Does holiday homework serve the purpose?
Arvinder Kaur
oliday homework, an entrenched tradition in our education system, is fast taking a hit from parents and psychologists alike, who feel that holidays are a time to bring out childís creativity rather than push him under the load of work.

The art of writing
Shiv Ram Moudgil
he instinct to see oneís name in print is as strong as the instinct to see oneself photographed. But one must bear in mind that while posing for a photograph requires no effort, seeing oneís name in print does. 


Does holiday homework serve the purpose?
Arvinder Kaur

Holiday homework, an entrenched tradition in our education system, is fast taking a hit from parents and psychologists alike, who feel that holidays are a time to bring out childís creativity rather than push him under the load of work.

Moreover, researchers say there is no solid evidence to support that it is a way of improving academic achievement.

In fact, John Bull, the co-author of "The End of Homework", says it disrupts families, overburdens children and limits learning.

"Holiday homework, especially when it relates to curriculum, defeats the whole purpose of holidays and bringing out childís creativity. Most of the time it relates to the curriculum, as teachers think of this time as a shortcut to finishing the syllabus," says Kusum Jain, convener, Parents Forum for Meaningful Education.

"On an average, a school has 125 working days whereas the syllabus is designed for 210 days. Because of the shortage of workdays, schools resort to shortcuts, use vacations and extra classes to finish it," says Ms Jain.

However, Dr Sangeeta Bhatia, Principal, New State Academy, says: "Most of the schools in recent years have changed the pattern of school homework. It is more fun, creative, and helps develop knowledge skills in children."

Arguing in favour of giving adequate homework, Dr Bhatia says: "There is mushrooming of summer workshops everywhere. If a child has nothing to do at home, the parents have no choice but to send him to these centres, which is more of a burden for them."

"So it is any day better to give meaningful homework in which the child can be occupied during the holidays," says Dr Bhatia.

Brushing aside the argument that homework is a burden for parents, Dr Bhatia says: "The schools no longer give credit for quality work done by parents. The thrust is on developing the creativity of the child, not getting great work done."

However, Vandana, a mother of a three-year old, says: "You donít expect a nursery student to make cutouts for the school notice board, when he does not know how to handle a scissor."

"Moreover, teachers specify that all models and charts should be made neatly as they have to be displayed... so whom is the homework for ó the child or the parent," she argues.

Ms Jain says: "Holiday homework should be more Ďopen endedí, let children do whatever they want to do ó studies, hobbies, etc. ó and then they can make a report, which can be submitted in the class."

Holiday homework, more often than not, becomes a bone of contention between parents and children ó parents become more of a villain and the child a rebel, says Dr Aruna Broota, a psychologist.

"Rather than fun, it becomes more of a duty, with parents fretting over it and seeing them ó children ó developing negative attitude towards homework," says Dr Broota.

Moreover, as far as older children are concerned, most of them resent homework as they feel "no teacher is going to check it and their efforts would be wasted."

But Dr Bhatia feels that these arguments are of the days gone by. "Most schools today give weightage to the homework and marks are given for the work done, which is added to the mid-term examination and this is specified to the students in advance."

Rather than fretting over the homework, Buell and Kraveloc, in their book, say: "Achieve a balance between work and play."

Agrees Dr Broota: "When homework has to be done, do it willingly. Parents should not fret, as children develop negative tendencies, and school administrators too should make it more lively and interesting."

Holidays are fun, and so can homework be! ó PTI

The art of writing
Shiv Ram Moudgil

The instinct to see oneís name in print is as strong as the instinct to see oneself photographed. But one must bear in mind that while posing for a photograph requires no effort, seeing oneís name in print does. In order to be able to write something, reading is of paramount importance; reading gives you ideas which stay in your mind, react with your own and then stand expressed.

Besides reading, a keen observation also helps. Observing life as it is lived, critically examining it and your capacity to improve it gives you plots for stories, novels, dramas or whatever other genre of literature you may choose.

Observing mother nature and its various phenomena also tends to elevate you to a higher level of sensitivity. You soon feel like putting your observation on paper or canvas. Thus, you write or paint landscape, rainbow, the setting sun, the rising moon, the undulating vast blue ocean, the clouds, the showers, the springs, the waterfalls, the cool presence and the warm breath of nature when summer just sets in.

By and by the observed discipline, the rhythm, the unity and unfailing discipline of nature get transfused into artistic excellence and begins to show itself in whatever you may create as an artist. This is the great advantage that the observer of nature has over the observer of life, for, whereas nature seldom ever deviates from its pathway, human life keeps passing from one colour to another.

A heart that feels and a mind that observes and records and an artistic sense which checks both from going extreme can alone be of help; for a heart which is incapable of feeling cannot show itself out, even if it does, the image reflected on the screen/page/canvas will be far from being satisfactory.

Most important: an artist must have abundant patience. That is what we learn from nature. Finally, how long or short oneís writing should be? There is no fixed criterion. A lyric of 14 lines can be as important a work of art as any voluminous novel. The golden rule: avoid using a single extra word.



Marine Engineering

Jun 30 Tolani Maritime Institute, Village PO Induri, Talegaon Dabhade, Pune 410507

BS (Marine Engg/Nautical Tech, 4-yr, resi)

(In assoc with BITS, Pilani)

Elig: Unmarried cands, 10+2 (PCM; 60%). Age: Below 20 yrs (on 1 Sep 1984)

Selectn: Online tests, interview & medical exam.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD fvg "Tolani Maritime Institute." payable at Pune/Induri or díload from website.


Jul 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/BE/BTech/ Bachelorís deg (Sc or Maths in 10+2).

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

Details: Website.

Jul 19 Indo-German Tool Room, 291B-302A, Sec E, Industrial Area, Sanwer Road, Indore 452015 (MP)

1) Adv Diploma In tool & Die Making (4-yr)

2) Certificate course in Machinist Trade (2-yr)

3) Post Diploma in CAD/CAM (1-yr)

4) Condensed Course in Tool & Die Making (1-yr)

Elig: For 1 & 2: Cl 10 (Sc, Maths; 60%). Age : 15-19 yrs. For 3: Deg/Dip in (Mech/Prodn/Tool & Die Making/Pastic Tech). For 4: Cl 10. Age: 18-25 yrs

Appln F: Send Rs. 300/- (For 1 & 2) by DD with A5 size self-add stamped (Rs. 35/-) evn (25 x 20 cm) to Admin Deptt at above add. For 3 & 4 : Send appn to the Dy. General Manager, Training Deptt

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Deemed Univ) PB No. 32, 2k, Patiala 147 001.


MSc (Biotech)/ ME (Reg/PT) /MTech/PhD

Details: Website

Jun 15 Maulana Azad National College of Technology (Deemed Univ) , Bhopal 462007 (MP)

Postgraduate Admission 2004-05

Industrially Oriented MTech/MUDP (FT: 2-yr/PT: 3-yr) in various disciplines.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD payable to MANIT, Bhopal at above add.

Details: Employment News (May 8-14)/website


Jun 27 Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Instt of Computer Sc & Information Sc, Khandari Campus, Agra 282002

1) MCA (3 yr)

2) MSc (Comp Sc; 2-yr)

3) MSc (IT; 2 yr)

4) MITM (Masters of IT Mgt; 2 yr)

5) MSc (Informatics; 2-yr)

6) PGDCA (1-yr)

7) BCA (3-yr)

8) BSc (Info Sc; 3-yr)

Elig : For 1: Bachelorís deg (Maths/BCA; 50%), For 2: Bachelorís deg (Phys/Maths/Stats/Comp Sc/Comp Appln/Comp Mgt; 50%), For 3: Bachelorís deg (Maths/BCA/BE/BTech).

For 4: Bachelorís deg, For 5: Bachelorís deg (Maths), For 6: Bachelorís deg (45%; Maths at Cl 10), For 7 & 8: 10+2 (Maths).

Appln F : Send Rs 440/- by DD fvg "The Finance Officer, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra" payable at Agra, to The Coordinator, ICIS-CAT 2004, D/o Comp Sc, Institute of Basic Sc at above add.

Details: Employment News (12-18 Apr).


Central Institute of Hindi, (MHRD, D/o Secondary & Higher Educn), R-12, Nehru Enclave, Kalkaji, New Delhi110 019.

1) Diploma Course in Hindi (1-yr)

Jun 15 2) Post MA Adv Diploma (Appld Hindi Linguistics)

3) Post MA Diploma in (Appld Hindi Linguistics/Transln Theory & Pract/Mass Comm & Journo)

Elig: For 1: : Foreign nationals only For 2: Post-MA Diploma (Appld Hindi Linguistics) For 3: Masters Deg (Hindi at Bacheorís deg).

Selectn: For 2 & 3: Entrance Exam & Interview.

Appln F: For 1: Contact above add. For 2 & 3: Senf Rs 100/- by DD fvg "Secretary, Kendriya Hindi Shikshan Mandal, New Delhi" at above add.


Oct 23 Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalainagar 608002 (TN)

MBA: Intl Bus/E-Bus (Dist, 2-yr)

Elig: Bachelorís deg .

Appln F: Send request with Rs 280/- by DD fvg the "Director, DDE, Annamalai University" payable at Annamalainagar/ Chidambaram/ Chennai to the Director at above add .

Symbiosis International Educational Centre (SIEC), (Deemed Univ), Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411004

BBA (3-yr)

Elig : 10+2 (50%).

Selectn : Written test: 5 Jun (at 3 centres incldg Del).

Appln F : Send Rs 1275/- by DD fvg "SIEC, Deemed University (BBA)", payable at Pune to above add.

Mass Communication

Jun 18 Indraprastha College for Women, 31, Sham Nath Marg, Delhi-110054

Bachelorís Deg in Mass Media & Mass Comm (3-yr)

Elig: Girls only, 10+2 (55%).

Selctn: Obj Test: June 24, Creative Ability Test: Jun 29, Interview: Jul 3-4

Appln F: Send Rs.100/- by DD fvg "Principal, IP College, Delhi" with self-add unstamped A4 size env to above add.

Instt. of Media Studies & Information Technology, YMCA Nizamuddin, Near Nizamuddin Post Office, New Delhi. Delhi

Jun 30 2) Diploma in IT (1-yr)

Elig: For 1 : Bachelorís deg; For 2: 10+2

Appln Form: Send Rs 300/-(For 1) / Rs. 150/-(For 2) by DD fvg "New Delhi YMCA Education Centre" with A-4 size self-add env to above add .

Jun 21 HNB Garhwal University, Centre for Journalism & Mass Communication, Srinagar (Utt)

MA (Mass Comm)

Elig : Bachelorís deg.

Selection : Entrance Test: 25 Jul (At Srinagar)

Appln F: Send Rs 350/- by DD fvg "Finance Officer, HNB Garwhal University, Srinagar (Garhwal)"to the Director at above add.


Jun 20 D/o Science & Technology (M/o Sc & Tech), Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Rd, New Delhi 110016 &

Boyscast Fellowship 2004-05

(Atmospheric & Earth Sc/Cheml Sc/Engg Sc/Life Sc/Mathl Sc & Physl Sc)

Elig: ME, MTech or PhD in Sc/Tech or MD Medicine or equiv. Age: Below 35 yrs (on 1st Apr).

Details: Employment News (May 8-14)/website.

May 14 Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, India

HSBC Scholarship

(Undergrads & grads offered places at Oxford/Cambridge & London Univs).

Details: W ebsite.

Oct 1 Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012

KVPY Fellowship-2004

1) Basic Sc:

2) Engg:

3) Medicine:

Appln F: Send Rs 75/- by DD fvg "SID A/c KVPY" payable at

B Ďlore with 2 self-add slips (2"x4") mentioning your name & stream applied for to the Convener at above add by 15 Sept. Apply separately for all streams.

Details: Website

Teaching & Education

Jun 30 IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068.

BEd (2-yr)

Elig: Bachelorís or higher deg/In-service teachers with 2-yr, FT ex in primary/sec/ higher/ sr school recog by Central or State Govt.

Selectn: Entrance Test (1 Aug).

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by DD/IPO favoring "IGNOU" payable at the city of RC or HQ by 15 Jul or díload from website. Write your name, add & prog on rev of DD.

Details: Website.

Pervin Malhotra, Director, CARING (, New Delhi 

Email: [email protected] Details: