EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, April 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India

Technical institutes mushroom
S.K. Aggarwal
E all know that technical education is significant for the development of human resource to add value to the manufacturing and services sectors. At the time of Independence, the number of technical institutions in the country at the degree and diploma level were 38 and 53 with an annual admission capacity of 2,940 and 3,960, respectively, with facilities for post-graduate degree courses in engineering and technology virtually non-existent.






Technical institutes mushroom
S.K. Aggarwal

WE all know that technical education is significant for the development of human resource to add value to the manufacturing and services sectors. At the time of Independence, the number of technical institutions in the country at the degree and diploma level were 38 and 53 with an annual admission capacity of 2,940 and 3,960, respectively, with facilities for post-graduate degree courses in engineering and technology virtually non-existent.

In order to meet the challenges of globalisation of Indian economy, expansion of technical education, both at the degree and diploma level, with enlargement of programme areas and increase in the annual intake capacity is unprecedented anywhere else in the world.

Today, the number of engineering colleges and technical institutions at the degree level has risen to 58 and the polytechnics to 58 with an annual admission capacity of 12,565 and 9,425 respectively, in the States of Punjab, Haryana and the UT of Chandigarh.

More colleges are in the pipeline in the academic session 2002-2003 with an additional intake capacity in this region. All these colleges are duly approved by the AICTE, New Delhi, respective state governments, concerned universities and boards of technical education.

However, in spite of the significant proliferation of technical institutions, a lot has to be accomplished in respect of increasing the coverage of technical education and enhancing its accessibility to various categories of people, particularly in rural areas and under privileged sections of society, including the physically challenged persons who remain below the poverty line so that socio-economic scenario is changed to enable technology to play its role with greater relevance and objectivity.

A large number of upcoming institutions are in the self-financing sector. These are supposed to set reasonable academic standards by providing adequate level of academic and physical infrastructure, including land, building, laboratories and equipment as per the various schemes of examinations of respective affiliating universities and boards.

The norms of adequacy not being specified explicitly in a quantified manner, some of the institutions are deficient in land, laboratory, hostel and sports facilities and these ignore the quality of skill-oriented technical education and keep pointing at the inadequacies of others instead of addressing their own notwithstanding the fact that with the ever growing number of institutions in the region, students would prefer only the ones with higher inter-institutional rating and which provide for all facilities as per the strategies of the modern corporate world.

The demands of technical education are diametrically opposite between quality and the rising number of students. The institutions should mark that

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a life-time".



Q: I want to be a teacher in English. Would you please give me information about courses offered by CIEFL, Hyderabad?

Amisha Dhandha

A: At the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad 500007, you could opt for the following courses: 3 week Certificate in Teaching of English, 1-yr Diploma in Teaching of English as well as a 1-yr Diploma in English Studies for postgraduates.

You can also follow this up subsequently with a 2 semester MPhil in English.

Student I-card

Q: I am going to Australia for further studies. Could you please tell me how I could obtain the International Student’s Identity Card?

Ajay Arora

A: Almost 5 million students around the world get discounts and services through ISIC which is the only international proof of full-time student status.

This card entitles you to several benefits and discounts on airfares, rail and bus travel, accommodation, entry to museums and historical sights, cultural events, entertainment, restaurants and shops.

To apply for the card, call (011) 3368161/760/462 or 3364815 or e-mail to:

Structural Engg

Q: I am a graduate civil engineer and interested in postgraduate studies in structural engineering. Could you please tell me the list of institutes offering this course?

Joginder Sandhu

A: Following is a list of universities where you may take up ME/MTech in Structural Engineering and related areas:

Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-641046

Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin University PO, Cochin-682022

Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur-342001

Madurai Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai-625021

Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal-576119. (M.Tech).

Nagpur University, Ravindra Nath Tagore Marg, Nagpur-440001

University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram-695034

Visveswaraiah Technological University, K L E Hospital Campus, Belgaum-590010

Travel Agent

Q: I am a travel agent operating from home. Could you suggest some relevant courses that would help upgrade my skills?

Parvinder Singh

A: I presume you have an IATA/UFTAA certification. If so, here’s one course I came across recently.

Celebrity Cruises in collaboration with Travel Agent Magazine offers an online training programme for travel agents on:

This programme enables travel agents to become certified Celebrity Cruise Consultants and earn six credits for continuing education, three of which are required by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents (ICTA) for the certified travel consultant programme.

Event MGMT

Q: I’m keen on pursuing a career in event management. Could you please tell me about the entry requirements?

Harleen Kaur

A: Have you ever wondered how every element - sound, lighting, music and anchoring are timed perfectly like clockwork in a film award function or a fashion pageant without missing a beat? Well that’s event management ka kamaal for you!

A novel means of advertising and brand building, it involves planning, organising and executing live events to create awareness about a particular product, organisation or cause. The event could be just about anything - a musical night, a fashion show, a corporate seminar, an exhibition, a conference, a sports event, product or brand launch or even a wedding or birthday bash.

Besides the numerous event management firms, most advertising and PR agencies have a separate EM cell. Some of the high profile corporate houses also have their own in-house event wing. Typically, a good sized firm would have a staff of 30-40 people grouped in three main departments. At times, if it’s a big event, a part of the work (catering, music, security, advertising, etc) is sub-contracted to smaller firms. Freelance coordinators and artists are recruited as and when required. Freshers are paid Rs 500-1000 a day with grub and at times clothes thrown in. Although you’ll be made to run around, this is an ideal opportunity to learn the ropes.

Technical professionals handle the production and organisation of the event - lighting, acoustics, video, venue management and logistics, relevant permits etc. Venue management includes commissioning security personnel, managing the banquet area, refreshments and hospitality.

The marketing department comprises of a mixed bag of professionals drawn from sales and marketing, public relations, advertising and mass communication. Their main job is to sell the concept to the client and market the event to the media, sponsors and the public. For instance, the Miss India and Mr India contests and film award shows attract sponsors with deep pockets who stand to derive considerable mileage in terms of association and brand recall from partnering such events.

The creative team conceptualises the event - the actual presentation and visual impact. A special theme is created for the event, which is then reflected in every piece of communication and décor and music. A course or background in advertising would arm you with the necessary skills. Even commercial art graduates with some multimedia skills are suited for this department. In general, the minimum qualification required is graduation.

Besides loads of creativity, what you essentially require to succeed in this field are excellent communication, networking, organisational, logistical, marketing and presentation skills, many of which you will acquire on the job.

According to a recent FICCI - Arthur Andersen survey, the live entertainment and event management segment is poised to grow rapidly from the present Rs 250 crore to a whopping Rs 1,100 crore by 2005.

No Indian university offers a course in event management either at the undergraduate or postgraduate-level although there are several good private institutes providing PG courses in PR.

MBBS in Romania

Q: I could not prepare adequately for the medical entrance for some reason. If I don’t make it to a good Indian medical college, would Romania be a good option?

Sahil Verma

A: For students who could not make it to Indian medical colleges, countries like Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhastan have been the next options. But now Romania is fast emerging as a destination - especially in the field of medicine, which is the mainstay of Romanian education. The duration of the medical courses is six years, and the cost of the course comes out to be about US $3,000 p.a. The living costs are lower than those of some European countries i.e approximately US$ 200 p.m.

With 2,000 strong teaching faculty, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Bucharest and one of the oldest institutions in Romania caters to 10,000 students.

There are three main schools under the university. Students are selected on the basis of an interview. The minimum eligibility is a 10+2.

Romania provides quality education in the area of dentistry, digestive diseases and some surgical specialisations. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has also assured that there would be no problem in granting recognition to Romanian medical degrees. However, do check with the Medical council of India as well to make doubly sure.

Hotel MGMT

Q: I will be completing my diploma in Hotel Management shortly. But I am worried about my future. Can you possibly suggest names of some journals or newspapers which I can scan for vacancies in India and abroad?

Gautam Ghai

A: An additional 70,000 rooms were estimated to be added last year in India with a corresponding manpower requirement of nearly 2 lakh personnel, but admittedly, the hotel industry worldwide has had a tremendous setback, particularly post-WTC.

But that’s no cause for worry. These are cyclical changes that occur from time to time. Besides, as I’ve mentioned in my earlier columns, you don’t necessarily have to confine yourself to the hotel industry per se. Cruiseliners, holiday resorts, flight and institutional catering services and customer care are the other areas to look at.

Moreover, hotel management graduates are in good demand in the wider services sector including property management where the emphasis is on customer relations and interface.

As far as keeping an eye on new openings, try scanning the following industry-specific journals besides the Employment News and other mainline papers like this one:

HARI (The official magazine of The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (Crossection Publications), Delhi.

Express Hotelier & Caterer, Mumbai (

H&FS (Hotel & Food Service), Mumbai

Travel Talk (Durga Das Publications), Delhi.

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.





May 10 : REC—Kurukshetra 136119 CEET-2002 (for admission to 85% seats in Engg/Arch/Agri Engg in all RECs, all Govt/Govt Aided & Pvt Engg Colleges and CCSHAU, Hisar)

Elig: Class 12/3-yr Dip from Haryana State Technical Educn Board.

Test: 1 Jun.

Appln F: Send Rs 650/- by DD favouring "Principal, REC, Kurukshetra" payable at SBI, REC, Kurukshetra (Code 6260) to the Chairman, CEET-2002, at the above add or download from website. At Directorate of Technical Education, Haryana, SCO 38-39, Sector 17-A, Chandigarh: Rs 600/- (cash).

May 10 : University of Pune, Pune 411007 (Mah)

M.Tech (Atmospheric Phys)

Elig: MSc (Phys / Maths / Stats /

Meteorol/Comp Sc/Geophys (with Meteorol), 50%) with Phys at Bsc.

Selectn: Entrance Test (13 Jun) at 9 Centres.

Appln F: Apply on plain paper with full acad record from SSC onwards with Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Pune" payable at Pune and Stamped (Rs 5/-), self-add envelope to the Co-ordinator (Atmospheric Phy-sics), D/o Physics at the above add.

Details: Employment News (6-12 Apr).

May 15 : Punjab Technical Uni-versity, Jalandhar 144011 (Punj) Website:

Common Entrance Test-2002 (For BTech/BE/BArch in Univs & Institutions in Punjab)

Test: 2 Jun.

Appln F: Send Rs 575/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Punjab Technical University" payable at Jalandhar to the above add or download from website.

Details: See brochure or website.

May 27 : Indian Institute of Packaging, E-2, MIDC Area, PO Box No 9432, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400093 Ph: (022) 8219803/9469/6751.


PG Dip in Packaging (2-yr) (At Mumbai and Delhi)

Elig: BSc (with any one of Phys/Chem/Maths/Microbiol as main subj) or Agri/Food Sc or BE/BTech (55%)

Appln F: Send Rs 400/- by DD favouring "Indian Institute of Packaging" at the above add.


Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (Punj)

BCA (3-year) and BSc (IT, 3-yr)

(At affl colleges in Delhi)

Selectn: Entrance Test (15 May)

Appln F: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar", payable at Amritsar to the Cashier at the above add or the affiliated institutes in Delhi.

May 17 :Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (Punjab)

MCA (5-yr, Integrated)

(At Jal ’hr & Gurdaspur)

MBA (5-yr, Integrated)

(At Amritsar)

Elig: Class 12.

Selectn: Entrance Test (7 Jun).

Appln F: Send Rs 575/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar", payable at Amritsar to the Co-ordinator, MCA/MBA (FYIC-2002) at the above add.

Jun 10 : University of Jammu, Jammu 180006

MCA (3-yr), 2002-03

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (50% agg).

Selectn: Entrance Test (14 Jul) at Jammu.

Appln F: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring "Head, Department of Computer Science, University of Jammu", payable at Jammu along with stamped (Rs 35/-), self-add envelope (19 cm x 27 cm) to the Head, D/o Comp Sc at the above add by 28 May.


May 10 : Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (Punj)

LLB (5-yr, Integrated)

(At Regional Campus, Gurdaspur)

Elig: 10+2 (45%). Age: Below 20 yrs (on 1 Jul) Selectn: Entrance Test (28 May).

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar", payable at Amritsar to the Co-ordinator LET-2002, D/o Laws at the above add.

Library & Info Science

Jun 4 : Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre 14, Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi 110067

Ph: (011) 6863521


1) Associateship in Info Sc (2-yr, equiv to MLISc)

2) Short-Term Courses, 2002-03

(Comp Appln to Lib & Info Activities, WINISIS, Lib Automation & Resource Sharing, E-commerce Fundamentals, Internet Access and Online Info Retrieval, Bibliometrics and Tech Writing)

Elig: 50% agg in Master’s degree/BE/MBBS/Bachelor’s degree plus BLib Sc with 1-yr relev wk ex.

Selectn: Admission Test (18 Jun and Interview at New Delhi, B ’lore, Kolkata & Mumbai.

Appln F: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring "Director, INSDOC" payable at New Delhi with stamped (Rs 15/-), self-add envelope (25 cm x 20 cm) to the Head, ETTG at the above add.


May 25 : Guru Jambheshwar University, D/o Business Management, Hisar 125001 (Har)


MBA (2-yr)-2002

(at GJU, KU, MDU and Colleges affl to KU & MDU)

Elig: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree (50%)/CA/CWA/CS.

Selectn: Common Entrance Test (16 Jun) at 7 centres incldg Ch ’grh.

Appln F: Send Rs 625/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar" payable at Hisar to the Deputy Registrar (Academic) at the above add by 16 May or download from website.


May 10 : National Board of Examinations, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029


Post Doctoral Fellowship Programme in Sub-Specialities (2-yr): Critical Care Med; Trauma Care; High Risk Pregnancy; Vitreo-Retinal Diseases; Paed Opthal; Paed Ortho, Paed Cardiol; Cardiac Anaesthesia; Interventional Cardiol; Reproductive Med; Minimal Access Surg; Perpheral Vascular Surg; Hand Surg; Spine Surg.

Selectn: Written Test (8 Jun) at Delhi.

Elig:DNB/MD/MCh/MD/ MS/DM in respective areas.

Appln F: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring "National Board of Examinations, New Delhi" to the Assistant Controller of Examinations at the above add or download from website.

May 15 : Ahilya Bai College of Nursing, Lok Nayak Hospital (G/o NCT), New Delhi

BSc (Hons) Nursing (4-yr)

Elig: Females, 10+2 or equiv (PCB & Eng, 50%). Age: 17 (on 1 Oct).

Selectn: Entrance Test (22 Jun).

Appln F: Send Rs 100/- by IPO favouring "Medical Superintendent, Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi" with stamped (Rs 29/-), self-add envelope to the Principal at the above add by 3 May. Superscribe "Application for the Prospectus of BSc (Hons) Nursing Course" on envelope

May 31 : Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi 110029

1) Dip in Prosthetics & Orthotics (2½-yr)

2) Cert in Multi-Rehabilitation Worker (1½-yr)

Elig: For 1: 10+2 (PCM/PCB & Eng, 50%). Age: 17 yrs (on 1 Jul).

For 2: 10+2 (50%). Age: 17-21 yrs (on 1 Jul).

Appln F: Send Rs 10/- by IPO favouring "Accounts Officer, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi" payable at New Delhi psot office with stamped, self-add envelope (10 cm x 24 cm) to Rehabilitation Department, Room No 17 at th above add by 15 May.

Jun 10 Guru Nanak Dev Univeristy, Amritsar 143005 (Punj) Ph: (0183) 258802-09 (Extn: 3338/3504)

1) Master in Sports Physiotherapy (2-yr, Integrated)

2) Bachelor in Physiotherapy (4½-yr)

Elig: For 1: BPTh (50%)/MBBS. For 2: 10+2 (PCB, 50%)

Selectn: Entrance Test.

Appln F: Send Rs 275/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar" payable at Amritsar to the Deputy Registrar (General) at the above add.


May 25 : University of Pune, Pune 411007

Website: Advanced Dip in Bioinformatics (1-yr)

Elig: MSc/MVSc/MSc (Agri)/ MPharm/MD/ME/MCA/BE/MBBS/BTech (60%).

Appln F: Send Rs 50/- by DD favouring "The Registrar, Univer-sity of Pune" to the Director, Bioinformatics Centre at the above add.

Sciences - Physical

University of Pune, Pune 411007

* MSc (Space Sc)

* MSc (Applied, Atmospheric Sc)

Elig: BSc with Maths in Class 12

Selectn: Entrance Test (14 Jun). Report directly in D/o Space Sc.

Appln F: Apply on plain paper giving i) Name, ii) Add (incldg email & Ph No) and iii) Acad Record with Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Pune, Pune" with stamped (Rs 4/-), self-add envelope to the Head, D/o Space Sciences at the above add.

Teaching & EDU

University of Delhi, Faculty of Education, (Central Institute of Education), 33 Chhatra Marg, Delhi 110007.


1) PhD (Educn)

2) MPhil (Educn)

Jun 14 :

3) MEd (1-yr, FT & 2-yr, PT)

May 17:

4) BEd (1-yr)

Jun 8 : 5) B EI Ed (4-yr, For women)

Elig: For 3: BEd/B El Ed. For 4: Bachelor’s degree. For 5: Class 12.

Selectn: For 1: Interview & research proposal. For 2: Written Test & Interview. For 3,4,5: Written Test (For 3: 22 Jun, For 4: 1 Jun, For 5: 15 Jun) & Interview (For 3: 6-7 Jul, For 4: 29-30 Jun & 1-2 Jul, For 5: 27-28 Jun).

Appln F: Outstation candidates send Rs 65/- by DD favouring "Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Delhi" with self-add envelope (25 cm x 20 cm) to the above add. At D/o Education (CIE): Rs 30/- (cash).

Details: Employment News (20-26 Apr) or see prospectus.

Travel & Tourism

May 17: Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Fursatganj Airfield, Raebareli 229302 (UP)


Ph: (0535) 202096/97/202808

CPL (18 mth) & BSc (Aviation, 3-yr, CSJM Univ, Kanpur)

Elig: 10+2 (PCM), Current Indian PPL & 60 hrs flying ex (30 hrs solo) in last 3 yrs.

Selectn: Written (PPL std) & Reasoning Test (28 May). Aptitude Test & Interview (29 & 30 May). No call letter will be sent. Those fulfilling elig conditions must report to IGRUA at 9 am on 28 May.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with Rs 1500/- by crossed DD favouring "IGRUA" payable at Raebareli.

Details: Employment News (6-12 Apr).


Guru Nanak Dev Univeristy, Amritsar 143005 (Punj)

Jun 3 : MBE (at Amritsar and Doaba College, Jal ’hr)

May 24 : LLM (at Amritsar and Regional Campus, Jal ’hr)

May 17 : MTech (IT/Urban Planning at Amritsar)

May 30 : MTech (Comp Sc (PT) at Regional Campus, Jal ’hr)

Selectn: Entrance Test. For 1: 19 Jun. For 2: 10 Jun. For 3, 4: 3 Jun. For 5: 14 Jun.

Appln F: Send Rs 275/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar" to Assistant Registrar (General) at the above add.

May 17 : Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (Punj)

* BPharm (4-yr)

* BSc (Hons, Bot/Chem/Human Genetics/Phys, 3-yr)

* BSc (Industrial Microbiol, 3-yr)

Selectn: Entrance Test (5 Jun).

Appln F: Send Rs 275/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar" to the Co-ordinator, JET (UG), D/o Human Genetics to the above add.

May 20 : Allahabad Agricultural Institute-Deemed University, Allahabad 211007 (UP)

Ph: (0532) 695020/697221


A) Faculty of Business Studies

1) PG Progs: i) MBA (4 sems), ii) Master of Agri-Business Mgt (4 sems)

2) UG Progs: i) BBA (Hons, 8 sems)

B) Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences & Education

1) PG Progs: i) MSc Anthropology (4 sems), ii) MLISc (2 sems)

2) UG Progs: i) BLISc (2 sems)

C) Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences

1) PG Progs: Master of Public Health (Prog Design & Mgt/ Reprod Health/Training & Ext/ Health Sys Mgt, 4 sems)

2) UG Progs: i) BSc (Med Lab Tech, 8 sems) ii) BSc (Health Sc, 8 sems) iii) BPharm (8 sems)

D) Faculty of Science

1) PG Progs: MSc (Biochem/Biotech/Microbiol/Maths, 4 sems)

2) UG Progs: i) BTech Biotech (Genetic Engg/Biochem Tech/Industrial Microbiol, 8 sems), ii) BSc (Hons, Microbiol/ Bio-chem/Phys/Maths, 8 sems)

Selectn: All India Entrance Test (15 Jun).

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Allahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University" payable at SBI, AAI Branch (Code: 2506) to the above add.

University (Open)

May 31 : Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068



* Dip in Mgt

* PG Dip in Mgt

* PG Dip in HRM

* PG Dip in Fin Mgt

* PG Dip in Oper Mgt

* PG Dip in Mktg Mgt

Elig: Bachelor’s degree with 3 yrs wk ex or Degree in Engg/Tech/Med/Arch/Law or CA/CS/CWA or Master’s degree.

Selectn: Entrance Test (OPENMAT-XII, 4 Aug) at 175 centres.

Appln F: Send Rs 350/- by DD favouring "IGNOU" payable at city from where it is requisitioned by post by 15 May.


D/o Training & Technical Education (Gov of NCT of Delhi), Muni Mayaram Marg, Near TV Tower, Pitampura, Delhi 110088

Ph: 7425342/25343/11169


Polytechnic Admission, 2002

May 15 1) Dip in Pharmacy

2) Dip in Computer Engg

June 5 3) Dip (Arch/Automobile/ Chem/Civil/Construction/Elect/Electron & Comm/Digital Electron/ Med Electron/Instru & Control/Mech /Mech (Maintenance)/Plastic/Printing/Prodn/Public Health & Environ Engg/Tool & Die Making/Beauty Culture/Fashion Design/Garment Fabrication Tech/Art for Drawing Techers/Commercial Art/Text Desg/Interior Design/Med Lab Tech/Lib Sc)

4) Dip in Modern Office Practice (Hindi & Eng)

Elig: For 1: Class 12 (PCM/PCB). For 2: Class 12 (PCM). For 3: Class 10 (Sc & Maths). For 4: Class 12.

Selectn: Common Entrance test (conducted by GGSIPU, Delhi).

For 1: 25 May. For 2: 26 May. For 3: 23 June. For 4: 30 June.

Appln F: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Principal, Pusa Polytechnic" payable at Delhi/New Delhi with stamped (Rs 50/-), self-add envelope (24 cm x 30 cm) by 3 May (for 1, 2) & 21 May (for 3, 4) to Pusa Polytechnic, New Delhi 110012. At specified P & S Bank Branches (in Delhi): Rs 200/- (cash) by 15 May

(for 1, 2) & 5 June (for 3, 4).



1. In which year did the first train run in India?

2.Name the mascot guard of the Indian Railways, which was released recently?

3. Which building in Mumbai has been sought to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List by the National Rail Museum?

4. Who will replace Chokila Iyer as the new Foreign Secretary?

5. What is the new name that has been given to the Booker Prize?

6. What is the full form of SETI?

7. Name Italy’s tallest building that was recently hit by a small plane.

8. What are the current oil reserves in world (in billion barrels)?

9. Who has been elected the President of East Timor, set to become the world’s newest nation on May 20?

10. On the outskirts of which town in Maharashtra is a 50,000-yr-old crater —believed to be the world’s oldest — situated?

11. What is the capital of Guatemala?

12. Expand CSIR.

13. Name the Formula One World Champion.

14.Whose Test record of 29 centuries was recently equalled by Sachin Tendulkar?

15. After how many years did India recently record its Test cricket victory in the Caribbean?


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

Winners of quiz 155. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Tashi, IX-A, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Nav Bahar, Shimla.

Second: Pulkit Garg, VI-B, Dashmesh Public School, Faridkot.

Third: Rohit Mian, IX-B, Shimla Public School, Khalini, Shimla-171002.

Answers to quiz 155: The New York Times; BN Kirpal;VVS Laxman ; 1915; The Netherlands; Brain; Railway Protection Force; Simputer team; Wal-Mart; San Jose; Guru Nanak; National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development ;Ariel Sharon; Khalid Khannouchi; West Zone.

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