|EDUCATION TRIBUNE||Tuesday, July 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India|
Heavy rush for PU courses
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
THERE is a heavy rush for admissions to all teaching departments of Panjab University this year. The university is conducting to entrance examinations in a number of teaching departments. This has enhanced the competitive spirit. Besides sciences, the university has held entrance examinations for admission to various courses in the commerce stream.
Distance Education reduced to farce
rush for PU courses
THERE is a heavy rush for admissions to all teaching departments of Panjab University this year.
The university is conducting to entrance examinations in a number of teaching departments. This has enhanced the competitive spirit. Besides sciences, the university has held entrance examinations for admission to various courses in the commerce stream. It has also conducted written examinations for other departments. These include the departments of English, Sanskrit, Physical Education, Indian Theatre and Mass Communication.
The Botany department received about 100 applications for 25 seats in the M Sc classes. The Department of Political Science received about 300 applications for 60 seats. There were 250 applications for 55 seats in Public Administration. English received about 250 applications.
One loose end in the admission process is the non-availability of the marksheets to students of BA III at the time of filling application forms. The last date for submitting the forms was July 27 and the university declared the results on June 29. Sources in the examination branch say the university should have been a little more careful in striking a balance between the administrators and the examination branch before announcing the counselling dates.
It is worth mentioning that most of the departments have accepted the applications given after the last date. However, this lot has been maintained separately and will not be taken into account while calculating the provisional list until they receive a formal order.
Prominent student organisations like the Panjab University Students Union, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the Student Organisation of Panjab University, the Haryana Students Association and the Himachal Pradesh Students Association have put up counselling camps for the aid of students in front of the Administrative block. These camps maintain information about the results declared and the forms required for senior classes.
Students have been informed that the minimum attendance required to appear for the final examination will be 75 per cent in the forthcoming academic session. Attendance sheets will be displayed at the end of every month in all the departments.
The university will not "be bound to run M Phil courses where a minimum of 15 candidates are not available". This extends to other courses also.
If a student remains absent for a period of seven days without information , his name will be struck off from the rolls. The university rules have a provision for allowing admission to late applicants with high merit. The admission will be subject to the candidate falling in the merit of the top 25 per cent candidates admitted and that there is a vacancy. Admissions of students whose results are changed in reevaluation will also be made provided there are seats vacant.
Another major problem for students is the availability of hostel accommodation. From a one-man- in-a-room tradition, the university has shifted to at least two sharing a room in most of the hostels.
The problem of hostels has increased with the opening of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology last year.
The university has nearly completed an additional hostel for boys and added three floors to the existing hostel for girls to cater to the engineering students.
Another major problem is the UGC ruling of having at least 180 teaching days in an academic year. Interestingly, the university has been unable to cater to 180 teaching days in the past. The new calendar envisages 196 working days, "will there be 180 teaching days?" Teaching has not begun on July 1 as planned. Colleges which have six working days in a week are unable to meet the requirement of minimum lectures stipulated. On the other hand the campus has only five working days.
Malwinder Singh Kang, a
former president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council,
said information about the counselling was not prepared in one go by
the teaching department. Instead, each department prepared its
schedule separately. The university should channelise the finalisation
of the interview dates and inform the students on a common platform
instead of each department sending its press releases.
Distance Education reduced to farce
DISTANCE education has come to stay. As part of its national policy the Government of India has decided to raise the percentage of population in the (age group of 17 to 23) higher education category from the abysmally low of 7 per cent by the end of the Tenth Plan (2008).
While some prestigious universities of the country have been using distance education as a mode of imparting higher education, both nationwide as well as across the borders as per the norms, certain universities are encouraging the "educational shops to sell degrees". Of course, distance education will help raise the percentage of higher education in the country, apart from enhancing the income of universities facing actue financial crisis. But the step amounts to compromising the quality of education in a big way.
At least 50 universities of the country are operating in Punjab alone which impart higher education through distance education. In some cases franchises have been given to persons who operate from shop-cum-offices. What is worse, a number of technical, professional and conventional courses have been sanctioned to such study centres which are unable to match with international standards in the age of globalisation though distance education will raise the percentage of higher education, it will also increase the number of unemployed in the educated sector in years to come.
It is learnt that while giving franchise, universities, especially from other states, do not bother whether the persons running institute of higher learning have proper infrastructure or staff. The rejection rate by inspection committees is almost nil.
The universities which have been imparting higher education through distance education in Punjab are Kurukshetra University, MDU, Rohtak, Annamalai university, Andhra Pradesh, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, Manipal University, Himachal Pradesh University. CV Raman University, Sai University and Rai University.
Punjab Technical University, Panjab University and Punjabi University Patiala had started distance education much earlier, but Guru Nanak Dev University is the recent player in the region. It has given sanction to as many as 36 affiliated/associated institutes (including certain academies) to teach various courses under the distance education programme.
Many universities (Expect Guru Nanak Dev University) have compromised on the eligibility criteria while enrolling candidates. The percentage for enrollment for a regular candidates has been fixed higher than those appear under distance education programme.
Though Guru Nanak Dev University claimed to treat all students (Whether regular or those enrolled under distance education programme) on a part yet it is practically difficult to check mass copying during the examination.
However, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, claimed that a permanent observer appointed by the university sits throughout the examination to ensure fair exams.
However, the result of BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) of Jagannath International Management School, New Delhi (Under the distance programme of GNDU) has raised many eyebrows. Only three out of 90 students have been declared passed. While Dr S.P.Singh attributes the low pass percentage to the foolproof examination and evaluation system of the university, yet it is said that the inspection committee had approved (BBA) to be run by a centre which did not have proper infrastructure to impart this professional course.
Moreover, the university does provide for personal contact programme (PCP) for imparting better education under the new system.
Dr S.K.Verma, Director Distance Education, claims that Guru Nanak Dev University does not compromise on quality education like PTU which had given franchise to centres (some operating from single rooms).
He says giving sanction to 36 institutes of the state to impart education under distance education. However, it is learnt that sanction has also been given to certain academies which do not fulfill the norms.
Justifying the launching of distance education, Dr S.P. Singh says Guru Nanak Dev University has been included by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) for liberal funding under the distance education programme. He says apart from fulfilling its social obligation under the national policy, the university will be able to create more financial resources.
He says the annual budget of the university is only Rs 54 crores (including 14 crore state grant). Hence, it is difficult to run the university without generating own funds.
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ITIs: (Delhi/ New Delhi) Engg/ Non-Engg Trades/ Courses
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(1) BPharm (4-yr)
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Elig: For 1: Cl 12 (PCB), For 2: B.Pharm, For 3: Cl 12 (PCB/M)
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BSc: Nursing (4-yrs)
Elig & Selectn: Punjab Para Medical Entrance Test- 2003 (by BFUHS, Faridkot Jul 13)
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MD/MS (Ayurveda) (In Rajiv Gandhi Govt. PG Ayurvedic College, Paprola)
Elig: BAMS (51/2-yr)
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General Nursing & Midwifery (3-yr) Elig: 10+2 (Sc; 50%)
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General Nursing & Midwifery (3-yr)
Dip: Med Lab Tech (1-yr), Radiography (2-yr)
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Appointment of Agents: (15, 000 nos.)
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Scholarships For Doctoral Studies.
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For MBBS/ MS/ MD; Engg (Mech/ Civil/ Electron/etc); Comp Sc; Bus Admin; Mgt; Jurisprudence; Journ; Arch; Fine Arts & other courses.
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Cert: Italian, Russian
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(1) DNB: Family Med in Majeedia Hosp (3-yr)
(2) BCA/ B Sc: IT (3-yr)
(4) M Sc: Comp. Sc./ IT (2-yr)
(5) B. P Th. (Bachelor of Physio Therapy)(1-yr)
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MA: Eng, Hindi
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Short Term Courses: Commercial & Secretarial Practice (FT), Salesmanship & Mktg (PT), Bookkeeping & Acc. (PT), Store-keeping & Purchasing (PT)
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MBA (online), 2-yr
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