E-teaching via Edusat
Ashok Sethi
The Director, Development and Educational Communication Unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Ahmedabad, has given his approval to a proposal sent by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) to provide facilities on its campus through the high-profile education-satellite Edusat.

Prof G. R. Godara He motivates young students
Sunit Dhawan meets a retired lecturer who reaches out to school dropouts
Sunit Dhawan meets a retired lecturer who reaches out to school dropouts  Noted philosopher Confucius had once remarked that it was better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. His observation is even more relevant in the current socio-political situation of the country.

Prof G. R. Godara


E-teaching via Edusat
Ashok Sethi

The Director, Development and Educational Communication Unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Ahmedabad, has given his approval to a proposal sent by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) to provide facilities on its campus through the high-profile education-satellite Edusat.

GNDU was the first university in the northern region to submit a formal proposal to ISRO in November 2004 for setting up of an earth station, including hub, on its campus with downlinking facility at 120 receiving locations, including its regional campuses in Jalandhar and Gurdaspur and also at the constituent colleges in Jalandhar, and Niari in Gurdaspur.

The university has had the vision of making budgetary provision for this purpose in its annual budget for the year 2005-06. The initial cost of the hub and other equipments for setting up of the earth station and for the installation of interactive terminals at remote locations has been indicated at about Rs 2 crore.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had shown keen interest in setting up of this network, which will help in imparting scientific and technical education through the virtual classroom concept via Edusat.

The university has already chalked out ambitious plans by using the proposed e-connectivity for telecasting lectures by experts in different subjects, sharing valuable information about higher education, providing information regarding funding schemes of national and international bodies. Edusat will project all kinds of activities of the university as well that of the institutions, besides interactions with the academic community in these institutions. While live lectures will be delivered on line, the university has also plans to have connectivity with other higher education channels/organisations like AICTE, CEC, etc. for realising its full potential.

The reach of Edusat is not being restricted only to on-line lectures alone. Its full potential can be envisioned in terms of e-connectivity for the information sharing relating to all aspects of education, i.e., access to lectures of world class experts, sharing of information relating to schemes of the UGC, AICTE, DBT, DST and other national and world-level institutions, sports and cultural activities, seminars, e-conferences and workshops, on-line examinations and much more. This has been made possible by the interactive nature of the KU band at which the Edusat operates. At present, several institutions in India are telecasting their programmes on higher education channels such as Gyan Darshan, Eklavaya, Vyas, DD Bharti, etc., which are less interactive. The students on these channels have to contact the experts delivering lectures on-line via telephone for their queries because this system is based on tele-conferencing. But videoconferencing (two-way communication, both video and audio) is a special feature of the Edusat, which will make virtual classroom a real one. The university plans to set up connectivity through Edusat with all of its affiliated colleges and associate institutes under the Distance Education Programme from the academic session 2005-06. The university is well known for adopting whole-heartedly supporting the promotion and developing the educational institutions.

Undoubtedly, Edusat will play an important role in imparting higher education at the national and global levels. However, its success would depend upon the number of students and at what cost this facility would be made available. Nevertheless, the challenge is wide open and Guru Nanak Dev University is prepared to meet it.

The Tribune, Air-India Rank and Bolt Awards

Applications are invited for the Race for Awareness and Knowledge (Rank) award, which is for students, and the Broad Outlook Learner Teacher (Bolt) award, which is for teachers.

Only students who are studying in Class VIII and above are eligible to apply for the Rank awards.

The category boxes on the Rank award forms are not to be filled by the applicants.

Readers would recall that Air-India, in collaboration with The Tribune, has instituted awards to recognise excellence and promote the concept of ‘towards responsible and active citizenship’. These awards are for students and teachers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. The selected students and teachers will travel to Singapore on a visit sponsored by Air-India. Two persons, a teacher and a student from each of the three states and Chandigarh, will be selected for the awards.

Forms for the awards can be downloaded from the following websites: or

The last date for the submission of completed forms is June 30.

He motivates young students

Sunit Dhawan meets a retired lecturer who reaches out to school dropouts

Noted philosopher Confucius had once remarked that it was better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. His observation is even more relevant in the current socio-political situation of the country.

While most of us squarely blame the politicians—or the “system”—for all our ills and consider our duty towards society fulfilled, there are a few noble souls who not only strive to make a positive difference with their dedicated efforts, but also are a source of inspiration for others.

One such person is Prof G. R. Godara, a retired college lecturer of Kaimri village in Hisar district of Haryana, who has taken upon himself the responsibility to ensure that every child—at least in his vicinity—gets proper education.

For this, he meets the parents of school dropouts or those children who are not enrolled in any school, asks them the reason behind this and tries to help them out as far as possible. He motivates the parents to send their children to school. If required, he arranges financial aid to get them going to school.

Then, Prof Godara meets school principals and teachers to know about their problems. He usually targets government schools in rural areas. The major problems faced by these schools are of infrastructure and lack of furniture and lab equipment.

After this, he approaches panchayat members, officials concerned or the local legislators and apprises them of the situation. Generally, such things get settled at this level. If required, he also raises donations.

Besides, the educationist offers to give lectures to schoolchildren on a voluntary basis. He also arranges remedial classes for weak students. “Despite the right to education being a constitutional right, a large number of children remain uneducated. It is the moral duty of each one of us to ensure that no child is deprived of education,” he observes.

And all his efforts have borne fruit. The results of the government schools in his village, which used to be below the average Board results, have shown a marked improvement and are now better than the average result.

With active support from several school principals and administrative officials, Prof Godara has formed an education reforms committee involving around 10 schools of Hisar and nearby rural areas.

“This committee arranges debates, poetry-recitation contests, science quizzes, symposiums and other competitions,” says Mr Baljit Singh Sehrawat, the Principal of a local government school. Such contests are organised by the committee on a monthly basis.

Those running the committee claim that the students participating in these contests gain a lot from the programme and excel in various disciplines.

If the efforts of a single person can make such a big difference, the outcome of sincere collective efforts can well be imagined.



Teaching & Education

July 15

NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110016

Diploma in Guidance & Counselling (6 mth)

Eligibility: Bachelors with teacher training at any level. Proficiency in Eng. Wk ex prefd
Appln F: Send to HoD, Educational Psychology & Foundations of Education, NCERT at above add/ d’load from website.

Details: Employment News—(28 May-3 June)/website


Management (Hospital)

June 20

Apollo Institute of Hospital Administration, Apollo Hospitals Campus, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-500033

Master’s Deg in Hospital Mgt
Eligibility: Bachelors (50%).

Selection: Written Test:(26 Jun)/ GD & Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 350 by DD fvg "AIHA" payable at H ’bad to above add/ d’load from website.


Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad (in collab with Fac/o Accident & Emergency Medicine, UK) Jubilee Hills, (Hyderabad) 33 (AP)

PG Prog: Membership of Fac/o Accident & Emergency Med (3 yr FT, starting June 15)
MBBS & MCI Registration

Selectn: Interview (Jun 14)

Details: Website.


Education (Spl)

June 25

National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Regional Centre, Kasturba Niketan, Lajpat Nagar-II, New Delhi 110024. (M/o Soc Justice & Empowerment, GoI)

Bachelor in Rehabilitation Therapy (4-yr, FT)
Eligibility: 10+2 (PCB/ Biotech, 50%+Eng). Age Limit: 21 yrs on 1, Aug ’05.

Selection: Merit

Appln F: Send Rs.200 by DD fvg "Officer In-charge NIMH, Regional Centre, New Delhi" at above add.


Physically Handicapped

June 30

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

Free Technical & Vocational Education (for persons with disabilities)

1) Formal Programs: Cert/Dip Progs (2-yr)

2) Non-formal Programs (3-6 mths): Vocational Training Progs (Data Entry Operator, Motor Winding/Screen Printing/ Electrical Gadgets Repair, Carpentry, Plumbing, Cutting and Tailoring, Food Processing/ Beautician)

Eligibility: For 1: 10/10+2 (Non-Med). For 1& 2: Orthopaedically handicapped with 40% or more disability.

Incentives: Scholarship, Travelling allowance, Free Boarding, Books & uniform allowance.

Appln F: Available free from office of Project Co-ordinator PWD Scheme, Office of HoD (Chem Tech) Food & Chem.Block at above add.



July 31

Indira Gandhi National Open Univ (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068

Bachelor’s Deg: BA/ BCom/ BSc/ BCA/ BTS/ BLIS/ BSW

Master’s Deg: Eng/ Hin/ Hist/ Pol Sc/ Comm/ Lib & Info Sc/ Tourism Mgt/ Dietetics & Food Service Mgt/ Pub Admin/ Sociol/ Eco/ Rural Dev

Appln F: Send Rs100 by DD fvg "IGNOU", payable at Regional Center by 15 Jul to above add/ d’load from website. On reverse of DD mention name & add.

Details: Website


June 30

Panjab University, Regional Centre, Muktsar (Punj)

1) LLB (3-yr)
2) MCA (3-yr, FT)
3) MA (Eng; Punjabi; Pol Sc; Eco, MPhil (Punjabi))

Appln F: Send Rs 220 by DD fvg "Registrar, Panjabi University, Chandigarh", payable at Chandigarh to Manager, Publication Bureau at above add.


June 30

Jiwaji University, Gwalior (MP)

UG/ PG/ PG Diploma/Diploma/ Dist Edu Courses

Appln F: Send Rs. 550 by DD fvg "Registrar, Jiwaji University, Gwalior" to above add/ d’load from website.

Details: Website.


July 20

Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut (UP)

Job-Oriented Professional Courses in several disciplines
(under Self-Fin Scheme in affltd Col/ Inst)

Appln F: Send Rs 400 by DD fvg "Finance Controller, CCS University Meerut" to the Registrar at above add. Superscribe env "Request for application form for Professional Courses"

Details: Website.


June 19

Bundelkhand University, Jhansi-284001 (MP) /

UG/ PG Courses in Institutes of: Basic Sc/ Appld Sc/Food Tech/ Life Sc/ Environ & Dev Studies/ Pharma/ Lib & Info Sc/ Comp & Sys Sc/ Eco & Fin/ Mgt Studies/ Law/ Intnl Studies/ Mass Comm & Journo/ Soc Sc/ Tourism & Hotel Mgt/ Bio Med Sc/ Forensic Sc & Criminology/ Engg & Tech/ Arch & Town Planning/ Fashion Tech/ Agri Sc /IT / Earth Sc/ Music & Fine Arts/ Rehab Sc/ Ayurveda & Alt Med/ Educn & Res.

Eligibility, Appln F & Details: Website.


Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra-136119
1) MA: Ancient Indian His/ Culture & Archaeol/ Eco/ Eng/ Edu/ Fine Arts/ Hist/ Hin/ Mus (Voc & Instru)/ Maths/ Pol Sc/ Panj/ Philo/ Psy/ Pub Adm/ Sans/ Socio/ Soc Wk/ MPhys Ed/ Mass Comm.

2) MTech: Comp Sc & Engg.

3) MSc: Biotech/ Bot/ Biochem/ Chem/ Chem (Spl in Pharma)/ Comp Sc (S/w)/ Electron Sc/ Geog/ Home Sc/ Microbiol/ Maths/ Phys/ Stats/ Zool/ Appld Geol/ Info Tech/ MTech (Appld Geophys)

4) MA (Tourism Mgt/ Hotel)

MCom/ MEd; BEd (Spl. Edu)/ MLib & Info Sc/ BLib & Info Sc.

Dip: Fr, Ger, Sans, Reasoning.

Cert: Fr/ Ger/ Jap/ Mus/ Sans/ Yoga & Urdu.

Selection: Ent Test. For 2: NET/ SLET/ GATE scores.

Appln F: Send Rs 250 For 4: Rs 650 by DD fvg "Registrar, K. U", payable at Kurukshetra/Thanesar/ d’load from website.

Details: Website.


Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra-136119.
June 27

1) LL.B (Professional) (3 yr)

July 27 2) LL.M

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelors/ Masters Deg (45 %).

For 2: LL.B (Prof Deg 55%)

Selection: Entrance Test: For 1 (10 Jul). For 2: (4 Aug).

Appln F: Send Rs 450 by DD fvg "Registrar, K. U", payable at Kurukshetra at above add with 2 self add slips & Code No (Law-05)/ d’load from website.

Details: Website.

Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra-136119

June 30 1) MBA (Hons) (2 yr, FT)

June 20 2) MBA (Innovative Integd Prac Oriented Prog, 5yr, Code No.MBA-V-2005)

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelor Deg (50%). For 2: 10+2 (50% Eng).

Selection: For 1: Merit based on MAT scores/ GD & Interview. For 2: Entrance Test (3 Jul)

Appln F: Send Rs 550 by DD fvg "Registrar, KUK", payable at Kurukshetra to Manager P & P at above add/ d’load from website.

Details: Website.


Punjabi University, Patiala (Punj)

June 22

1) MA

2) MSc (Phys/ Appld Phys/ Maths/ Astronomy & Space Phys/ Stats/ Sports Sc)

3) MFC, M.Com

4) MBE

5) PG Dip Courses

6) B Lib & I Sc

7) BSc (Hons) School Course in Eco/ Punjabi/ BSc. (Comp Sc/ Stats & Maths)

8) Dip/ Cert Courses

9) LLM

10) Masters in Journalism & Mass Comm/ MA Fine Arts/ Theatre & TV/ Music

Jun 24 11) M Lib & I Sc

12) MSc (Bot/ Zool/ Human Biol/ Chem/ Forensic Sc/ Geog/ Biotech/ Microbial & Food Tech)

Selection: For 10: Aptitude Test (5 July). For 11/ 12: Entrance Test: 19 June

Appln F: Send Rs 500 by DD fvg "Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala" payable at Patiala, (State Bank of Patiala, Br, Code: 5009) with stamped (Rs 60), self-add env (12" x 9") to Co-ordinator University Enquiry & Information Centre at above add/ d’load from website.


August 29

Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai Nagar-608002 (TN)

1) UG Prog (3 yrs) in BA/ BLit/ BCom/ BCom (Acc & Fin/ CA)/ BSc (Maths/ Psych/ Comp Sc/ IT/ Maths with CA/ Visual Comm)/ BCA/ BBA/ BBA (CA)/ BMM.

2) Dip Prog (1 yr) in Saiva Siddhanta/ Yoga


Eligibility: Age Limit 18 yrs on July 1, ’05.

Appln F: Send Rs 100 by DD purchased on or after 25 April fvg "The Director D.D.E, Annamalai University" payable at Annamalainagar/ Chidambaram/ Chennai. with self-add env (28 x 22 cm) at above add by 25 August, ‘05. Superscribe name of prog.


June 17

Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed Univ), Institute of Environment Education & Research, Pune Satara Rd, Pune-411043

1) MSc in Environ Sc (2 yr)

2) BSc in Environ Sc (3 yr)

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelor in Sc/ Engg/ Geog & Agri. For 2: 10+12 from Maharashtra Board or equiv (PCB & Eng).

Selection: For 1: Entrance Test & Interview (19 Jun).

Appln F: Send For 1: Rs 300 & For 2: Rs 200 by DD fvg the "Director, BVDU IEER" payable at Pune on any Nationalised Bank at above add.


June 17

Guru Nanak Dev Univeristy, Amritsar (Pb)

Common Entrance Test: Law (2005-06)

BA, LLB (Hons) (5 yr)

BA, LLB (5 yr)

LLB (3 yr)

Appln F: Send Rs 560 by DD fvg "Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar" to University Cashier at above add.


June 23

Guru Nanak Dev University, School of Soc Sc, Amritsar (Punj)

Bachelor in Soc Sc (Hons School)

Eligibility: 10+2. Good scores.

Selection: Entrance Test (24 June).

Appln F: At Counter: Rs 350/- (cash), Rs 400 by post.