EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, April 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India




Why do we say that?
The life of Reilly

Anybody living the ‘life of Reilly’ (sometimes spelt ‘Riley’) is surrounded by luxury and has no cares or worries.





Q: Please tell me something about assistantships for higher studies in the USA. Are these easy to get?

Deepak Kumar

A: Assistantships are not very easy to get as they have many contenders. They normally fall under the following categories:

Teaching Assistantships: You will be expected to interact via teaching with the undergrads.

Research Assistantship: You will work under a professor assisting him/her with research.

Grader Position: You won’t have any student interaction. You only have to grade their work.

Fellowship: Requires no work from your side but difficult to get. Only awarded to exceptional students.

You may not receive an assistantship (either teaching or research or grader or fellowship) while still in India. However, as soon as you land in the US, you may get your lucky break in the tests that are offered on a competitive basis for these much-in-demand assistantships.


Q: I am a student of electronics engineering. Could you please tell me something about the scope of avionics and whether it is taught in India?

Rupinder Singh

A: Avionics deals with the operation and design of electronic systems, circuitry and components in aircraft, missiles and satellites.

A vital branch of electronics, avionics has many sub areas like avionics architecture, aircraft control & guidance, electronic warfare. It also offers immense scope for higher studies and research.

Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai 600044 (affiliated to Anna University) offers ME (Avionics) which is an inter-disciplinary programme integrating concepts and techniques from the field of aeronautics, electronic and instrumentation.

Besides the theoretical courses, students participate in practical training in user labs and in project work on live aviation development programmes.

The objective of the programme is to generate high quality trained manpower needed for avionics labs and industry both in the defence as well as the civilian sectors. It provides training to fresh graduates and practising engineers. The programme is entirely funded by D/o Electronics, GoI. It also has laboratory support from the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), NAL and ISRO.

This programme admits two categories of candidates.

1) Regular candidates with GATE scores.

2) Those without GATE qualification are admitted on the basis of the Non-GATE Entrance Exam conducted by Anna University.

The necessary qualification is BE/BTech or equivalent degree either in electronics & communication, instrumentation, aeronautics, computer sciences & engineering or electrical and electronics engineering. Outstanding candidates admitted to this course can apply for the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) fellowship and Aeronautics Research & Development Board (AR&DB) fellowship which offers enhanced financial support and job assurance in DRDO.

Candidates from the industry / R&D (public or private) deputed by their organisation on a full-time basis for the duration (now 2-years) of the course can also apply. They should have passed their qualifying exam (Ist division) in specified fields within the last 10 years. They are selected on the basis of an interview conducted by a selection committee specially constituted for this purpose by Anna University. For details, log on to: As avionics establishments are hard-pressed for time to organise in-house training for graduates coming from a general electronics or aeronautics background, those specialising in this field have excellent employment opportunities. Organisations involved in developing systems simulation software also employ these specialists.

Radio Jockey

Q: I am a final year student of B.Com. I want to be a radio jockey. What are the essentials to start as a RJ?

Rajeev Mittal

A: A successful presenter has the ability to communicate what s/he wants to say to the audience. Good and clear diction is vital. You don’t need to put on an accent.

Besides, you must be able to write your own script. Presently the programming on AIR FM is a mixed bag of music, news, infotainment and current affairs, so you can try your hand at a variety of programs. If you are presenting a music-based programme, it goes without saying that you must be well acquainted with the music you are playing. The interactive dial-in programmes where the RJ gets to interact with his listeners are amongst the most popular. As more players like Radio Mirchi come in, there will be several more openings for good RJs. So don’t be afraid of going for an audition. It’s a fun part-time option for anyone who has a decent voice and the gift of the gab. And a fantastic confidence booster to boot!


Q: I am a fresh CA and have some knowledge of programming (C and Java). I would now like to break into technology — perhaps in an area like ERP. Is it possible?

Mandeep Saini

A: The IT industry does hire non-IT specialists in a functional consulting role. For example, an experienced materials manager or a chartered accountant with exposure to SAP or PeopleSoft implementation may be hired by an ERP company specialising in logistics or financial software as a domain specialist.

Similarly, a senior FMCG sales and marketing professional could be inducted as a functional specialist by an IT company providing solutions in the area of CRM. As functional experts they can help customise the software to suit the client’s specific requirement in a specific business area.

But, another aspect to be noted is that in IT companies the ratio of functional to technical professionals inducted is normally 1:50. Hence, a switch from non-IT to IT should be planned meticulously and not ad hoc.


Q: I am a student of Class XII. How do I make a career as a meteorologist and where do I study this subject?

Ajay Monga

A: Meteorology is an inter-disciplinary science, which studies and analyses processes in the earth’s atmosphere that cause weather conditions. This information is vital for making daily weather forecasts, which impact business and industry, transport and telecommunication, agriculture and defence and several other areas of daily life.

The work essentially involves collection of data on the weather and research study on atmospheric cyclones and precipitation, lightning, etc. This data is then utilised for several purposes. For example in agriculture, weather bulletins and meteorological alerts help farmers deciding the course of action for protecting and enhancing crop yields.

In aviation, critical information is provided to pilots and airports on actual and expected weather conditions, surface winds, temperature, visibility etc. Precise weather warning is vital for ships sailing on the high seas. Weather bulletins are broadcast at regular intervals providing information about prevailing atmospheric conditions particularly along the lines of disturbance.

Various govt. departments including Revenue, Public Works, Irrigation, Power, Post & Telegraph and public sector undertakings operating in critical infrastructure sectors are regularly warned against adverse weather conditions.

Job Prospects: Most jobs are with Indian Meteorological Dept. Meteorologists can work as weather forecasters with weather bureau. The aviation, shipping, agriculture, public sector organisations require meteorologist as does the defence force. They can also go for teaching & academics.

The Indian Meteorological Dept. recruits those specialising in Physics through the UPSC. Graduates in physics are employed as Senior Observers while postgraduates as Assistant Professors.

With the increasing the demand for information regarding weather and atmospheric conditions, the meteorologist’s work is gaining relevance.

Where to Study: MS University of Baroda, Andhra University and Cochin University of Science & Technology offer MSc in Meteorology

Bharathiar University, Coimbatore offers a diploma in Meteorology.




Business studies

May 16 Himachal Pradesh University, University College of Business Studies, AVA Lodge, Shimla 171004 (HP)

1) BBA (3-yr)

2) BCA (3-yr)

Elig: 10+2

Selectn: For 1: Written Test, GD & Interview. For 2: Written Test.

Appln F: Send Rs 225/- by DD favouring "Director, University College of Business Studies, H P University, AVA-Lodge, Shimla 171004" to the Director at the above add.


Apr 5 Army HQ, Room No 45, ‘L’ Block, New Delhi 110001

Recruitment of Women in Military Nursing Service (SSC)

Elig: Indian citizens who are State Registered Nurse and Midwife with BSc Nursing/Post Certificate BSc Nursing. Age: 21-35 yrs (on 31 Dec ‘02).

Selectn: Written Test and Interview.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to the Director General of Medical Services/DGMS-4B at the above add.

Details: Employment News (16-22 Mar).


Apr 27 Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Post Graduate School, New Delhi 110012

Ph: (011) 5733438, E-mail:

PhD (Agri Sc)

Elig: Master’s degree (60% or equiv OGPA).

Selectn: Entrance Exam (9 June).

Appln F: Send Rs 350/- by DD favouring Registrar (Academic), Post Graduate School, IARI" payable at Delhi to Registrar (Academic) at the above add.

Details: Info bulletin.

Power Engg

May 17 National Power Training Institute, NPTI Complex, Sector 33, Faridabad 121003 (Har)

PG Dip in Thermal Power Plant Engg (1-yr), 2002-03

Elig: BE/Equiv (Mech/Elect/Electron). Age: Below 30 yrs

Selectn: Merit in qualifying exam.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by crossed DD favouring "NPTI" payable at Faridabad to the Director (Technical) at the above add.


Apr 5 M/o H R D, D/o Secondary & Higher Educn, A-1/W-3, Curzon Rd Barracks, K G Marg, New Delhi 110001

Italian Govt Scholarship, 2002-03

1) Category ‘A’: Italian Lang, Level-V (Superior 6 mths)

2) Category ‘B’: Italian Lang, Level-IV (Adv, 3 mths)

3) Category ‘C’: Italian Lang, Level-III (Intermediate, 1 mths)

4) Category ‘D’: Italian Lang (Supplementary, 2 mths)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree or equiv. Age: Below 45 yrs (on 5 Apr). For 1: Level IV Dip; For 2: Level III Dip from Univ for Foreigners, Perugia; For 3 & 4: Good knowledge of Italian and proof of knowledge mandatory.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with specified enclosures to the Section Officer, ES 5 Section at the above add.


Apr 30 National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, Sector 67, SAS Nagar, Mohali 160062 (Punj)

Ph: (0172) 214682/4687


Masters’ Prog: MS (Pharm)/MPharm/MTech (Pharm

PhD Progs

Elig: See Employment News (23-29 Mar).

Selectn: Written test (21 June) & Interview (24 & 25 June).

Appln F: Send Rs 750/- by crossed DD favouring "Director, NIPER" payable at SAS Nagar/Ch ‘grh with stamped 2 self-add slips to the Section Officer (Exam) the above add or download from website.

Health Sciences

Apr 12 Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Kotkapura Rd, Faridkot 151203 (Punj)

Post Graduate Entrance Test (PGET-2002)

(For PG Dips at Govt Med/Dental Colleges in Amritsar, Patiala & Faridkot & Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana)

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by DD to the Coordinator, PGET-2002 at the above add. Write your name & add on reverse of DD.

Vocational Edu

May 15 Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal 148106 (Punj)

Ph: (0167)3283609/3917/4836

Technical & Vocational Educn

(For Individuals with disabilities)

1) Formal Programs: Cert/Dip Progs (2-yr)

2) Non-formal Programs (3 mths): Vocational Training Progs (Data Entry Operator, Motor Winding/Electrical Gadgets Repair, Carpentry, Plumbing, Cutting and Tailoring, Food Processing)

Elig: For 1: 10/10+2 (Non-Med).

Selectn: Entrance Test (23 June).

Appln F: Available free of cost in the Institute.


Apr 18 IIT-Madras, Chennai 600036


For admission to: MS/MS (Entrepreneurship)/MS (Sponsored)/PhD, July 2002

Elig: See Employment News (16-22 Mar).

Appln F: Send Rs 250/- by DD favouring by ‘IIT, Madras’ payable at SBI (IIT Br) with 2 self-add slips (5 cm x 10 cm) by 10 Apr. Superscribe "Request for Application Form For PhD/MS Programme" on envelope. Or download from website.


May 30 Director General of Civil Aviation (Training Section), Technical Centre, Opp Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi 110003

Scholarship/Stipend to SC/ST Cands (24 mths)

(For Flying Training upto PPL Std)

Elig: Indian citizen. 10+2 (Maths & Phys). Age: 17-20 yrs (on 1 Apr). Parent’s/Guardian’s income not exceeding Rs 44,500 pa.

Selectn: Written test (At 22 Centres incldg Amritsar & Del).

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

Details: The Tribune (22 Mar).


May 24 National Sugar Institute, Kalianpur, Kanpur 208017 (UP)

1) PG Dip Course of Associateship of NSI (Sugar Tech, 2½-yr)

2) PG Dip Course of Associateship of NSI (Sugar Engg, 1½-yr)

3) PG Dip in Indsl Fermentation & Alchohol Tech (1-yr)

4) Cert in Sugar Engg (2 Off-Seasons)

5) Cert in Sugar Boiling (1 Off-Season)

6) Preharvest Cane Maturity Survey Cert Course (1½-mth)

7) Fellowship of NSI by Research

Elig: See Employment News (23-29) Mar.

Selectn: Send Rs 133/- (for Ordinary Post) & Rs 145/- (for Regd Post) by MO favouring "Director, National Sugar Institute, Kalianpur, Kanpur 208017" to the Director at the above add by 8 May.


Apr 30 IIT - Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302

MTech: D/o Aerospace Engg/Agri & Food Egg/Biotech/Civil Engg/Chem Engg/Comp Sc & Engg/Elect Engg/Electronics & Elect Comm Engg/Geol & Geophy/Humanities & Social Sc/Indsl Engg & Mgt/Maths/Mech Engg/Metallurgical & Materials Engg/Mining Engg/Ocean Engg & Naval Arch/Phy & Meteorol & Centres of Cryogenic Engg/Materials Sc/Reliability Engg & Rubber Tech

MCP: D/o Arch & Regional Planning.

Elig: For MTech: Relev BE/BTech/BPharm or MSc/AMIE etc with GATE score. For MCP: Also NET qualified candidates with MA in relev subjs.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "IIT-Kharagpur" payable at Kharagpur to the Chairman GATE by 16 Apr. At specified Canara Bank Br (incld SCO 117-119, Sec 17C Ch ‘grh): Rs 300/- (cash).

Details: Employment News (23-29 Mar).




1. How many times has the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament been held in independent India?

2. Name the genetically-modified crop whose commercial cultivation and marketing was recently cleared by the government.

3. Name the South African millionaire who will become the second space tourist when he flies to the International Space Station( ISS) on April 25.

4. Which film won the Oscar award in the best foreign language film category this year?

5. Name the film that won the Oscar for the best motion picture at the 74th Academy Awards ceremony.

6. Who won the best actor award in this year’s Academy Awards function?

7. Who got the best actress Oscar this year?

8. Which two cities of India and China were directly linked by air on March 28, cutting travel time by more than half ?

9. Which organic compound has been allowed by the government to be blended with petrol throughout the country in two phases to help reduce pollutants?

10. What is the capital of Uganda?

11. Name the England cricketer who recently died in a car crash in Perth.

12. Expand PGCIL.

13. Where will be the ninth South Asian Federation( SAF) games held?

14. Name the first Indian woman badminton player to participate in Olympics and eight-time former national champion who recently announced her retirement from the game.

15. Against which country did the Indian women’s cricket team recently record its first-ever Test victory abroad?

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

Winners of quiz 153. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Rohan Bir Singh, VII-A, Gen Gurnam Singh Public School, Patiala bypass, outer Nabha Gate,near Baba Aapoaap Hospital, Sangrur, Punjab.

Second: Vikram Saini, VIII, Arya School, GT Road, Dinanagar, district Gurdaspur-143531.

Third: Surbhi Jindal, IX-B, Sophia Convent School, Kalka-Shimla highway, Kalka, district Panchkula.

Answers to quiz 153: Nathan Astle; Dag Hamarskjold medals; Robert Mugabe; Reliance Industries Limited & Reliance Petroleum Limited; Vijayedra Kaul; Film and Telivision Institute of India; Amsterdam;1988; Germany; 10th; CR Kumar; FIFA; National Stadium; Sri Lanka; Graham Thorpe and Andy Flintoff.

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



Why do we say that?
The life of Reilly

Anybody living the ‘life of Reilly’ (sometimes spelt ‘Riley’) is surrounded by luxury and has no cares or worries.

The saying emerged from the music hall day of the 19th century. One popular song of the time was about an Irishman actually named O’Reilly, who dreamed of the luxury life ahead once he made his fortune. The song was called, ‘Are you the O’Reilly?’ The chorus, which the audience sang, want: ‘Are you the O’Reilly who keeps this hotel? Are you the O’Reilly they speak of so well? Are you the O’Reilly they speak of so highly? Corblimey, O’Reilly, you are looking well’.