EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, December 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India
Of dusty books and broken racks
Harwinder Dhillon

At least 100-year-old Pandit Moti Lal Nehru Library opened during the Queen Victoria’s era is in a state of utter neglect. The library is run by the Municipal Corporation. The second storey of the library is in a debilitating condition. The plaster on the walls has chipped off and the iron rods can be seen from under the roof at many places. The damped walls of the library are covered with cobwebs.

How can I avail of sample question papers for CBSE exams?

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Of dusty books and broken racks
Harwinder Dhillon

At least 100-year-old Pandit Moti Lal Nehru Library opened during the Queen Victoria’s era is in a state of utter neglect. The library is run by the Municipal Corporation. The second storey of the library is in a debilitating condition. The plaster on the walls has chipped off and the iron rods can be seen from under the roof at many places. The damped walls of the library are covered with cobwebs.

Before Partition, readers from far-flung areas, including Lahore and Karachi, would visit this prestigious library. Most college students at that time never bought any book as almost all books were available in the library and students used to consult various books to make notes.

The dust-gathered portrait of Pandit Moti Lal Nehru raises a question on the cleanliness of the library. A thick layer of dust is visible on books, stocked in broken racks. One can find holes in books made by silver fish.

Even a casual visitor can judge the indifferent attitude of employees. Thousands of valuable books like encyclopaedia are piled up in a haphazard manner.

Sources say due to lack of a proper checking system, stealing of books cannot be ruled out. Readers complain that there is nobody to guide them. Even the catalogue is unplanned and, hence, it is difficult to find a book of one’s choice.

The library also lacks a proper lighting system.

Ms Aanchal Sharma, librarian, remained tightlipped about the deplorable condition of the library. Mayor Brij Mohan Kapoor also feigned ignorance on the matter.


DPS, Jalandhar

Delhi Public School, Jalandhar, plans to open its portals to admissions in the new term commencing from April for upto Class VI. Two senior administrators from the DPS Society, New Delhi, are stationed here for supervising. The school will be a premier institution run on the same lines as other 71 DPS Schools in India and abroad.



How can I avail of sample question papers for CBSE exams?

Q: I am in Class X and preparing for CBSE Board exams. How can I avail of sample question papers to help me prepare for the exams?

Anil Singh

A: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has prepared sample question papers for students appearing in Class X and Class XII examinations. The publication includes question paper design, blueprint and question-wise analysis. The CBSE also provides comprehensive marking schemes which will be useful for candidates and teachers. Those interested may contact:

Central Board of Secondary Education, Shiksha Kendra, 2C Centre, Preet Vihar, New Delhi-110092 or CBSE’s regional offices. You could also log on to their website:

Besides this a number of student websites also display mock papers to give you a taste of the real thing.

Army recruitment

Q: Could you please tell me about the selection procedure for recruiting doctors in the Indian Army?

Sanjay Sharma

A: The Indian Army offers Short Service Commission (SSC) as Medical Officers in the Army Medical Corps for civilian doctors who have passed the MBBS examination. The age limit for grant of SSC is 45 years.

You must be enrolled/empanelled with State Medical Register. Selection is through interview and selected candidates join in the rank of Captain.

You should apply in response to the advertisements published in leading national dailies from time to time. For further information, contact:

The Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services, DG-1A, M/o Defence, ‘L’ Block, New Delhi 110001.


Q: I am doing BE (Chem) and would like to pursue a career in Cosmetology (Cosmetics). Could you please suggest a good technical course?

Namrata Gill

A: Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), HR Mahajani Marg, Matunga, Mumbai 400019 offers a non-affiliated Licenciate PG Diploma in Food & Drugs & Cosmetics Analysis of 2-years duration.


Q: I’m a student of 10+2 (Maths). I want to make a career in Banking. How should I go about it?

Inderjeet Dhillon

A: Till recently, nationalised banks used to recruit Bank Probationary Officers (POs) through a written test and interview conducted by the Banking Service Recruitment Board (BSRB).

However, the Bank PO Exam has now been discontinued. Henceforth, Banks will conduct their own exams as per their requirements depending on the kind of staff they require.

However private and international banks in India offer exciting jobs for professionals. Today almost all the leading names — ANZ Grindlays, Bank of America, CitiBank, Hong Kong Bank, ABN Amro, Stanchart, etc — have their branches in India.

There are three essential routes to entering a foreign bank: via junior-level jobs, middle-level jobs and senior-level jobs. The eligibility criteria vary for each level. But the entry of freshers is only at the first two stages. You should preferably have a MBA (preferably Finance), CA or MFC or possess experience in banking or financial institutions. Some banks prefer candidates with a diploma in international finance or accountancy.

At most banks, selection is through a written test and those selected are put through an intensive internal training programme where they are trained according to the bank’s requirements.

Two of the most attractive aspects of working in a foreign bank are the salaries and perks offered.

Although a few universities University of Chennai. Bharathidasan University, Manipur University. University of Burdwan, University of Delhi (Bachelor’s in Financial Investment & Analysis) offer courses in Banking at the Bachelor’s level, you don’t necessarily need a specific course in banking to get a bank job.

Social sciences

Q: I would like to study at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Could you please tell me about the various courses offered by this institute and their eligibility requirements?

Sarika Kumar

A: The first institute of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Post Box No. 8313, Sion-Trombay Road, Deonar, Mumbai 400088 (

TISS, which has been granted a deemed university status by the UGC offers PG, M Phil and PhD level programmes combining a healthy mix of practice and research in various specialisations in Social Science.

MA in Social Work (2-yr) with specialisation in 1) Criminology & Correctional Admin, 2) Family & Child Welfare, 3) Medical & Psychiatric Social Wk 4) Social Welfare Admin, 5) Urban & Rural Community Development).

MA in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (2-yr). Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in Science/Engg (55% agg).

Masters of Hospital Admin (2-yr)

Master of Health Administration (2-yr). Those working in the Health sector are preferred.

The eligibility for all the above-mentioned courses is a Bachelor’s degree in any stream (50% agg) except for PM &IR.

Diploma & Certificate courses:

Certificate in Social Welfare Administration (5-mth, FT).

Advanced Certificate in Social Welfare Administration (1-yr, PT).

Certificate in Social Work (1-yr, PT).

Certificate in Rehabilitation & Counselling (5-mth, FT). Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree.

Diploma in Hospital Administration (1-yr, PT) Eligibility: MBBS/BSc (Nursing) or Graduates working in hospitals.

Diploma in Personnel Management (1-yr, FT/2-yr, PT) for employed graduates.

For further details, see the TISS website.


Q: I am keenly interested in taking up mathematics as a profession. Could you please describe the prospects in this field?

Surinder Sood

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.

Diving courses

Q: I am keen on learning diving. Are there any recognised courses? What is scuba diving?

Shekhar Gupta

A: The Diving School, INS Venduruthi, Naval Base, Kochi offers a 10-week certificate course which is conducted on the lines of HSE (Health & Safety Executive, UK), Part I. On qualifying you will be certified to work up to a depth of 55 meters using Air Diving Equipment. The certificate is issued by the Indian Navy on behalf of MoD, GoI.

The course is open to male Indian citizens (18-28 yrs) who are fluent in Hindi/English with 50% or more marks in Class 10 or SSLC. You must also be a good swimmer with physical stamina. A medical certificate validating your fitness to withstand strenuous physical activity.

There are only twenty seats in this rather expensive course which costs Rs 85,000/-.

The screening charges are Rs 4800/-. The next course commences in July.

Scuba Diving involves going under water carrying scuba (Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus).

This consists of a cylinder of compressed air (oxygen) and a tube through which you breathe the air.

The Scuba diver wears a diving suit, while in ordinary diving, no such special equipment is used by the diver. Ordinary diving is for a very short duration (because of no oxygen supply) as compared to scuba diving.

Naval medicine

Q: I am a general physician. Could you please tell me where naval medicine is taught in India?

Dr Prabhjot Kaur

A: The Institute of Naval Medicine, INHS Ashwini, Colaba, Mumbai 400005, offers a 1˝ yr Diploma in this very subject - Underwater Medicine. The only one of its kind, this course is recognised by the University of Mumbai. Please write to the institute directly for details of the entrance exam, admission procedure, etc.



Admission deadline


Jan 5 ‘02 Director (MPRT), Recruitment Cell, Coast Guard Headquarters, National Stadium Complex, Purana Quila Rd, New Delhi 110001.


1) Asst Comdt (General Duty)

2) Asst Comdt General Duty (Pilot)

3) Asst Comdt (Technical)

Elig: For 1: Bachelor’s degree (Maths & Phys upto Inter/10+2). Age: 21-25 yrs (on 1 July ‘02). For 2: BSc (Phys & Maths). Age: 19-27 yrs (on 1 July ‘02). For 3: Bachelor’s degree in Naval Arch/Mech/Marine/Electron/Design/ Prodn/Control /Elect/Telecomm/Marine Engg (IMET, Kol) or Competency Cert of Engineers of Motorship (1st div) or College of Marine Engg (D/o Surface Transport, GoI) or Sectn ‘A’ & ‘B’ of Institute of Engineers Exam in above disciplines. Age: 21-30 yrs (on 1 July 02). For all: Physical standards as specified.

Selectn: Shortlisted candidates must appear for Selectn Tests/Interview at Ch’ai/Del /Kol/M’bai.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with unstamped, self-add envelope (25 x 10 cm) and attested copies of certs of age, educn quals, NCC/Sports to the above add by UPC only. Superscribe "Appln For The Post of ASST COMDT (Tech) 02/2002 Batch" or "Appln For The Post of ASST COMDT [GD/GD(P/N)] 02/02 Batch" on envelope.


Jan 5 ‘02 Professional Examination Board, Chayan Bhawan, Main Rd No 1, Chinar Park, East Bhopal 462011 (MP).

Ph: (0755) 578801-2


Twin Entrance Test for admission to MCA-MBA courses in MP 2002

Test: 24 Feb ‘02 in 7 cities.

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- (for MCA) or Rs 1000/-(for MBA) or Rs 1350/-(for both courses) by crossed DD favouring "Professional Examination Board" payable at Bhopal by 26 Dec ‘01.


Indian Institute of Fire Engineering, Iqbal Manzil, Near SBI Chhaoni, Katol Rd, Nagpur 440013.

Ph: (0172) 580733,584129

1) Dip in Fire Safety Engg (1-yr)

2) Cert in Fire Safety Engg (6 months)

3) Cert in Industrial Security (6 months).

Elig: For 1: 10+2 or ITI. For 2: Class 10 & above. For 3: Class 10.

Appln F: Send Rs 150/- by DD favouring the "Director, IIFE, Nagpur" to the above add.


Jan 31 ‘02 Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Medical Sciences, Varnasi 221005.


1) MCh

Paediatric Surg / Plastic Surg/Neurosurg/Urology

2) DM


3) MDS

Prosthodontics/Operative Dentistry

Elig: For 1 & 2: MD/MS (by 31 Dec’ 01). For 3: BDS and 1-yr compulsory rotating internship (by 31 Dec ‘01).

Test: 17 Feb ‘02.

Appln F: Send Rs. 600/- by DD favouring "Director, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU" payable at SBI BHU Br (code: 0211) with stamped (Rs 30/-), self-add envelope (25 x 16 cm) to the Director, at the above add by 5 Jan ‘02.

Mar 1 ‘02 Veterinary Council of India, 16/15, WEA, Arya Samaj Rd, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 110005.

All India Common Entrance Test

(For 15% seats in Vet colleges for BVSc & AH)

Elig: 10+2 (PCB & Eng, 50% agg). Age: 17 yrs (on Dec 31 ‘02)

Appln F: Send Rs. 600/- by DD favouring "Veterinary Council of India, New Delhi" with unstamped, self-add envelope (24 x 18 cm) by 18 Feb ‘02 to the above add.


Dec 31 National Centre for Cell Science, NCCS Complex, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007.

1) Jr Research Fellow

2) Research Associate

Elig: For 1: MSc (Life Sc, 55%) and qualified in NET in rel field.

For 2: PhD/MD/ MS/MDS or equiv or 3 yrs res, tchg, des & dev ex after MVSc/MPharm /ME/MTech. Age: 35 yrs.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to the Controller of Administration, at the above add.

Details: Employment News 8-14 Dec.

Jan 12 ‘02 Indian Institute of Information Technology & Mgt, Gola Ka Mandir, Gwalior 474005



Elig: ME/MTech/MBA (65% marks or equiv GPA). For PhD (PT): Professionals & teachers in tech insttns with 3 yrs wk ex after ME/MTech/MBA or 5 yrs wk ex after BE/BTech (65% or equiv GPA)

Selectn: Test/Interview at campus (13 Jan ‘02)

Appln F: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Director, IIITM, Gwalior" payable at Gwalior with completed appln form (download from website).

Details: Employment News 8-14 Dec.

Jan 15 ‘02 Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Uppal Rd, Hyderabad 500007 (AP).


PhD Program (For NET qualfd)

Biotech & Biomed, Genetics & Evolution, Cell Biol & Development, Molecular Biol, Biochem & Biophy

Elig: MSc (any area of Biol Sc) and qualfd in NET for JRF. Age: 28 yrs (on 15 Jan’ 02).

Selectn: Campus interview (31 Jan ‘02).

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with a photo and attested copies of certs of DOB, educational qualifications etc to the Controller of Administration, at the above add.

Details: Website.

Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 40085.

Website: www.


Jan 15 ‘02 MSc & MBBS

Apr 20 ‘02 BE/BTech

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Accounts Officer, BARC" payable at Mumbai. Fill form on and send with Rs 100/- by DD by 25 Jan’02 (For Sc) & 30 April’02 (For Engg)

Details: Employment News 1-7 Dec or website.

Feb 22 ‘02 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005.


Research Entrance Test (RET)

In faculty of: Sc/Engg & Tech/Modern Med/Ayur/Commerce/Law /Mgt Educn/Arts/Soc Sc/Visual Arts/Perform Arts & Sanskrit Vidya Dharam Vijnan

Test: 27 Jan ‘02 at campus.

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by crossed DD favouring "Controller of Examinations, BHU" payable at SBI, BHU Br (code: 0211) with unstamped, self-add envelope (32 x 26 cm) by 15 Dec. Superscribe "Application for RET" on the envelope.

Exemptions: Website.


Jan 4 ‘02 M/o HRD, D/o Secondary & Higher Educn (External Scholarships Div), A1/W3, Curzon Rd Barracks, KG Marg, New Delhi 110001.

Commonwealth Scholarship/Fellowship Plan, 2002-Canada:

For Masters (2 acad yrs)/PhD (4 cal yrs) in Pol Sc/International Rel (with emphasis on Canada-India relations), Educn, Media Studies, Arch, Geography, Mgt Studies, Comp Sc, Soc Admin, Eco Planning

Elig: For Masters: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field. For PhD: Rel Master’s degree and 2 yrs tchng/res or pract ex. For all: Min 55% in Humanities & Social Sc and min 60% in Engg & Tech. Tertiary educn in Eng med.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with copies of all rel certs/degrees/dips to the Selection Officer, ES 4 Section, at the above add.


Jan 31 ‘02 Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Shakti Nagar, Gwalior 474002 (Deemed Univ).

Master of Physical Educn (3-yr, Summer)

Elig: 3 yrs wk ex as physical educn teacher after BPE/DPEd (45% agg).

Appln F: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education" payable at Gwalior.

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