Nominations invited for
Varinder Walia focusses on an effort to help rural students take the qualifying exams for engineering and medical streams
With a noble mission to offer as good an education in the countryside as available in cities, some Delhi-based Punjabis have launched an ambitious project, Gyan Sewa, in at least 100 villages of Punjab.
As part of the pilot project for the first year, two coaching centres have already been set up in villages—one at Talewal village near Barnala in the Sangrur district and the other at Khadur Sahib village in the Tarn Taran district. Every weekend, subject experts from Delhi teach here students of classes XI and XII and train local teachers. Mr H. S. Phulka, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, says it is their endeavour to enable students of rural areas to qualify for medical and engineering seats.
Patwant Singh, an eminent journalist, is the founder of the Gyan Sewa Trust, while its trustees include Mr H. S. Phulka, Dr G. S. Grewal, Dr Raghbir Singh Basi and Mr Avtar Singh Dhindsa.
According to Dr Maninder Kaur Phoolka, the gap in the quality of education available in the cities and in villages has been widening. As a result, the education level in villages has been going down drastically.
To check this disparity, the Gyan Sewa Trust was formed to set up projects and take quality education (accessible, so far, to students in metros like Delhi only) to the remotest villages of Punjab.
The trust decided to pick the best possible resources available in Delhi and take these to the villages. To bring students from villages to cities for education would probably have cost less than what it would take to transport the faculty from Delhi to the villages. However, notwithstanding the cost factor, the trust decided to reach the subject experts from Delhi to villages to spread awareness among villagers and to train their teachers.
One of the first projects this year is of setting up coaching centres in villages to prepare the students for various entrance examinations.
Mr H. S. Phulka says, in big cities, there has been mushrooming of centres that train students exclusively for these examinations.
However, students from villages do not have this privilege, even though they may be more intelligent than city-bred youngsters. They just lack the opportunity to study professionally for professional courses. Instead, they choose ordinary streams like BA and B.Sc.
There are hardly any jobs after plain graduation or postgraduation. This generates a lot of frustration among the rural youth. In the next five years, the trust proposes to set up 100 coaching centres in villages. It also plans to launch campaigns against female foeticide, drug addiction and cruelty towards women.
Villagers from these 100 places would be educated about the disastrous consequences of these evils.
Chandigarh: The Jan Seva Trust has invited nominations for the fifth Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards in School Teaching for 2006. Mr R. K. Saboo, chairman of the Saboo Business Group and trustee-chairman of Jan Seva Trust, said he hoped that a large number of teachers from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula would be nominated for the awards. The procedure for nominations had been simplified.
There are four awards for schoolteachers. The highest is the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence. The others are Excellence Award for School Teaching (Primary Classes), Excellence Award for School Teaching (Secondary Classes) and Excellence Award for Teaching Economically Underprivileged Children.
The awards are named after businessman-philanthropist late Tara Chand Saboo. The last date for receiving the applications is August 16. The Award shall be presented at a public function in October. For further information, anyone can contact Ms Anuradha Saboo at c/o Kamla Centre, SCO 88-89, Sector 8C, Chandigarh (phones: 2548223-24).—TNS
Second largest in just five years
JALANDHAR: The Jalandhar-based Lovely Institutes says it has become the second largest institute of professional studies in India after Benaras Hindu University after enrolling more than 8,000 regular students. Spread over 200 acres, the institute is a cluster of 13 independent institutes, which offer its students, besides a professional ambience, a chance to excel in extra-curricular activities as well.
This group offers more than 60 professional courses through, regular, distance and online modes. Set up in 2001 at Chaheru on the Jalandhar-Phagwara National Highway, it got more than 8000 students within five years by offering a superb infrastructure and tie-ups with reputed foreign universities. “The computer laboratory here, that has 1,000 terminals with 24-hour online facility, is the best in region,” said Mr Ashok Mittal and Mr Ramesh Mittal, president and chairman, respectively, of the Lovely International Trust.
Under joint placement, students from adjoining institutes are invited to take part in campus interviews. The institute’s students even secured the patent for a square-hole drilling machine.—VS
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (Jhar) (Deemed University) www.bitmesra.ac.in
BE Programme 2006
Eligibility: 10+2 / I.Sc (PCM + English; 70%), Class 10 (50%)Age Limit: 21 years on 1 October ‘06
Selection: AIEEE ’06 scores
Details & Application Form: Website. Deadline: 25 August
Government Polytechnic, University Road, Pune 411016 (Mah) (autonomous institute of G/o Maharashtra) www.gppune.ac.in
Certificate Course in: Advanced Automotive Technology (1-year)
(Mechanical / Automobile / Electronics / Instrumentation Engg) Application Form & Details: Website
Model Industrial Training Institute, ITI Campus, Shastri Nagar, Jodhpur (Raj)
(M/o Labour & Employment, GoI) Heat Engine Group of Trades (2-year) (under restructured Craftsmen Training Scheme)
Eligibility: Secondary pass (Science / PCM) or (Science & Maths) Age: 14-40 years on 1 September ‘06
Application Form & Details: Employment News (29 July-4 August 2006)
Deadline: 18 August.
Advanced Training Institute for Electronics & Process Instrumentation, Ramanthapur, Uppal Road, Hyderabad 500013 (AP)
(M/o Labour & Employment, GoI) Higher National Technician Certificate in: 1) Industrial Electronics (48 weeks). 2) Process Instrumentation (48 weeks).
Eligibility: For 1: NCVT Certificate in Electronic Mechanic with experience in Industrial Electronics / Diploma (Electronics & Communication Engg / Electrical & Electronics Engg) / BSc (Physics & Maths) / electronics
Application Form: Send Rs 25/- by IPO favoring “DDO, ATI – EPI, Hyderabad” with stamped (Rs. 5/-), self addressed (23 cm x 10 cm) envelop to the Director at the above address.
Details: Employment News (29 July-4 August 2006)
Application Deadline: 31 August 2006
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Indraprastha Marg, New Delhi 110002 www.icai.org
Exams: Professional Education-I, Professional Education-II, Final Management Accountancy Course (MAC Part-I) Insurance & Risk Management (IRM) International Trade Laws & World Trade Organization (ITL & WTO) Exam
Exam: 1 November ’06 to 09 November ‘06 Application Form & Details: Website
Deadline: 24 August.
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad 826004 (Jhar) (Deemed University under MHRD, GoI) www.ismdhanbad.ac.in/admission/mba.htm
MBA (2-year, FT)-2006
Eligibility: 10+2+3, BTech / BPharma (50%)
Selection: CAT Scores
Application Form: Send Rs 1000/- by DD favouring “Registrar, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad,” payable at Dhanbad with 2 self-addressed stickers to the Assistant Registrar (Academic) at the above address.
Application Deadline: 30 November 2006
Centre for Information Technology, SISI Extension Centre, Connaught Circus, New Delhi 110001 (M/o SSI / Communication & IT, GoI & CDAC-Noida) www.cdacnoida.in/cit
Computer Training Courses
Selection: First come first serve basis
DOEACC Society, Electronics Niketan, 6, CGO Complex, New Delhi 110003 (D/o IT, M/o Communication & IT, GoI) www.doeacc.edu.in
Bioinformatics: DOEACC ‘O’/ ‘A’/ ‘B’ Level
Application Form & Details: Employment News (29 July-4 August 2006) / Website
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Bharati Vidyapeeth Bhavan, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Pune 411030 (Mah) www.bharatividyapeeth.edu
Entrance Test for MBBS & BDS courses
Test: 13 August ’06
Application Form & Details: Website.
Application Deadline: 12 August ‘06
Military School, Chail, Shimla Hills, Solan 173217 (HP)
Common Entrance Test for Admission to Military Schools in Class VI
Eligibility: Boys, Class V, (10-12 year on 1 July ‘07).
Selection: Test: 17 December ’06, Interview & Medical Exam
Application Form: Send Rs 150/- by DD favoring “Principal, of the Military School” with a stamped (Rs.42/-) self-address envelop (6 cm x 9 cm) to the above address or 4 other military schools at Bangalore, Ajmer, Belgaum, Dholpur
Application Deadline: 20 September 2006
Department for the Welfare of SC/ ST / OBC / Minorities, B Block, Vikas Bhawan, IP Estate, New Delhi 110002 scstwelfare.delhigov.nic.in
Merit Scholarship for the SC / ST / OBC / Minorities
Application Deadline: 6 October 2006
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, Post Box 4911, New Delhi 110029 www.icmr.nic.in
ICMR Awards & Prizes 2004 & 2005
Application Form & Details: Website
Application Deadline: 31 August 2006
— Pervin Malhotra www.careerguidanceindia.com