For the sake of honour
Roopinder Singh
have a bit of shocking news for you, said a familiar voice on the phone. "All well, sir?" I inquired, concerned. "Well, you know, Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to confer a Honoris Causa degree upon me. I don't know why they selected me… it is a great, but a very pleasant surprise.
Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC

Campus notes: Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Prospectus, forms to be online
Raman Mohan
the next academic session and students seeking admission to various teaching departments will not have to depend on booksellers for buying prospectus and forms. The MDU will make these available at its website



For the sake of honour
Roopinder Singh

I have a bit of shocking news for you, said a familiar voice on the phone.

"All well, sir?" I inquired, concerned.

"Well, you know, Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to confer a Honoris Causa degree upon me. I don't know why they selected me… it is a great, but a very pleasant surprise. You remember that I could not complete my college degree… I would like you to be there."

I immediately said a yes and was present when Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature at the 31st convocation of the university at Amritsar on Sunday. Mr Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday of the Pakistan Supreme Court and Dr Manohar Singh Gill, a former Chief Election Commissioner of India, were also given Honoris Causa degrees. The Latin term means: "for the sake of honour".

The Marshal of the Indian Air Force spoke from the heart when he said that so many years after he left his studies at Government College, Lahore midway because he joined the IAF, he had been given a much higher degree than the graduation that he missed.

He is extremely proud of the three years that he was a student of Government College, Lahore, and remembers that period between 1935 and 1938 rather clearly. His experiences there and the learning that was imparted to young Arjan Singh comes through very clearly, and there is much gratitude towards the institution and its teachers in him. Having written his biography, many details are familiar: how he led an austere life, how he chose to live in the Quadrangle, since it was cheaper, games he played and excelled in.

He spoke from the heart when he addressed the students at the convocation. "I believe in austerity and hardship during student days," adding that "hard work is never wasted". He asked the students to have a simple living and pointed out that the simplest man in the country is President Abdul Kalam, who has not only lived a spartan life, but also does not have any house, anywhere.

Even as he made a pitch for the armed forces by telling the students that the forces looked after their own very well, the man who has fought three wars said: "I hate wars." He recalled how he was among the lucky five out of the 21 who went to fight the war in Burma and said that the only way to prevent wars was to be always prepared for these. "Leadership is never the achievement of one man, but is the cumulative effect of team leaders below," said the man whom the Indian Air Force still considers its leader, its only five star General. An IAF contingent was present in force during the function.

To those who thought they had worked hard to achieve their academic success and were, perhaps, looking forward to a break, Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC, said: "I wish you work very hard after you get your degrees, you must achieve with I got-mental satisfaction."

Arjan Singh did not get a degree from Government College, Lahore, but he was educated there, and the result was for all to see at Amritsar. His speech was straightforward, clear and inspiring and it was received amidst thunderous applause.

To many attending the convocation, it seemed that Guru Nanak Dev University was only formally putting a seal on the education imparted by another premier institution across the border 70 years ago.

The Marshal of the Indian Air Force was conferred a degree, for the sake of honour. He imparts education to those who come in contact with him through his deeds, honourable conduct and speech.


Campus notes: Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Prospectus, forms to be online

Raman Mohan

Come the next academic session and students seeking admission to various teaching departments will not have to depend on booksellers for buying prospectus and forms. The MDU will make these available at its website

Besides, the forms for migration, re-evaluation of answer books and registration for Ph.D will also be available for downloading from the website. So far, these forms could only be bought from the sale counter of the university's publication cell. All the forms pertaining to the Directorate of Distance Education of the university are already available online.

The initiative to put even the prospectus on the Internet was taken by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr R. S. Dhanker, who wants the website to be as user-friendly as possible. The prospectus will move online the day the hardcopy version is released for sale.

University officials said, earlier, admissions had been slow to begin, as the students first procured copies of the prospectus and forms by post before applying. Now that these will be available on the Net, the university expects the duly filled forms to start pouring in much earlier. A bank draft to pay for the form and the prospectus will have to be attached with every form.

Efforts are afoot to allot sub-domains on the website to the teaching departments. The 135-odd affiliated colleges have also been offered a chance to get their websites prepared by the university and link these to the main MDU website, for which the institutions would have to pay a fee.

Students and research scholars have been offered the facility of logging in for a small fee to access secure data. A large data bank is being prepared.

Bond to go after doctors' no

The condition to furnish a bond for Rs 5 lakh and serve for at least five years will soon be waived for anyone joining as teacher in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences affiliated to the MDU. The condition had been imposed in 1996 by the-then Bansi Lal government to ensure that teachers did not quit the PGIMS for greener pastures after gaining experience here.

Till 2002, new appointees had to furnish a bond for Rs 1 lakh only. However, the INLD government raised this limit to Rs 5 lakh. However, the condition backfired and various departments are now facing an acute shortage of regular teachers. After the amount was raised to Rs 5 lakh, only two of the five teachers offered jobs in its dental college actually accepted the offer.

The condition hit the super-specialty departments of the institute the most. None of the teachers selected joined the institute because of the stiff condition. The new PGIMS Director, Dr N. C. Wadhwa, raised the issue of waiving the condition to attract more talent to the institute. Reportedly, the new government has accepted in principle his suggestion. Once the condition is waived, the PGIMS can hope to fill the vacancies in its medical and dental colleges.

Probe sought against ex-VC

The MDU Teachers Association has demanded a public inquiry into the functioning of former VC Maj-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd), alleging that during his tenure, the university Act and statutes were grossly violated to favour certain individuals.

In separate letters to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Chancellor Dr A.R. Kidwai, the association has also demanded that university officials who had colluded with the-then VC and were still occupying key posts should be shifted to ensure a fair probe and rule out tampering with official record. The MDUTA has also sought that the sanctity of university bodies be restored as per the Act and statutes.



May 16

Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan, Pusa, New Delhi 110012

Agricultural ARS)/ National Eligibility Exam (NET) 2005.Research Service (

Elig: PG in relevant subject, Age: For ARS: 21-30 yrs (on 1 Aug ’05), For NET: 21 yrs and above (on 1 Aug ’05).

Selectn: Written Exam: 18 Dec; Interview.

Appln F & Details: Employment News (23-29 Apr)

Armed Force

May 20

Defence Research & Dev Organisation (DRDO), Recruitment & Assessment Centre (RAC), Lucknow Rd, Timarpur, Delhi 110054

DRDO Scientist Entry Test (DRDO SET) - 2005
(For Entry into DRDS as Scientist – ‘B’)

Elig: Indian, BE/BTech (Comp Sc & Engg/ Electron & Commun Engg/ Mech Engg or equiv)/ MSc (Phys or equiv). Age Limit: 28 yrs (on 31 May ‘05)

Selectn: DRDO SET: 4 Sept, Interview, Med Test.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD fvg "Director, RAC" payable at Delhiwith 2 self-add white slips (4" x 3") to the Director at above add by 20 May. Superscribe "Request for application Form advt No.-73". Write your name and add on reverse of draft. Also at designated SBI br till May 31.

Details: Employment News (23-29 Apr)/ Website

June 30

ADG Recruiting, 10+2 TES, West Block-III, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066

10+2 Tech Entry Scheme

Elig: Indian unmarried males, 10+2 (PCM, 70%). DoB: 1 Jul’86 - 1 Jul’89.

Selectn: SSB Interview, Medical Test.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to above add, superscribe "APPLICATION FOR 10+2 (TES) COURSE SER. No. 14, JAN 2006" on env

Details: Employment News (23-29 Apr)/Website

May 24

Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi 110069

Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2005
For admission to:
1) Indian Military Academy, D’Dun
2) Naval Academy, Goa
3) Air Force Academy, Hy’bad
4) Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai

Elig: For 1-3: Unmarried Indian males

For 1: Bachelor’s deg, Dob: 2 Jul’82-1 Jul’87

For 2: BSc (Phy & Maths) / BE. Dob: 2 Jul’84 - 1 Jul’87

For 3: Bachelor’s deg (with Phys & Maths in 10+2)/ BE. Dob: 2 Jul’83- 1 Jul’87

For 4: Unmarried/ graduate married Indian Male; DoB: 2 Jul ’81- 1 Jul ’87

Exam: 18 Sept

Appln F: Available at desig H Po’s/ Po’s countrywide on payment of Rs. 20/-

Details: Employment News (23-29 Apr)/Website

May 20

Indian Air Force

Aeronautical Engg Course
1) Electronics Br
2) Mechanical Br

Elig: Unmarried Indian males, (DoB: 2 Jan ’78 – 1 Jan ’88) or married (above 25-yrs).
For 1: BE/ BTech (1st Div) in Electron/ Telecom/Electl/ Electl Comm/ Electron & Comm/ Instru/ Comp Sc & Engg or combo of these subjs OR
BTech: Radio Phys & Electron/ Optics & Opto Electron/ MSc Phys (with Electron)/ Electron/ Comp Sc/ Comp Appln/ MCA/MSc Tech (Electron & Radio Engg)/AMIE/ GMIETE/ OR
Dip in Electron of Madras Instt of Tech.

For 2: BE/BTech (Aero/Mech/Prodn/Indl Prodn or combo of these subjs) OR AMIE (with Mech/ Aero subjs) or Associate Membership of ASI with Gr I (Des & Prodn) or Gr II (Maint Repair & Overhaul) subjs.

Selctn: Engg Knowledge Test, Psychol Tests, Group Tests & Interview. Medical Exam

Appln F: Send appln written in prescribed format on A4 size plain paper to the suitable Command Education Officer. Superscribe "68 AEC (Men)" on env.

Details: Employment News (23-29 Apr)/Website

Art & Design

May 28

School Of Fashion Technology, SOFT Campus, Karvenagar, Pune 411052 (Mah) (in collab with NIFT)

PG Prog
1) Apparel Prodn & Merchandising Mgt (18-mth)
2) Fashion Des: Apparel Textiles (21/2-yr)

UG Prog
3) Fashion Apparel Des (3-yr)
4) Comp Assisted Fashion Des (PT, 1-yr)

Elig: Women only. For 1 & 2: Bachelor’s Deg/Dip
For 3 & 4: 10+2.

Selectn: Entrance Exam: 12 Jun (at 3 centres).

Appln F: Send Rs. 1000/- (For 1, 2 & 3)/ Rs.450/- (For 4) by DD fvg "School of Fashion Technology" payable at Pune or d’load from website.


May 16

University Institute of Information Technology (UIIT), Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 171005.
E mail: [email protected]

BTech: Info Tech (4 yr)

Elig: 10+2 (Phy, Maths) (50%).

Selectn: Entrance Test: 8 Jun

Appln F: Send Rs. 800/- by DD fvg "UIIT, H P University, Shimla 171005", payable at Shimla to above add.

April 22

Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, HP
Jaypee Institute of Engineering & Technology, Guna, MP

B. Tech (Electron & Comm Engg/ Comp Sc Engg/ IT/Biotech/ Bioinfomatics/ Civil Engg/ Chem Engg)

Elig: 10+2

Selection: Entrance Test: May 14.

Appln F, Details: Download from the Website or from OSD, JIIT, A-10, Sector 62, Noida or desig branches of PNB.

May 20

All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, 110, CR Avenue, Kolkata 700073 (DG of Health Services, M/o HFW, GoI)

Master of Engineering (Public Health) (2-yr)

Elig: BE/ BTech (Civil).

Appln F: Obtainable from above add.

May 2

Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Sec-3, Dwaraka, Azad Hind Fauj Marg, New Delhi-110045.

PhD (FT): Electron & Commn Engg/ Comp Engg & IT/Instru & Control Engg, Mfg Processes & Automation Engg/ Appld Sc & Biotech.

Details: Employment News (23 – 29 Apr)/ Website.

May 20

Dr. B R Ambedkar, National Institute of Technology, G.T. Road Bye Pass, Jalandhar-144011 (Punj)

MTech & PhD Prog

Details: Website

May 23

Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar- 125001 /

Admission to BE/ BTech/ BArch courses

(For Univ Deptts, Govt/Aided instts. affld to KU, MDU)

Elig: For BE/BTech: 10+2 (Math & Phys with Chem/ Biotech/ Comp Sc/ Biol)/ 3-yr Dip (Engg/Tech). For BArch: 10+2 (Math & Phys with Chem/ Engg Drawing/ Comp Sc/ Biol).

Selectn: Entrance Test: 11 Jun (For State quota), AIEEE- ‘05 rank holder (For All India Quota)

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- (For State quota)/ Rs.250/- (For All India quota) by DD fvg the "Registrar, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar" payable at Hisar to the Dy. Registrar (Acad) at the above add by 15 May/d’load from website.

Details: Website

Environment & Forestry

TERI School of Advanced Studies Darbari Seth Block, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003 (Deemed Univ),

May 5 1) PhD (Bio-resources & Biotech/ Energy & Environ, Natural Resources, Regulatory & Policy Res)
2) MSc (Natural Res, Environ Studies) (2-yr)
June 15 3) MA (Regulatory Studies)

Aug 10 4) MA (Public Policy & Sustainable Dev)

Details: Website.

Home Science

May 31

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI),Cheluvamba Mansion, Mysore – 570020

MSc (Food Tech) (2 yrs).

Elig: BSc (P)-55%/BSc (H) 50% with Chem as a subj or Agri/Engg /Tech (II Div) with Maths at 10+2 or bachelor’s level.

Selectn: Entrance/Aptitude Test: 10 Jul.

Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- by DD fvg "Director, CFTRI, Mysore" with a self-add, stamped (Rs. 30/-) env (30 cm x 25 cm) to the Director at above add.

Hotel Management

May 23 Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management, ITDC, Near C-12/A, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016 (Kurukshetra Univ & ITDC)

Bachelors in International Hospitality Bus Mgt (4-yr)

Elig: 10+2 with Eng as a subj

Selectn: Entrance Test: 28 May

Details: Website


May 19

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (Jharkhd)

MCA (3-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s deg (50%) with Maths/Stats/Bus Maths /Comp Sc at Bachelor’s/10+2 level.

Selectn: Written Test: 26 Jun.

Appln F: Send Rs 1000/- by crossed DD fvg "Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra" payable at Mesra, Ranchi with 2 self-add slips of paper (3" x 4") to the office of OSD & Controller of Entrance Exam to the above add. Mention the name of course applied for. Also available at BIT Extension Center, Allahabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Noida & Ranchi.


May 24

Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad 500007, AP (Deemed Univ)

Post Graduate & Research Programme at:
CIEFL, Hyderabad: School of Language Sc/ School of Eng Language Educn/ School of Critical Humanities/ School of Dist Educn/ School of Foreign


CIEFL, Lucknow
CIEFL North East Campus, Shillong

Elig: See Website.

Selectn: Entrance Test

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD fvg "Registrar, CIEFL" payable at Hyderabad to above add by 24 May. Superscibe "Request for Application" on env specifying name of Prog (MA/MPhil/PhD/Dip) or d’load from website.

Details: Website.



May 31

Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), "Training House", B-41, Qutab Institutional Area, New Mehrauli Rd, New Delhi 110016

Dip in Training & Dev (18-mth).

Elig: Bachelor’s Deg, 2-yr wk ex in Trg/HRD OR PG Deg/Dip (any).

Selectn: Entrance Exam (at 22 centres incldg Ch’gr, Del)

Appln F: Send Rs 200/- by MO/DD fvg "ISTD (Diploma Programme)" payable at New Delhi to Incharge (Diploma Programme Officer) at above add.

Details: Website.

May 02

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, P.O. Bhat 382428, Distt: Gandhinagar. (Guj)

PG Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship & Mgt (1-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s deg.

Selectn: Written test, Interview

Appln F: Send Rs.500/- by DD favoring ‘EDI, Ahmedabad’ to above add/ d’load from website.

Details: Website.

May 31

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, V L Mehta Rd, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056

PG Dip in Business Mgt (Family Bus; 2-yr; FT)

Elig: Bachelor’s deg

Selectn: Interview

Appln F: Send Rs 1050/- by DD fvg "SVKM’s NMIMS" payable at Mumbai to above add.

Details: Website

May 02

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), V.L. Mehta Rd, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056 (Deemed Univ)

MBA-Tech in IT/Telecomm/Chem & Mfg (5-yr, FT)

Elig: 10+2 (Sc; 50%).

Selectn: Written Test: 15 May.

Appln F: Send Rs 1050/- by DD fvg "SVKM’s NMIMS" to above add.

Details: Website.

— Pervin Malhotra