Before they teach, institutions have much to learn
HE tail end of the long queue that I had joined to buy ticket to Madam Taussad’s Museum in London was far from its main entrance. With no one jumping the queue or creating any other kind of chaos, the waiting time did not exceed 15 minutes or so. During my month-long visit in London, I did not see anyone violating traffic rules and no one rode motorbike without wearing a helmet on.


Before they teach, institutions have much to learn

THE tail end of the long queue that I had joined to buy ticket to Madam Taussad’s Museum in London was far from its main entrance. With no one jumping the queue or creating any other kind of chaos, the waiting time did not exceed 15 minutes or so. During my month-long visit in London, I did not see anyone violating traffic rules and no one rode motorbike without wearing a helmet on.

What are the reasons that make Indians personifications of indiscipline? Why most of us are habitual offenders of rules? It is not that we are unaware the regulations. For, the number of signs announcing do’s and don’ts are pasted everywhere, from walls to vehicles. There are kind of signs that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

What surprises one the most is the fact that we disobey with impunity even those rules and regulations that are for our own protection and benefits, like wearing seat-belts while driving car. The blame for all this can safely be put on the defective education we have been getting from homes to schools to colleges to universities.

Every morning, one confronts innumerable number of parents going to drop their children on two wheelers. A huge number of them don’t wear helmets and often carry three to four children to school, with their bulky school bags of course. When you see them jumping red light, one can well imagine the kind of lessons the parents would be giving to their impressionable children.

This is an example of teachings we get from home, but schools/colleges are not far behind. After being associated with the so-called higher education for a long time, I can quote an instance or two from that life, too. Panjab University, in a recent meeting of the Syndicate, strongly castigated a local college for running a study course without its mandatory approval, and did not permit the college to continue the same. This is not a solitary or rare happening.

Many colleges affiliated to this university have been committing similar irregularities without any guilt or fear. The reason for such recurring irresponsible behaviour is the fact that the university is well known for rolling back its own decisions, even if the decisions go against the laid-down norms.

As expected, a backdated approval, after imposing a nominal fine on the erring college for running the earlier disallowed course, was granted, later. If such giant irregularities that have intense ill effects on academics are made a routine, every little norm will be mauled in no time.

Youngsters throng these places of learning for getting, apart from the textbook knowledge, the larger lessons of life that would mould them into well organised and disciplined citizens. What do they learn instead?

Through habitual bending of their own rules, the universities and colleges expose their deeply ingrained weaknesses and pliable toothless-ness. No wonder that the student community exploits this, by taking to dharnas and demonstrations.

Be it a case of allowing late admission or giving more chances in examination than are stipulated, rules are often ignored “in the larger interest of the students”, which really is a wrongly perceived cliché.

The institutions, perhaps, never realise that by doing so they not only lower their own credibility (if any) and academic standards but also prepare the outgoing students for treating every civil law with the same disdain and defiance with which they have been treating the various codes of educational and moral conduct.

Imbibing the prevailing incompetence of our educational institutions, the students soon graduate to new territories of violation and offence. Apart from gathering worthless degrees, what the students have, of late, been getting from their weak-willed institutions, is a scant love for rules and regulations, rather, a defiant attitude towards these.

It goes from the rules for attendance in classes to the regulations for holding student elections, which grows deeper indiscipline into their impressionable minds.

The future citizens that these institutes of higher learning churn out year after year emerge as defiant challengers of rules, which emboldens them to erect illegal structures and run unauthorised schools, colleges and courses.

Would our educational heads rise from their slumber and take the onus for the general indiscipline amongst our youth and start teaching not by book, but by example. Will they ever deal sternly with offenders?

For, bending of the rules may seem profitable initially, but it ultimately harms the social fabric. The temporary “orderliness” breeds a fat and unmanageable social disorder.

Campus NotES

GND University, Amritsar
Govt ropes in professor

The Department of Science and Technology under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology has sanctioned Rs 15.84 lakh to be given to Dr Nareshpal Singh Saini, Reader in the Department of Physics at Guru Nanak Dev University, to conduct a research on “Nonlinear Coherent Wave Structures in Magnetospheric and Lonospheric Plasmas” under the guidance of Dr Tarsem Singh Gill, Professor of Physics. The university spokesman said he would complete his research within three years.

Convention concludes

The four-day eighth National Annual NOSPLAN Convention—Concord 2006—organised by the students of Guru Ram Das School of Planning Guru of Nanak Dev University concluded here. Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Parliamentary Secretary (Urban Local Bodies), had inaugurated this national meet and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. S. P. Singh, had presided over. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sekhri had sought the help of budding planners to prepare proposals for the development of Batala, his hometown. He handed over a cheque for Rs 51,000 to the student organisers whom the VC had congratulated, saying that the planners should adapt the innovations and new ideas to meet the challenges of globalisation. The VC urged the corporate and government sector to come forward for real planning. He said the university was ready for setting up Punjab Regional Chapter of the ITPI on the campus.

HAU, Hisar
Veterinary students win

The College of Veterinary Sciences of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) won all prizes at the inter-college debate and poetry recitation contest. The contest was organised by the Literary Society of the Directorate of Students Welfare and the topic selected for the contest was “Increasing Indo-American friendship is in the larger interest of the country”. Contestants from different colleges of the university expressed their views on the topic. In debate, Arvind Kumar and Deepak Arya of Veterinary College won the first prize while Hitesh Puri and Manish Jhamb of the same college bagged the second prize. Praveen Rohilla and Rajni Yadav of the college got the top two positions in the poetry-recitation contest. Dr R. S. Balyan, Director, Student Welfare, and chief guest, gave away the prizes to the winners. Earlier, the president of the Literary Society, Dr Sridhar, welcomed the guests. Dr Kailash Verma and Dr V. K. Jain were the judges.

Contributed by Pawan Kumar and Sunit Dhawan



Armed Force

Indian Army, Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Rtg TGC Entry, AG’s Branch, Army Hqrs, West Block-III, R K Puram, New Delhi 110066

1) Technical Graduates Course (TGC) (January 2007)
(a) Engineering Graduates for Corps of: i) Engineers ii) Signals,
iii) Electronics & Mechanical Engineers iv) Armoured v) Artillery vi) AD Arty vii) Infantry viii) Intelligence
(b) Post Graduate (Non-Engineering) for Army Education Corps (AEC)

2) SSC (Technical) Course (April 2007)
For Corps of: a) Engineers, b) Signals, c) Electronics & Mechanical Engineers

Selection: Group Tests, Psychological Tests, Interview & Medical Exam.

Details: Employment News (15 – 21 April 2006)/ Website.

Application Deadline: 19 May 2006

Indian Air Force, Command Education Officer, HQ Western Air Command, IAF, Subroto Park, New Delhi 110010

Aeronautical Engineers Course (Men)
Short Service Commission Course
(Men & Women)
1) Electronics Branch
2) Mechanical Branch

Eligibility: Unmarried (DoB: 02 January ’79 – 01 January ’89) or married (above 25-years) Indian males
For 1: BE / BTech (1st Division) in Electronics / Telecommunication / Electrical / Electrical Communication / Electronics & Communication / Instrumentation / Computer Science & Engineering or combination of these subjects OR
BTech in Radio Physics & Electronics / Optics & Opto Electronics OR
MSc Physics (with Electronics) / Electronics / Computer Science / Computer Application / MCA with Maths, Physics & Electronics at UG level / MSc Tech (Electronics & Radio Engineering) OR
Diploma in Electronics of Madras Institute of Technology

For 2: BE / BTech (1st Division) in Aeronautical / Mechanical / Production / Industrial Production or combination of these subjects OR
AMIE or Associate Membership of ASI with Group I (Design & Production) or Group II (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul) subjects.
Valid GATE score of 70% or above preferred. High on merit. Height: 157.5 cms (Men); 152 cms (Women) with correlated weight.

Selection: Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT), Personality Test, Psychological Tests, Group Tests, Interview & Medical examination.

Application Form: Send by ordinary post in prescribed format to the Command Education Officer of your EKT center with two stamped (Rs 22/-) self-addressed envelopes (23 cm x 10 cm) to the above address or download from website. Superscribe "70AEC (Men / 42 SSC (Men) / 42 SSC (Women)" on envelope.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 20 May 2006

Indian Army, HQ Rtg Zone, Chandrashekhar Marg, Ambala Cantt 133001
(or the respective HQ Recruiting Zones)

Junior Commissioned Officer (Religious Teacher)

Eligibility: Indian male, Bachelor’s Degree + religious qualification (Pandit / Granthi / Buddhist Monk / Padre / Maulvi); Age: 27 - 34 years (0n 11 December 2006)

Selection: Physical Fitness Test, Screening, Written Exam: 23 July 2006 and Interview.

Application Form: Send application in prescribed format to the concerned HQ Recruiting Zone, IRO, Delhi Cantt BRO Secunderabad / Trichy / Mangalore / Trivandrum / Regimental centres with two self-addressed envelopes. Superscribe "Application for JCO (RT) Course" on envelope.

Application Deadline: 20 May 2006.

Indian Navy, Post Box No. 04, R.K. Puram PO (Main), New Delhi 110066

SSC Officers in Executive Branch (General Service / Hydro Cadre)

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian male, BSc (Physics & Mathematics) 1st Division OR MSc (Physics or Mathematics; 55%). MSc (Physics) should have done Mathematics in graduation & vice versa OR BE / BTech (55%) OR BSc (Physics & Mathematics) with NCC Naval Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate.
Physical Standards: Height & Weight: 157 cms with correlated weight. Eyesight: 6/12, 6/12 correctable to 6/6, 6/6 with glasses. Should not be color / night blind.

DoB: Between 02 January 1982 – 01 July 1987.

Selection: SSB Interviews & Medical Examination.

Application Form: Send application in prescribed format by ordinary post to the above address. Supercribe "Application for SSC (GS) ‘X’ / Hydro Cadre – January 2007 course", Qualification`85`85`85 Percentage`85`85`85`85%, NCC Certificate`85`85`85." on envelope.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 06 May 2006

Art & Design

Central Footwear Training Institute, Agra, C-41/42, Site-C, Industrial Area, Sikandra, Agra 282 007 (M/o SSI, GoI)

Diploma in Footwear Design & Production (2-year)

Eligibility: 10+2. Age: 17-25 years (on 01 August 2006).

Selection: Written Test: 11 June 2006

Application Form: Send Rs. 300/- by DD favouring ‘Director, CFTI, Agra’ to the above address by 12 May 2006.

Details: Employment News (15 – 21 April 2006) / Website.

Application Deadline: 17 May 2006

Art: Performing

Bhartendu Natya Akademi, "Bhartendu Bhawan" Vikas Khand-1, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow 226010 (UP)

(D/o Culture, G/o UP)

Diploma in Dramatic Arts (2-year)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree. Good knowledge of Hindi & English, participation in 10 plays & comprehensive study of 10 Indian/ Western plays. Age: 18-30 years (01 July 2006).

Selection: Written exam & Interview.

Application Form: Send Rs 250/- by DD favouring "Director, Bhartendu Natya Akademi, Lucknow" to the above address by 17 May 2006


Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore 632014 (TN) (Deemed University)

MCA (3-year)

MTech (2-year) (Automotive (Engg/ Electronics) / Biomedical / Biotechnology / CAD / CAM / Chemical / Communication / Computer Science & Engg / Energy System & Environmental Engg / IT-Networking / Mechatronics / Power Electronics / Sensor System Technology / Structural Engg / Sensor System Technology / Pharmaceutical Chemistry / Nanotechnology / VLSI Design)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree (50%). Candidates with valid GATE score are exempted from entrance exam.

Selection: Entrance Exam: 21 May 2006

Application Form: Download from website

Application Deadline: 05 May 2007

Tezpur University, Napaam, Tezpur 784028 (Assam) /

BTech (Computer Science & Engg / Electronics & Communication / Mechanical Engg)

Eligibility: 10+2 (PCM; 50%). Pass in English

Selection: AIEEE – 2006 scores

Application: Send Rs. 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Tezpur University," payable at Tezpur with self-addressed, unstamped envelope (25 cm x 20 cm) to the office of the Controller of Examinations at above address by 22 May 2006 or download from website. Also available at designated SBI branches

Application Deadline: 25 May 2006


All India Management Association, Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003

Professional Diploma Programmes (1-year):
Human Resource Development, Finance, International Business, Marketing Management

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree.

Selection: Screening of applications.

Application Form: Send Rs.350/- by DD favouring"All India Management Association -CME", payable at New Delhi to the above address

Details: Website or contact the Programme Marketing Manager


Department of Medical Education, Govt of Uttaranchal (Utt)

Uttaranchal Pre-Medical Test (UPMT – 2006)
(for admission to MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS in Government & Private Colleges in Uttaranchal)

Exam: 28 May 2006

Details: Website

Application Form: Contact the Project Manager, (UPMT-2006), Educational Consultants India Ltd, `Ed. CIL House,’ 18-A Sector 16-A, Noida 201301 (UP) by 25 April 2006

Application Deadline: 2 May 2006

University of Delhi, Faculty of Medical Sciences, VP Chest Institute Building, 6th Floor, Delhi 110007

Super Speciality Entrance Test (SET) – 2006
(For admission to DM; MCh courses)

Eligibility: MD / MS (on or before 31 May 2006).

Test: 09 June 2006

Application Form: Send Rs 1050/- by MICR DD/ Banker’s Cheque drawn on any nationalised bank favouring the "Registrar, University of Delhi" payable at Delhi with a self- addressed envelope (10" x 8") to the Assistant Registrar at the above address by 28 April 2006. Mention name & address on reverse of DD/ Banker’s cheque

Application Deadline: 12 May 2006

— Pervin Malhotra