EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Students drifting away from basic sciences
Most colleges in a spot
Geetanjali Gayatri
HE drifting away of meritorious students from courses in basic and social sciences at the undergraduate level since the mid-90s is a fallout of the globalisation and opening up of the economy.


Students drifting away from basic sciences
Most colleges in a spot
Geetanjali Gayatri

THE drifting away of meritorious students from courses in basic and social sciences at the undergraduate level since the mid-90s is a fallout of the globalisation and opening up of the economy.

Ushering in an era where most students took to management, information technology and vocational courses, the shift has put the colleges in a tight spot, leading to the twin problems of managing excess staff in the sciences and employing additional hands to cater to the ever-increasing number of the subjects in vogue.

With colleges tiding over these difficulties by employing ad hoc teachers, there is a growing demand for a definite policy on conversion of these posts covered under the 95 per cent grant-in-scheme for the non-affiliated colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh.

There are 140 non-affiliated colleges in Punjab with 3,900 covered posts while there are 350 covered posts in the seven colleges of Chandigarh. There are nearly 1,000 teaching posts in the colleges of Punjab and 150 in Chandigarh which are not covered by the grant-in-aid scheme.

The conversion of these posts from "unwanted courses" to "wanted" ones does take place from time to time at the level of the Punjab Government or the Chandigarh Administration after a thorough assessment of the workload involved. The college managements and principals, however, lament that this puts them at the mercy of the authorities.

Often accused of adopting a pick-and-choose policy in allowing conversions, the authorities claim that the present system of assessment of workload is judicious and does not favour anybody. They claim that colleges, to retain government grants against the sanctioned posts, are experimenting by starting new courses without any demand and then asking for conversions. The issue has been raised in the Panjab University Syndicate.

Despite a fall of nearly 60 per cent in the number of students opting for basic and social science subjects, including Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geology and Geography, the colleges are unable to convert the vacant posts of these subjects to those which are in demand.

"We can convert only those posts which fall vacant when a lecturer retires. A clear-cut policy in this regard would go a long way in easing our burden," claims the principal of a local college.

"The framing of a policy would ensure better utilisation of governmentís grant. In the interest of the college managements, principals, teachers and students that the matter be taken up on priority," says Mr Charanjit Chawla, a Fellow at the university.





Sep 10 The Indian Navy, PO Box No. 04, R K Puram PO (Main), New Delhi 110066 Officers in Education Br (SSC)

Elig: BE/ BTech (I Class in Electron/ Elect/ Mech) Age: 21 Ė 25 yrs. Selectn: Interview, Med Test, GD.Details: Write to above address.


Aug 25 Chandigarh College of Engineering & Technology, Sec 26, ChandigarhAdmission (For Disabled students only):

Dip in: Civil Engg/ Elect Engg/ Mech Engg/ Electron & Comm Engg/ Arch Assttshp.Elig: More than 40% disability, Cl. 10 (Sc/ Maths/ Eng).Appln F: Submit to Principal, at above address.

Aug 25 Nirma University Institute of Technology, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, Ahmedabad 382481

1) MTech: Civil Engg (Comp Aided Structl Analysis & Des)/ Elect Engg (Power Apparatus & Sys)/ Chem Engg (Environ Process Des)/ Mech Engg (CAD/ CAM)/ Electron & Comm Engg (VLSI Des)

Elig: Valid GATE scores.

Details: Web.

Aug 27 Delhi College of Engineering, Bawana Rd, Delhi 110042 (University of Delhi)

BE Prog (seats resvd for Kashmiri Migrants; 2)

Selectn: CEE-2003 scores

AppIn F: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring, "The Principal, Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi" payable at SBI (br code # 7687) New Delhi to the ĎAcademic Section, Gr. Floor, Administrative Bldg,í at above address.

Aug 29 Jamia Millia Islamia (D/o Elect Engg, F/o Engg & Tech), Jamia Nagar, New Delhi 110025

MTech (Electl Energy Sys Mgt; 2-yr) Elig: BE/ BTech (Elect Engg), valid GATE scoresDetails: Web.

Aug 31 Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India), Room No G-11, Rail Bhawan, Raisina Rd, New Delhi 110001

Diploma in Railway Engg (1-yr, Dist) Elig: 3-yr Dip holders (Engg)/ BSc/ Bachelorís deg with Sc or Maths in 10+2.

Appln F: Send Rs 75/- by DD favouring of "IPWE (India)" payable at New Delhi with stamped (Rs 15/-), self-add env (25 x 15 cm) to above add.Details: Employment News (Aug 9 - 15)/ Web.

Sep2SmallIndustries Development Organisation (M/o SSI, GoI), Shaheed Captain Gaur Marg, New Delhi 110020 (NABL Accredited Testing Centre).

Ph: 011-26312671/ 26312587

Training Course in Testing: Chem, Elect, Metal, Mech

Elig: BSc (Chem), Dip in Elect/ Mech/ Metal (for resp field).

Appln F: On pl paper to the Director, Regional Testing Centre (NR) mentioning Name, Field Of Training, Fatherís Name, Dob, Address, Category (Sc/ St/ Obc/ Gen), Qualification, Degree/ Diploma/ Subject With Marks obtained/ Year of passing.

Details: Contact on phone.


Sep 15 Punjabi University (D/o Correspondence Studies), Patiala.

PG Dip in Insurance Bus (1-yr).

Elig: Bachelorís deg (40%)

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Head, Department of Correspondence Courses, Punjabi University, Patiala" payable at Patiala, with self-add env (12" x 10") bearing course name.


Aug 26 Small Industries Service Institute, Plot No 11-A, IDC, Kunjpura Road, Near ITI, Karnal (Har)www.sisiharyana.orgComputer Hardware & Maint (1-mnth)

Elig: 10+2, ITI (Electron/ Comp) Age: 18-35 yrs

Selectn: Interview (Jul 14)

Appln F: Send Rs 1000/- (Course Fee) by DD favouring "Director, SISI, Karnal" to above address.


Aug 25 Punjabi University, Patiala (at Bhai Gurdas College of Law/ Lovely Institute of Law).

1) LLB (3-yr) 2) BA LLB (5-yr)

Elig: For 1: Bachelorís deg (50%), For 2: 10+2, Age: 21 yrs.

Appln F: Send Rs 560/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala" payable at SBI, Patiala, PU Br to the Professor Incharge, Publication Bureau at above address.


Aug 29 Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalainagar 608002 (TN)


MBA Deg Prog (Dist, 3-yr)

Elig: Bachelorís deg.

Selectn: Entr Test (Sep 27).

Appln F: Send request with Rs 280/- by DD favouring the "Director, DDE, Annamalai University" payable at Annamalainagar/ Chidambaram/ Chennai to above add.Nov 14 Indian Institute of Management (IIM-L), Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Rd, Lucknow 226013Fellow Prog in Mgt (FPM)

(Bus Environ; Decision Sc; Fin & Acc; HRM; IT & Sys; Mktg; Op Mgt; Strategic Mgt)Elig: Masterís deg (55%) or BE/BTech (I Div) with 1-yr wk ex. Age: Below 45 yrs.

Selectn: CAT/ FPM Admission Test (Dec 14) for cands with 5-yr mgt tchg/ wk ex)Appln F: Send Rs 1,000/- by DD favouring "IIM, Lucknow" payable at Lucknow to the FPM Office at above add. If applying for CAT, enclose copy of purchase receipt for free form.

Nov 22 Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Sec-III, R K Puram, New Delhi-110022

www.lbsim.eduPG Prog in Management (2-yr; FT)Elig: Bachelorís deg.Selectn: CAT scores, GD & Interview.Appln F: Send Rs 975/- by DD favouring "Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management", payable at New Delhi to ĎAdmission Coordinatorí at above address/ download from web.

Nov28 International Management Institute, B-10, Qutab Institutional Area, Tara Crescent, New Delhi 110016 PG Prog in Management (2-yr, FT)

Elig: Bachelorís deg.Selectn: CAT scores, GD, Interview.Appln F: Send Rs 650/- by DD favouring "IMI, New Delhi", payable at Delhi/ download from web.Details: Web.

Dec 10 Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Shela, Ahmedabad380058 (Guj)www.mica-india.netPG Prog in Communications Mgt.Elig: Bachelorís deg (50%)Selectn: CAT Scores, Entr Test, GD & Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 1200/- by DD favouring "Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad", with a stamped (Rs 40/-) self add env (12" x 10") to above add by Nov 22.

Dec 27 Nirma Institute of Management, Nirma University, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, Ahmedabad MBA2) Ph.D in Mgt Elig: For 1: Bachelorís deg (50% agg); For 2: Masterís deg (60% agg or 2.70 CGPA on a 4.0 point scale).Selectn: For 1: CAT scores, For 2: Written Test & Interview.Appln F: Send Rs 1000/- (for MBA), Rs 500/- (for PhD) by DD favouring "Nirma Institute of Management" payable at Aíbad, to the Administrative Manager at the above address.

Dec 31 Amrita Institute of Management, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, Coimbatore 641105www.amrita.eduPG Dip in MgtElig: For 1: Bachelorís deg (50% agg)Selectn: CAT scores, GD & Interview.Appln F: Send Rs 750/- by DD favouring "Amrita Institute of Management", payable at Cíbatore, to above address.

ó Pervin Malhotra, Director, CARING

(, New Delhi

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