EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India
 

Science division retrograde step
Surjeet Singh
T
he division of UG (science) into two streams B.Sc (General) and B.Sc (Honours), is a retrograde step out of tune with the changed times. The word ĎGeneralí itself is depreciatory and therefore repugnant in physics education.

CAMPUS SCENE
KU introduces more courses
K.G. Dutt

Karnal

In order to provide more employment avenues to students, the Directorate of Correspondence Courses of Kurukshetra University has introduced fresh courses designed keeping in view the market needs.

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Science division retrograde step
Surjeet Singh

The division of UG (science) into two streams B.Sc (General) and B.Sc (Honours), is a retrograde step out of tune with the changed times.

The word ĎGeneralí itself is depreciatory and therefore repugnant in physics education. The elitist division assumes that there are inferior and superior students at the degree level. This assumption leads to rural and urban divide. This divide is politically exploited for the benefit of none.

Rural students become a (dis)favoured class for seeking funds for rural education. This hurts the process of higher education seriously because it remains deprived of funds for development.

One clear implication of it is the wasteful expenditure. And this is avoidable. The B.Sc (General) has little market value and, hence, limited job opportunities. For example, education is the largest employer. Here the recruitment conditions are unfavourable for a +2 physics teacher. The applicant must have masterís degree for the post of a physics teacher.

Even in engineering or medical college, a masterís degree is a must for physics teacher. But B.Sc (General) would not be admitted to the M.Sc (Physics). Then why invest money, time and resources for this not-so-useful course? The B.Sc (General) needs to be scrapped.

B.Sc (Honours) is a remarkable course. It is an updated curriculum and a welcome change. Its implementation will bring about the much-needed uniformity in UG degree courses. A student or a teacher with this degree will be fit to join any university in India. The problem of equivalence is a lot simple. The syllabus for physics is very large; it includes biological and medical science too.

Its main feature is project work. But parameters of the project work are not described clearly in the CDC Report. The project work has a wide spectrum of studies. However, its basic ingredients remain the same. I believe the intention of the project is to orient a student towards thinking on research lines.

But not even one contact hour is recommended for this student activity Indian students are the weakest in writing research paper. They are unaware of the stipulations of the university for writing a dissertation. They have no idea of the need for acknowledging the sources of information.

That explains why Indian students in a foreign university suffer most while competing with the local students.

We must not limit project work to experimental activity alone. It must be extended to include theory work too. The ability to describe phenomena correctly is the merit of the research paper. I think the university/college must organise a seminar on how to go about project work once a year in the beginning of the academic session.

The seminar will make students aware of what is expected of them while being involved in the project activity. A printed literature must be invariably supplied to students for later consultation and guidance, whenever necessary.

The successful implementation of the UGC model curriculum depends on the infrastructure in colleges. So only those be allowed to start this course where essential infrastructure, including laboratory equipment, is assuredly available.

The NET is perniciously anachronic in the higher education. The university acts as a duplicate judge of what has already been done by one university. Students who clear the UGC NET being to flaunt it as a certificate for higher learning. And they are often the first to leave teaching to join rosy careers of administration.

To retain brilliant students, a teacher with PG degree in physics should be permitted to do PG degree in physics education.

A teacher with a masterís degree in physics education is far more competent than that who has a masterís degree in physics alone. The CDC report is silent on this issue.

Ph.D in pure physics has little value for creative teaching in colleges. Indeed, this degree is not necessary at all.

(The author is a former ADPI, Higher Education, Punjab)
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CAMPUS SCENE
KU introduces more courses
K.G. Dutt

Karnal
In order to provide more employment avenues to students, the Directorate of Correspondence Courses of Kurukshetra University has introduced fresh courses designed keeping in view the market needs.

According to Dr L.C. Gupta, Director, Correspondence Courses of the university, all new courses have been given the nomenclature as per the norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Among the new courses are the Bachelor of Information and Management (BIM) and M.A. (Mass Communications). The course for Bachelor of Information and Management has been so designed as to provide enough scope for employment. This is a three-year course.

Another factor kept in mind while designing the courses is that students even in the remotest corner of any state are able to pusue the same without much help from libraries.

Dr Gupta says this has been done because facilities of libraries are rare and even not-existent in far-flung corners of rural areas.

The BIM courses includes papers on financial accounting, computer fundamentals, PC software principles of management and Communication Skills in both English and Hindi.

The studies for M.A. (Mass Communication) have been designed as per the demands of the print media as well as the electronic media. The subjects covered under the course is media production, printing processes, radio set-up and television technology.

Mr R.S. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor Kurukshetra University, says the correspondence courses have gained much popularity over the years with over 33,000 students appearing in various examinations through the Directorate of Correspondence Courses.

The directorate has ensured that lessons to students from experts reach in time and evaluation is quick. The directorate has romped in the services of highly qualified staff for lesson-writing.

It is for the first time that a post-graduate diploma in insurance and management has been introduced.

In view of the large-scale expansion taking place in business management, courses relating the trade and business are proving very popular.
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ADMISSION DEADLINE

Engineering

Sep 11 National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technology, Hatia, Ranchi 834003.

Ph: 0651-290859

BTech:

(Mfg Engg; Materials & Metallurgical)

Selectn: JEE-2002, counselling (Sep 16)

Appln F: Send on plain paper stating JEE-2002 rank & Branches (2) prefd, to the Chairman, Academic Affairs at above add.

Home Sc

Sep 21 State Instt of Food Processing Tech, (D/o Horticulture & Food Processing, UP) 18-B, Ashok Marg, Lucknow

Ph: 0522-223301

Website: www.upgov.nic.in

PG Associateship in Fruit & Veg Tech (2-yr)

Selectn: Test (Oct 6), Interview (Oct 7).

Elig: BSc /BSc (Agri), with Chem as subj (45%). Age: 20-25 yrs (on Aug 1 í02).

Appln F: Send Rs 380/- by DD favouring "Joint Director (Fruit & Preservation), Govt. Fruit Preservation & Canning Institute, Lucknow" drawn on SBI (Code No. 06144), with self-add env (23 x 15 cms) by Sep 13 to the Officer-In-Charge (Trg) at above add.

Hotel Mgt

Sep 6 Indian School of Hospitality, Amity Office: E-27, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024 (in collab with ITDC)

Ph: 011-4690630, 4699700

Website: www.amity.edu

PG Dips:

1) Hospitality Mgt (1-yr, FT; 2-yr, PT)

2) Tourism Mgt (1-yr, FT)

Elig: For 1: Bachelorís/Dip in Hotel Mgt.; For 2: Bachelorís degree.

Selectn: GD, Interview (Sep 7).

Appln F: Send Rs 500/- by DD favouring "Indian School of Hospitality" payable at New Delhi, to above add or download from web.

Law

Nalsar Univ of Law, 3-4-761, Barkatpura, Hyderabad 500027 (AP) Ph: 040-7567955, 7567958

Website: www.nalsarpro.org

PG Diploma (Patents Law, Cyber Laws, Media Laws, 1-yr)

Elig: Bachelorís degree.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Nalsar University of Law," payable at Híbad to the Co-ordinator, Nalsar Proximate Educn, at above add.

Medicine

Sep 30 Manipal College of Medical Sciences, PO Box 155, Pokhara, Nepal

Website: www.manipal.edu/ mcoms

MBBS (5Ĺ-yr)

(Recg by MCI)

Elig: Class 12 (50%, PCB/PCBE). Age: 17 yrs.

Appln F: Send Rs 600/- by DD (write your name on reverse) favouring "Manipal Education & Medical Group, Nepal Ltd" payable at Kathmandu/Kolkatta to Director-Admissions, Manipal Education & Medical Group, University Bldg, Madhav Nagar, Manipal 576119 or download from web.

Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical & Technological Sciences, 5th Mile, Tadong, Gangtok 737102 (Sikkim)

Website: www.miteindia.com

1) PG Dip in Pharmacy Sales Mgt (2-yr)

2) Dip in: Patient Care Aid, Medical Lab Tech, Radiol & Imaging Tech (2-yr each), Health Info Admin, Health Equipment Maintenance (1-yr each)

(both through dist educn)

Elig: For 1: Bachelorís degree; For 2: Class 12.

AppIn F: Contact Pro Vice-Chancellor, 366, Arunachal Bldg, Barakhamba Rd, New Delhi 110001.

Scholarships

Sep 21 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Homi Bhabha Rd, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005. Ph: (022) 2152971

Website: www.tcs.tifr.res.in

Research Scholarships (School of Technology & Comp Sc):

Algorithms & Complexity; Cryptography; Computational Geometry; Logic & Concurrency; Formal Specification & Verification; Real-Time Embedded Sys; Comp Network & Archi; E-Commerce Appln & Financial Maths; Computational Maths; Contr Theory; Speech/Signal Processing & Commn

Elig: BE/BTech/ ME/MTech/ MCA/MSc (Comp Sc/IT/Elect/ Electron/Commn/Control)/ MSc (Maths/Phy). High GATE Scores prefd.

Selcctn: Written test & Interview (Nov 14-15).

Appln F: Send request with self-add, stamped (Rs 10/-) env (8"x11"), superscribed "STCS-2002 (Mid-Term)" to the Establishment Officer at above add or download from web.

Sciences ó Bio

Sep 9 Central Drug Research Institute, Chattar Manzil Palace, PO Box 173, Lucknow 226001

PhD Programme (at JNU)

Molecular & Structural Biol including Molecular Genetics; Microbiol; Parasite & Gen Immunol; Biochem; Drug Dev Sys & Pharmacokinetics; Molecular Endocrinol; Pharmacol & Physiol; Med/Bio-organic Chem.

Elig: MSc (55%).

Test: Written test (Sep 22), Interview (Sep 23).

Details: Employment News (Aug 17-23).

Sciences ó Olympiad

Indian Assocn of Physics/Chemistry Teachers

National Standard Exam

(National Olympiad Prog (2002-03) ldg to Intnl Sc Olympiad)

Sep 17 Physics

Sep 8 Chem & Biol

Elig: Class 11 & 12 students.

Test: For Phys: 24 Nov; For Chem & Biol: 17 Nov.

Appln F: For Phys: Send stamped (Rs 5/-), self-add env (18 x 22 cms) to: Prof. M. L. Ogalapurkar, IAPT, IIE Campus, 128/2, JP Naik Marg, Kothurd, Pune 411038.

For Chem & Biol: Contact Indian Assocn of Chemistry Teachers, Ph: 022-5562132, 5567711.

Details: www.hbcse.tifr.res.in

Teaching & Educn

Sep 20 CSIR, HRD Group, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi 110012

National Eligibility Test (NET)

(Jt CSIR-UGC Test for JRF & Elig for Lectureship): Dec 22.

Details: Employment News (Aug 17-23).

University (Dist)

Sep 20 Sikkim Manipal Univ of Health, Medical & Technological Sciences, Extn Centre: A-15, Paryavaran Complex, South of Saket, New Delhi 110030

Ph: 6515079

MSc (Dist)

1) Eco & Environ,

2) Disaster Mitigation

3) Sustainable Dev

Appln F: Send Rs 50/- (for 1); Rs 40 (for 2); Rs 30 (for 3), by MO/IPO/DD favouring "Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical & Technological Sciences " payable at Delhi to above add.

Management

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Diamond Harbour Rd, Joka, Kolkata-700104

Website: www.iimcal.ac.in

Nov 21 I) PG Programme in Computer-Aided Mgt (2-yr)

Dec 5 ii) PG Dip in Business Mgt (3-yr)

Nov 15 iii) Fellow Programme in:

1) Management (Behl Sc, Fin & Contr, HRM, MIS, Strategic Mgt, Mktg & Op Mgt); 2)Eco; 3) OR & Syst Anal; Regnl Dev and 5) Sociol.

Elig: For i): Bachelorís degree; For ii): Bachelorís degree with min 2 yrs full time employed exec/supervisory wk ex. For iii): Masterís Degree (55%), Bachelorís Degree (50%)/BE or BTech (60%) and Class10 / 12 (50%);

Selectn: For I): CAT scores, Aptitute Test in Maths, GD, Interview, relev wk ex & past acad record; For ii): Same as (i) except ATM; For iii): CAT-2002 scores, Interview.

Appln F: Apply separately for each course. Download from website.

Details: See CAT Bulletin / website

Mar 22 í03 Goa University, Sub PO Goa University, Taleigao, Goa 403206

MBA (2-yr)

Elig: Bachelorís degree.

Selectn: CAT-2002 scores (Nov 24).

Appln F: Send Rs 700/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Goa University" payable at Panaji to the Asst Registrar III, at above add by Feb 28, í03.

Sep 20 Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015

Website: www.iimahd.ernet.in

PG Programme in Agri Business Mgt (PGP-ABM)

Elig: a) Bachelorís degree (Agri/ allied subjs) OR

b) Masters (Agri/ allied subjs) OR

c) Bachelorís degree and 1-yr wk exp in agri-related fields / food processing / rural dev.

Selectn: CAT scores (24 Nov 02).

Appln F: At designated SBI branches: Rs. 1100/- (cash) till Aug 29.

Details: See Website.

Nov 15 Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015.Website: www.iimahd.ernet.in/fpm

Fellow Programmes in Mgt

Agri / Bus Policy / Eco / Finance & Acctng / Info Sys / Mktg / OB / Personnel & Indl Rel / Prodn & Quant Methods / Public Sys.

Elig: Masterís degree (55%)/ CA/ ICA/CS (55%)/ BE/ BTech (60%)

Selectn: CAT (24 Nov 02)/GMAT/GRE (advanced)

Appln F: Send Rs 200/-by DD favouring "Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad" payable at Ahmedabad with self-add slip to the Programmes Officer, FPM Office, at above add or download from website.

Details: See website.

Nov 23 Fore School of Management, B-18, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016

Ph: 6863396, 6866216

Website: www.fsm.ac.in

PG Dip in Business Mgt (2-yr)

Elig: Bachelorís Degree.

Selectn: CAT-2002 scores (Nov 24).

Appln F: Send Rs 1,100/- by DD favouring "Fore School of Management" payable at New Delhi by Nov 23 to the above add.

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

Pervin Malhotra

(www.careerguidanceindia.com)
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