Are exams killing your child?
Sunit Dhawan
HWETA is a final-year student of B.Sc and her exams are approaching. She knows she should devote more time to studies, as she has the entire syllabus to revise, but she is finding it “almost impossible” to concentrate.

Campus Scene: Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
A vital tool for virology
Vimal Sumbly
HE university will soon be getting a highly sophisticated microscope costing about Rs 3.5 crore. Disclosing this here, Dr M.S. Tiwana, Dean, College of Agriculture, said the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi, had sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore for installing the electron microscope in PAU.


Are exams killing your child?
Sunit Dhawan

SHWETA is a final-year student of B.Sc and her exams are approaching. She knows she should devote more time to studies, as she has the entire syllabus to revise, but she is finding it “almost impossible” to concentrate. Her parents are cooperating with her in every possible way and she has been an above-average student, always in the good books of her teachers, yet she is unable to prepare for examinations properly.

Her parents have tried their best to rid her mind of the negative thoughts and make her relax, but after not getting much success, they are now thinking of consulting a psychiatrist to seek a final solution.

Unfortunately, Shweta’s case is not an isolated one. Come examinations and fear grips students as well as their parents. They are under tremendous stress, as now even the test scores of children are flaunted as status symbol.

The situation has become alarming, with a considerable number of students driven to suicide by the stress and anxiety as a result of poor performance in examinations. Dr Jyotsana, head of the Department of Applied Psychology at Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, holds the unrealistic expectations of parents responsible for the problem.

“Parents want to fulfill their own (unfulfilled) desires through their children. In doing so, they overlook the individuality and aptitude of their wards. Many parents have unrealistic expectations from their children, which puts them under undue pressure,” she observes.

Dr Jyotsana also blames the recent “super” concept for the prevailing situation. “These days, parents are obsessed with becoming “supermoms” and “superdads”, and at the same time, they expect their wards to be “superkids”. This is not a healthy trend, as it robs children of their inherent innocence and hinders their natural growth,” she asserts. She adds that peer pressure also plays a big role in shaping a child’s future.

About the way out of the situation, the psychologist says that first and foremost, parents should know the interests and aptitude of their children. For this, they can take their children for an aptitude test.

“All children are naturally inclined towards something or the other. What parents need is to know is their bent of mind, so that they are put in the field of their choice,” she says, adding that parents should have faith in their children and give them some independence. Also, they should not compare them with the other children, as it has an adverse impact on their psyche.

“Students should also be given enough time for relaxing and recreation. Parents should understand that their wards cannot go on studying round the clock and they need to take a break in between,” maintains Dr R. S. Malik, Principal of a B.Ed college.

He is of the opinion that parents should not put too much burden on children, as it can be counterproductive. On the other hand, children should also divide time properly between studies and sport and spread their preparations over the entire session, rather than studying only during the examinations.

Dr Malik also stresses the need for a balanced diet and sport so that children remain physically fit to concentrate on their studies.

Dr Jyotsana advises that for good concentration, it is necessary to have proper sleep, do deep breathing and practice efficient time management. At the same time, it is important to have positive thoughts.

The psychologist recommends an effective technique to counter the negative thoughts, which she calls the “push-button technique”. “Imagine that your mind has two buttons, one positive and the other negative. Whenever a negative thought comes to your mind, imagine that the negative button has been pressed. As soon as it happens, make a conscious effort to replace the negative thought with a positive one. Imagine that you are switching off the negative button and switching on the positive one. Gradually, all your negative thoughts will disappear and you will feel more positive,” she maintains.

Dr Jyotsana maintains that praying also boosts one’s confidence and helps in keeping the negative thoughts at bay.

Campus Scene: Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
A vital tool for virology
Vimal Sumbly

THE university will soon be getting a highly sophisticated microscope costing about Rs 3.5 crore. Disclosing this here, Dr M.S. Tiwana, Dean, College of Agriculture, said the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, had sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore for installing the electron microscope in PAU.

Dr Tiwana said the microscope came with the latest accessories, including the SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) with EDX for viewing surface of specimen; TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope) for viewing section of the specimen; and other accessories (critical point dryer, carbonic evaporator, knife maker, feeze dryer). Besides it would be able to magnify an object 3 lakh times.

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is an indispensable tool for virology, bacteriology and other allied disciplines. Plant pathogens like viruses, bacterial, fungi and nematodes can be detected and identified in depth. It will also be used for identification of crystalline minerals in soils and the crystallographic studies; study of amorphous materials in soils; aggregate studies; surface chemistry studies, especially the adsorption reaction on colloids; reaction products studies, especially with the fertilisers; clay-organic composition of particles at the observation point and soil microbiological studies.

Dr Tiwana further stated that the installation of Transmission Electron Microscope will help researchers study details of the structural and functional organisation of cells/tissues, cell organelles, biomembranes, virus and mycoplasms, enzyme cytochemistry, host-parasite interaction, fertilisation process, sites of incompatibility and structural changes in cells/ tissues in relation to environmental stress and disease diagnosis in plants and animals.

Second term for Aulakh

Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh took over as Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for the second term on April 1. Addressing officials of the university, Dr Aulakh said that he owed a great sense of gratitude to all and would try his best to make the university achieve still higher goals. Dr Aulakh said this second term as VC was a greater challenge for him, and he needed the cooperation of his colleagues to take the university further ahead.

Dr Aulakh said that the university would introduce more diploma courses from the next academic year, which would enable the rural youth to become self-reliant. The Post-harvest Technology Cell established with the financial aid of $ 3 lakh by Ohio State University of America would be strengthened.

Congratulating Dr Aulakh, Dr V. K. Sharma, Registrar, PAU, said Dr Aulakh was the fourth VC of the PAU to get second term. Before him, Dr P. N. Thapar, Dr M. S. Randhawa and Dr Sukhdev Singh have got the second term, but Dr Aulakh is the first technical person whose name has been unanimously approved for second term as VC. The government had reposed faith in Dr Aulakh keeping in mind his ability, he said.

Dr M.S. Tiwana, Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr G. S. Nanda, Director of Research, and Dr H. S. Brar, PAUTA President, also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, the VC was received by the Deans, Directors and officials at Thapar Hall and was presented with bouquets.

Agri-scientist grows

Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has been nominated member of the state-level steering committee to monitor the progress of Agri-business Development Support Project in Punjab. Mr P. K. Verma, Financial Commissioner, Development and Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Punjab, communicated this here. Earlier, Dr Sandhu was also nominated on the Punjab Biodiversity Board.





April 12
Directorate of Technical Education, 3, Mahapalika Marg, Post Box No. 1967, Mumbai 400001

1) BArch (5-yr)

2) Hotel Mg & Catering Tech (4-yr)

Selectn: Common Entrance Test: 17 April

Appln F: Available for Rs 50/ - (cash) at various appln receipt centre/ d’load from the website

Elig & Details: Website.

Armed Forces

April 26

Indian Navy, P Bag 04, R K Puram PO (Main), New Delhi 110066

SSC Officers in Executive Branch as Pilots

Elig: Unmarried Indian male, graduates with 10+2 (PCM), CPL holder DoB: 2 Aug ‘80-1 Feb ‘86)

Selectn: SSB Interview, Tests.

Details: Website.

April 25

Indian Navy, P Bag 04, R.K. Puram PO (Main), New Delhi 110066

Permanent Commissioned Officers in Naval Armament Inspection Cadre of Executive Branch

Elig: BE/ BTech (Electl/ Electron/ Mech) or PG Deg (Electron/ Phy). Age: Born bet: 2 Jul ’80-1 Jan ’86.

Selectn: SSS Interview, Tests

Appln F: Website

Civil Services

May 17

Public Service Commission, Uttar Pradesh.

Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Exam – 2005

Elig, Appln F & Details: Employment News (26 Mar-1 April).


Central Tool Room, A-5, Focal Point, Ludhiana 141010

1) Post Diploma in CAD-CAM Tech (1-yr, FT)

2) Condensed Course in Tool & Die Making (1-yr, FT)

Elig: For 1: Deg/ Dip in (Mech/ Prod/ Tool & Die/ Plastic Tech or equiv Mech br)
For 2: 10 (Indl bkground prefd)

Appln Details: Contact Sr Manager Training, Coordinator Ph: 0161-2670058/59

April 15

IIT - Madras, Chennai 600036

MTech (4 sem) 2005-‘06 in D/ o: 
Aerospace Engg, Appl Mech, Chem Engg, Civil Engg, Comp Sc & Engg, Elect Engg, Maths (Indl Maths & Sc Computing), Mech Engg, Metallurg & Materials Engg, Ocean Engg, Phy (Solid State Tech)

Elig: Bachelor’s deg in Engg/ Tech/ Arch or Master’s deg in Maths/ Phy/ Life Sc or related subj/ AMIE with valid GATE score.

Appln F: Send Rs. 300/ - by DD on a Nationalised bank fvg “The Registrar, IIT, Madras” payable at Chennai with two self-add slips (5 x 10 cm) with your add in caps to the Chairman, MTech Admission Committee, GATE Office at above add by 12 April.

Details: Website.

IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (Mah)

April 15

1) MTech , PGDIIT
May 05 2) PhD/ MDes/ MPhil

Appln F: Send Rs. 300/ - by DD fvg “Registrar, IIT, Bombay” payable at Mumbai with a stamped (Rs. 25/ -) self-add cloth lined env (27 x 12 cm) to the Deputy Registrar (Acad) at above add by 8 April (For 1) & 5 May (For 2). At counter: 15 April (For 1)

Details: Website

Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Longowal, Distt Sangrur 148106 (Punj)

1) PhD (Engg & Sc Streams)

2) MTech (2 -yr)(Mfg Sys Engg, Food Engg & Tech, Chem (Polymer Tech), Instru & Control Engg)

3) Degree Programs (3-yr)(Chem Tech with spln in Paper/ Polymer Tech; Comp Sc & Engg; Electron & Commun Engg; Food Tech; Instru Engg; Mech Engg with spln in Welding Tech/ Mfg Engg.

4) Diploma (2 yr)(Chem Tech, Food Tech, Comp Sc & Appln, Comp Sc & Engg, Elect & Commun Engg, Instru & Process Control, Indl & Prodn Engg, Maint & Plant Engg, Welding Tech, Foundry Tech)

5) Certificate (2- yr)(A C & Refrig, Auto & Farm Machinery, Foundry & Forging, Tool & Die Tech, Welding Tech, Food Tech, Comp Appln, Serv & Maint of Elect Instru / Med Instru, Maintenance of Electrical Equip/ Paper & Printing Tech / TV.)

Elig: For 1: Masters deg
For 2: BE/ BTech.
For 3: Dip holders from SLIET or polytechnics affl with State Board of Tech Educn.
For 4: 10+2 (PCM)/ Cert holders of SLIET
For 5: Cl 10 (Pass in Sc, Maths, Eng).

Selectn: SLIET Entrance Test (11-12 Jun).

Appln F: Send Rs 350/ - by DD fvg “Director, SLIET” payable at Longowal/ Sangrur to above add. (From Mar 1)

Details: Website.


Central Tool Room & Training Centre, (M/ o SSI, GoI), B-36, Chandaka Industrial Area, Bhubaneswar 751024 (Ori)

Dip in Tool & Die Making (4-yr)

Elig: Cl 10 (Maths & Sc, 50%). Age: 15-18 yrs (on 1 Aug ‘05

Selectn: Preliminary test: 3 Jul & Final Written Test: 4 Jul.

Appln F: Send Rs 345/ - by DD fvg “Central Tool Room & Training Centre”, Bhubaneshwar with self add env (20 x 25 cm) to the Administrative Office at above add by June11

Details: Employment News (26 Mar-1 April)

May 13

National Power Training Institute, NPTI Complex, Sec-33, Faridabad 121003 (Har) (M/ o Power, GoI)

PG Dip (Thermal Power Plant Engg; 1-yr)

Elig: BE (Mech/ Elect/ Electron). Age: 30 yrs (for non-spons cands).

Selectn: Merit (% of marks).

Appln F: Send Rs. 400/ - by DD fvg “NPTI” payable at Faridabad to The Director (Technical) at above add.

Details: Employment News (26 Mar-1 April).

May 06 IIT, Kharagpur 721302 (WB)

1) PhD Prog with assistantship
(Engg & Tech/ Sc/ Arch & Regional Planning/ Humanities & Soc Sc/ Mgt)

Elig: BTech/ BE/ BArch/ MBBS/ MSc/ MBA (after Bachelor’s Deg) with GATE Scores ( For MA, NET Fellowship) or ME/ MTech/ MCP/ MBA (after BTech/ MSc/ MA/ MCom). Qualified cands may apply without GATE/NET as self supporting sponsd cands

Selectn: Interview: 20-22 Jun

Appln F: Send Rs.500/ - by DD fvg “IIT Kharagpur” on SBI, Kharagpur (Code-0202) with a self add env (30 cm X 22 cm) to Asst Registrar (PG&R) at above add by Oct 26.


April 11

Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Arcade, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400005


Details: Website.


April 10

Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad

Distance Learning courses:

1) 3-yr Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA)

2) 2-yr Masters Degree in Market Management (MMM)

2) 2-yr Masters Degree in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

3) 2-yr Masters Degree in Supply Chain Management (MSCM)

Eligibility: Graduate in any stream.

1-yr Specialised Diploma Courses in Business Administration, Marketing Management, Export Management, Personnel Management, Financial Management and Materials Management

Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline for Masters courses/10+2 with five-year work experience or graduate for diploma courses. Students appearing in the final year may also apply

Appln F: IMT Study Centre, 40TF, Sant Ishar Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana 141001.

— Pervin Malhotra