EDUCATION TRIBUNE

One isn’t fun; HP needs another university
Ajay Kahol
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HE decision of the Himachal Pradesh Government to set up a university in the Kangra district will further strengthen educational network in the state. Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), established in 1971, has made a remarkable contribution, so far, in spreading education in the state.

India begins to learn; Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan succeeds
V. P. Prabhakar
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HE Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana has generated an unprecedented awareness about education. This intense school-community interface might lay the foundation for a sustained progress towards providing everyone with quality education.

A new horizon
THE oldest of the IITs, at Kharagpur, prepares to organise Kshitij, the annual techno-management festival. Kshitij, meaning “horizon”, aims at bringing budding technocrats and managers in contact with the pioneers in their respective fields and providing them with sufficient exposure and a platform in the competitive world.

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One isn’t fun; HP needs another university
Ajay Kahol

THE decision of the Himachal Pradesh Government to set up a university in the Kangra district will further strengthen educational network in the state. Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), established in 1971, has made a remarkable contribution, so far, in spreading education in the state. It is with the efforts of this university and government-run programmes that the state today second tops in literacy rate (77.13 per cent) in the country. However, with the vast education network in the state, work pressure on the existing university has increased considerably over the past few years in terms of the conduct of examination and evaluation at various levels.

Owing to slow upgrade of infrastructure facilities in proportion to the increasing number of educational institutions of higher learning every year, the HPU today finds it difficult to manage its affairs. Delayed results of various examinations have become a regular feature, of late. Where such delays affect the smooth beginning of an academic session and cause great harassment to students, these also cut the number of teaching days.

The deadline for admissions is extended time and again, often beyond a reasonable limit.

The university set a record for the number of “mistakes” in the question papers set for various undergraduate examinations held in April, 2002. Lapses such as these were rare earlier.

Ever since the HPU came up in 1971, the number of affiliated colleges has been continuously increasing. There are now 64 colleges of general education, besides two medical colleges, one college for Ayurvedic science, 29 colleges of education, 17 Sanskrit institutions and five dental colleges under the university.

The number of students has also increased from 13,352 at the time of establishment to 60,426 students who took admission in various courses in the 1998-99 academic session. This figure is of students of first year alone.

The number of students who appear in the examinations in various capacities for various short courses, degrees and diplomas at various levels exceeds 1.5 lakh.

Himachal Pradesh, being a hill state, has geo-economic conditions that call for the creation of new universities. At present, students from far-off Chamba, Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and parts of Mandi and Bilaspur districts have no option but to travel to Shimla to study in the HPU.

The eight to fifteen hours of tiresome journey apart, the expenses for travel and stay also come down heavily on students from poor families, especially girls.

The majority of the students of these areas would now feel relieved. Dharamsala in the district of Kangra is centrally located for most of them. It has already become reputed for education, as it already has the regional center of the HPU, a medical college, office of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education, a government B.Ed. college and a college of general education, besides many private institutions and academics. The place rightly deserves to be picked up for establishing a university.

The new university would cater to students from Chamba, Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and parts of Mandi and Bilaspur districts. This part of the state is densely populated.

The four districts of Chamba, Kangra, Una and Hamirpur alone constitute almost half the population of the state. There are 40 colleges of general education, one medical college, one college of Ayurvedic science, one dental college and some 15 colleges of education in the area. In all, there are nearly 60 institutions of higher learning, which may be put under the new university.

Keeping in the view the surprisingly increasing number of students due to the expansion of educational network in the state, there is an utmost need for a new university to come up in Himachal Pradesh. Any step towards setting up a new university will lessen the ever-increasing workload of the HPU and help it regain its smooth and efficient functioning. Himachal Pradesh, the second most literate state in the country after Kerala, can get to the top, if another university is created in the state.

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India begins to learn; Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan succeeds
V. P. Prabhakar

THE Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana has generated an unprecedented awareness about education. This intense school-community interface might lay the foundation for a sustained progress towards providing everyone with quality education.

The first joint review Mission that visited eight major sample states in February, 2005, found that the programme had generated considerable interest and commitment and put elementary education on the development agenda. The political executive, governmental functionaries, departments of education, are all involved in not only implementing the programme, but also moulding it to suit state-specific situations.

Enrollment drives, learning-achievement surveys, alternative learning situations like bridge courses and Shishu Shiksha Kendras illustrate how the states have adopted the national outlook. Additional teachers, bigger, better buildings; new teaching/learning material and PTA meetings have increased community participation in school development. The enrollments has also gone up, attendance of students and teachers has improved and accountability has been enhanced.

The SSA, according to the review, has improved access to schooling. Contextualised approach has helped establish schools in even remote areas and for hitherto unreached populations. Education guarantee scheme centres in deep forests, isolated islands and hilly terrain have changed the socio-cultural matrix of many communities.

The programme has also brought forth a dedicated group of educated youth acting as instructors in the interior.

Their knowledge of culture, language and the social mores of the communities has helped them establish a rapport with the groups of learners, resulting in the enrollment of a large number of first-generation learners.

In the eight states that the mission visited, the number of out of school children, nearly 12 million in January 2003 had come down to three million in just two years. New schools, EGS centres and early childhood education (ECE) facilities brought education closer to communities.

Barring a few exceptions like West Bengal, the pupil-teacher ratio is approaching a manageable 40:1. Schools have become more child-friendly and teachers have increasingly become aware of the efficacy of child-centred, activity-based pedagogy. Textbooks have now given way to workbooks and supplementary material.

The SSA has brought together an increasing number of NGOs and civil society partners into a collaborative relationship. Wider participation based on a shared vision and commitment to mission goals is perhaps the most crucial factor that can ensure sustainability of the national endeavour.

However, aligning all activities of the mission goals is central to accelerating reforms. Civil works, that absorb about one-third of SSA funding, should be treated as an integral part of the learning environment. With gross enrollment ratio reaching 100 per cent, the attention should now shift to attendance and prevention of dropout. The classroom processes hold the key for this, as considerable work remains to be done.

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A new horizon

THE oldest of the IITs, at Kharagpur, prepares to organise Kshitij, the annual techno-management festival. Kshitij, meaning “horizon”, aims at bringing budding technocrats and managers in contact with the pioneers in their respective fields and providing them with sufficient exposure and a platform in the competitive world. The latest edition of Asia’s biggest techno-management fest was from February 2 to 5. Kshitij 2006 was an unprecedented success, with outstation participation of nearly 2,000.

The cream of the country turned up at Kharagpur to exchange their thoughts with stalwarts like German Nobel Laureate Professor Klaus von Klitzing, India’s principal scientific adviser Dr. R.Chidambaram, Warwick Manufacturing Group’s director Lord Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharya or witness management gurus like Mr. R.Gopalakrishnan, Mr. R. N.Mukhija, Mr Arun Khaitana and Mr Amit Chatterjee deliver inspiring lectures. University of Manitoba’s Prof. Jacky Baltes presented a scintillating show of humanoid robots playing football.

Kshitij organises competitions to test technical, managerial and endurance skills of students. With prizes worth Rs 15 lakh, the competitions ranging from business plan, advertsement designing, case studies to paper presentations, computer programming and robotics draw India’s finest to the place.

There are workshops on communication skills, animation, 3G technology etc. The participants gain insight into the future technology. Scheduled from February 1 to 4 next, Kshitij 2007 is surely going to be bigger and better than before by providing the participants with greater opportunities to get in touch with great minds. The students who wish to participate may contact “Team Kshitij” at kshitij@hijli.iitkgp.ernet.in or visit the website http://www.ktj.in to get details. —TNS

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GND University, Amritsar
IT giant comes looking

Sapient, a US-based multinational in IT, organized a joint campus placement here, which drew 629 students from 26 institutions, including Guru Nanak Dev University; Punjabi University, Patiala; Panjab University, Chandigarh; Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology; Gurukul Kangra University; and 21 colleges of Punjab Technical University. The company has come to Punjab for the first time for campus placement. Mr Rahul Pandey and Mr Ankit Aggarwal conducted pre-placement talk, programming test and group discussion. Dr Rajneesh Arora, Director, Placements, said 23 students had cleared the test and Sapient would conduct final interviews at Gurgaon. The selected students would join their new office in June 2007 and start getting Rs 3.4 lakh per annum after a training of six months.

HAU, Hisar
Model plants to be set up

Four model plants will shortly be set up on the campus of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) in Hisar for experimental learning, as Dr J. C. Katyal, Vice-Chancellor, disclosed recently. He said the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had cleared the proposal in this regard and sanctioned Rs 175 lakh for the year 2006-07 for strengthening and developing agricultural education. Four model plants on hi-tech agriculture, bakery and confectionary products, production and processing of meat and dairy products and processing of fruits, vegetables and other food items would be established here for hands-on training of students, he said. Dr Katyal said, apart from university students, farmers would also benefit equally from the project.

Agriculture officials hold workshop

A two-day workshop of state agricultural officials was held on the campus of Haryana Agricultural University recently, where a call was given to reverse the declining trend of wheat production in the country. The speakers expressed concern over the decline in wheat productivity and expressed the need of joint and concerted efforts to make India a surplus wheat-producing nation. Agricultural officers and extension workers of the state Department of Agriculture and university scientists attended the workshop that the Directorate of Extension Education had convened.

At the inauguration, Dr J. C. Katyal, VC, HAU, called upon agricultural scientists to educate farmers at grass-root level with all relevant techniques of wheat cultivation and inspire them to adopt these in the ensuing Rabi season. He warned that the nation might just face shortage of grain.

Dr B. S. Chhillar, Director of Research, HAU, presented the research highlights of the university for Rabi 2005-06, during which he said unfavourable climate had affected the yield of almost all major kinds of crop in the preceding Rabi season.

— Contributed by P. K. Jaiswar and Sunit Dhawan

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IT

Department of Information Technology, 9th Level, B Wing, Delhi Secretariat, New Delhi 110002
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Doctoral & Post Doctoral Fellowships in IT & Biotechnology

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National Institute of Nutrition, Jamai-Osmania PO, Hyderabad 500007 (AP) (Indian Council of Medical Research)
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Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Nutrition (3 months).

Eligibility: MBBS / MSc (Biochemistry / Physiology / Food & Nutrition / Dietetics).

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Certificate & Diploma Courses in Sindhi Language

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Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B 21, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016 (Deemed University)
www.iift.edu / www.dwge.com

Executive Masters in International Business (in 91 cities via HughesNet)

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Application Deadline: 25 November 2006

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University of Delhi, Faculty of Ayurvedic & Unani Medicines, 6th Floor, VP Chest Institute Building, Delhi 110007

– PG degree in Ayurveda Medicines (Ayurvedavachaspati: Kaya Chikitsa / Kriya Sharir)

Selection: Written Test (05 November 2006).

Application Form: Send Rs 625/- by DD favouring the "Registrar, University of Delhi", payable at Delhi to the Assistant Registrar at the above address by 16 October 2006. In cash at Counter: Rs 600/-

Details: Employment News (30 September – 6 October 2006)

Application Deadline: 26 October 2006

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