EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Higher Education in Punjab
Vision, but no implementation
Varinder Walia
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niversities and colleges of Punjab should work out strategies to enhance the quality of higher education so that they can make it comparable to what is provided by international institutions. They should identify the areas of strength so as to attract foreign students and plan to establish campuses abroad.
The participation of women in higher education is almost half of the total enrolment. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari
The participation of women in higher education is almost half of the total enrolment.

Campus Notes
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Students get good placements
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S many as 190 students of batch 2007 of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) have been placed in four reputed companies: Wipro (60), Infosys (49), Cognizant (37), Accenture (44) through campus placements here this week. All these students would join their jobs in June 2007 after completion of their degree courses.

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Higher Education in Punjab
Vision, but no implementation
Varinder Walia

Universities and colleges of Punjab should work out strategies to enhance the quality of higher education so that they can make it comparable to what is provided by international institutions. They should identify the areas of strength so as to attract foreign students and plan to establish campuses abroad.

Ambitious, it certainly is. The Vision 2020: Higher Education in Punjab is an interesting 108-page document compiled by state government’s Department of Higher Education, on the direction of Governor.

In a state that has many colleges and schools without teachers, there is no lack of vision only of implementation of lofty ideals. The report suggests a number of measures to meet the challenges of internationalisation of higher education, particularly in the context of General Agreement on Trade in Services under WTO regime.

The report was compiled by Mr G.D. Sharma (Chairperson) , Dr B.S. Bhatia, Registrar Punjabi University Patiala ; Dr Satish Verma , Prof Punjab School of Economics, GNDU; Prof Parmjit Singh, Registrar Panjab University (all members) and Ms Nisha Sarad, the then DPI (Colleges), Punjab, a member-cum-convener. The recently released report was prepared in response to Government of Punjab order dated January 14, 2002.

The Committee recommends that due care should be taken to diversify higher education while expanding the education system. Specific recommendations with regard to diversification pertaining to curriculum reforms given in the report may be considered by the universities. The state should also encourage post-graduate and research studies, as the enrolment ratio in these is relatively poor. There is a very good rate of participation of women in education. In Punjab this rate should be kept up and participation of students belonging to deprived sections of society, namely, SC/ST, may also be encouraged to achieve the target of 20 percent.

The report observed that Punjab had 69.95 per cent literate population in 2001, ranking at 15th position, and Kerala being at the first rank with 90.90 per cent. However, the state has a relatively higher literacy rate as compared to the all-India average of 65.38 per cent. The rate of participation of population in education in Punjab in age group of 6-11 is 79.05 per cent and in the age group 11-14 is 64.53 per cent. Both put together, it is 73.75 per cent as compared to 81.58 per cent average for all India.

The report suggested that though, educational development in higher education is good, but the participation in primary and secondary education needs to be improved considerably. The participation rate in higher education is comparable to some of the states.

In terms of size of the colleges, Punjab colleges though have relatively higher enrolment per college than all India level, yet students per college can be raised to 900–1,000 from 795. Haryana has 910, Himachal Pradesh has 824 students per college.

Another challenge is the need for diversification in curriculum, subject and stream choices for the students. Presently the system lacks diversification, and there is a lopsided participation of students in arts and social sciences. The real challenge is greater diversification in curriculum and wider subject choices.

The third challenge is the rate of participation in postgraduate and research level, which is relatively low. However, the demand of the knowledge society is that an adequate number of PG and R&D level persons are available for the development of the state. However, this increase has to be in the inter-disciplinary areas directly related to the development of the state, nation and the world rather than in the conventional areas.

The participation of women in higher education is very good. It is almost half of the total enrolment, with an exception in engineering and technology where rates of enrolment of women students is around 20 per cent. However, the weakness is that like the male students, most of the women enrol in the Arts subjects. This needs to be diversified.

Yet another challenge is encouraging the participation of students from the farming class, working class and small shop owners. So far, relatively a larger number of beneficiaries are the wards of service and business class. The participation of wards of working class persons is rather poor.

With regard to the colleges, the committee says that the present system of affiliation puts severe constraints on the colleges with regard to curriculum reforms, system of examination and introduction of flexibility in the programmes of studies. The University Grants Commission considered this matter and introduced a scheme of autonomous colleges. States in southern India took advantage of the scheme, though others lagged behind. The committee, therefore, recommends that 10 per cent of the colleges (which are accredited by NAAC with A+/A grade) should be given autonomy. By 2020, a large number of colleges should be given autonomous status.

Nearly 7 per cent of eligible age group of population is enrolled for higher education at All India level. In Punjab, it has already reached 7 per cent of eligible age group population. For Chandigarh the enrolment is almost 11 per cent of eligible population. In order to achieve 20 percent enrolment of eligible group of population in higher education by 2020 Punjab should be able to enrol at least 10 per cent at the end of Xth plan.

To widen the access to low cost higher education, the committee recommends that the Government of Punjab should set up a State Open University by the end of the 10th Plan. This would enable the state to achieve the target set for enrolment for higher education in the state.

Semester system suits best for continuous evaluation of the students. While immediate shifting of all the programmes that are offered in the affiliated colleges of the state to semester system may not seem advisable, but the system must move towards that in next five years. Immediately all courses being offered at the university level in the state should be shifted to semester system.

There are approximately 15,000 teachers in higher education, catering to the need of approximately 2,55,000 students. Though the number of teachers seems to be adequate, this ratio, however, does not hold true for all types of colleges and universities and is much lower.

Even though number of teachers in colleges is approximately 12,000 yet actual number of teachers on record and supported by the Government of Punjab is less than half.

The other half are either adhoc or temporary staff appointed to carry on the process which deprives the college higher education system of academic assets, as adhoc and temporary staff would always keep searching for alternative employment. The recruitment process needs to be speedy and well founded

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Campus Notes
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Students get good placements

AS many as 190 students of batch 2007 of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) have been placed in four reputed companies: Wipro (60), Infosys (49), Cognizant (37), Accenture (44) through campus placements here this week. All these students would join their jobs in June 2007 after completion of their degree courses.

Wipro Technologies, Bangalore, took students who are completing M. Tech. (IT), MCA, B. Tech. (Computer Science) and B. Tech. Electronics. The company selected 60 students in the following disciplines: M. Tech. IT (2), M. Tech Integrated (5) MCA (14), MCA Integrated (6), B.Tech Computer Sciences (21) and B.Tech Electronics (12). M. Tech. students would get Rs. 2.40 lakh per annum and MCA and B.Tech students would receive Rs. 2.04 lakh per annum as salary package.

Infosys selected 49 students of which include MCA (11), MCA Integrated (3), M. Tech. Integrated (9), B.Tech Computer Science (9), B. Tech Electronics (14) and B.Tech Food Science (5) on a salary package of 2.70 lakh per annum. This is the first time that Infosys has visited the University for placements.

Cognizant selected 37 students belonging to M. Tech. IT (1), MCA Integrated (16), B.Tech Computer Science (13), B.Tech Electronics (6) and B.Tech Textile Chemistry (1) at a salary package of Rs 2.51 lac per annum.

Accenture selected 44 students from pre-final year students of M. Tech IT (1), M. Tech Integrated (30), MCA (9), MCA integrated (9), B.Tech Computer science (9), B. Tech Electronics (12) and B.Tech Textile Chemistry (1). The students have been offered a salary package of Rs 2.51 lakhs per annum.

Dr. S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor said that the University is making the effort to equip the students from all aspects as per industry demand and the good placement is the result of collective efforts of all the faculty members, students, supporting staff and university administration.

Alumni Meet

More than 100 old students of the department from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi participated in the first alumni meet of the department of Punjab School of Economics organised here.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr S P Singh said that the economics affects every field directly or indirectly. Dr Singh announced the creation of a separate website of Punjab School of Economics so that the latest available data regarding the economic development could by uploaded on this site.

Compiled by Pawan Kumar in Amritsar

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ADMISSION DEADLINE

Art & Design

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), College of Design, Management and Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (M/o Textile, GoI)

PG Diploma in Enterprise Mgmt for Fashion Business (1 ½ - year)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree

Selection: GD, Test & Interview: 30-31 July ‘06

Application Forms: Send Rs 1900/- by DD favouring NIFT, New Delhi by 14 July 2006 to the Admission Department, NIFT Campus, New Delhi

Application Deadline: 21 July 2006

Engineering

The Technological Institute of Textile & Sciences, Birla Colony, Bhiwani 127021 (Har)

MTech in Textiles (2-year)

Eligibility: BTextiles / BE / BTech (Textile Technology / Textile Chemistry / Fashion & Apparel Engg, 55%).

Selection: GATE scores & Interview: 10 August 2006 / Merit & aptitude for research for sponsored / non-sponsored / self financed candidates.

Application Form: Send Rs. 650/- by DD favouring “The Technological Institute of Textile & Sciences,“ payable at Bhiwani to the Director at the above address.

Application Deadline: 1 August 2006

Pandit Dwarka Prasad Mishra Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing(PDPM IIITDMJ), IT Bhawan, Engineering College Ranjhi, Jabalpur 482011 (MP) (M/o HRD, GoI)
www.iiitdm.in

BTech (Computer Science & Engg / Electronics / Mechanical) 4 years

Selection: AIEEE scores.

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Dr BR Ambedkar, National Institute of Technology, GT Road Bye Pass, Jalandhar 144011 (Punj)
www.nitj.ac.in

MSc / MTech & PhD Programmes 2006-‘07

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 10 July 2006

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (Jhar) www.bitmesra.ac.in

Double Degree ME Programme in Software Defined Radio (2-year)
ME (Electronics & Communication) from BIT, Mesra & MSc (Software Defined Radio from Aalborg University Denmark.)

Eligibility: Bachelors Degree in Electronics & Communication Engg; 70% with valid GATE score.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 07 July 2006

Hotel Management

Food Craft Institute, Hiran Magri, Sector-14, Govardhan Vilas, Udaipur (Raj) (Sponsored by D/o Tourism, G/o Rajasthan)

Job-oriented Trade Diploma Courses in Food Production / F&B Service / Front Office Operation & Hotel Accounts / House Keeping (1½-year)
(affiliated to NCHMCT, New Delhi)

Eligibility: 10+2 with English
Age Limit: 22 years on 1 August 2006

Selection: Interview

Application Form: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring “Food Craft Institute,” payable at Udaipur with stamped Rs 5/-, self addressed envelope (10” X 14”) to the above address.

Application Deadline: 11 July 2006

Institute of Hotel Management Catering & Nutrition, Panipat (Har) (D/o Tourism, Haryana)

Craftsmanship Course (1-year + 6 months Industrial Training)
1) Bakery & Confectionery
2) Food & Beverage Service
3) Food Production

Eligibility: 10+2 (English)

AgeLimit: 22 years on 1 June 2006

Application Form: Send Rs. 200/- by DD favouring “Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Panipat”, payable at Panipat at above address.

Details: Employment News (17-23 June)

Application Deadline: 11 July 2006

IT

Centre for Information Technology, SISI Extension Centre, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi (M/o SSI/ Communication & IT, GoI & CDAC-Noida)
www.cdacnoida.in/cit

DOEACC ‘O’ Level Course (1-year)

Eligibility: 10+2

Selection: Written Test & Interview: 8 July 2006

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 6 July 2006

Language

Regional Institute of English, Sector 32-C, Chandigarh
www.rieni.org

PG Certificate in English Teaching (3-month)

Eligibility: MA English / BEd (with teaching experience in English)

Age: below 55 years (for working teachers), below 45 years (for would-be teachers).

Application Form: Download from website

Application Deadline: 12 July 2006

Punjab Agricultural University, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities, Ludhiana (Punj)

Certificate Course in French (1- year; Part Time)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree.

Selection: Interview: 12 July ‘06

Application Form: Send Rs 70/- by DD favouring “Comptroller, PAU, Ludhiana,” payable at SBI, PAU Branch, Ludhiana to theSd/- at the above address.

Application Deadline: 5 July 2006

Management

Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalainagar 608002 (TN)
www.annamalaiuniversity.ac.in

MBA in (International Business / E-Business / HRM / Financial Mgmt / Marketing Mgmt / MBA (Tamil Medium) (Distance, 2-year)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree.

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 28 August 2006

Delhi Institute of Heritage Research & Management, 18-A, Satsang Vihar Marg, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi 110067
www.dihrm.com

1) Master in Archaeology & Heritage Mgmt (2-year)
2) Master in Conservation, Preservation & Heritage Mgmt (2-year)

(affiliated to GGSIPU)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree (Humanities / Science).

Selection: Entrance Test: 30 June

Application Form: Send Rs 175/- by DD favouring “Delhi Institute. of Heritage Research & Management” payable on any nationalized bank at Delhi to the Accountant at the above address or download from website. At counter: Rs 150/- (cash).

Application Deadline: 26 June 2006

Institute of Management Technology (IMT), PB No. 137, Raj Nagar, Hapur Road Ghaziabad 201001 (UP) www.imt.edu

Ph.D Programmes (Full Time / Part Time)

Eligibility: Master’s degree; 60% / BE; 75% + 3 years work experience

Application Form: Send Rs 1,000/- by DD favouring “Institute of Management Technology” payable at Ghaziabad with 2 self-addressed stickers at above address.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2006

Mass Communication

Kumaun University, Nainital (Utt)

PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree; 55%

Application Form: Send Rs 450/- DD payable to the Finance Officer at the above address.

Application Deadline: 30 June 2006

Medicine

Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research (DIPSAR), Pushp Vihar, MB Road, New Delhi 110017 www.dipsar.in

1) BPharm (4-year)

2) MPharm (2-year)

3) DPharm (2-year)

Application Form: Download from website

Application Deadline: 10 July 2006

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