Need for halting virus of help books
Sat Pal Jindal
ONE are the days when possessing a help book amounted to an offence on the part of students and a criminal breach of ethics on the part of teachers. The countless ‘Guides’, ‘Notes’,’Super Notes’ and even textbooks published under numerous trade names are no longer a taboo.

Killing the urge for learning in young minds
cursory glance at a line attributed to Lord Brougham, "Education makes people easy to lead but difficult to drive," set me thinking. What we are trying to inculcate in our children. All we striving to produce creative, intelligent and aware persons or merely robots with an amazing memory.






Need for halting virus of help books
Sat Pal Jindal

GONE are the days when possessing a help book amounted to an offence on the part of students and a criminal breach of ethics on the part of teachers. The countless ‘Guides’, ‘Notes’,’Super Notes’ and even textbooks published under numerous trade names are no longer a taboo.

Interestingly, through a nefarious network they find their way into the bags of even primary class students.

It is a matter of serious concern that the ever-increasing load of schoolbags is due to the superfluous test papers, test assignments and other so-called golden or diamond series.

The innocent learners are unaware of the irreparable damage done to their originality and creativity by such readymade ‘easy to digest’ study material. They are often so conditioned into the environment of guides and notes that they find the same indispensable in higher grades.

Why is there a criminal neglect on the part of the Ministry of Education and its mammoth bureaucratic structures towards the murder of originality among the young at the hands of cheap notes?

The reason is sheer commercialisation of study material. Various publishing houses, after duly watching the interests of the people who matter, succeed in getting prescribed ‘New’ editions of their books every year for all classes and in all subjects.

The NCERT and other standard books are overlooked for the simple reason of their being ‘‘low-priced", hence leaving room for favours. Cosequently, books business adds substantially to the coffers of those at the helm of school ‘industry’.

Teachers too, though only in part, are responsible for the growth of this virus of helpbooks.

Those teaching higher classes tend to be extra-exhaustive, which of course is desirable. But students find a gap between the information they are taught and the format of questions they are asked to attempt in the examinations.

More than once, teachers indulge in the unethical practice of prescribing certain test papers, question bank etc.

Isn’t it true that central and scores of state education boards of the country design the textbooks and other study material along with the evaluating mechanism? Then why don’t textbooks published by these boards alone serve the purpose of students?

Why do they leave any scope for the ‘benevolent’ publishing houses who come to the ‘rescue’ of the bewildered students?

The answers will go a long way in identifying the roots of this corruption in education.

The writer is Senior Lecturer SKRM College, Bhagoomajra (Kharar), Ropar.



Killing the urge for learning in young minds

A cursory glance at a line attributed to Lord Brougham, "Education makes people easy to lead but difficult to drive," set me thinking. What we are trying to inculcate in our children. All we striving to produce creative, intelligent and aware persons or merely robots with an amazing memory.

The other day, my eyes followed a young boy on a bicycle, gazing longingly at his friends play cricket in the part. His friends asked him to join them, but he had to rush for tuition. His voice betrayed dismay but he managed to drag himself away. I pondered whether the boy would be able to concentrate on his studies for the next one hour? Even if he would achieve his goal in life, would he look back and regret not playing cricket that November evening when there was a slight chill in the air.

I made a promise to myself that I would let my son enjoy each moment of his life. But would I be able to abide by my promise? I doubt it ! For in the pursuit of acquiring high grades we all forget that developing qualities like independent thinking, initiative, leadership skills and social competence are as essential. For us, an ideal student is one who can sit quietly for hours, follow each letter written on the blackboard. A student who contradicts his teachers is a ‘mischief-maker’. All that we desire is to have obedient children who are good students so that we, parents, come back happy and satisfied from the parent-teachers meeting. Let us not forget what Emerson said way back in 1831: "Things taught in schools and villages are not education, but means of education."

Praneet Rangi, a lecturer in the Department of Commerce D.A.V. College, Sector 10,Chandigarh, says: "In post-graduate classes we have specialised courses after two semesters which are in great demand in the market. Why can’t we have them in the earlier semester too so that the students are well-trained? Such courses, which are updated and in alignment with industry needs, will help the students in the job market for they will be better equipped.’ Swami Dayanand, too believed that the treasure of learning is imperishable.

Right up to the graduation level, there is no enthusiasm in our students to learn. There is no curiosity, no will, no initiative. Even at the near-end of the session a majority of the students are undecided about their future. Mrs Sunita Patnaik, Lecturer Department of English, in a boys college says: "This apathy is not because of our education policy but because the students are disillusioned with the tales of corruption which are abound. This system cannot be bad because our students after taking education from India are much sought after in developed countries."

Numerous studies have shown that it is not necessary that toppers in academics are also successful in life. A study, conducted by S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur, has revealed that 81 per cent in fields like medicine, sports, act, engineering and business were mediocre at school. But we exert pressure on children to perform well brushing aside their need for extra-curricular activities which go a long way in developing their personalities. We tend to become ‘academically ambitious parents’ imposing our dreams on children. After some time, the child gets tired of the standards set up for him. He revolts and we are surprised as to where we have gone wrong.

We snigger at their innovation. We fail to gift them an environment which is conducive for the development of their body and mind. Our courses should be so channelised that there should be a challenge, a beauty and a joy in of learning. Acquisition of degrees is important but so is personality development and the need to discover oneself.

Tagore’s words in this regard are worthy to be remembered: ‘The great task of education is not merely to collect facts, but to know man and to make oneself known to man."

Albert Einstein, renowned physician and mathematician, was a ‘misfit’ in school for he questioned everything. His curiosity has given him a memorable place in history. S. Radhakrishanan rightly said: "Knowledge is not something to be packed away in some corner of our brain."

All teachers and parents must read Weingartner and Postman’s "Teaching as a Subversive Activity".

Let us leave our children free so that they move towards the light of knowledge and excellence while exploring environment.

As Nirad C. Chaudhri said: "Intellectual knowledge is only partial knowledge and this knowledge can only tell us how and from where, but never why or where to."

The author is a college lecturer




Indian Air Force

Airman in Group ‘X’ (Technical)/ Group ‘Y’ Trades

Elig: For Gp ‘X’: Unmarried Indian males, Cl. 10/ 10+2 (Phy, Maths & Eng; 50%) OR 3-yr Dip (Mech/ Electl/ Electron/ Auto/ Comp Sc/ Instru Tech). DoB: Mar 1 ‘83-Jun 30 ‘88; For Gp ‘Y’: matric (50%) with pass marks in Eng.

Selectn: Recruitment rally at Polo Ground, Patiala, (Pb) (Dec 2-6)

Details: Leading Newspapers.


Jan 15’ 04 Central Board of Secondary Education, Shiksha Sadan, 17, Rouse Avenue, Institutional Area, New Delhi 110002

All-India Engg/Pharma/Archi Entrance Exam (AIEEE)-2004

Elig: Cl 12 (For BE/BTech: Phy & Maths with one opt subj (Chem/ Biotech/ Comp Sc/ Biol); for BPharma: Phy & Chem with one opt subj (Maths/ Biotech/ Comp Sc/ Biol) & BArch/ BPlanning with one optional subj (Chem/ Comp Sc/ Biol & Engg Drawing).

Appln F: Send Rs 350/- by MICR DD favouring "Secretary, CBSE, New Delhi" with self-add, un-stamped, env (12"x10") to the Joint Secretary (AIEEE), at above add by Jan 5.

Details: Leading Newspapers.

Advanced Training Institute, Gill Road, Ludhiana (M/o Labour, DGE & T, GoI)

Short courses:

Tool & die Mkg, Tool Room Operator Course, Metrology & Engg Inspection, Machine Tool Maint, Adv Welding, Material Testing, Indian Stds and Reading of Engg Drawing, Elect Maint, Heat Engine, Adv Elect Maint, Hi-Tech courses, Equipment Maint Sys, Media Resource Centre courses.

Elig: Degree/ Dip in Engg (with 1 yr indl wk exp) OR National Apprenticeship Cert/ National Trade Cert (with 3 yrs. wk exp).

Appln F: Send Rs 15/- by PO favouring "Drawing & Disbursing Officer, ATI, Ludhiana" payable at Ludhiana with self-add stamped env (11 x 25cm) to Director at above add.

Details: Employment News (Nov 15-21)

Foremen Training Institute, Adityapur, Jamshedpur 832109 (M/o Labour, DGE & T, GoI)


Supervisory Devpt, Programmable Logic Controller, Skill Devpt on Machining Process, Maint Mgt, Inspection & Qual, Material Mgt.

Elig: Degree/ Dip in relv field OR National Apprenticeship Cert/ National Trade Cert (with 2 yrs. wk exp) OR BSc (Maths & Physics)

Appln F: Send Rs 15/- by PO favouring "Drawing & Disbursing Officer, FTI, Jamshedpur" payable at Jamshedpur with appln on plain paper to above add.

Details: Employment News (Nov 15-21)

National Instt of Secondary Steel Technology (M/o Steel, GoI), PB No. 92, GT Rd, Mandi Gobindgarh 147301 (Pb)


CAD/ CAM/ CAE courses

Details: Employment News (Nov 15-21)


Indian Institute of Cost & Management Studies & Research, 85/1, Law College Road, Erandavana, Pune 411004

Masters in: 1) Comp Mgt, 2) Personnel Mgt, 3) Mktg Mgt

Elig: Bachelor’s Deg (For 1: 45%, For 3: 50%).

Selectn: ATMA-2004 Scores.

Appln F: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring "Director, Indsearch, Pune" payable at Pune to above add.

Details: Website.

Feb 28 ‘04 Institute for Development & Research in Banking Technology, Castle Hills, Road No. 1, Masab Tank, Hyderabad 500 057 (AP)

Post Graduate Prog in Banking Tech Mgt (1-yr FT)

Elig: BE/ BTech/ MCA/ Master’s deg (with Maths I div). Age: Below 30 yrs.

Selectn: CAT / ATMA Scores, GD & Interview (Aug).

Appln F: Send Rs 800/- by DD favouring "IDRBT", payable at H’bad to The Coordinator, PGPBTM at above add/ Download from website.


Dec 1 Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), No. 3, Nandagiri Hills Layout, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033 (D/o Ocean Devpt, GoI)


(Assoc/ Jr/ Sr)

Ocean Observing Sys, Satellite Oceanography, Ocean Atmosphere Modelling, ICT Applications for Oceanic realm

Details: Employment News (Nov 15-21)/ website.

Dec 15 Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (UP)

Research Fellowships (Sr/ Jr)

Ceramic, Chem, Civil, Elect, Electron, Mech, Mining, Metallurg Engg, Pharma, Appld Chem, Appld Maths, Appld Phys, Bio Chem, Bio-Med Engg And Materials Sc & Tech, CAS in Electron Engg.

Details: Employment News (Nov 15-21)/ website.

Dec 31 National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Manovikasnagar, Secunderabad 500009 (M/o Soc Justice & Empowerment, GoI)

Fellowships (10 each)

Spl Edu, Rehab Psychol, Child Devpt, Psychiatry, Paed, Therapeutics (Speech, Physical & Occupational), Voc Training, O & M and Indl Engg for Voc Training, Organizational Devpt & Mgt Sc, Project Mgt, IT-Tech Devpt, Soc Wk-Community based Rehab.

Elig: PG in rel subj (55%), NET for JRF/ Lecturership in Soc Sc, reg’d for PhD. Age: Below 35 yrs.

Details: Employment News (Nov 15-21)/ website.


Dec 22 National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Manovikas Nagar, Secunderabad 500009 (AP). (M/o SJ & E, GoI)

MEd (Spl Edu, Mental Retardation)

Elig: BEd (Spl Edu, Mental Retardation; 50%) or BEd with 1-yr Dip (Spl Edu, Mental Retardation)

Appln F: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring "Director, NIMH, Secunderabad" payable at Sec’bad to Asst Admn Officer (TP & S) at above add.

Details: Website.


Nov 30 Airports Authority of India, National Airport Division, Western Region, CSI Airport, Mumbai 400099

Recruitment of Fire & Rescue Operators (Sched Tribe)

Elig: 10+2, Heavy Driving Licence, Age: 18-30 yrs.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to The Regional Exec Director, Airports Authority of India (NAD) with four pp size photos (one duly attested) and necessary documents to above add.

Details: Employment News (Nov 15-21)/ website.

Nov 20 LIC of India, Branch Unit, 33-B, 2nd Fl, Jeevan Pravah Bldg, Distt Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi 110058

Career Agents

Elig: Bachelor’s deg, employed, resident nof min 1 yr within jurisdiction of Urban Career Agent Br, Age: 21-35 yrs.

Appln F: Available at above add.


International Institute of Maritime Studies & Research, Sec 8, Haldia Township, Haldia 721607 (WB)


BSc (Nautical Sc)

Elig: 10+2 (PCM; 60%+50% in Eng in Cl 10/ 12), Age: 20 yrs

Selectn: Written Test, Interview, Med Test.

Appln F: At examination centres Rs 400/- by cash/ DD favouring "International Institute of Maritime Studies & Research". (Delhi centre: FOSMA Maritime Institute, F322A, Adarsh House, Sarai, Lado Sarai, New Delhi 110030.

HAL Rotary Wing Academy, Helicopter Div, PB No 1790, Bangalore 560017

1) Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s Licence

2) Pvt Helicopter Pilot’s Licence

Elig: For 1: 10+2 (PUC with Phys & Maths). For 2: Cl 10.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "HAL Helicopter Division" payable at Bangalore.

Details: Website.

Dec 31 University of Hyderabad, Centre for Distance Education, Central University PO, Hyderabad 500046 (AP)

PG Dips (1-yr, Corresp):

1) Comp Sc

2) Planning & Project Mgt

3) Environ Educn & Mgt

4) Translation Studies in Hindi

5) Human Rights

6) Television Production

7) Library Automation & Networking

8) Telecomm

9) Chemical Analysis & Quality Mgt

10) Business Ethics

11) Cyber Laws & Int Property Rights

12) Environ Eco

13) Mass Comm & Translation Tech in Urdu

Elig: 1 to 6: Bachelor’s degree; 7: BLSc; 8 Bachelor’s degree with Maths & Phys/ Electron; 9: Bachelor’s degree with Chem.

Selectn: Based on merit in qualifying exam.

Appln F: Send Rs. 200/- by DD favouring "Finance Officer, University of Hyderabad" payable at H’ bad to the Section Officer (DE), at above add.


Nov 17 Wockhardt Hospital & Heart Institute, 14, Cunningham Rd, B’lore 560052

Post Basic Dip in Cardiovasc & Thoracic Nursing (1-yr)

Elig: BSc (Nursing)/ GNM + 1-yr Clinical Nursing exp or PC BSc (Nursing).

Selectn: Test & Interview.

Appln F: Contact Administrator at above add/ d’load from web.

Dec 20 Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Pimpri, Pune 411108 (Deemed Univ).

All-India Entrance Test


Anatomy, Gen Med, Paed (MD & DCH), Physiol, Radio Diag (MD & DMRD), Microbiol, Anaesthesiol (MD & DA), Skin & VD (MD & DDVL)

MS & DO (Opthalmol), MS & DOrtho (Ortho), MS & DGO (Ob & Gynae)

Elig: MBBS.

Test: Jan 18 ‘04.

Appln F: Send Rs. 600/- by DD favouring "The Registrar, Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth Deemed University", payable at Pimpri, Pune at above add.

Details: Website.

Vocational (Women)

Nov 20 Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women (Delhi University), Jhilmil Colony, Vivek Vihar, Delhi 110095

1) IT Appln in Lib & Info Sc (2-wk)

2) Analytical Tech & Instrumentation (3-wk)

Elig: For 1: Bachelor’s deg with cert in lib sc/ dip in Lib sc/ BLib & Info Sc/ MLib & Info Sc.

For 2: BSc.

Appln F: On paper, mention your name, father’s name/ husband’s name, add, tel no, age, DoB, edu Qual, occu, Exp (if any), etc to Dr. S. Lakshmi Devi, Hony Director, CECOP at above add.

Details: Website.