EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

School for career in aviation
Prabhjot Singh
ith the job market shrinking,, academic degrees alone do not ensure a livelihood. This is one reason why more and more college and university students simultaneously diversify into various vocational and professional courses to supplement as well as complement their academic qualifications.

‘Teachers have a magic wand’
Poonam Batth
etermination, dedication and devotion are the pillars of success,'' says Mrs Rakesh Sachdeva, Principal DAV Model School, Sector 15, who received the National Award for the year 2001 from President A.P.J Abdul Kalam at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on the Teachers’ Day.





School for career in aviation
Prabhjot Singh

With the job market shrinking,, academic degrees alone do not ensure a livelihood. This is one reason why more and more college and university students simultaneously diversify into various vocational and professional courses to supplement as well as complement their academic qualifications.

None can deny that it is the service industry -- from marketing and maintenance of consumer products to aviation, hotel and hospitality industry - which continues to hold a tremendous job potential. For a foothold in the service industry , one has to have qualifications beyond BA, MA, B.Com and even B.Sc.

Realising this, two youngsters --- Karan Atree and Navdeep -- of Chandigarh have taken the plunge and started the region's first School of Aviation Careers at the Sector 34 city sub-centre .

"It is a pioneering attempt at establishing a full-fledged academy for young aspirants who wish to have a career in the aviation, hotel and hospitality industry. The school aims at imparting education through training and guidance to help youngsters fit into a professional environment," says Mr Karan Atree, a grandson of one of the former Deputy Commissioners of Chandigarh.

The school met with immediate success. Two girls of the first batch have got jobs in a private airline while the local CITCO hotels and other chains have agreed to take students from the school for regular professional training. And those found good would get placements too.

Navdeep has been from the aviation industry herself. Both Karan and Navdeep were encouraged by Mr Harshvardhan, a former Managing Director of Vayudoot, to start the school. It is he who has been the guiding spirit behind the new school.

The school has a trained, versatile and experienced faculty, besides a guest faculty, including top men from the bureaucracy, aviation and hotel industry to give young men and women a "competitive edge".

The courses, three months to a year's duration, not only train the students in communication skills, but also personality development, team work and team spirit, basic etiquettes, personal hygiene and dress sense, make-up, body language and greeting styles, besides interpersonal communication skills.

The first batch of the school passed out only last week. Interestingly, the students were a blend of both beginners, those about to finish the first phase of their post-secondary education and fresh school passouts and those about to finish postgraduate courses.

Interestingly, most students came not from Chandigarh but Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and especially areas where facilities for such training are either non-existent or too inadequate to be of any consequence.

At present the School offers courses in hospitality and cruise liner staff, besides training young men and women as air - hostesses and flight stewards.

"We plan to introduce ticketing and reservation courses soon," says Navdeep.


Teachers have a magic wand’
Poonam Batth

"Determination, dedication and devotion are the pillars of success,'' says Mrs Rakesh Sachdeva, Principal DAV Model School, Sector 15, who received the National Award for the year 2001 from President A.P.J Abdul Kalam at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on the Teachers’ Day.

She believes in destiny and feels that she has been rewarded for her good deeds as many people work hard but only a few get recognition." I'm grateful to the Almighty for his blessings."

The award, which is the highest a teacher can get in the country, consists of a certificate, a silver medal and a cash prize of Rs 25,000. A postgraduate in psychology and English, she has already put in 22 years of service. She began her career as a lecturer in psychology in the College of Education, Abohar, and later went on to join as Principal of SKBDAV Centenary Public School, Fazilka. She became the Principal of this school in 1991.

Q: What was your reaction on learning that you had been chosen for the National Award?

A: I just could not believe it when I got a telegram from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development regarding this. But today I do feel honoured for I was the only candidate chosen for the award from the UT, Chandigarh, and also the DAV College Managing Committee.

Only last year I was awarded the State Award by the Chandigarh Administration for my contribution to the cause of education. That followed by the award this year has only boosted my morale to do better in the years ahead. The selection of the awardee is done by a high-level committee and sincerity towards work is the main criterion for selection. The day- to-day involvement in further promoting the growth of the institution is also considered.

Q: Are you happy being a teacher?

A: I think I was meant to be a teacher alone. To begin with I did get an offer to join the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force as an officer in Kinnaur, but I did not go there. Soon after my Masters in Psychology from Panjab University in 1979 I took up teaching and have not looked back since then.

Such was my interest in the profession that I did my Masters in English and M.Ed and got the chance to become the principal of a public school at the age of 28.

Q: What do you have to say to the Teachers of today, especially those who feel that teaching is not all that respectable now?

A: Fortunate are those who become teachers for they get to spend some wonderful years with students, who most often emulate them. Teachers sure have a magic wand in their hands. They have a pivotal role to play in the development of a child.

The teachers ought to bring out the the best in a child by treating him with respect and developing a -one- to- one rapport with him. The success of a good teacher lies in being patient and gentle. Teaching is a noble profession and one should relish work in whatever form it comes.

Q: Tuitions are eating into the education system. What should be done to control this practice?

A: This is cancer in our society. Educationists and many others have been trying to get rid of this menace but so far we have not achieved any success. Many reasons are responsible for the growing practice of tuitions.

Lack of time on the part of the parents has aggravated this problem. The examination-oriented educational system has added fuel to the fire. The situation needs to be handled by taking strong steps. In our times either the weak students had tuitions so that they got through or the toppers used to go for tuitions so that they came in the merit list. Now it has became the need of every student. I personally feel that tuition is on the rise because of the increase in the number of working mothers.

Q: What ideals do you want to inculcate in your students ?

A: I want to convey to my students that they should realise the importance of time.'' Today we waste time, tomorrow time will waste us.'' Self-discipline is the best discipline .Discipline pays in all walks of life and from my experience I can say that people who are disciplined are more focussed in life.

Q: What about your future plans?

A: The thrust will be on major ranovations in school. To begin with the laboratories are being given a facelift. Addition of latest gadgets and equipment will go a long way in promoting and motivating students to take up scientific research. I want to provide all facilities to my students. Library and laboratories are on the top of my list. A new hostel for girls within the campus is also on the cards and the necessary approval from the Administration and the DAV Management Committee has already been taken for the same.




Oct 5: Madhav Institute of Technology & Science, Gwalior-474005 (MP)\mits


(1) Electron & Commn Engg (Microwave Engg) (2) Prodn Engg

Elig: For 1: BE/BTech in Elect/Electron/Electron & Instru. For 2: BE/BTech in Mech/Indl & Prodn.

Appln F: Send Rs 400/- by DD favouring "Director, MITS, Gwalior" payable at Gwalior to Director at above add.

Details: Employment News (7-13 Sep)

Sep 26: Engineering College, Raipur 492010 (Chatti)


1) Water Resources Dev & Irrig Engg (2) Energy Sys & Polln. (3) Chem Process Des. MTech: (4) Comp Tech

Elig: For 1) BE: Civil; For 2) Mech/Auto; For 3) Chem; For 4) BE: Elect/Electron & Telecom/MSc Comp.

Selectn: GATE. Spon Cands 2-yr wk ex prfd.

Appln F: Send Rs 120/- by crossed DD favouring "Principal, Engineering College, Raipur" payable at Raipur. Superscribe 'Requestion for Me/MTech Appln Form" on env.


National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Vihar Lake, PO NITIE, Mumbai 400087

Ph: (022) 8573371

PG Dip in:

Dec 20: (1) Indl Mgt (18-mths).

(2) Indl Safety & Environ Mgt (2-yr) (3) IT Mgt (2-yr)

Nov 16 (4) Fellow (Doctoral) Prog

Elig: For (1) BE/BTech (I Div); For (2): BE (55%); For (3):BE/BTech (55%), 5-yr wk ex in IT.

Selectn: For 1 & 2): Written test (19 Jan '03) at 11 centres, GD, Interview. For 4): Acad Qual, wk ex, seminar & Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 900/- by DD (separate for each course) favouring "NITIE, Mumbai" payable at SBI (Br. Code: 9055) with 4 self-add stickers to Asst Registrar (Academic) at above add.

Sep 26: Punjab Technical University, School of Engineering Mathematics, Instt of Engg & Tech, Bhaddal 140108

Ph: 01881-44777, 44749.

(1) MTech (Indl Maths & Scientific Computing). (2) PhD (Appld Math/Organic Chem/Mech Engg)

Elig: For 1) BE/ BTech/ MSc (Maths/ Phys)

Appln F: Send plain paper appln with reqd docs to above add.

Dec 5: Birla Institute of Management Technology, Sec-IV, Pushpa Vihar, New Delhi 110017

Ph: 6969251/56

PGDBM (2-yr)

(Dual Spln in Strategic Mktg, Analytical Fin, Strategic IT Mgt, HRD, Enterpren, Intl Bus & Insurance).

Elig: UG Deg.

Selectn: Written test (22 Dec) at 15 centres (incldg Delhi, Ch 'garh, Jammu), GD & Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by crossed DD favouring "Birla Institute of Management Technology" payable at New Delhi to above add by Nov 30.

Nov 22: University of Delhi, F/o Management Studies, Delhi-110007.

MBA (2-yr)

Elig: UG Deg: ArtsComm/Soc Sc (50%); Sc (55%); Maths/Stats (60%); Med/ Engg/ Tech (60%) CGPA 6.00 in scale 10.00 OR PG/2nd Deg (60%). Age: 20 yrs (on 1 Oct '03).

Selectn: Written test (12 Jan) at 10 centres incldg Delhi & Ch 'garh.

Appln F: Send Rs 575/- by DD favouring "Registrar University of Delhi" drawn on SBI Service Br (Code No. 7687) to above add or download from website or from designated SBI Brs by 8 Nov.

Details: Employment News (7-13 Sep).

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies(NMIMS), V.L. Mehta Rd, Vile Parle (West) Mumbai 400056


Elig: UG Deg (50%).

Selectn: NMAT Online Test/Paper Pencil Test (17 Nov). Details: GD & Interview.

Nov 1: Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), PB No. 60, Anand-388001 (Guj) /

1) PG Prog in Rural Mgt (2-yr)

2) Fellow Prog in Rural Mgt (3-yr)

(Mgt of Co-op; Agri/Rural Mktg; Rural Eco & Natural Resources Mgt; Dev Mgt & Water & Irrig Mgt).

Elig: For 1): UG Deg (50%); For 2): (i) PGDRM (IRMA)/PGDM (GPA 2.60 out of 4.33), 2-yr wk ex (ii) OYP from IRMA (GPA of 2.60) 3-yr wk ex (iii) PG (55%) or GPA 2.60, 2-yr wk ex (iv) MPhil (55%) or GPA of 2.60.

Selctn: Written test (8 Dec) IRMA's PGDRM Cands applying for FPRM exempted) at 26 centres, Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring "Institute of Rural Management, Anand" payable at Anand with 3 self-add slips (3" x 3") to FPRM or PRM Admissions Coordinator at above add by Oct 7 or download from website.

Details: Website.

Dec 31: EMPI Business School, Institute of Advertising, Communication & Mgt, CSKM Educational Complex, Satbari, Mehrauli, New Delhi-110030

Ph: 6652373/75/64

PG Dip in Advt, Comm & Mgt (2-yrs)

Elig: Cat-'02 scores.

Appln F: Send Rs 750/-(within Delhi, Rs 800/- outstation & Rs 1,000/- overseas) by DD favouring "EMPI-PGI" payable at New Delhi at above add.

Mar 10: Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034. Ph: 8175353/ 4/ 5/ 6/.


Elig: UG Deg (50%)

Selectn: XAT (XLRI Aptitute Test on 5 Jan '03)

Appln F: Send Rs 600/- by DD favournig "LIBA" payable at Chennai with yr name & XAT-ID or apply online by 28 Feb.

Details: Website

Nov 30: Jaipuria Institute of Management, Vineet Khand, Gomtinagar, Lucknow (UP)

Ph: (0522) 394296/7

PGDBA (FT, 2-yr; PT 3-yr)

Elig: FT: UG Deg, PT: UG Deg, 2-yr wk ex

Selectn: FT: CAT-2002 Scores, GD & Interview; PT: GD & Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 900/- by DD favouring "Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow" to above add by Nov 30 or download from website.

Recruitment (Aviation)

Sep 23: Alliance Air, Domestic Terminal-1, IGI Airport, Palam, New Delhi110037


Elig: UG Deg (Dip in Catering & Tourism/aviation wk ex prfed); Fluency in Eng/Hin & another Indian lang. Ht 154.5 cms. Age: 19-23 yrs (on 1 Jul).

Appln F: Send appln with CV; PP & full-length photo in saree, to above add. Details: Employment News (7-13 Sep)

Pervin Malhotra, Director CARING (