EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Make higher education futuristic
M. S. Bajwa
India has so far been endeavouring to expand higher education to achieve knowledge-based socio-economic prosperity. The country has appreciably done well in this regard. Presently, over 340 universities (only 45 in 1961), 17,000 colleges and numerous professional institutes are imparting higher education. However, over the years, concerns have been expressed that though the traditional system has made lot of efforts to cater to the emerging demands and challenges, its inherent weaknesses are becoming impediments in developing inherent potentialities of learners to nurture excellence in higher education and research and accomplish the desired national goals.

CAMPUS Notes

  • Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

  • Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar

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Make higher education futuristic
M. S. Bajwa

India has so far been endeavouring to expand higher education to achieve knowledge-based socio-economic prosperity. The country has appreciably done well in this regard. Presently, over 340 universities (only 45 in 1961), 17,000 colleges and numerous professional institutes are imparting higher education. However, over the years, concerns have been expressed that though the traditional system has made lot of efforts to cater to the emerging demands and challenges, its inherent weaknesses are becoming impediments in developing inherent potentialities of learners to nurture excellence in higher education and research and accomplish the desired national goals.

With some exceptions, most of the universities and colleges are fund-starved, underdeveloped in infrastructure and have inadequate qualified faculty required for imparting innovative, futuristic higher education. The system is also becoming outdated and degenerated in view of the emerging challenges of socio-economic needs, information communication and technological advancements, growing dominance of "science-technology-business" relationships and quality conscious global competition. Therefore, the higher education system should be revamped and upgraded by adopting futuristic content and dynamic quality improvement approaches to ensure that standards of higher education and research become globally competitive.

Presently, as per the Academic Ranking of World Universities (based on the data collected by the Institute of Higher Learning, Shanghai), only three institutes-IISc Bangalore, IITs Delhi and Kharagpur-are in the top 500, while China has 14. According to a survey conducted by India Today in June 2006, none of the science, arts, commerce, engineering and medical colleges of Punjab found a place among the 10 best colleges in the country.

There is no denying the fact that the future belongs to science and technology. In the coming years, online interactions of learners and teachers from all over the world about newer ideas and technologies will be possible through the Internet. With computers having high capacity, speed and accuracy to store, process and transmit information, the future holds tremendous promise of creating artificial intelligence. Virtual schools, digital-courseware, and interactive multimedia-based programmes are going to play important role, along with the existing in-class system, in knowledge delivery and acquisition. Under such a futuristic system, the modified roles of books, teachers and institutions will be to augment the learning experiences of the students gained through e-education and ensure the adoption of a combination of the online and offline classroom and laboratory approach. This will also require a major examination reform for evaluating students in theory, practical, thesis, etc. In this innovative education system, the teacher will have to learn to become technology-based promoter of knowledge delivery and acquisition.

To take advantages of the opportunities arising from the genetic, technological and communication revolutions, the demand for trained manpower will greatly increase. Therefore, the proportion of manpower (18-23 years age group) entering higher education system in the country has to be increased from the present about 7 per cent to at least more than 25 per cent (it is more than 80 per cent in USA, Canada, Australia and about 20 per cent in China).

There is need to ensure renewed emphasis on consolidation and modernisation of facilities in the existing institutions and establishment of new ones with sustained public and private support. Stringent safeguards are paramount to control their haphazard growth and ensure quality and relevance of education.

Futuristic improvements are particularly needed in rural areas to remove urban-rural gaps in education. The system should be cost-effective, since higher education is going beyond the reach of the common man. There is need to establish clearly differentiated world-class higher education and research system and institutes like the Indian Institutes of Science for Education and Research in view of the population pressure and size of the country. A paradigm shift is also needed from the current rather inflexible disciplinary to dynamic innovative multi-disciplinary and “holistic system approach” to integrate different kinds of sciences, arts and technologies in knowledge delivery and acquisition.

Our fund-starved universities and colleges can also gain through capital formation from industry-supported collaborative short-term and long-term research projects, seminars, workshops, etc. The students will gain through industry-sponsored scholarships, internships, hands-on-experience and exposure in business.

It is time for our educationists and politico-bureaucratic system to envisage and comprehend a different kind of system for higher education, so that it becomes a dynamic and futuristic engine of socio-economic growth in the country.

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Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Studying obesity

The University Grants Commission has sanctioned a research grant of Rs. 40.90 lakh to the Human Genetics Department of Guru Nanak Dev University for Human Health and Disease under Special Assistance Programme for five years. Two positions of Project Fellows have also been sanctioned.

Prof. A.J.S. Bhanwar has been appointed as Coordinator of by the UGC. He says that under this scheme research would be carried out on obesity and its related disorders. The department would study the prevalence and trend of overweight and obesity in different ethnic and socioeconomic groups of Punjab.

He said it would determine the frequency and risk of various chronic non-communicable diseases in obese subjects and would prepare simple educative material for bringing awareness among general public about obesity and related diseases. The causes of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes mellitus due to obesity would also be studied.

Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
On conserving water

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will inaugurate the annual "kisan mela" of HAU on March 25. The HAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.C.Katyal, said this year, the two-day fair would focus on the theme of water conservation this year.

“To equip the farmers for tackling challenges like global warming and shortage of irrigation water, they will be provided detailed information about water harvesting, water management and water treatment,” Dr Katyal maintained.

The Vice-Chancellor informed that the farmers visiting the fair would be also be educated about various aspects of integrated farming approach and animal husbandry, besides the latest agricultural techniques.

The farmers would also get certified seeds, farm equipment and other inputs at the fair, he said, adding that the university scientists and other experts would provide solutions to the problems faced by farmers.

—Contributed by P K Jaiswar and Sunit Dhawan.

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Art & Design

Indian Diamond Institute (IDI), Katargam, GIDC, Sumul Dairy Road, Surat 395008 (Guj) (Sponsored by the M/o Commerce, GoI) www.diamondinstitute.net

1) Higher Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacture (3-year) 2) Graduate Diploma in: Jewellery Designing / Manufacturing & Appraising 3) Diploma in: Diamond Sorting / Diamond Grading / Gemmology / Model Making (Jewellery) / Jewellery Business Professional / Jewellery Business Mgmt

Eligibility: For 1 & 3: 10+2 (any stream) For 2: Bachelor’s degree

Selection: Entrance Test; Interview.

Application Form: Send Rs 300/- by DD to the above address.

Army Institute of Fashion & Design, ITI ‘B’ Area Sheds, Dooravani Nagar, Old Madras Road, Bangalore 560016 (Kar) www.aifdonline.com

1) PG Diploma in Fashion Design / Fashion Design & Retailing (2-year)

2) PG Diploma in Apparel Merchandising & Logistics Mgmt & MBA (2-year Dual Degree programme in association with IIMM)

3) BSc in Fashion & Apparel Design (3-year) (Affiliated with Bangalore University)

Eligibility: For 1 & 2: Bachelor’s degree. For 3: 10+2

Selection: Admission Test: 3 May ’07

Application Form: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring “Army Institute of Fashion & Design” payable at Bangalore to the above address / download from website.

Application Deadline: 15 March 2007

Civil Services

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

Indian Forest Service Exam - 2007

Eligibility: BE / BTech / Bachelors degree (Agriculture / Forestry / Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science / Botany / Chemistry / Geology / Maths / Physics / Statistics / Zoology). Age: 21-30 years (1 July ‘07).

Exam: 7 July 2007.

Application Form: Designated HPOs / POs: Rs 20/- (Cash).

Details: Employment News (24 February – 2 March 2007) / Website

Application Deadline: 26 March 2007

Engineering

IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (WB) http://gate.iitgp.ac.in/mtech

MTech & Master of City Planning (MCP) (4-semester) In Department of: Aerospace Engg / Architecture & Regional Planning / Agricultural & Food Engg / Biotechnology / Civil Engg; Chemical Engg / Computer Science & Engg / Electrical Engg / Electronics & Electrical Communication Engg / Geology & Geophysics / Humanities & Social Science / Industrial Engg & Mgmt / Maths / Mechanical Engg / Metallurgical & Materials Engg / Mining Engg / Ocean Engg & Naval Architecture / Physics & Meteorology / Cryogenics Engg / Materials Science / Reliability Engg / Rubber Technology / IT.

Eligibility: BE / BTech / BArch / BPharm / MSc / equivalent with a valid GATE score

Selection: GATE; Interview

Assistantship: Rs 5000/- pm fir those selected through GATE

Application Form: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring “IIT Kharagpur” payable at Kharagpur to The Chairman, GATE at the above address by 5 April 2006. Also at select branches of CANARA Bank.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 20 April 2007

Finance

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, “ICSI House”, 22, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 110003 www.icsi.edu

1) CS Intermediate Course

2) CS Foundation Course

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelor’s degree (any discipline in Commerce, Science, Arts (except Fine Arts).

For 2: 10+2 (any discipline except Fine Arts)

Application Form: Send Rs. 150/- (For 1) / Rs 110 (For 2) by DD favouring “The Institute of Company Secretaries of India,” payable at New Delhi to above address .

Details: Website

Application Deadline: For 1: 28 February 2007 For 2: 31 March 2007

IT

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

MCA (3-year, Full Time)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%) with (Maths / Statistics) plus Maths at Intermediate / 10+2 level / BCA (60%) with minimum 60% in Class 10 & 12.

Selection: Entrance Exam: 22 May ‘07

Application Form: Send Rs 1300/- by crossed DD favouring “Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra” payable at Mesra, Ranchi with 2 self-addressed slips of paper (10 cm x 10 cm) by 27 March 2007.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 3 April 2007

Management

Institute of Insurance & Risk Management, Plot No 1149, Jubilee Hills, Road No 57, Hyderabad 500033 (AP) (in collaboration with Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority of India & Govt of AP) www.iirmworld.org.in

International PG Diploma Course in Life Insurance / General Insurance / Risk Mgmt (1-year, Full Time)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (including Engineering) (50%) Selection: GD; Interview.

Application Form: Send Rs 200/-by DD drawn on scheduled bank favouring “Institute of Insurance and Risk Management,” payable at Hyderabad at the above address.

Details: Employment News (17 – 23 February 2007) / website

ICFAI Business School, HQ, 45, Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad 500082 (AP) www.icfai.org/mset

MS Program (Banking / Marketing / HRM) (2-year, FT at H’bad)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: MSET: 22 April ‘07

Details: Website.

ICFAI Flexible Education (Multi-location) www.icfai.org

MBA (2-years) MS Finance (2-years) MS Programs (Bankiing/Insurance/Accounting)

Eligibility: BA degree (any)

Application Form & Details: Website.

Institute of Management Studies, C 238, Bulandshahr, Lal Quan, GT Road, Ghaziabad 201009 (UP) www.ims-ghaziabad.ac.in

PG Diploma in Business Mgmt (2 year, Full Time /3 year, Part Time) PG Diploma in Tourism Mgmt (2 years, Full Time)

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 March 2007

Institute of Health Management Research, 1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur 302011 (Raj) www.iihmr.org

PG Diploma in Hospital & Health Mgmt (Health Mgt/ Hosp Mgt/ Pharma Mgt/ IT in Healthcare),2 years, FT

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%).

Selection: MAT Scores; GD; Interview. Mid-career professionals, medical graduates with 2 years experience in the relevant field exempted from MAT exam.

Application Form: Send Rs 500/- by DD favouring “IIHMR”, payable at Jaipur to the Dean, Academic and Student Affairs at the above address / download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 May 2007.

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