EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Deemed varsities befooling students
Ambika Sharma
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ITH the University Grants Commission declaring that the off- campus study centres being run by two deemed universities-Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur, and Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Sardarshahr, were running without the mandatory approval, the future of hundreds of students enrolled at these centres across Himachal Pradesh is at stake.

Allahabad IIIT the backbone of infotech
Rajiv Shukla
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HOSE of us in north India who have grown up on conventional engineering streams like civil, mechanical electrical and electronics hardly know about a class institution that has come up in Allahabad, preparing students exclusively for the new age science ó the information technology.

Indian schools comparable with the best: German prof
Sheeba Singh
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CHOOL education in India is as good as anywhere else, says Prof Malessa of Brandenburg University, Germany. Malesssa frequents India to conduct classes every now and then specialising in science and engineering. Following are the excerpts of an interview with him.

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Deemed varsities befooling students
Ambika Sharma

WITH the University Grants Commission (UGC) declaring that the off- campus study centres being run by two deemed universities-Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur, and Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Sardarshahr, were running without the mandatory approval, the future of hundreds of students enrolled at these centres across Himachal Pradesh is at stake.

A letter no.F-1-3/2004(CPP-1) dated June 8, 2004, written in response to a communication sent by the Students Federation of Indiaís, Shimla faction, clearly states that while these two institutes have been declared deemed universities under section 3 of the UGC Act ,1956, they could run the said courses at their own headquarters and no off-campus centre had been approved by the UGC.

While this has put at stake the future of thousands of students across the state receiving vocational education in various streams like art and craft, homeopathic and para-medical courses, even those having obtained their degrees have little scope of procuring employment.

It is learnt that there were as many as 24 institutes running art and craft courses and five running para-medical icourses. In Solan two institutes running various courses in homeopathy and art and craft as well as paramedical sciences affiliated to the two institutes have been taking students since the past few years.

Interestingly, another institute, Maa Saraswati Institute of Paramedical Sciences running at Nalagarh suddenly closed its operations last year in September leaving the students in the lurch. A case of 420 was later registered against it by the students. students of Himalayan institute of Art and Craft and Paramedical Sciences supposedly affiliated to Sardarshahr Deemed University have spent more time on the road in the past one year , trying to get an NOC from the state government after the latter refused to grant it recognition as the legal department found the
case unfit.

Another institute, Solan Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital , is operating as an off- campus centre of Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur. its case for recognition was rejected by the state government due to lack of infrastructure by a government committee. it had sought permission from the central council of homeopathic medicine, Government of India, bypassing the mandatory state governmentís approval. Not only this it has increased its seats without the necessary approval.

In yet another case as many as 19 nodal centres were opened by a Chhattisgarh-based Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Deemed University in the state. Inquires later revealed that the said centre had forged the signatures of the director, education , in May 2003 and had sought an NOC from the deputy director (education) to open study centres.

Now with a view to tightening its noose around such private institutes running vocational education courses, the State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT) has initiated a process of streamlining the process. While directing these not to make fresh admissions for the current session, the director of technical education, Mr R.D. Pawar, has issued instructions for all such institutes to apply to the directorate for grant of recognition.

As many as 220 institutes have already sent their case to the directorate, revealed Mr Pawar.
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Allahabad IIIT the backbone of infotech
Rajiv Shukla

THOSE of us in north India who have grown up on conventional engineering streams like civil, mechanical electrical and electronics hardly know about a class institution that has come up in Allahabad, preparing students exclusively for the new age science ó the information technology.

Like the IITs and the IIMs, the institution, called the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, is fully funded by the Central Government and is ranked among the best in the country in the field of IT. With an intake capacity of just 120 students and teacher-student ratio at about 1:10 the "triple IT" Allahabad, as it is popularly called, is one of the most sought-after institutions among the All-India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) examinees of southern states, particularly Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

And this is because itís fee structure is peanuts as compared to the high-profile private infotech institute of Hyderabad opened by a corporate house. Started on August 12, 1999 with the objective to help India enhance its technological strength in Information Technology, it was conferred "deemed university" status a year later. The Institute is fully residential, providing hostel accommodation to each student.

The IIIT-A edge: Being new it is technologically up-to-date and has a sharp, cutting-edge curricula, including system analysis and design, software engineering, networking, management and bioinformatics. Each semester spans 15 weeks of studies that include theory courses, projects, assignments, quiz, tutorials and term paper etc. The summer training is facilitated by the Institute at the end of each even semester, in a leading industrial establishment.

The director of the Institute Prof M.D. Tewari, a known expert on solid state physics, proudly claims that the IIIT-A is the first institution of its kind in the country and says itís comparable with any world class IT institutions in the world.

Says he: "The institute is equipped with the state-of-the-art laboratories with class hardware and software backed by optic fibre backbone of LAN and WAN. The networking infrastructure consists of CISCO 3600 router, modem and around 50 switches providing LAN and WAN facilities to around 600 users.

The instituteís strong networking is supported with around 100 servers, 4-SGI workstations and a number of hi-end computer for installing, testing and bench-marking. These servers are configured to function as DNS server, staff domain controller, student domain controller, root domain controller, file server, mail server, gateways, firewalls on both Linux and Windows operating system. The institute has its own web server running on both Linux and Windows operating system."

Programmes

B.Tech: The Institute runs a four-year eight semester B.Tech academic programme in information technology. Each semester comprises eight theory and thirtyfive practical papers amounting to 20 credit hours in theory and 10 in lab work, with a summer training at the end of each even semester.

M.Tech: The Institute also runs Masterís programme in (1) Bio-Informatics, (2) Intelligent System, and (3) Wireless Communication & Computer. All GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering) qualified M.Tech students are provided an assistantship of Rs 5000 per month.

Sine IIIT-A is fully residential, its hostel rooms are provided with all modern civic amenities, including personal computers in each room. From second semester each student is provided with a PC in his hostel room where he may be able to work on them for 24 hours. With broadband and library automation, the students can log on to the library from their cosy rooms in the campus.

To ease fee burden on poor students the institute awards about 50 merit/means scholarships to B.Tech students, each worth Rs. 1500 per month for one year. Out of these, 26 scholarships are awarded by the institute six by the Indain Overseas Bank, five by the Allahabad Bank and two by Vijaya Bank.

The Board of Governors of the Institute have allowed financial assistance to students through an Ďearn-while-you-learní scheme by engaging the poor and meritorious students in projects, research, teaching, lab works and other aspects of Instituteís functioning wherever possible. About 150 students benefit each year through this scheme.

Placement: The institute has a superb placement record. "This makes the students market savvy and prepare them for quick placement. Some of the leading corporations which have absorbed our pass-outs include Wipro, HCL, TCS, IBM, Motorola, Aptech, Digital, Global Soft etc.", says Dr Tewari. In fact, he is so confident about the future that he says the IIIT would be the nerve centre of IT in the Third World.
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Indian schools comparable with
the best: German prof

Sheeba Singh

SCHOOL education in India is as good as anywhere else, says Prof Malessa of Brandenburg University, Germany. Malesssa frequents India to conduct classes every now and then specialising in science and engineering. Following are the excerpts of an interview with him.

Q: What do you think of the standard of education in India compared to Germany?

A: I was surprised to find such high standards in schools as well as in colleges and universities. Especially, the school education in mathematics and chemistry, in which I was interested most as a chemist, was on the same level as it is in Germany. Chemistry, which is more and more neglected in German schools, specially in the past few years, sometimes seems to have a higher standard in India. Colleges/universities are seen from the theoretical approach comparable to German levels. Practical education in laboratories offers better conditions in Germany. Surprising, however, is the high degree of automisation of mechanically, at times not too costly, test stands in colleges.

Q: What is your impression of the education system in India and how do you compare the Indian and German systems of education?

A: The system is close to the English/American system and compatible to the systems in most industrial nations of the world. There is the high number of women in engineering and science departments. Additionally, the good behaviour of students (perhaps changing in the past two years) must be mentioned. Didactic efforts of lecturers have been intensified in Germany in the past years.

Q: And your evaluation of the Indian student in India as well as Germany?

A: I have no special experience with Indian students in Germany. Asian students (Chinese, Vietnamese) in Germany show commitment. They overcome cultural and lingual problems with their dedication to work.

Q: What, according to you, are the good, bad and improvable points in the Indian education?

A: Indian education is of international level (Higher schools/colleges/universities). However, let me repeat a question a college boy asked me: If there is good education in India, why is Indian economy not as successful as, for example, the Chinese? It is the Indian way of education ó to aspire for formal degrees and qualifications and not succeed in business. Is it the Indian way of improvisation instead of fundamental organisation as we do in Germany? I don`B4t know. But in India things are changing. Perhaps, it is the beginning of a fundamental success in economics.
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Art & Design

August 4

Small Industries Service Institute, Industrial Area ĖB, Ludhiana-141003

Ph : 0161-2531733/4/5

Entrepreneurship Dev Training Programme: Fashion Des & Merchandising (1-mth)

Eligibility: Punjab domicile, Cl 10, Age: >18 yrs & above.

Selection: Interview: on 06 Aug (Director's office) at above add

Application Form: From above address.

August 6

Northern Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, (Govt of Punj), C-115, Industrial Area, Phase-VII, Mohali 160055.

www.niiftindia.com

Certificate Course in Fashion Des & Clothing Tech (1-yr)

Eligibility: 10+2

Selection: Interview

Application Form: Send Rs 100/- by DD to the "Director, NIFT" at above add.

Details: Website

Engineering

August 18

Engineering College, Raipur 492010 (Chatti)

ME

1) Civil (Water Resources Dev & Irrig Engg)

2) Mech (Energy Sys & Polln)

3) Chem (Chem Process Des)

MTech

4) Electric (Comp Tech)

Eligibility: 55%, For 1: BE (Civil); For 2: BE (Mech/Auto); For 3:BE (Chem); For 4: BE (Elect/Electron & Telecom/MSc Comp).

Selection: GATE. Sponsd Cands, 2-yr wk ex prfd.

Application Form: Send Rs 250/- by crossed DD fvg "Principal, Engineering College, Raipur, Raipur"

August 31

National Power Training Institute, New Delhi (Badarpur); Nagpur; Neyveli; Durgapur (M/o Power, GoI).

www.npti.nic.in

Post Dip in Thermal Power Plant Engg (1-yr).

Eligibility: Dip (Mech/Elect or equiv; 3-yr).

Selection: Merit

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with Rs 400/- by IPO/ DD of fvg "NPTI" payable at any of 4 centres.

Details: Website / Employment News (24-30 Jul)

August 9

National Council for Cement & Building Materials, 34 Km Stone, Delhi-Mathura Rd (NH 2), Ballabgarh 121004 (Har)

www.ncbindia.com

PG Dip in Cement Tech

Eligibility: BE (Chem/Mech)/ MSc (Chem)

Details: Website / Employment News (24-30 Jul)

August 3

Punjab Technical University, Ladowali Road, Jalandhar 144001

www.ptu.ac.in

MTech Courses (PT/FT): (at Regional Centres at Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur, Bathinda, Chhapianwali, Bhaddal, Moga, Malout, Dera Bassi, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Tangori, Ludhiana)

Application Form: Send Rs 250/- by DD fvg "Registrar, PTU", payable at Jalandhar to ĎThe Admission Cellí at above add/ díload from website.

Details: Website.

August 30

D/o Training & Technical Educn, Muni Mayaram Marg, Near TV Tower, Pitampura, Delhi 110088 (Govt of Delhi).

http://tte.delhigovt.nic.in

Engg Deg & Diploma Courses Outside Delhi .

Details: Website

IT

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) , A-34, Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali 160071 (GoI, M/o Comm & IT)

www.cedtimohali.org

PG Diploma in Indl Automation & Sys Des (18-wk)

Eligibility: BTech/BE (Electron/ Elect/ Electron & Comm/ Instru/ Comp Sc & Engg/ MSc (Electron)/ Dip (electron) & wk exp

Application Form: Send appln (mentioning your name, mailing add, educn qual) on plain paper with reqd docs and Rs 150/- by DD/ cash fvg "The Director C-DAC" payable at Mohali to The Director, C-DAC, Post Bag No. 10 at above add.

Details: Website

August 2

Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Guindy, Chennai 600032 (TN)

E-mail: cipetchn@eth.net

CAD/CAM/CAE (3-mth)

Eligibility: ME /BE /Dipl in Engg ( Mech /Prod/ Aero)

Selection: Written Exam: on 07 Aug í04(A at CIPET, Chennai and & AIPMA House, M'umbai )

Application Form: Send appln on plain paper (A4) with reqd details & doc to The Dy Director at above add. Superscribe "Application for Intensive Training Programme - Augí04 & Venue`85`85.`85."

Details: Employment News (24-30 Jul).

Law

August 16

The Indian Society of International Law , V K Krishna Menon Bhawan, 9, Bhagwan Das Rd, New Delhi 110 001

Email: isil@giasdl01.vsnl.net.in

PG Dip in: (1-yr, evn):

Intíl Law & Diplomacy; Intíl Trade Law & Bus Law; Hum Rights & Intíl Humanitarian & Refugee Laws

Eligibility: Bachelorís Deg (For Dip in Labr L: LLB/ MA Soc Sc )

Application Form: From ISI: Rs. 100/- (in cash)

Details: Contact Administrative Officer at above add.

Management

Institute of Health Management Research, (new campus of HMRI, J'pur) 52/1, Koodlu Gate, 12 th km, Garabhavi Palya, Hosur Road, Bangalore

www.iihmr.org

PG Diploma in Hospital & Health Mgt ; (2-yr, FT)

Eligibility: Bachelorís deg

Selection: Interview : 19 Jul onwd (at above add)

Details: Website

September 10

IIMs: Aíbad, Bílore, Cal, Indore, Kozhikode, Línow www.iimahd.ernet.in/ www.iimb.ernet.in/ www.iimcal.ac.in/ www.iiml.ac.in/ www.iimidr.ac.in / www.iimk.ac.in Common Admission Test (CAT)

Eligibility: Bachelorís degree.

Test: Nov 21 (At 24 Centres).

Application Form: Send Rs 1200/- by crossed DD fvg the respective IIM with a cloth-lined, self-add, unstamped env (12" x 10") till 27 Aug. Also at various SBI br (in cash) Rs 1100/- till 20 Aug

Details: Website.

November 20

University of Lucknow, D/o Business Administration, Lucknow 226007

Email: lumba@lkounic.ac.in

Masterís deg (Bus Admin/ E-bus)

Eligibility: Bachelorís deg (505%)

Application Form: Send Rs 550375/- by crossed DD favouring "Finance Officer, Lucknow University, Lucknow" payable at Lucknow to " Director (Admissions)-MBA/ MEB 2005-06" at above add by 08 Nov Ď04

September 10

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A) , Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015

www.iimahd.ernet.in

PG Prog in Agri Bus Mgt (PGP-ABM)

Eligibility: Bachelor's / Masters deg (Agri/ allied subjs)/ Bachelor's deg & strong interest in agri-related fields / food processing / rural dev.

Selection: CAT (21 Nov Ď04).

Application Form: Desig SBI Br: Rs. 1100/- (cash) till Aug 27 í04.

Details: Website.

November 15

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A) , Vastrapura, Ahmedabad

www.iimahd.ernet.in/programmes/dfpm.htm

Fellow Prog in Mgt (FPM)

(Agri, Bus Policy, Eco, Fin & Accg, Info Sys, Mktg, OB, P & IR, Prodn & Quant Methods, Public Sys)

Eligibility: Masterís deg, CA, ICWA, CS (55%) or BE/ BTech (60%).

Selection: CAT-2004, GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC JRF for some categories.

Application Form: Contact FPM office (Tel.No. 079-26324635) at above add or d'ownload from website.

Details: Website.

November 10

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-B) , Bannerghatta Rd, Bangalore 560076

www.iimb.ernet.in

Fellow Prog in Mgt (FPM)

Eligibility: Masters deg (55%)/ CA; (55%) & CAT (2004) score. For Corp Strategy & Policy spln: Masterís deg (55%) with 2-yr wk ex., CA; (55%) or BE/ BTech (60%) with 2-yr wk ex & CAT (2004) score.

Application Form: Send a stamped (Rs 60/-), self-add env (9" x 12") with self-add slip to the above add or down'load from website by 30 Sep 30.

November 15

Institute of Management Technology (IMT), PB No 137 Raj Nagar, Hapur Rd Ghaziabad 201001/ 603, Khuller Aptt, Byramji town, Nagpur-440013

www. Imt.edu

1) PG Dip in Bus Mgt (PGDBM): Gzb

2) MBA (Global): Nípur

3) Masterís of HRM & Corp Govern: Gzb & Nípur

4) MIB : Gzb, Nípur

Eligibility: Bachelorís deg

Selection: CAT 2004, GD, Interview

Application Form: Send Rs 1,250/- by DD fvg "Institute of Management Technology" payable at Ghaziabad / Nagpur with 2 self-add stickers to the Chairman (Admissions) by 15 Nov at above add or díload from website.

Details: Website.

November 25

Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Management Studies, Varanasi-221005 (UP)

www.bhu.ac.in/fms

MBA (Mktg/HRD/Finance/Intníl Bus; 2-yr)

Eligibility: Bachelorís deg (50%).

Selection: CAT-2004 (Nov 21) score.

Application Form: Send requisition with Rs 550/- by SBI Bankerís Cheque/ DD fvg the "Registrar, Banaras Hindu University", payable at SBI BHU Main Br (Code 0211) with self-add env (32 x 26 cm) at above add.

In cash at counter: Rs 500/- (by DD).

August 4

Mody Institute of Technology & Science, Faculty of Mgt Studies, Lakshmangarh-332311, Dist Sikkar (Raj) (Deemed Univ u/s 3 of UGC Act 1956)

www.modyinst.com

MBA Prog (Girls only)

Eligibility: Bachelorís deg (50%), MAT/ RMATscore

Application Form: Send a stamped (Rs 60/-), self-add env (9" x 12") with self-add slip to the above add or d'load from website by Sep 30.

Details: Website

Medicine

August 24

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (Under D/o AYUSH, M/o H & F W, GoI), 68, Ashok Road, Near Gole Dak Khana, New Delhi

Dip in Yoga (1-yr)

Eligibility: Bachelorís deg, Age limit : 25 yrs

Application Form: Send Rs 80/- by DD fvg " Director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga", payable at New Delhi to above add.

August 7

Hostel for University Blind Students, Kingsway Camp New Delhi D/o Social Welfare, (Govt of NCT of Delhi) New Delhi

Admission (For Blind students)

Eligibility: Totally blind, 10+2 (CBSE or equiv)/ Bachelorís Deg (DU).

Application Form: Contact Hostel Warden, Social Welfare Deptt at above add betw 12-24 Jul.

Recruitment

August 12

State Bank of India

www.statebankofindia.com / www.sbi.co.in

Recruitment of Probationary Officers (442 posts)

Eligibility: Bachelorís deg (65%). DoB: 01.Jul í83 Ė 02 Jul Ď74

Selection: Written Test: 31 Oct (At 75 Centres incldg Del, Kolkata, Ch'garh), GD & Interview.

Details: Employment News (24-30 Jul)/ Website.

Scholarships

August 31

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012

http://www.sid.iisc.ernet.in/dbtpdf.html

DBT-Postdoctoral Fellowship (Biotech & Life Sc.)

Eligibility: PhD (Sc, Engg) / MD/ MS. Age: Below 40 yrs (For Women: 45 yrs).

Selection: Based on CV, Interview: Oct í04 (At IIS, Bílore).

Application Form: Send appln on plain paper with reqd docs to Prof K Muniyappa, Coordinator DBT-PDF Program, D/o Biochemistry at above add. Superscribe "DBT-Post Doctoral Research Fellowship".

August 16

National Board for Higher Mathematics, D/o Atomic Energy, Anushakti Bhavan, O.Y.C. Bldg, CSM. Marg, Mumbai 400039

Scholarships for PG Studies in Maths (MA/ MSc)

Eligibility: BA/ BSc (Maths; 70% in Maths). Age: Below 22 yrs.

Selection: Written test, Interviews. (at 18 centres).

Details: Employment News (24-30 Jul)

Office of the Higher Education Commisioner, Sec-17, Haryana, Chandigarh

Post Matric Scholarship 2004-05

October 31

1) National Merit Scholarship

2) Haryana State Silver Jubilee Merit Scholarship

3) Haryana State Merit Scholarship

4) One Time Scholarship to Girl Students pursuing up Med/ Non Med deg.

5) Merit Scholarship for Children of School Teachers Wking in Haryana

November 30

6) Post Matric Scholarships to SC/ ST Students

7) State Welfare Scheme Ė Award of a Stipend and Reimbursement of Tution Fee and Exam fee to Backward Classes/ Denotifed & Tapriwas Students .

8) Lower Income Group Scholarship

Eligibility: For 1:Matric/ 10+2/ BA III/ BSc III/ BCom III,

For 2: Matric/ 10+2/ BA III/ BSc III/ BCom III/ BEd

For3: Matric/ 10+2/ BA III/ BSc III/ BCom III/ BEd/ MA II/ MSc II

For4: 10+2 For 5: Matric/ 10+2

For 6: 10+2 to BA /BSc/ BCom/MA/ MCom/ MSc

For 7: 10+2/ BA III/ BSc III/ BCom III

For 8: Matric/ 10+2/ BA III/ BSc III/ BCom III/ MA II/ MSc II

Application Form: From Board of School Education, Haryana, Bhiwani, Concerned past Institutions/Univ (free of cost) (for renewal of scholarships from Head/ Principal sent through school/college, income cert of parents (from employer), code of nearest SBI/SBP branch with DDOís desig, dom cert (not reqd if passed from Board of School Educn Haryana Bhiwani & Univ in Haryana)

August 31

All India Council for Technical Education, (AICTE) , Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, I.P.Estate, New Delhi 110002

www.aicte.ernet.in

National Doctoral Fellowships (50)

Details: Website.

August 4

Govt of NCT of Delhi, (D/o Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities), Pre-Exam Coaching Centre, 61/32, Ramjas Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

Free Coaching for SC/ ST/ OBC/ Minorities For:

SSC for Stenographer Grade 'D' eExam

Eligibility: Parentsí income less than Rs 1 lakh, res of Delhi

Selection: Entrance Test- August 6

Application Form: Submit Aappln with recent photo at above add.

August 30

Govt of NCT of Delhi, (D/o Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities), Nehru Boys & Kamla Nehru Girls Hostel for SC/ST/OBC, Sanskar Ashram Complex, Dilshad Garden Delhi -110093 Free Board & Lodging Facilities

Eligibility: Parentsí income less than Rs 48000/- per year.

Application Form: From the Office of Superintendent at above address. by cash Rs.10/-

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