Thursday, June 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Admission hiccups: Few takers for centralised forms
Tarun Gill

New Delhi June 12
Applying to the prestigious Delhi University has become an expensive proposition for some students. The price of a college prospectus varies from Rs 75 to Rs 125. Since students are expected to apply to at least half a dozen colleges, they end up spending a packet on forms and prospectuses.

This prevents many needy students from applying to several colleges. They can only take their chance at one or two colleges.

“I really can’t afford to apply to all the colleges, though I have scored good grades in the twelfth standard. But most of the prospectuses cost a fortune — Rs 100. I just can’t afford them. That is why I am restricting my choice to only a few colleges,” says Anjum, a prospective applicant at Delhi University.

“The college authorities give us the prospectus even if we ask them for an application form. We don’t mind that. But, they should not charge us extra for each application form, which in some colleges works out to Rs 10.

“I have applied to eight colleges and spent Rs 5,000 on applications. And am still not sure if I would make it to the college of my choice,” says Yuvraj, another applicant.

“I have come all the way from Meerut. I thought that the maximum it would take is Rs 100 to apply to most of the good colleges, but I was wrong. I could get only one prospectus and now I have to go all the way back to Meerut and reconsider my decision to apply to this university.

Though the Delhi University did initiate the process of accepting centralised forms in all colleges for a mere Re 1, but the students still prefer to take the prospectus as well as the form and the information bulletin, which cost Rs 10. Yet, the prospectus does not give them any useful information about their chosen college. In fact, some of the colleges are not even accepting these forms. “Colleges do accept the centralised forms but, at times, they are reluctant. We actually have to request them to accept such forms. On June 5, when the admission process started, some of the colleges refused to accept the centralised forms. And the excuse was that they didn’t have the registration number on them,” said Purohit, yet another applicant at DU.

“If they were to have their own way, they won’t even consider introducing the centralised form, forget about accepting it. The DU authorities should strictly implement the scheme of centralised forms,” he further added.

St. Stephen’s College is one such college, which is not accepting centralised forms. “St. Stephen’s College has always been different. It has its own set of rules and regulations. Agreed, minority colleges do not necessarily have to abide by the Delhi University diktat, but if other minority colleges such as Jesus and Mary and Khalsa College have no problems in accepting such forms, St. Stephen’s should also start accepting them,” said a DU official.


BPharm entrance test on June 16 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 12
Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) will hold a common entrance test for admission to Bachelor of Pharmacy course run by various universities and institutions in Haryana on June 16 from 10 am to 12 noon at Rohtak.

The entrance test for LLB (five year) will also be held on June 16 from 3 pm to 4 pm, a university spokesman said. He said that the university had already dispatched the admit cards and roll numbers to all eligible candidates. The candidates who have not received the admit cards should come in person along with attested photographs and fees of Rs 50 for getting duplicate admit cards.

The spokesman said that the examination forms as well as prospectus of various courses being run by MDU are now available at the head post offices at Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rewari, Narnaul, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Bahadurgarh, Gohana, Mahendragarh and Charkhi Dadri.

Interested candidates can buy these forms and prospectus from any of these post offices at an additional charge of Rs10 only over the printed price. The additional Rs 10 would go to the Postal Department towards service charges.


PGIMS docs fear malpractice during entrance test
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 12
Apprehending large-scale irregularities in the medical entrance examination of Pt B. D. Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences slated for June 17 here, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of the institute has appealed to the Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University to take effective measures to check all sorts of malpractice.

In a letter sent to the Vice-Chancellor on Wednesday, Dr Sushil Mangla, president of the RDA, said several irregularities and lapses, including mass copying, unsealed question papers, laxity in invigilation duty etc. were reported during the conduct of the examination last year. Even a case was field in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the connection and an inquiry was conducted, he added.

Dr Mangla said the RDA had reliably learnt that several candidates had managed to get their roll numbers allotted in a sequence of their choice and had been planning mass copying. The RDA president said it would make a mockery of the examination system and amount to playing with the future of the deserving candidates if immediate measures were not taken to preempt such evil plans.

He appealed to the KU Vice-Chancellor to ensure foolproof seating arrangement so that the examinees, who were allotted sequential roll numbers, could not get their seats together and the exam was conducted in a free and fair manner.


Teachers frown on UGC’s notice to discipline them
Gaurav Choudhury

A recent directive of the University Grants Commission (UGC) asking the college authorities to delegate at least 40 hours of workload per week to every teacher has not gone down well with the teaching community in the Delhi University. According to the UGC’s mentioned guidelines, the working day in a department or faculty should not become just a few hours of the forenoon.

There should be a timetable to accommodate the various academic activities over at least eight hours on a working day.

The number of lectures, tutorials, seminars, lab sessions etc, adequate for each course, should be worked out and made known in a handbook of courses.

The maximum workload should be the same in all departments and for all teachers. In postgraduate centres, where considerable research activity is envisaged, the direct teaching of the staff will be reduced and the staff will accordingly devote the remaining time for active research.

The notification also conveys that teachers should spend a certain amount of time every day in the college and department irrespective of whether they have direct teaching duty on certain days.

This is to insure that a teacher is available for his students for consultation or discussion on various matters that come up in the institution.

It also says that a teacher in non-laboratory subject should devote at least 10 hours for teaching, four hours for tutorials, 10 hours for research work, 10 hours for preparation for teaching and five hours devoted to his personal studies.

Senior teachers like readers and professors, in addition to their own research work, guide and supervise a fairly large number of students for M.Phil., Ph.D. degrees.

They also have to attend consultative meetings of various organisations, sometimes related to teaching and sometimes to research.

“Delhi University doesn’t provide us with enough facilities in the department. Some colleges don’t have even research centres, so what do we do,” a senior teacher of Delhi University said.

“College staff rooms are very small. It is practically impossible for all the teachers to find a proper place. That’s why some of the lecturers don’t devote much time, when it comes to reading,” said another faculty member of Delhi University.

“We will bring up this topic in our next Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) meeting,” he said.

Inputs from Tarun Gill

MindSpan seminars

Information technology major, Tata Infotech, held a seminar titled `MindSpan’, on “Careers in Emerging Sectors” in the industrial city of Faridabad. The seminar was organised with a view to educating the youth on how to cope with the challenges and opportunities faced by the young students.

Inaugurating the seminar, Dr Kiran Bedi, Joint Commissioner of Police said, “MindSpan seminars are all about guiding the students towards making the right career choices. I hope that MindSpan will inspire the young minds to strive to be the best, both in their career and society.”

Dr Subhash Jhagota, vice-president Punj Lloyd (HR), said, “India is at the forefront of providing the best brains in the IT field. Many multi-national companies are relocating their service divisions to India and this has provided a tremendous career opportunity to young men and women.

The growth of the software industry witnessed in the 90s will be replicated by the IT-enabled services in this decade.”

Tata Infotech Education is the education services division of Tata Infotech Limited and is a leading player in the field of IT education providing career and professional courses through several centres spread across the country and abroad.

MindSpan seminars are conducted by Tata Infotech at three levels—aimed at high school students, for students undergoing training at Tata Infotech Education centres and at the final level. MindSpan brings experts from the industry to the students who are on the verge of completing their career courses.

MindSpan provides a forum in which experts come and talk to the prospective professionals to provide a perspective of not only what careers are available today, but also what the future may have in store for them.

ISC symposium

An All India Management Association (AIMA) delegation of 10 top Indian executives and professional managers recently attended an international symposium organized by the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The symposium deliberated on the theme, “Pushing Limits—Questing Goals”.

AIMA has signed a collaboration agreement with the ISC Foundation of St. Gallen that envisages joint research programmes of interest to both sides.

The delegation included Mr Rajive Kaul, president, AIMA and CMD, NICCO Corporation Ltd., Dr J.J. Irani, director, Tata Sons, Mr Sudhir Jalan, MD, Bells Controls Ltd., Mr P.R. Menon, MD Tata Chemicals, Mr Pradip Shroff, president and MD, PRS Permacel Pvt. Ltd. and Maj-Gen. D.N. Khurana, DG-AIMA among others.

As many as 32 Indian students from the leading business schools who had been selected by the ISC Foundation through a competition participated in the symposium.

The symposium, which was attended by over 100 delegates from all over the world, was addressed by a large number of international speakers. One of the important sessions was addressed by Mr Rajive Kaul on “India’s Knowledge Workers: The Last Frontier”.

This symposium is considered a ‘Mini Davos’ and provides an opportunity for interaction between generations and different nationalities.


Compulearn Tech India has launched a window-solution in urban and semi-urban areas through which the company will provide back-end support and IT solutions to the computer training institutes in the country.

“With more than 1.5 lakh institutes operating in north and central India, we aim to reinforce these institutes with state-of-the-art IT education to enable them to offer the best to all aspiring students. This kind of back-end support can help improve the quality of the country’s IT education,” principal consultant, Compulearn India, Mr Kamal Rastogi said.

Media studies

Mewar Institute of Media and Communication (MIMC), located in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, is shortly going to introduce courses in advertising, public relations and journalism.

According to a statement issued by the institute, the study programmes are tailored for those who are interested in a career in media and communication.

“The stress is on continuous practical training through interaction with leading professionals from corporate and media houses. Seminars and internships with leading advertising agencies, corporate and media houses are designed to develop the skills in communication.

Projects and case studies, besides a regular study of the curriculum, further sharpen the expertise of the students to excel in their future career,” the statement said.


Custodial death: Judicial remand of cops extended
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 12
The judicial remand of all the six police personnel accused in the case of the custodial death of Naresh Kumar of Rojhuwas village, about 15 km from here, has been further extended to another 14 days by Mr A. K. Singhal, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Rewari.

The accused are Balwant Singh, former Station House Officer of the Rohrai police station, Bhoop Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector, and Shakunt Raj, Sunil Kumar and Rati Ram, all constables.

It is reported that Balwant Singh, the main accused who was arrested on May 29 after a prolonged hunt of about four months, is at present lodged in the PGIMS Rohtak for treatment of some ailment. In February 2002, members of two warring factions of Rojhuwas village came to blows at the Rohrai police station. Seeing this, the police resorted to stringent action during which it chanced to get hold of Naresh who was just watching it from a distance and who had nothing to do with either of the warring factions. He was allegedly given a sounding thrashing by the police, which resulted in his death at the local civil hospital.

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