmost care to retain and incorporate what is more meaningful and practical in keeping with learning the levels of pupils in the state who reside in varied geographical and economic conditions.
In the revised of English syllabus, more emphasis has been laid on the language part which would now account for 55 marks whereas 45 marks have been allotted for textbooks. The pattern will be the same in both plus one and plus two classes regarding the break-up of marks in the final examination.
Besides two textbooks in each class, the expert committee has recommended prescribing of Work Book — I and Work Book — II and a course in written English for each class. The committee suggests that Workbooks will largely help both pupils and teachers in making teaching and learning effective.
The revision of the syllabus is conspicuously marked by deletions. For example, from stories book of plus one class, four lessons have been deleted, while from book “I-The People,” only four chapters have been retained for ‘detailed study’.
Similarly, two chapters from “Guided Reading” for plus two have been deleted. Likewise five lessons from “Web of Our Life” have been deleted.
Grammar would more or less be similar for both classes.
CAREER QUERIES HOTLINE
Q: Could you please tell me the procedure for becoming a chartered engineer from IME?
A: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (India), 305-307, Janmabhoomi Chambers, 29 W H Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400038 (Mah). Tel: (022) 2692885 conducts bi-annual exams in June and December in the following subjects: automobile, production, air-conditioning and refrigeration, chartered and technician engineering.
Eligibility for Chartered Engineering is a Diploma in mechanical engineering from a government polytechnic and 3½ years of work experience.
The other courses require HSC with English, physics, chemistry and maths or a degree in mechanical engineering with 6 months related work experience.
Q: I am a schoolteacher. Could you please tell me from where I could do an advanced diploma in education?
A: The following universities offer DEd courses:
· University of Madras, Chepauk, Triplicane, P.O Chennai 600005 (TN).
Diploma in Higher Educn: (40 days FT & 100 days PT). Eligibility: Master's degree-holders teaching in univ/college
Diploma in School Mgmt: (6 mth, PT). Eligibility: trained graduate teachers in Sec/ Hr Sec school;
Diploma in Non-formal Educn (6 mth). Eligibility: Bachelor's degree.
· Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur 812007 (Bih).
Diploma in Education (2 mths). Eligibility: Bachelor's degree with 5 yrs wk exp.
· Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068
PG Diploma in Higher Educn (corresp).
This course provides the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills pertaining to higher education to university and college teachers. 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, may also consider making this course compulsory for all teacher educators in the country as it is relevant to the needs of the profession.
H — IB VISA
Q: Is the H-1B visa only meant for computer professionals or is it also open to scientists?
A: Although a hefty chunk (over 40%), of the US H-1B quota goes to IT professionals, scientists, researchers, physiotherapists, management consultants, financial analysts, business executives, lawyers, university professors and teachers are also eligible.
Q: I'm a 16-year-old keen on taking up a professional course after Class XII. As I am interested in interior design, can you please tell me what subjects I should opt for in Class XI?
A: The eligibility for most of the diploma-level courses in interior design offered at polytechnics and schools of design is a pass in Class XII. It doesn't matter what subjects you have taken, as long you are reasonably good at drawing and have a feel for colours and design.
But if you are desirous of joining the School of Interior Design, Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad, which offers one of the best courses in interior design that integrates the fundamentals of Architecture, then you must opt for the Science stream in Class XI with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects. CEPT offers a 5 year course for those with 50% aggregate in Class XII and 65% in Class X. Selection is through a written test followed by an interview.
The National ID's Faculty of Industrial Design offers a Graduate Diploma Programme in Design with a specialisation in Furniture & Interior Design. Selection for the 4 year programme of this prestigious institution is through a competitive admission test followed by a workshop and interview for short-listed candidates.
Q: I am now working in a manufacturing/export unit. Please tell me where I can do a Diploma course in export management through correspondence?
A: I am listing 3 institutes offering diploma courses in export management through correspondence for you. These are:
· Indian Institute of Export Management, PB 7531, 1953, 9th Cross, 4th Main, New Thippasandra, Bangalore 560075 (Kar). Duration of the course is 4 months and the eligibility criteria requires you to have completed your Class XII.
· Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad 201001 (UP). Duration of the course is 1 year. While the eligibility criteria requires you to be a graduate or to have passed Class XII atleast along with work experience of 5 years at a supervisory level.
· National Institute of Export Management, AG, Anandraj Villa, 4 & 5 Second Canal Cross Road, Gandhinagar, Adyar, Chennai 600020 (TN). The course is of 5 month duration and the minimum eligibility criteria is that you should have completed Class XII.
Q: What is the difference between a Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant?
A: To become a Chartered Accountant, you have to clear the tough examination conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and also complete 3 years of 'articleship' after you have cleared your Sunday Tests and Inter (now PE-II) exams.
If you take the Foundation Course (now PE-I) route, you will hopefully become a CA a year after you complete your graduation, provided you clear all the exams in the first attempt (Only God and a few others manage to do so). The CA course has been recently revised and made more market relevant.
To become 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 an articleship.
As compared to the CA course, CWA is more time saving. If you have appeared in the class 12 Boards in March, you can take the Foundation course exam is held in June itself. Besides, the articleship is not compulsory. However, the job prospects are not as good or as varied as for CA.
In terms of work, while a CA is empowered to verify and certify all accounts including the balance sheet of an organisation, a Cost Accountant or Cost Manager isn't. His focus lies in analysing and determining organisational and management costs - across all functions and at all levels.
Q: I am doing my Bachelor's in English (H). Could you please tell me the future prospects in this subject after graduation and postgraduation?
A: After graduation or postgraduation in English (H), you could either take up teaching in schools (after doing BEd) or join the print or electronic media as a journalist, web content creator, compere, announcer, newsreader, anchorperson, scriptwriter, copywriter in an advertising agency, technical writer, public relations executive, etc. Creative writing is yet another option. With the proliferation of the media, there is a growing demand for those who can communicate with style and competence.
An additional course in PR, journalism, advertising or mass communication would give you the necessary professional edge.
Those with a good command over the language, particularly in spoken English and basic computer skills can also look at openings in leading call-centers. Starting out as a call-center executive you can move up the ladder to the position of team leader and business development manager if you have what it takes.
Q: I am a student of Class XII (Arts) interested in joining the CID. Could you please tell me about the selection procedure?
A: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) is the investigative wing of the State Police. In some states, CID is also referred to as CB CID (Crime Branch CID). In contrast to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), an autonomous investigative agency under the Central Govt. that deals with the investigation of criminal as well as corruption cases and whose jurisdiction is not only confined to any particular state, the CID, in a given state, investigates criminal cases only pertaining to that particular state.
The state police and the judicial bodies rely on the CID's report for a true picture of the crime as the department is not only equipped with proper investigative skills and techniques but is also reputed for its impartiality being relatively insulated from outside interference.
In general, police personnel are recruited at three levels - by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) through the Civil Services Examination (IPS cadre), State Public Service Commissions and by the District Police Headquarters. Some of the police personnel selected via either of these routes are appointed by the CID on a regular posting if they have the requisite aptitude. No separate notifications are issued for recruitment to the CID. Eligibility for jobs of the level of Sub-Inspector and above is graduation.
The CID is headquartered at the office of the state police and in some states, its offices are also located in various districts.
Please send in your query preferably on a postcard along with your name, complete address and academic qualifications to:
Editor, Career Hotline,
Dec 15 Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 835215
(to be conducted at BISR campus, Jaipur & Noida)
Elig: Bachelor's degree (50% agg) with Maths/Stats/Bus Maths /Comp Sc at Bachelor's/10+2 level.
Selectn: Test (23 Dec) at Jaipur/Noida followed by interview.
Appln F: Send Rs 150/- by crossed DD favouring "Birla Institute of Technology" payable at Jaipur/Noida to BIT extn centre at: BISR Campus, 27 - Malviya Industrial Area, Jaipur 302017 (Raj); Ph: 751567 or A-7, Sector I, Noida (UP); Ph: 4553662 respectively.
Dec 15 ICFAI Business Schools, 62, Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad 500082 (AP).
Ph: (040) 6625735, 5737
PG Dip in Business Admin
Masters in Information Tech & Mgt
Masters in HRM
MBA (Fin/Insurance/IT & Sys)
MCA-MBA (Joint prog, 3-yr)
Elig: Bachelor's degree (50% agg).
Selectn: IBS Admission Test (22 Dec), case analysis, micro presentations & interviews/GMAT scores.
Appln F: Send Rs. 800/- by DD favouring "ICFAI A/c IBSAT" payable at Hyderabad to the Admissions Officer (IBSAT) at the above add. Write your name & add and quote Ref No: TI/401 on reverse of DD. At ICFAI Centre, SCO No 50-51 (2nd Fl) Sector 9-D, Madhya Marg, Bank of Punjab Square, Chandigarh: Rs. 800/- (cash).
Jan 9 '02 Bharathidasan Institute of Management, PO Box No 12, BHEL Complex, Tiruchirappalli 620014 (TN).
MBA (2-yr, FT)
Elig: Bachelor's /Master's degree (50% agg).
Selectn: Test (27 Jan) at 7 centres including New Delhi and B'lore.
Appln F: Send Rs. 900/- by crossed DD favouring "Bharathidasan Institute of Management" payable at Tiruchirappalli indicating the choice of test centre in the request. At counter: Rs. 900/- (cash).
Dec 29 Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411004 (Mah).
Ph: (020) 5652303, 5660972
Masters Programme in Mass Communication (2 - yr, FT)
Masters Programme in Communication Management (2 - yr, FT)
Elig: Bachelor's degree.
Selectn: CET (10 Feb), at 25 centres.
Appln F: See website.
Nov 29 Deputy Director, Song & Drama Division, SCO-358, Sector 32-D, Chandigarh.
Empanelment of Performing and Back Stage Artistes as:
1) Dancer (M/F)
2) Singers (M/F)
4) Back Stage Artistes
Elig: More than 3 yrs wk ex in relevant field.
Appln F: Send in prescribed format along with 3 attested photos to the above add.
Details: See Employment News 17-23 Nov.
Dec 25 Bhabha Atomic Research Center Training School, Mumbai 400080 (Mah).
Orientation Course for Engineering PGs (OCEP - 11), 5 mths
Elig: ME/MTech with project wk and/or elective courses in relevant field and BE/BTech/BSc Engg/MSc in relevant field (60% agg or Ist class or equiv). Age: Below 28 yrs (on 1 Jan '02).
Selectn: Screening (based on GATE score & ME project) followed by interview and medical fitness test.
Appln F: See Employment News 17-23 Nov.
Dec 01 International Institute of Information Technology, Gachibowli, Hyderabad -500019 (AP)
(Deemed University, formerly IIIT, Hyderabad)
1) Computer Sc
(Natural language processing, Image processing & Comp vision, VLSI & Embedded sys, Database sys & E-com, Networking, Data mining, Comp graphics & Virtual reality, Cryptography, Programming langs, Bioionformatics)
2) Application area of IT
(Building Sc, Computational linguistics, Educn & Power sys)
Elig: 1): BE/BTech or ME/MTech (Comp Sc) or MSc (with maths & programming background); 2): Building Sc: BE/BTech/BArch or ME/MTech/MArch (Civil Engg/Arch); Computational Linguistic: MA/MPhil (Linguistics/Languages or relevant area).
1. Name the match-referee whose sacking was recently sought by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following the former’s action against some Indian Test players.
2. Name the Northern Alliance Foreign Minister.
3. Which is the oldest working broad gauge steam locomotive in the world?
4. To which country does the Miss World 2001 belong?
5. Which state in India has the maximum number of sick industrial units (SSI and non-SSI) according to a recent data compiled by the Reserve Bank of India?
6. Name the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who was recently given the Indira Gandhi Award for Peace, Disarmament and Development.
7. Name the Chancellor of Germany.
8.Which country recently announced the development of the world’s largest tyre?
9. What is the capital of Denmark?
10.Who has been elected the President of Bangladesh?
11. Which country will host the next Non-Aligned Movement summit?
12. Where are the 31st National Games being organised?
13. Who is the WBC/IBF World Heavyweight Champion?
14. Which country recently announced ban on all sporting events on full moon days?
15.Name the Australian tennis player who recently became the youngest man in history to finish the year as world number one (ATP rankings)?
Winners of quiz 144. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Yash Bakshi, XI-A, Army School, Patiala.
Second: Rekha Chauhan, VIII, Monal Public High School, Sanjauli, Shimla-171006. Third: Mayur Gupta, Sacred Heart Convent School, Tejli Road, Jagadhri-135003.
Answers to quiz 144: China and Taiwan; Lagaan; 10; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; John Howard; Donald Rumsfeld; Bhagat Singh Koshiyari; N Rengaswamy; Syria, Libya and Sudan; Dublin; S.Krishnaswami; Madhvendra Singh; Small Industries Development Bank of India; Lucknow; Sachin Tendulkar.
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.
— Tarun Sharma