EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, March 5, 2002, Chandigarh, India







Q Does the Rehabilitation Council of India offer employment facilities for persons with disability? Who can one contact for rehabilitation of such people?

Deepali Bhalla

A No. RCI does not provide any employment for the disabled. Nor does it perform any intermediary role between various organizations offering employment to the disabled.

For any such help, it is best to contact the Ministry of Social Welfare or Ministry of Disability Welfare/Commissioner of Disability in your state. You could also contact the Secretary, M/o Social Justice & Empowerment, GoI, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi 110001.

TQM Course

Q I am an electrical engineer working in the private sector. Is there any university-based TQM course in India? If so, please give me details.

Mandeep Singh

A With the support of industry and the M/o Industry, Lucknow University has started two courses — PG Diploma in Quality Management (PGDQM, 1-yr) and Masters Degree in Total Quality Management (MTQM, 2-yr). The unique thing about these courses is that they are university-based programmes which are otherwise taught only through workshops.

B. The PGDQM aims at training and educating students in basic quality functions and preparing executives for future quality requirements etc. While the first year of the master’s degree programme is the same as that of PGDQM, it focuses on quality management techniques, continuous improvement techniques, philosophy, culture, model of TQM etc. 5 weeks of summer training is sandwiched between the two years. The total intake is 40.

For PGDQM, a master’s in Science or Management or BE/BTech is required. Diploma holders in engineering should have 5 years work experience.

For MTQM, a Science/Engineering/Tech graduate can appear for the 2-hour objective type entrance test followed by GD and interview.

The M/o Industry has entrusted Lucknow University to introduce correspondence courses for professionals working in the industry. The 27 nodal centres of the ministry are likely to be used as contact points for this purpose. I am not sure whether these courses are recognised by AICTE, though.

For further enquires contact: The Additional Director, Quality Management Programme, Department of Statistics, University of Lucknow, Lucknow-226007. Tel: 0522-370834. E-mail: or


Q I would be grateful if you could give me information on the Army Institute of Technology.

Ravinder Gill

A The Army Institute of Technology, Dighi Hills, Pune 411015 offers BE in Computer, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. However only children of regular/ex-army personnel with 10+2 PCM (50% agg) are eligible.

Selection is based on Merit in the entrance test held at 33 centres.

If you are selected, you will have to execute a bond to join the army upon graduation as a Permanent/Short Service Commissioned Officer, if found fit by SSB and Medical Board.


Q I have completed BSc (Physics) and now wish to do MSc in biophysics. Please give me information on the universities that offer this course.

Puran Chand

A MSc Biophysics is offered at the following universities:

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029.

  • Dr Babsaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431004 (Mah).

  • University of Kalyani, PO Kalyani 741235, Distt.Nadia (WB).

  • University of Madras, Centenary Buildings, Chepauk, Triplicane, PO 600005 (T N).

  • Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarshini Hills PO, Kottayam 686560 (Ker).

  • University of Mumbai, M G Road, Fort, Mumbai 400032, (Mah).

  • Panjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh 160014.

Eligibility for all the courses is BSc (H) Degree.

IVY league

Q I have applied to some of the top Ivy League colleges in the USA, but I am not very sure of making it. Would it greatly affect my career prospects if I go to a lesser-known university?

Neha Verma

A For most Indian students targeting the US for higher studies, the big state schools, like the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan, or the ever-popular elite colleges like Dartmouth and Smith remain their top choices.

Often students strive for colleges that carry a lot of weight back home, which can produce some odd choices at times. For instance, they may end up rejecting Amherst, one of the 10 most selective schools in America, in favour of Boston University, because everyone here has heard of the latter.

But an increasing number of applicants are recognising the benefits of spending four years in the intimate, rural setting of an Amherst or a Middlebury. Even community colleges -junior colleges without residential facilities can be an attractive bet because many of them are outside big cities, where students particularly from a protected Indian background like ours would feel safer. Their size also makes them less intimidating than a large state university, where some students say they feel lost or anonymous. And professors at small colleges are generally more accessible. An American scholar who graduated from Berkley who dropped in at my office recently reiterated this very point. He got to meet his esteemed Eco professor just once in his entire 4-year stay at the univ (since he had made it to the Dean’s list, he was no lallu-panju student either).


Q After Class XII (PCMB) where can I apply for BTech (Biotechnology) in India?

Baljit Kairon

A The following universities offer a 4-yr BTech in Biotechnology and related areas:

  • Anna University, Chennai 600025.

  • Bharathidasan Institute of Engineering & Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620024.

  • Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005.

The following Integrated MTech (Biotech) courses which are just a year or so longer than BTech but which give you a PG qualification are also an excellent bet.

  • IIT, Hauz Khas, Delhi 110016. Course: Integrated MTech (Biochem Engg & Biotech, 5-yr)

  • IIT, PO Kharagpur Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (WB). Course: Integrated MTech (Biotech, 5½-yr).

Admission to both IIT programmes is through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). While IIT, Delhi requires 10+2 (PCM), IIT, Kharagpur requires 10+2 (PCMB).

  • Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006. Course: Integrated BTech/MTech in Biotechnology (5 ½-yr)


Q I am a final year student of MA (History). Could you please tell me about the eligibility criteria for appearing in the state-level eligibility test (SLET)? Will I be able to teach anywhere in the country?

Anju Batla

A 15 states whose educational service commissions recruit lecturers for government colleges and universities in the state hold a State Level Eligibility Test (SLET).

The SLET, which is duly accredited by the UGC, is on the pattern of UGC/CSIR-NET. However, those who have cleared the NET are exempted from appearing in the state-level tests.

The typical eligibility for this test is a postgraduate degree (55% agg). You can take the Test even if you are appearing in the final year/semester of your course. However, your candidature will be provisional subject to your securing the prescribed minimum marks. The test is aimed at assessing -your mental ability and general awareness besides your in-depth knowledge of the subject.

The answer to your second question unfortunately is "No". Following complaints regarding the "disparity in standards of the two exams, UGC has ruled that henceforth those qualifying the SLET of a particular state are only eligible to apply for the post of lectureship in universities and colleges belonging to that state. The NET on the other hand, which is comparatively tougher, qualifies you to teach anywhere in the country.

Although the minimum requirement for lectureship is an MA with NET/SLET, in reality those with higher qualifications such as MPhil and PhD stand a better chance.

For further details, contact your State Department of Education.

Please send in your query preferably on a postcard along with your name, complete address and academic qualifications to:

Editor, Career Hotline, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh.



Armed Forces (Navy)

Mar 15 Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment, R&R Section, Room No 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi 110011


Officers in Logistics Cadre (Catering, SSC)

Elig: Single, Indian males with Bachelor’s degree/higher qual (Hotel Mgt/Catering Tech, 50%). Age: 19½ - 25 yrs (dob: 2 Aug ‘77 - 1 Feb ‘83).

Selectn: SSB Interview followed by Medical Exam.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to the above add.

Details: Employment News (23 Feb - 1 Mar).


Art & Design

May 20 Northern Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, C-115, Industrial Area, Phase-VII, Mohali 160055

Ph: 257184-85


1) Fashion Design

2) Garment Manufacturing Tech

3) Knitwear Design & Tech

Elig: For 1: 10+2 (50%). For 2 & 3: Bachelor’s degree (50%).

Appln F: Send Rs 250/- by DD favouring "NIFT, Mohali" to the above add.

Details: Employment News (23 Feb - 1 Mar).



Apr 20 NALSAR University of Law, 3-4-761, Barkatpura, Hyderabad 500027 (AP)

Ph: 7567955


All India Entrance Test:

BA, BL (Hons, 5-yr)

Elig: 10+2/equiv (50%). Age: Below 20 yrs (on 1 July 02).

Test: 19 May at 9 centres incld, Ch’grh.

Appln F: Send Rs 600/- by (DD) favouring "Registrar, NALSAR", payable at Hyderabad to the Assistant Registrar at the above add by 13 Apr. At designated branches of Indian Overseas Bank (incld, Main Br, Ch ‘grh): Rs 620/- (Cash).

Mar 23 Professional Examination Board, Chayan Bhavan, Main Rd No 1, Chinar Park (E), Bhopal 462011 (MP)

Ph: (0755) 578801-4


Entrance Test:

BA, LLB (Hons) - 20002

Test: 12 May at Bhopal, Chennai, L ‘know & New Delhi.

Appln F: Send request letter with Rs 550/- by A/c payee DD favouring "Professional Examination Board" payable at Bhopal to the above add by 9 Mar.



Apr 5 National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030 (AP)


PG Programme in Agri-Business Mgt (2-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (Agri & allied subjs and Vet Sc, IInd Class).

Selectn: Computer Based Objective Test.

Appln F: Write to the Principal Coordinator (PGPABM) with A/c payee DD for Rs 1000/- (Rs. 500/- for SC/ST) favouring "MANAGE, Hyderabad" at the above add by 18 Mar. Can download from website.

Details: Employment News (23 Feb - 1 Mar).

Apr 5 National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Kota Rd, Bambala, Jaipur 303906 (Raj)


PG Prog in Agri-Business Mgt (2-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (Agri & allied subs and Vet Sc, IInd class).

Selectn: Computer Based Objective Test to be conducted by MANAGE.

Appln F: Apply to MANAGE.


Performing Arts

Mar 26 National Film Archive of India, Law College Rd, Pune 411004.

Ph: 5652259/9487


Summer Course in Film Appreciation (13 May - 8 June, 4 weeks)

Elig: Teachers, film society organisers/critics/journalists/researchers, Govt Officials handling films and others interested in film studies. Age: 18 yr. (on 1 July ‘02).

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with Rs 200/- by crossed DD favouring "Administrative Officer, NFAI, Pune" to the Director at the above add.



Mar 20 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Rd, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005

Ph: (022) 2152971


Research Scholars in the School of Mathematics (1-yr)

Elig: Master’s degree (Maths). Students of BSc (of exceptional merit) and BE/BTech (with interest in Maths).

Selectn: Written test/Interview.

Appln F: Send appln mentioning name, date & place of birth, add, nationality, acad qual, complete details of previous wk ex and details of published research wk (if any) with attested copies of testimonials pertaining to the mathematical ability of the candidate from 2 teachers and a photo to the Establishment Officer at the above add.



Mar 11 M/o HRD, D/o Secondary & Higher Education, ES 5 Section, A-1/W-3, Curzon Rd Barracks, K G Marg, New Delhi 110001

Belgian Govt Scholarships (10 mths), 2002-03

For PG studies in: i) Agronomy, (ii) Environmental Sc, (iii) Tech Metallurgy

Elig: Relevant Master’s degree (Ist class) with 60% marks in relev subj. Excellent academic performance & good knowledge of Eng/another European lang. Age: Below 35 yrs (on 1 Sept ‘02).

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with specified enclosures to the Section Officer at the above add.

Details: Employment News (23 Feb - 1 Mar).

Mar 15 M/o HRD, D/o Secondary & Higher Education, ES 3 Section, A-1/W-3, Curzon Rd Barracks, K G Marg, New Delhi 110001


Chinese Govt Scholarships, 2002-03

1) Chinese Lang & Lit

2) Fine Arts (Painting & Sculpture)

3) Pol Sc/Zool/Eco/Plant Breeding & Genetics/Environ Sc /Hist/Fisheries/Agronomy/Sericulture/Bot.

Elig: For 1: 2/3 yr basic grounding in Chinese. For 2: BFA (60%).

For 3: Relevant Master’s degree (60%) with 2 yrs teaching/work /research ex. Age: below 40 yrs (on 1 Sep ‘02).

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with attested copies of relev docs & 500 wds project/research description to the Section Officer at the above add. Can submit online.

Mar 25 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012

DBT-Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research in Biotech & Applied Biol

Elig: PhD (Sc, Engg) / MD. Age: Below 40 yrs.

Selectn: Based on CV & Interview.

Appln F: Send appln on plain paper with bio-data, list of publications (attach 2 reprints), copies of acad certs, 1 page synopsis of PhD/MD thesis and 2 letters of recommendation (acad) to Prof K Muniyappa, Coordinator DBT-PDF Program, D/o Biochemistry at the above add, superscribing the envelope "DBT-PDF".


Sciences (Biomed)

May 14 Dr BR Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007

1) MSc-PhD (Combined, Biomed Sc, 4-yr)

2) MSc (Biomed Sc, 2-yr)

3) PhD (Biomed Sc)

Elig: For 1 & 2: Bachelor’s degree (Biomed Sc/Life Sc/Zool/Bot/ Microbiol/Chem/Biochem/Environ Biol/Biotech/Lab Tech/BPharm /BVSc/MBBS, 55% agg).

For 3: Relevant Master’s degree/MVSc/MPharm/MD (55% agg). Only UGC CSIR-NET qualified candidates to apply.

Selectn: Entrance Test (1 June) at Arts Faculty by Bldg, Delhi Univ (North Campus) interview & GD.

Appln F: Send Rs 630/- by DD favouring "Director, Dr BR Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research" drawn on SBI, Service Br (code: 7687), to the Director at the above add by 30 Apr.

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi




1. Name the sitar maestro and composer who has become the first Indian to get the Grammy award thrice.

2. Who recently became the third Chief Minister of Uttaranchal?

3. Who became the youngest Lok Sabha Speaker at the age of 47?

4. Name the batsman who recently hit the fastest recorded double century in Test cricket.

5. Which country is building the world’s first-ever multipurpose spaceship for tourists?

6. Expand CHOGM.

7. Name the organisation with which Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was associated.

8. Name the creator of cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, daffy Duck and Road Runner.

9. How many Indians have figured in the latest Forbes list of world’s top 500 billionaires ?

10. To which country does the tallest man in the world, Hussain Bilad( 7ft 9in), belong?

11. Which country’s team of army motorcyclists recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for forming a human pyramid on 11 motor cycles and driving for 300m?

12. What is the full form of NICD?

13. in which country was a tiny edition of the Koran, considered to be the smallest printed book in the world, found recently?

14. Name the Australian leg-spinner who recently overtook Kapil Dev to become the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.

15. Where will be the 2006 Winter Olympic Games held?


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School address..........................


Winners of quiz 151. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Rohina Puri,VIII-A, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jakhoo Hills, Shimla-171001.

Second: Meghna Sharda, XII, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana.

Third: Piyush Vaidya, XIII, Sainik School Sujanpur Tihra(Hamirpur), HP-176110.

Answers to quiz 151: Slobodan Milosevic; Mother India and Salaam Bombay; Fourth; Cc; Pneumonic and Bubonic; Salt Lake City; March 23; March 28; Chandan village near Jodhpur; Centre for Development of Advanced Computing; Monster’s Inc; Oslo; Tabla; Pole vault; Ricky Ponting.

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