Reframe question papers to prevent unfair means
O.P. Wadhwa
I endorse the recommendations of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) Vice-Chancellor Major-Gen B.S. Suhag that the services of the ex-servicemen as university employees on a contract basis can be hired for looking after the external interference at examination centres. A few more steps are recommended.

An experiment in schooling
Public school takes to teaching slum children
Amrik Singh
A decade after an English medium public school was set up by a far seeing visionary who belonged to a minority community, it decided to admit a certain number of slum children at the kindergarten level by way of an experiment.


Reframe question papers to prevent unfair means
O.P. Wadhwa

I endorse the recommendations of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) Vice-Chancellor Major-Gen B.S. Suhag that the services of the ex-servicemen as university employees on a contract basis can be hired for looking after the external interference at examination centres. A few more steps are recommended.

Question paper (especially of social sciences subjects where unfair means are applied mostly) must be restructured as 15 Objective questions of 15 marks. Eight short answer questions of five marks each, totalling 40 marks and the remaining three essay-type questions of 15 marks each, totalling 45 marks. Total marks=15+40+45=100 marks.

This restructured pattern of question paper has a good weight of reliability. The reliable feature is that when a student is asked upon to answer somewhere around 25-26 questions, the psychological factor would operate in his/her mind that even if he/she does not know the four objective answers, 2-3 short question answer, he/she is not going to bother much and shall not try to resort to unfair means as he/she would be confident of getting through with the rest of the questions.

With this restructured pattern, he/she would also not find time to resort to unfair means during the actual conduct of examinations.

Lists of teaching staff working in maintained/affiliated colleges should be obtained in advance and the university appoint Assistant Superintendents, Deputy Centre Superintendents, Centre Superintendents, Members Flying Squad/Observers.

At present University has been appointing invigilators/supervisory staff on the recommendations of the Principals of the colleges concerned.

It has been seen that a junior teacher is recommended to work as member of the flying squad whereas a senior member is asked to work as Assistant Superintendent. Only those teachers with at least five years’ experience must be appointed Deputy Superintendent, with 10 years’ experience Centre Superintendents and minimum 15 years’ experience as members, flying squad.

Senior members who are not willing to be appointed at senior positions and want to work at junior positions can be adjusted accordingly.

Further, as far as possible, the university should try to appoint outsiders as invigilatory staff. Teachers working in Mahindregarh district and want to be appointed in Rewari, Gurgaon or Faridabad district without TA/DA must be accommodated. The university has been appointing outsiders invigilatory staff (Centre Superintendents/Deputy Superintendents) with TA/DA within the district alone.

Lecturers belonging to Faridabad colleges can be appointed as Superintendents or Deputy Superintendents with TA/DA in Palwal/Hodal colleges (about 30-60 km) from Faridabad proper, but cannot be appointed as such even without TA/DA in Gurgaon colleges (about 30-40 km). This may be looked into by Controller of Examinations.

— The writer is lecturer, Government College, Gohana, Haryana.

An experiment in schooling
Public school takes to teaching slum children
Amrik Singh

A decade after an English medium public school was set up by a far seeing visionary who belonged to a minority community, it decided to admit a certain number of slum children at the kindergarten level by way of an experiment. These children belonged to the area which encircled the school. Ordinarily speaking, they would not have had the opportunity to even join any school, let alone a public school.

Like any other city in the country, there are, numerous unauthorised colonies in the city of Delhi. This school is located in one of them. Once the school had been established and reached the strength of approximately 1500 students, it occurred to the teachers that, in spite of having continued to function without any reference to the neighbourhood, they might at least acquire some understanding of how the people around them lived and if they could be helped by the school in any way.

Visits to different homes in the colony was an eye opening experience for teachers and senior students who made the visits. A family with half a dozen children is more or less the norm in these localities. Men and women do all kinds of jobs to sustain the family. In a large number of cases, the boys help the parents in whatever they are doing. As to the girls, nobody is bothered about them.

After these visits, teachers started discussing amongst themselves what could be done by the school to help those people whom they had got to know. After a good deal of intensive discussion, they came to the conclusion that, if they were to be helped in any way, it could be mainly in respect of education which was their chosen field of specialisation.

But how could these children be admitted to the school? The per capita cost in the boarding house (and three fourths of them were boarders) was a couple of thousand rupees per month.

In 1999 when the session started, the school admitted students from the slum areas. Later, it admitted another 12 or so. In a few cases, parents took the children away even after admission because they desperately wanted their help in whatever they were doing. This was a typical case of children not being allowed to study because the family needed their labour power so as to add to the family income.

After a couple of false starts, the number of students admitted in this unconventional way was stabilised at 35. In four cases, the students showed promise. (Incidentally, in one case, both the parents are blind.) Therefore, they were taken out of those two sections and put into other sections where they could successfully compete with other students. When this was done, four different teachers entirely on their own initiative, took over the responsibility to look after one child each so as to guard against the possibility of any of these students lagging behind in any way.

Not only did these four teachers take over this specific, additional responsibility, the whole lot of teachers subscribed one per cent of their basic salary into a separate fund which paid for the engagement of two extra class teachers who had to be employed in order to look after the 35 students who were currently enrolled in the second and third standards.

It is expected that, within the next couple of years, a few more of these students would be moved on to the other sections and merged with the mainstream.

Recognising the innovative role played by the teachers, the management not only waived the fee, it also helped with free supply of uniforms, shoes, books, stationery and, no less important, two cakes of soap — one for toilet purposes and the second for washing their clothes. In terms of outfit, appearance, classroom manners, mode of social interaction and the lot, there is nothing to distinguish one child from another.

It is the end of the fourth year of the project. In theory, any teacher can opt out of it and not pay his or her one per cent contribution that is being paid just now. In practice, no one has done anything of this kind. They are all committed to this experiment and would like to see it succeed.

Clearly it is an act of collaboration between the school management and the teachers. Some of the managements can be enlightened and it should not be a surprise if a small number of private schools are prepared to chip in with something on the lines of what is being done in this case.

But what is exceptional in this situation is the commitment of the teachers who not only carried out intensive surveys in the slum area, worked out a viable scheme of schooling, and even more important, came forward to fund it. In other words, it was this happy combination of an enlightened management and a committed teacher body which got this programme going.




Feb 15 Institute of Town Planners, 4A, Ring Rd, IP Estate, New Delhi 110002

Associateship Exam-2004

Elig: BArch/ BE/ BTech (Civil)/ B Planning/ MSc/ MA (Geog/ Sociol/ Eco), Post Dip in Town Planning (55%) + work ex in Town Planning.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Institute of Town Planners, India, New Delhi" to above add.

Details: Website.

 Armed Forces

Feb 3 Indian Navy, Direct Entry (Diploma Holders), PO Box 488. Gole Dak Khana, GPO, New Delhi 110001

1) Direct Entry Diploma Holders (3-yr)

2) Artificer Apprentices

Elig: For 1: Unmarried Indian males, 3-yr Dip in Mech/ Elect/ Electron/ Telecom/ Aero/ Ship Bldg/ Instru/ Metallur Engg. (50%); DoB: 1 Aug ‘82 —31 Jul’ 86.

For 2: 10+2 (Phys & Maths; 55%) DoB: 1 Aug ‘84 —31 Jul ’87

Appln F & Details: Employment News (Jan 10-16)/ website.

Feb 5 Indian Army, ADG of Recruiting (Women Entry Sec), West Block-III, R K Puram, New Delhi 110066

Women Special Entry Scheme (Officers)

A) Non Technical Entry

B) Specialist Entry

Details: Employment News (Jan 3-9)/ website.

Apr 1 Indian Army

NCC Special Entry Scheme - NT (SSC, 5 yrs) OTA, Chennai

Elig: Bachelor’s Deg (50%) + "B" grade in NCC "C" Cert Exam. Age: 19 - 25 yrs.

Appln F & Details: Employment News (Jan 3-9).

 Performing Arts

Jan 15 IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068

PG Diploma in:

1) Radio Broadcasting (1-yr)

2) Audio Prodn (1-yr)

Elig: For 1 & 2: Bachelor’s deg

Appln F: Send Rs 80/- by DD favouring "IGNOU" payable at New Delhi/ nearest regional centre to above add/ regional centre.

Details: Website.


Jan 19 National Fire Service College, (GoI; M/o HA), Civil Lines, Nagpur 440001 (Mah)

All India Entrance Exam for Sub-Officers course

Elig: 10+2. Age: 18-23 yrs.

Selection: Written exam (Apr 18 at M’bai, Del, Chennai, Kol, Nagpur).

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with Rs 100/- by IPO favouring "Director, National Fire Service College, Nagpur" with self-add envelope (10x 23 cm) to the Director at above add. Superscribe envelope as "Application for Entrance Examination for Sub-Officers Course 2003".


Mar 1 Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 PG Diploma in IT (2 sem, FT)

(At Kharagpur, Kolkata & Bhubaneswar)

Elig: BTech/ BE (60%)/ MSc (Phy/ Chem/ Maths/ Stats/ Comp Appl with maths in BSc (60%).

Selection: Written Test (Apr 11; at 8 centres).

Appln F: Send Rs 800/- by DD favouring "IIT, Kharagpur", payable at Kharagpur with 2 self-add slips to Chairman, GATE at above add/ download from web.

Details: Employment News (Jan 3-9)/ website.


Jan 21 Small Industries Service Institute, Room # 20, 65/1, G.S.T Road, Guindy, Chennai 600032 (TN)

Diploma in Law & Mgt (Exim, Company Tax, Travels, Drugs, Labour, Media, C & F, IT, Trade mark)

Diploma in Document writing & Mgt

Elig: Cl 10/ 10+2, Bachelor’s deg.

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by DD favouring "The Director-SISI PD A/cl", payable at Chennai to above add.

Details: Website.

Feb 2 Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, D/o Mgt Studies, 305/Block IV, IIT, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016

MBA (Mgt Syst & Telecom Sys Mgt); 2-yr

MBA (For Wkg Execs; Tech Mgt) PT; 3-yr

Selectn: JMET 2003; GD & Interview.

Details: Website.


Jan 30 Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Post Box No. 8313, Deonar, Mumbai 400088

1) MA (Soc Wk)

2) MA (PM & IR)

3) Master of Health Admin

4) Master of Hospital Admin

Elig: For 1, 3 & 4: Bachelor’s deg (50%), For 2: BSc/ BE/ BTech (55%)

Selection: Written Test, Interview (June ’04) at instt..

Appln F: Send Rs. 300/- (per form) by DD favouring "Tata Instt. of Social Sciences, Mumbai" specify course) along with stamped (Rs. 30/-) self-add cloth-lined env (20 x 25 cm) to the "Assistant Registrar (Academic)"

Details: Website.

Feb 9 University of Delhi, Faculty of Management Studies, Shanti Prasad Jain Advanced Management Resarch Center, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi-1100021

MBA (Mgt of Services; 2-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (Arts/ Com/ Soc Sc: 50%; Sciences: 55%; Maths/ Stats: 60%; Med/ Engg/ Tech: 60%/ CGPA of 6.00 in scale of 10.00) OR PG Deg/ 2nd deg: 60%.

Selection: Test (Feb 29).

Appln F: Send Rs. 575/- by DD favouring "Registrar University of Delhi", payable at Delhi to The Administrative Officer at above add by Feb 8/ download from web.

Feb 16 Indian Centre for Telecom & Management (ICTM) , Agrasen Campus, S. no. 239/2, Yerawada, Pune 411006 (Mah)

PG Dip in Mgt (Telecom & IT; 2-yr, FT)

Elig: BE/ BTech.

Selection: Entrance Test (Feb 23 & 24) at 12 centres incld’g Delhi, Ch’garh.

Appln F: Send Rs 600/- by DD favouring "Sri Balaji Society", payable at Pune to above add by Feb 9.

Details: Website.

Xavier Institute of Development Action & Studies (XIDAS), 4th Mile, 8, Mandla Road, Village Tilhari, PO Goraiyaghat, Jabalpur 482021 (MP)

MBA (Rural Mgt; 2-yr)

Selection: AIMS-ATMA test (Feb 8).

Details: Contact Dean at above add/ Website.


Mar 1 School of Medical Science & Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (WB)

Masters in Medical Sc & Tech (3-yr)

Elig: MBBS (60%), (Maths in Cl 12).

Assistantship: Rs 10,000/- pm.

Selection: Written Test (Apr 11).

Appln F: Send Rs 1500/- by DD favouring "IIT, Kharagpur" payable at Kharagpur to Chairman, GATE, at above add with 2 self-add slips/ download from web after Jan 27.

Details: Employment News (Jan 3-9)/ web.

Mar 18 Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kasturba Health Society, PO Sevagram, Wardha 442102 (Mah).


Elig: 10+2 (PCB & Eng, 50%, single attempt). Age: Born before 1 Jan ’88

Selection: Entrance Exam (Apr 25 at Nagpur, H’bad, M’bai, Del).

Appln F: Send Rs 1050/- by MO favouring "Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, District Wardha 442102".


Feb 27 Madurai Kamaraj University, Directorate of Distance Education, Palkalainagar, Madurai 625021 (TN)

A. IT Courses

1) MCA

2) MCA (Lat Ent, yr 2)

3) BCA

4) BCA (Lat Ent, yr 2)

5) PG Dip (Comp Appln, e-Com; 1-yr)

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MBA, Master of (Bank Mgt, Labour Mgt, Tourism Mgt; 2-yr), MA (Advt & PR; Journ & Com; 2-yr), MLISc, BLISc (1-yr), BGL, B Hotel & Tour Mgt, MCom (Co-op Mgt) (2-yr).

C. UG Courses

BA (Hist, Eco, Pol Sc, Soc Sc, Eng Litt, Tam Litt); BSc (Maths); BCom; BBA.

D. PG Courses

MA (Hist, Eco, Pol Sc, Pub Admin, Eng Litt, Tam Litt, Gandhian Thought, Philo & Relig, Sociol); MSc (Maths, Phys, Chem); MCom.

E. MPhil

Tamil, Eng, Hist, Eco, Commerce, Pol Sc, Pub Admin, Labour Studies, Public Admin (Eng & Tam Med), Entrepreneurship, Educn, Maths, Gandhian Thought, Sociol, Tourism, Telugu, Comp Sc, Mgt, Hindi.


Introductory, Pre-Foundation, Deg, PG Courses.

G. PG Dip (Mgt, Journ & Mass Com, Mktg Mgt; 1-yr);

PM & IR (2-yr), Hosp Mgt, NGO Mgt, PR Mgt, Entrepreneurship.

H. Dip (Labour Law & Admin Law, Astrol, Saiva Siddh, 1-yr)

I. Cert in Lib Sc (3-mth); French (6-mnth).

Details: Website.

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