EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Why girls’ education is important
Dharam Pal Mor

One of the main goals of the UN millennium development plans is to end the gender disparity in education by 2015. However, looking at the gender gaps in enrolment, access, retention and achievement, the goal of gender parity appears to be a distant dream.

M Tech in coastal management
In a first-of-its-kind bid to promote costal engineering and coastal science education and research with a human dimension, Anna University, Chennai, announced it will commence a two-year M Tech programme in coastal management from the coming academic year.

Campus NoteS
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
BOYS CAST fellowship

Dr Navdeep Singh Sodhi, Reader, Department of Food Science and Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been selected for the BOYSCAST Fellowship for the year 2006-07 by the Department of Science and Technology of India.

  • Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa
    Centre of Excellence

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Why girls’ education is important
Dharam Pal Mor

One of the main goals of the UN millennium development plans is to end the gender disparity in education by 2015. However, looking at the gender gaps in enrolment, access, retention and achievement, the goal of gender parity appears to be a distant dream.

Statistics reveal that globally, of the out-of-school children, about 54 per cent are girls. Even 50 years after the affirmation of the universal right to primary education, two-thirds of the more than 13 crore children who are out of primary education, are girls.

If this is the scenario, then, how can women exercise their rights and meet their expectations? Without education, how can women have adequate livelihood? How can a woman empower herself and have a fair chance in the modern economy?

In India, the educational efforts have been quite meaningful. Data from census 2001 shows improvement in literacy rates. The 86th Constitutional Amendment Act 2002 guarantees every child between the age of 6-14 years and education up to the elementary stage as a fundamental right.

This amendment has put a greater responsibility on the Centre and states to ensure that no citizen is left uneducated. Due consideration is being provided towards creating adequate infrastructure through social and economic investments and to ensure gender parity in elementary education.

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan of the government is a very comprehensive programme for ensuring access, enrolment, retention and social equity across all socio-economic groups. It aims at improving the performance of the school system through a community-owned approach and ensuring quality elementary education to all children in the age group of 6-14 years by 2010. Bridging gender and social gaps with regard to access, enrolment and retention is high on its agenda.

Unfortunately, in spite of all the efforts of the government, there still remains much to be done to achieve the goals of universal education and actualising gender parity in schools. It is because the barriers in girls' education outweigh the efforts being made to overcome them.

The prejudices and biases against the girl child are so deep-rooted and complex that it is difficult for any government to overcome them unless the people work hand in hand. Poverty, misconceptions, negative attitudes of parents, etc., are the main reasons that accentuate the problems of the girl child. Social evils like bride price and dowry system are some of the major impediments. There are parents who still believe that with higher education of girls, the bride price and expanses on dowry also go up. Such parents fail to take into account that the education, sometimes, lowers the dowry for a girl because the husband's family views education of their bride as an asset. Many parents are reluctant even to allow their daughter to travel to schools, be taught by male teachers and have close contact with boys.

Education is development, and it is the only key to ensure women's equal participation in every sphere of the development process. It creates choices and opportunities, leading to their empowerment. It is the only way to make our life happier and healthier.

Education of women is more critical because they comprise half of our population. Evidence suggests that an educated woman is likely to marry at a later stage and have fewer children. Research has shown that in India, the Infant Mortality Rate of babies whose mothers have received primary education is half that of the children whose mothers were illiterate.

It is a well-documented fact that educating girls has a variety of benefits to a society. Education increases the productivity of a woman, as educated women are more likely to work in wage employments and earn higher wages. Women's increased access to income opportunities is beneficial to the children, family and community at large.

Education of girls is also a contributory factor towards their increased political participation as they are better informed about their rights and are more likely to participate and know about political systems and political parties.

Thus, the mandate is clear. We need to sensitise people about the benefits of girl’s education and try to change the prevailing social stereotypes, which are adverse to the development of a girl child. The goals of universalising the girl’s education can be achieved by a combination of policy alternatives and interventions at the family, community and national levels.

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M Tech in coastal management

In a first-of-its-kind bid to promote costal engineering and coastal science education and research with a human dimension, Anna University, Chennai, announced it will commence a two-year M Tech programme in coastal management from the coming academic year.

Disclosing this at internal workshop on capacity building in integrated coastal management today, Anna University Vice Chancellor D Viswanathan said “this M Tech programme will be the first of its kind in India, where all aspects of the cost, including engineering, natural, social sciences and management were integrated.

“The programme provides strong research and academically-driven environment within which students will maximise their employability while increasing their abilities as independent researchers and managers,” he added.

Dr Viswanathan also mentioned the masters programme will also provide students with an opportunity to undertake courses with extensive case studies.

The case studies and course modules were currently being developed by the Institute for Ocean Management in consultation with experts from the Wageningen University of Netherlands, Algarve Universities of Portugal and Can Tho University of Vietnam, he pointed out.

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Campus NoteS
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
BOYSCAST fellowship

Dr Navdeep Singh Sodhi, Reader, Department of Food Science and Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been selected for the BOYSCAST Fellowship for the year 2006-07 by the Department of Science and Technology of India.

Dr Sodhi would conduct advanced research in the area of "NMR imaging" for 12 months at the International Centre for Food Industry Excellence, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock , Texas, USA.. NMR imaging is an advanced technique used in developed countries for quality estimation of different food grains and to assess their suitability for different food products.

Dr Sodhi has published his work in various journals of national and international repute, and has 28 research publications to his credit.

Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa
Centre of Excellence

The Haryana Government has decided to develop Chaudhary Devi Lal University (CDLU), Sirsa, as a Centre of Excellence. An announcement to this effect was made by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupender Singh Hooda, during his recent visit to the university.

The CDLU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.C. Bhardwaj, senior faculty members, students and other officials of the university accorded a warm welcome to the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister said paucity of funds would not come in the way of comprehensive development of the university. "Our mission is to provide qualitative education to the students so that they are able to compete at the global level," he asserted.

Mr Hooda laid the foundation stones of the Science Block, Lal Bahadur Shastri Administrative Block, Indira Gandhi Residential Colony, besides inaugurating the newly constructed faculty house of the university.

— Contributed by Sanjay Bumbroo and Sunit Dhawan

 
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Architecture

Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, PO CIMAP, Lucknow 226015 (UP) www.cimap.res.in

CIMAP Certificate Course on Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (100-days)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree in (Life Sciences / Agriculture / Chemistry / Medicine) / BE / BTech 
Age: 45 years (on 31 January 2007)

Application Form & Details: Download from website.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2007

Armed Forces

Indian Army, Army Education Corps, Independent Rect Office, Delhi 110010

Recruitment of Havildar Education (Group ‘X’ & ‘Y’) in Army Educational Corps
1) Science Stream (28 posts) 
2) Arts Stream (7 posts)

Eligibility: For Group ‘X’: BA, BEd / BSc, BEd / MA, BEd / MSc, BEd
For Group ‘Y’: BA / BSc (without BEd) 
Male candidate with working knowledge of English / Hindi with 2 subjects from the following list

For 1: BSc: Maths / Physics / Chemistry / Botany / Zoology / Electronics / Computer Science 
For 2: BA: English / Hindi / Urdu Literature / History / Geography / Political Science / Economics / Psychology / Maths / Sociology.
Age: 20-25 years (on 25 June 2007)

Selection: Screening; Physical Fitness Test; Written Exam: 15 April 2007; Teaching Aptitude Test / Interviews.

Details: Employment News (20 - 26 January 2007).

Application Deadline: 10 February 2007

Civil Services

Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi 110069 www.upsc.gov.in

Engineering Services Exam, 2007
(Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering)

Eligibility: BE / BTech / MSc (Wireless Communication / Electronics / Radio Physics / Radio Engg) / AMIE / Associate Membership of ASI / AMIETE / GME of IETE / GME of IERE, London (held after November 1959) 
Age: 21-30 years (On 1 August ‘07)

Exam: 9 June 2007

Application Form: Available at designated HPOs / POs all over India for Rs.20/- (cash).

Details: Employment News (20 - 26 January 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 19 February 2007

Engineering

Indo-Danish Tool Room, M 4 (Part), Phase VI, Tata-Kandra Road, PO Gamharia, Jamshedpur 832108 (Jhar) (M/o SSI, GoI) www.idtrjamshedpur.com

1) Post Diploma in CAD / CAM / CAE (Job-Oriented / 6-month, FT)
2) Post Diploma in CNC Machining using CAD / CAM (5-month)

Eligibility: BE / Diploma in Mechanical / Production / Automobile or equivalent.

Selection: Merit / First-come-first-serve-basis.

Application Form: Send Rs 1000/- by DD favouring “Indo Danish Tool Room,” payable at Jamshedpur to Senior Manager Training with a self-addressed stamped (Rs 15/-) envelope at the above address

Details: Employment News (20 - 26 January 2007) / Website

Law

National Law University, NH 65, Nagaur Road, Mandore, Jodhpur 342001 (Raj) 
www.nlujodhpur.ac.in

National Entrance Test 2007 (for admission to: UG & PG Programmes) 
1) BBA LLB (H) / BSc LLB (H) / BA LLB (H) 
2) MBA-LLM 
3) MBA-MBL 
4) Masters Degree in IPR / Constitutional Governance / Trade Related Laws & WTO
5) MBA Insurance
6) Distance courses: 
PG Programmes (Trade Related Laws & WTO / Criminal Law, Criminology & Forensic Science) / Diploma in (IPR / Securities Laws & Mgmt)

Eligibility: For 1: 10+2 (50%). 
For 2, 3, 4 & 5: Bachelors degree (55%)

DoB: For 1: Before 01 July ‘87

Test: For 1-5: 5 May 2006.

Application Form: Send Rs 1200/- by DD favouring “The Registrar, National Law University, Jodhpur,” to the Registrar at the above address / download from website.

Application Deadline: 24 March 2007

National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, PO Bag No 7201, Bangalore 560072 (Kar) www.nls.ac.in

1) Integrated BA, LLB (Hon) (5-year)
2) LLM (2-year)

Eligibility: For 1: Class 12 (50%). 
For 2: BL / LLB / BA LLB (H) (50%).
Age: 20 years (on 1 July ’07)

Selection: Admission Test: 6 May 2007

Application Form: Send Rs 1000/- by DD favouring “NLSIU,” payable at Bangalore giving full address, pin code to the Registrar at the above address. Superscribe name of course on envelope.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2007

Management

VIT Univeristy, VIT Business School, Vellore 632014 (TN) www.vit.ac.in

MBA Master of International Business

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (55%)

Selection: CAT / MAT score; GD; Interview. Candidates with managerial work experience preferred

Application Form: Send Rs 900/- by DD favouring “Vellore Institute of Technology,” payable at Vellore to the Admissions Officer at the above address / download from website.

Application Deadline: 7 March 2007

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, PO Bhat 382428, Dist Gandhinagar (Guj) (promoted by IDBI, IFCI Ltd, SBI with support from G/o Gujarat and recognised as a Centre of Excellence by UN-ESCAP, Bangalore) www.ediindia.org

1) PG Diplohma in Business Entrepreneurship & Management (1-year)

2) PG Diploma in Mgmt of NGOs

Eligibility: Bachelors degree.

Selection: Written Test

Application Form: Send Rs 500/- by DD favoring “EDI, Ahmedabad” to above address/ download from website.

Application Deadline: 2 March 2007

Maths & Stats

Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), 203, BT Road, Kolkata 700108 (WB) 
www.isical.ac.in/~deanweb

1) BStats (Hons) 3-year
2) BMaths (Hons) 3-year
3) MStats (2-year)
4) MMath (2-year)
5) MS in Quantitative Economics (2-year)
6) MTech in Computer Science (2-year)
7) MTech in Quality Reliability & Operations Research (2-year)
8) Junior Research Fellowship in: Statistics / Maths / Computer Sciences / Quantitative Economics / Biological Anthropology / Physics & Applied Maths / Agriculture and Ecology / Sociology / Geology / Psychology / Human Genetics / Library & Information Science
9) Associateship in Documentation & Information Science (2-year)

Selection: Test: 6 May ’07; Interview; Academic record.

Application Form: Send request for application with Rs 450/- by DD favouring “Indian Statistical Institute” payable at Kolkata to the Head, of Delhi / Bangalore / Chennai / Hyderabad Centre by 2 March 2007 / download from website.

Application Deadline: 23 March 2007

Scholarships

National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), Eastern Region HQ, LNJP Bhawan, Dak Bungaow Chowk, Patna 800001 (Bih)

Scholarships for SC / ST Students pursuing Diploma Course in Engineering

Eligibility: Students of 2nd year Diploma in Engineering (Electrical / Instrumentation / Mechanical / Electronics / Civil / Telecommunication).

Scholarship: Rs 1000/- pm for a period of 1-year

Application Form: Send in prescribed format to Dy. Manager (HR) with required documents through Head of your Institution to the above address.

Details: Employment News (20 - 26 January 2007)

Application Deadline: 15 February 2007

Ministry of HRD, D/o Secondary & Higher Education, A 1/W3, Curzon Road Barracks, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001  www.education.nic.in/scho_announcements/Korean-2007

Korean Government Scholarship 2007 Award of two scholarships to Indian students offered by the Government of Republic of Korea, one in the subject field of “Korean Studies” at Masters level (2-years) and in the subject field of “Architecture” at PhD level (3-year) 

Eligibility: For Masters level: Bachelors degree (60%)
For PhD level: Masters degree (60%); good command over Korean / English language.
Age Limit: For Masters: 26 years (on 25 January 2007)
For PhD: 30 years (on 25 January 2007)

Scholarship Amount: Upon arrival and registration at National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED), awardee will be provided with 800,000 won pm to cover living expenses for the period of his or her programme.
The scholarship covers living expenses, tuition / entrance fee, research allowance, costs of textbook, etc.

Application Form: Download from website

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 5 February 2007

Sciences: Biology

Madurai Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai 625021 (TN) www.mgtmku.org <http://www.mgtmku.org> / www.bctmku.org <http://www.bctmku.org> / www.genomicsmku.org <http://www.genomicsmku.org> / www.biotechmku.org <http://www.biotechmku.org> / www.mkuniversity.org http://www.mkuniversity.org> / www.usic.mku.org

1) MSc Microbial Gene Technology (MGT) 
2) MSc Biochemical Technology (BCT) 
3) MSc Genomics
4) MSc Sub Aqua Marine Ecology & Toxico Genomics (SAME & TG)
5) Post MSc Certificate Course in Plant Genetic Engineering (PMCPGE)
6) MSc Electronics & Instrumentation
7) MBA / MBA (Hospital Administration)
8) MCA

Selection: Entrance Test: 17 & 18 March 2007

Application Form & other Details: Websites

Application Deadline: 14 February 2007

Sciences Social

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Filmcity Road, Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400065 (Mah) (Deemed University) www.igidr.ac.in http://www.igidr.ac.in

1) MSc (Economics, 2-year) 
2) MPhil (2-year) / PhD (4-year) (Development Studies)

Eligibility: For 1: BA / BSc (Economics, 55%) / BCom / BStat / BSc (Physics / Maths) / BTech / BE (60%); Maths in 10+2.
Selection: Written Test: 29 April ’07;

Interview: 1st week of July 2007

Application Form: Download from website.

Application Deadline: 18 March 2007

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