Going beyond academics
Rubinder Gill
niversities, which further research and knowledge, serve as institutions of transformation and social change. They give a thrust to the overall intellectual development of the individuals, and thus the society. These seats of higher learning can reach out directly to help and promote a better society.

Campus Notes



Going beyond academics
Rubinder Gill

Making available the expertise of the university to the general public: The faculty and students at work at the Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences
Making available the expertise of the university to the general public: The faculty and students at work at the Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences.

Universities, which further research and knowledge, serve as institutions of transformation and social change. They give a thrust to the overall intellectual development of the individuals, and thus the society. These seats of higher learning can reach out directly to help and promote a better society. It only needs clarity of vision and a will for that to happen. Along with pursuits of theoretical, intellectual and academic nature, if they take the onus of going beyond academics then they can help transform and influence the society directly.

Punjabi University, Patiala, was set up in 1962 to further the cause of Punjabi language and literature, to develop and promote it. It was the first university in the country to be named after the regional language of the state.

The latest department to be set up in the university has stolen a march over others in no time. The Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences was set up in the university in July 2001 with the initiative of the then Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, and Prof S. K. Verma, physiologist from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, who headed the department for three years.

Within four years of its inception, the department has gone places. It is the only of its kind in the region. It has combined with allied disciplines of biochemistry and sports sciences to make its working more effective. It offers bachelors and masters courses and the faculty consists of two professors, two readers and two senior lecturers.

Recently, it threw open its doors to the general public, organising a free two-day camp on the importance of physiotherapy and health fitness in preventive and curative aspects of various diseases, besides starting an OPD for general patients. The university is in the process of setting up a fee structure for the university employees, students and the general public, according to Dr Harish Kumar, senior lecturer in the department.

This OPD will be a boon for the patients suffering from various musculoskeletal, neurological, cardio-respiratory diseases, such as osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis, hemiplegia, nerve injuries, frozen shoulder, paraplegia, back pains, ankle and heel pain, and loss of movement and strength after fractures. Such camps by the university increase awareness about physiotherapy, which involves electro-therapeutic treatment through modalities providing heat, cold, various forms of radiations and exercise therapy, where specialised exercises are graded and prescribed for patients. To increase the level of awareness the department would have an OPD van manned by internees, which would go to rural areas once a month and try to identify the areas and patients which need attention, besides educating the general public.

Physiotherapy can prevent and eliminate suffering in many common ailments but remains an under-utilised concept in our society. Not enough emphasis is laid on the treatment, exercises and beneficial effects of physiotherapy, which help in the rehabilitation of a patient. After fractures and injury to bones, ligaments and muscles, it helps in the recovery of movement and strength. It is not only sportspersons who need physiotherapy in rehabilitation after injuries but common people as well. Patients of paralytic strokes can recover movement with the help of physiotherapy, but there is not enough awareness about it.

Importantly, physiotherapy can also play a big role in the prevention of pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy complications. Problems such as back and neck aches during pregnancy, painless delivery using trans-cutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) and management and prevention of post-pregnancy complications such as prolapse uterus and stress incontinence (loss of urine with sneezing, coughing or any other activity which increases intra-abdominal pressure) can be taken care of by physiotherapy.

Exercising during pregnancy under the supervision of a qualified physiotherapist not only prevents complications, but also helps strengthen muscles for a less painful delivery.

The department has all specialised, ultramodern equipments and also plans to update on latest developments, by adding new equipment, aids, techniques. The aim is to make it one of the best departments in physiotherapy in the country to provide such specialised treatment.

The department would provide specialised treatment by post-graduate physiotherapists, Dr Somesh K. Moorthy, Dr R. S. Chandel, Dr Sonia in musculoskeletal ailments and Dr Sandeep Kalra would treat neuromuscular patients, according to Dr Rupinder Mokha, Head of the Department.

The department also plans to provide individual body mass index and counseling about a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, maintenance of normal body weight, exercise prescription for diabetics, besides other things.

Campus Notes

Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
Irish farmers, US scientists visit HAU

A delegation comprising 12 farmers from Ireland arrived on the HAU campus for a two-day visit. The objective of the visit was to study the pattern and techniques prevalent in the field of agriculture in Haryana.

The Director, Human Resource Management at HAU, Dr R.S.Dalal, extended a warm welcome to the delegation. He also apprised the farmers of the achievements of the university in farming and detailed them on Haryanavi agriculture. The team members discussed various issues with the HAU scientists and other officials.

The farmers were later taken to the HAU Agro-Forestry Farm located at Balsamand village in Hisar district. They also visited an exhibition of natural farming at Ladwa village in the district.

A team of US scientists also arrived on the university campus on Monday for a three-day workshop on IP Management and Technology Transfer Programme.

Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar
Workshop for public relation officials

The Department of Public Relations, Haryana, organised a 10-day workshop for the Assistant Public Relation Officers in collaboration with the Department of Advertising Management and Public Relations, Guru Jambheshwar University, on the campus.

Presiding over the valedictory function, the GJU Vice-Chancellor, Dr R. P. Bajpai, maintained that reporting should be done truthfully and honestly, while keeping the larger interest of society in mind.

Mr Amar Singh Rathore, Director, Public Relations, Rajasthan, was the chief guest on this occasion. Addressing the participants, he emphasised that the media should realise its social responsibility, as whatever it showed or presented had a considerable impact on society, especially young minds.

Mr Rathore lamented the undue importance being granted to crime by the media, adding that the trend should be checked at the earliest.

All participants were given certificates, while the winners of various events were presented with prizes. 

Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
High hopes on placement cell

With the opening of the proposed Joint Placement Cell on the campus, the university is hoping to get the best of job offers for the pass-outs from various professional courses being run by it.

The approval for setting up of the placement cell was granted during the last Executive Council meeting. A portion of the money generated from the NRI seats in the professional courses will be spent on it. The aim is to go global and get the best of offers for students by way of close interaction with corporate houses and big names in the industry.

HPU is running professional courses like MBA, MCA, MJMC and MTA. The placement cell will be headed by a teacher who will work on an honorarium and will be provided with latest facilities and infrastructure.

Compiled by Sunit Dhawan and Pratibha Chauhan.



Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore 560012 (Kar)

Research Programme: MSc (Engg) & PhD
In Science Faculty (PhD only): Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, Materials Research
In Engineering faculty (MSc (Engg) & PhD): Aerospace / Chemical Engineering (PhD only), Civil / Electrical Communication / Electrical / High Voltage Engineering, Instrumentation (PhD only), Management Studies, Materials Research, Mechanical, Metallurgy & Supercomputer Education & Research, Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

Selection: Interviews: 23–25 November 2005

Application Form: Send Rs 650 by DD favouring "Registrar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore" with 2 addressed slips (stickers) to the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Admission Unit at above address.

Eligibility & Details: Employment News (8–14 October)/ Website.

Application Deadline: 28 October 2005

Bundelkhand Institute of Engineering &Technology, Jhansi (MP)

1) Environmental Engineering
2) Construction Technology & Management
3) Manufacturing Science & Technology

Eligibility: For 1: B.Tech / B.E. or equivalent in Civil / Mechanical / Chemical / any of the Chemical Technology Branches
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For 3:
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Selection: Written Test, Interview: 8 November 2005. GATE qualified candidates preferred.

Details: Employment News (8-14 October)/ Website.

Application Deadline: 26 October 2005

Central Institute of Tool Design, Balanagar, Hyderabad 500037 (M/o SSI, GoI Society)

Master Certificate in CAD / CAM / Computer-Aided Tool Engineering (6 month)

Eligibility: BE/ BTech/ Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Application Forms & Details: Employment News (8-14 October) / website.

Hotel Management

National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Library Avenue, Pusa Complex, New Delhi 110012
& Indira Gandhi National Open University

MSc (Hospitality Administration)
(At IHM, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai)

Eligibility: BSc (Hospitality Administration) from NCHMCT & IGNOU OR 3-year Diploma in Hotel Mgmt from NCHMCT stream + BA / BSc / BCom OR 3-year Diploma in Hotel Mgmt or State Boards of Technical Education.

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 24 October 2005

Library and Information Science

Maharshi Dayanand University, Directorate of Distance Education, Rohtak (Har)

Master of Library & Information Science (1-year, Correspondence)

Eligibility: B L I Sc

Application Form: Available at counter: Rs 30 (cash)

Application Deadline: 25 October 2005


University of Delhi, Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi-110007

(1) MBA (PT, 3-year)

(2) MBA (Health Care Administration), PT, 3-year

Eligibility: (1): Bachelor’s degree (45%) & 3 years work experience.
(2): MBBS with 5 years work experience in Hospital Administration, sponsorship from employer.

Selection: Admission Test: 22 January 2006

Application Form: Send Rs 575 by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi" payable at State Bank of India Service Branch (Code No 7687) to the Administrative Officer at the above address.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 28 November 2005

Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management, 5th Floor, Atur Centre, Gokhale Cross Rd, 1068, Model Colony, Pune 411016 (Mah)

PG Diploma in Telecom Mgmt (2-year, FT)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree (50%).

Selection: SNAP Test: 18 December 2005.

Application Form: Send Rs 1000 by DD favouring "Director, Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management" payable at Pune to above add. Also available at select branches of Corporation Bank.

Details: Website.

National Academy for Training & Development, B-41, Qutab Institutional Area, New Mehrauli Rd, New Delhi 110016 (Under the aegis of ISTD)

PG Programme in Strategic Human Resource Development (2-year)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree (50%), 3-year Executive / Professional / Consultancy / Academic experience.

Application Form: Send Rs 500 by DD favouring "Director NATAD" payable at New Delhi at the above address by 18 November 2005.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 28 November 2005


Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi 110092

All India Entrance Examination for Admission to MBBS/BDS-2006

Eligibility: 10+2 (PCB, 50% & Eng). Age: 17 yrs.

Selection: Preliminary Exam: 02 April ’06; Final Exam: 14 May ’06.

Application Form: Send Rs 350 by DD favouring "Secretary CBSE" payable at New Delhi with self-addressed, unstamped envelope (12" x 10") to the Assistant Secretary (AIPMT) at above add by Nov 11. Superscribe "Request for Information Bulletin and Application Form for AIPMT, 2006" on the envelope. Also available at select branches of

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Details: Website

Application Deadline: 21 Nov 2005

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh

Postdoctoral / Postgraduate Courses & PhD Programme (2006)

Application Form: Send Rs 500 by PO/ DD drawn on SBI favouring "Director, PGI, Chandigarh" payable at SBI Medical Institute Branch (Code No 1524) Chandigarh by 31 October with stamped (Rs.25/-) thick self-addressed envelope (24 x 15 cm) to the above add

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Application Deadline: 7 November 2005


Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur PO, Bangalore 560064 (Deemed Univ)

Summer Research Fellowships 2006
(in association with Department of Science & Tech & Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi)
Eligibility: BE / BTech (II & III year ) or BSc / BVSc / MBBS / BPharm (I / II / III year) or MSc (I / II year)

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Application Form: Send written request with a stamped (Rs 10) self-addressed envelope (16 cm x 25 cm) to the Coordinator at the above address by 25 November 2005 or download from the website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 5 December 2005