Thursday, June 26, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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VC nominates members to Academic Council
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 25
The Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Maj-Gen (Retd) Bhim Singh Suhag, has nominated Ms Kiran Singh, Principal, Saraswati Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Palwal, to the Academic Council of the university.

Invoking Statute-13 of the MDU Act, the vice-chancellor has nominated four persons to the Academic Council for a two-year term with immediate effect. The other nominated members are Dr Meenakshi Vashisht, lecturer in Bio-Sciences (Faculty of Life Sciences), Dr Sunder Singh, lecturer in Law (Faculty of Law) and Mr Shamsher Singh, lecturer in Physical Education (Faculty of Education).

Meanwhile, the Controller of Examination, Dr K. C. Bhardwaj, said that arrangements have been made to conduct the entrance test for admission to the B.Ed course. Over 33,000 students have applied for the 1,780 seats available in the B.Ed course. Last year, nearly 30,000 candidates had applied for the admission to this job-oriented course. He said that 135 centres have been set-up in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rewari, Sonepat, Rohtak districts and at Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar. The examination will be held on June 30.

The vice-chancellor today convened a meeting of the officials from these districts to finalise measures to conduct the entrance examination.

Maj-Gen Suhag has urged the District Magistrates of the concerned districts to impose prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC around the examination centres.

MDU admission dates

The Maharshi Dayanand University has initiated the admission process to the different courses for the session 2003-04. A spokesman for the university administration today said that candidates seeking admission to various postgraduate and other courses in different departments of the university could apply for admission up to June 28 (up to 5 pm), with a late fee of Rs 500.

He said such candidates would have to collect their roll numbers personally from their respective departments. The first merit list of candidates would be displayed in the respective departments on July 9 and the second list on July 11, he added.

Entrance test preponed

The entrance examination for admission to M.Sc Physics (previous) of Maharshi Dayanand University, scheduled for July 2, has been preponed to July 1 (2 pm to 3.15 pm). This has been done in view of the request made by the candidates so as to avoid clash with the entrance examination at Delhi University, according to a university press release. 



DU scramble has begun, get set for the 
second cut-off list
Smriti Kak

The scramble for admissions has begun. The first round over, Delhi University aspirants are gearing up for another gruelling session. While those who have managed to meet the cut-off marks are rushing to submit their papers, there are also a large number of disappointed ones. “I saw the cut-off list in the newspaper, but I wanted to confirm the results and I am sorry to say that there is no good news for me”, said Sharad Gupta who has failed to make it “to colleges of my choice despite 82 per cent”.

Like Sharad, scores of students with more than 80 per cent marks are now eagerly awaiting the second cut-off list. An official in the University however had this to offer: “Students should not get disheartened, let the rush subside, there will be vacancies”.

Colleges like the Hindu, which have received close to 60,000 applications for about 350 seats in various courses, assure that students with higher scores who have not made it to the first cut-off have a chance of making it in after the second list.

“ Our intake for the science courses is more. Against the 40 seats we admit about 100 students, because many students who qualify for professional courses or go abroad leave the college. So we admit more students to fill the vacancies that emerge”, an official at Hindu College said.

So while the luckier ones are busy getting their papers in order, for the others it is finger-crossing time again.

Scholarship for the disabled

Statistics reveal that there are over 70 million disabled persons in our country and less than two per cent receive education of any kind. Reports of a study reveal that only about one lakh disabled people have been employed in a regular job in the last 40 years and this, despite a reservation of three percent in the government sector.

The regretful picture of the disabled, despite reservations, has prompted the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) to start a postgraduate scholarship programme. The objective of the scholarship is to enable the disabled students, with limited means, to receive education or professional training at PG and Doctoral levels.

Those eligible for the scholarships are students, with low or no vision, speech or hearing impairment, locomotor disability, including those arising from leprosy, cerebral palsy and allied disorders and thalassemia, haemophilia, learning disability or any disability recognised by the NCPEDP.

The scholarship will be given for the entire duration of the course and will be given on the basis of merit and economic status.

Education fair from June 27

An Exhibition and Conference, ‘Infra Educa’ on education will be held in the Capital’s Pragati Maidan from the 27th to the 29th of this month.

The event will showcase the latest happenings in various fields of education and will focus on five principal components of education.

It will also provide information about various schemes undertaken by the government bodies and NGOs to provide students about various issues, prospects and opportunities available.

HR heads of various Indian and multinational corporations will provide career guidance to job seekers tips to succeed.

Among the participants are JIMS, Embassy of Japan, IIMT Pune, NIOS and Sri Satya Sai College, Bhubhaneshwar

e-learning becoming the norm

e-learning is steadily inching its way ahead as a normal mode of receiving education. With the advent of the Internet and a revolution in the field of communication, students are increasingly being exposed to the advantages of e-learning.

A new learning programme for professionals and adult learners involved in energy issues in South Asia has been launched in the Capital. Sponsored by the U S Agency for International Development (USAID) the ‘Environment Impact Assessments for Energy Sector Project’ course will be available on CD-ROM as well as the Internet.

The new distance learning programme provides an overview of the environmental impact assessment and the social impact assessment processes for energy projects in South Asia.

The Capital also saw the launch of another e-learning programme. The Universitas 21 Global, an e-university with headquarters in Singapore has launched its first e-MBA programme in India. The e-university provides its students with a global perspective and an opportunity to network with the peers from across the world.

Speaking at the launch, the CEO, Dr Mukesh Aghi, said that the university aims to capture a largely unmet market for higher education and will address an estimated 111billion US dollars of demand for global higher education.



Turkish recognition for Aptech curriculum 

Aptech has achieved the distinction of being the only non-formal education provider in Turkey to receive Government recognition for its career course, ACCP (Aptech Certified Computer Professional) Programme.

Turkey’s Ministry of Education has recognised this curriculum, confirmed Mr Pramod Khera, Managing Director and CEO of Aptech.

ACCP year 1, year 2, and year 3 have been recognised as three separate one-year programmes, in addition to the complete three-year programme by the ministry.

In addition to Aptech certification, all successful students will receive a separate certificate from the Government of Turkey. This makes ACCP directly acceptable for all government and private sector jobs in Turkey.

Over 15 Universities worldwide have recognised Aptech’s ACCP World Program.

These include the University of Central England, UK, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan, Saratov University, Russia, Northern University, Bangladesh, Sikkim Manipal University, India, Southern Cross University, Australia and Soonchunyang University, Korea among others.

Aptech’s ACCP Program is designed in a modular approach, and enables the students to master the very latest technologies and prepares them to face the challenges of the future workplace.

In China, Aptech is planning to launch its ‘Arena Multimedia’ brand. It hopes to begin with 20 new centres, which in time will be increased to 60.

Aptech’s multimedia brand is aimed at enabling the use of multimedia in various spheres such as advertising, print and publishing, animation and entertainment among others.

Aptech, which operates in China through its joint venture - Aptech Beida Jadebird IT Company Ltd - currently imparts IT training in the market through 100 centres spread across 57 cities in China and has trained over 37,000 students in Mandarin since the start of it’s Chinese operations in year 2000. 



HC seeks Delhi Govt reply on para-medical 
staff selection
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
The Delhi High Court today sought replies from the city government and the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) on a writ petition challenging the selection of para-medical staff, alleging that it was done by the board without preparing a merit list.

A Vacation Bench comprising Justice A. K. Sikri and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, issued notice to the Delhi Government, DSSSB, city government’s Health Director and the Medical Superintendent of Ambedkar Hospital on a writ petition by some nurses working there.

The Court, however, refused to stay the selection process after the counsel for the Directorate of Health assured that the services of the nurses appointed on contract would not be affected by the new appointments.

The Court directed the respondents to submit their replies by October 15. The nurses, appointed on contract in the Ambedkar Hospital, had alleged that the selection of 856 para-medical staff by the DSSSB, was done “arbitrarily” without preparing a merit list of candidates on the basis of their performance in the interviews.

The nurses’ counsel Surat Singh contended that if appointments were made on the basis of such selection, it would not only be illegal but threatened the job of the contract nurses, as some of the selected candidates had even been issued appointment letters.

The Court said any appointment by the DSSSB would be subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.

The petition in the High Court was filed after the nurses had failed to get a relief from the Central Administrative Tribunal, which had dismissed their plea on January 31.


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