EDUCATION TRIBUNE

The malady ain’t within
Political interference must be stopped
P.L. Jain
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UR nation is legitimately proud of its reputed scientists, scholars and surgeons. They should inspire all students of our country to be meritorious. Why can our colleges and universities not ensure good standards of education? No doubt, the number of universities and medical, engineering and law colleges in our country is large.

Don’t kill the artist’s spirit
Amarinder Sandhu
Art is like poetry, which has to be highly expressive. A child has to use his visual observation, expression, perception and imagination to create art
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child scribbles on the freshly painted walls of the house and gets scolded by his mother. To grown-ups, this may be a mess and indicates the lack of understanding. No one has watched the concentration with which the child worked and realised that this is his first creative expression.

CAMPUS NOTES
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Update on the latest in cancer research
A lecture on cancer biology organised by the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Guru Nanak Dev University was held on the campus recently. Dr Sanjeev Shangary, noted scientist and research investigator in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, USA, delivered the lecture.

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The malady ain’t within
Political interference must be stopped
P.L. Jain

OUR nation is legitimately proud of its reputed scientists, scholars and surgeons. They should inspire all students of our country to be meritorious. Why can our colleges and universities not ensure good standards of education?

No doubt, the number of universities and medical, engineering and law colleges in our country is large. Still, all of them do not have the congenial climate for proper education and professional competence of our youth. They have scholars in their teaching staff. Good libraries and modern laboratories too are available.

We are not short of brilliant students aspiring to have excellent education. These boys and girls have a passion for knowledge and occupational expertise. But, there is tension on the campus of almost every institution. Unruly outsiders (with pistols) enter professional colleges and murders take place in hostels. How can students there have the best of education and international reputation?

Politicians do not permit administration of these institutions to work independently. They want them to follow their diktat without bothering about the standards of education. When they can force the Vice-Chancellor to resign at will, the country cannot have brilliant graduates and postgraduates.

Do degrees speak of the qualification of all educated persons? Four Vice-Chancellors of Uttar Pradesh have been sacked for their involvement in fake degree scandals. It sounds difficult for the nation to have doctors and engineers with rich occupational expertise. We cannot have good administration in our offices and legal luminaries as judges in our courts when the meritorious and the mediocre are bracketed together in the selection of various candidates for their jobs.

Earlier, we had a genuine competition of meritorious candidates in entrance tests for admission to medical and engineering colleges. But, now, we have question paper for admission to these courses leaked almost every year. One is shocked to know that question papers of PMT and CAT too are stolen. All tall claims of fair evaluation and selection of brilliant examinees sound hollow.

What about jobs? Our meritorious boys and girls feel depressed when they are not selected for jobs they deserve. Commissions and boards select candidates only when they offer a huge amount of money. How can we have good officers when we cannot purge interview boards of corruption?

Our educated youth must be laborious and should devote themselves to their duties wholeheartedly. They should also try to improve their competence when they are employed and not think of changing profession as all professions are equally dignified.

The heavy expenditure on institutions of higher education will be justified only if the well educated are experts in their subjects or courses. Political interference in the appointment of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of professional colleges must be stopped. We have reputed scholars in the teaching staff of these institutions, but they can do justice only if there is no tension in or around their classes.

We are very fond of sermons on honesty. They can be useful only if we follow them in life. If monetary temptations do not reflect on the admission of students and the selection of employees for jobs in government offices, our educated citizens will be competent.

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Don’t kill the artist’s spirit
Amarinder Sandhu

Art is like poetry, which has to be highly expressive. A child has to use his visual observation, expression, perception and imagination to create art

A child scribbles on the freshly painted walls of the house and gets scolded by his mother. To grown-ups, this may be a mess and indicates the lack of understanding. No one has watched the concentration with which the child worked and realised that this is his first creative expression.

The ability to draw exists in a person since birth. It has to be nurtured so that it becomes refined in order to qualify as art. With muscular coordination, a child learns to hold a pencil and on a surface he draws a dot. He likes the dot and extends it to a line. The line may break, curve or go zigzag. He learns to make strokes and attempts to draw a circle. With age, the muscular and visual coordination of the child improves and his drawings become clearer.

Geometrical symbols are used for drawing and the child uses the circle very often. Two circles intertwined represent a cat, the sun is round as are the flowers and the trees are lollypop shaped. The student will give the figures he draws human features-a sun with a bright face or a cat with a broad smile. The house will generally be of the boxlike type in the middle of the page. As the child grows he uses colours more naturally though he makes use of only a single hue-one blue signifies the sky and all water bodies. As he observes all his surroundings, he learns to create space, depth and develops colour awareness. Then comes the curiosity to experiment with different material and patterns using the perspective principals of art.

Art is like poetry which has to be highly expressive. A child has to use his visual observation, expression, perception and imagination to create art. His sensitivity and emotions are reflected in his creation. He has to be interested in order to create art. When I was a student, my drawings were the stereotype stick figures, curved lines to draw grass and triangular mountains. The drawings were merely a visual statement.

A qualified art teacher with her expertise and organisational skills can teach art classes with success. Ask any child his favourite subject, “Art”, pat comes the reply. A good art teacher will encourage the children to observe more, use the right strokes, distinguish between various shades and produce excellent works. She will teach the young artists the basic concepts of art which include the medium, design, subject matter and style of art.

The fundamentals of art are also used to teach simple counting and alphabets to the young scholars.

Ms Jaskanwaljit Kaur of Goverment Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, has been teaching art for 25 years. She says, "I have found my calling in teaching art. When the children are introduced to art, they draw modifications of the circle-an apple, an orange, a brinjal and a turnip. They also do thumb painting, leaf painting, etc. They observe and draw fruits, vegetables and then the scenery. As they go a class higher they learn to organise fruit in a fruit basket and vegetables in a vegetable basket. In the next class, they draw scenes from daily life situations-a birthday party, a balloon seller. In the fifth standard, I introduce them to stencil cutting and in the sixth they can do still life with ease. Crayons, soft colours and watercolours are used often. They learn to work with oil paints in the senior classes."

Rajesh Siwach employed at Goverment Model High School, Bapu Dham Colony, Chandigarh, teaches students who are not that well off, though they are highly motivated. The dedicated and resourceful Siwach ensures that they participate in all competitions and bag prizes.

So, look carefully at your child's drawings, encourage him and don't kill the artist's spirit. You never know you may have Picasso or an M. F. Hussain at home.

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CAMPUS NOTES

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Update on the latest in cancer research

A lecture on cancer biology organised by the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Guru Nanak Dev University was held on the campus recently. Dr Sanjeev Shangary, noted scientist and research investigator in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, USA, delivered the lecture.

Speaking on the occasion, he said P53 (Protein 53) was one of the key molecules involved in cancer treatment. The molecule is found in normal cells at very low levels and works as transcription factor for the synthesis of a number of important molecules.

Dr Shangary said P53 (Protein 53) was related to the suppression of cancer cells. However, in cancerous cells this expression of P53 (Protein 53) was inhibited by another molecule known as 'MDM2', involving binding of these two molecules.

The distinguished international researcher said one of the major mechanisms involved in the cancer progression was inhibition of apoptosis of cancerous cells. Over expression and accumulation of P53 (Protein 53) thus could act as one of the major approaches to eliminate these cells by apoptosis.

The present investigation describes the synthesis of analogues of P53 (Protein 53) that fits well with MDM2 and makes free p53 to increase its level which ultimately leads to clearance of cells by apoptosis, Dr Shangary said, adding that out of various analogues tested, MI-219 has shown promising results in in-vitro and in-vivo studies and its clinical trials are under way.

Infosys selects 95 students

The IT company Infosys has selected 95 students through campus placement. This is the highest number of students ever selected by any company from the university. The students have been offered an annual salary package of Rs 2.70 lakh.

Dr Rajneesh Arora, Director Placements, said the selected 2008 batch students belonged to the departments of B.Tech (Computer Science) 44, B.Tech (Electronics) 33, B.Tech (Food Technology) 5, B.Tech (Textile Chemistry) 2, MCA 7, M.Tech (IT) 1 and M.Sc (Physics) 3. These students would join Infosys, Mysore, in June 2008.

He said many national and international companies like TCS, Wipro, Accenture, Tech Mohindra, Cognizant, HCL, Satyam, Newgen, Flex, Amdocs, L&T, Tata Alixi, IBM, Sapient, Microsoft, HP, Oracle, Birla Soft, Google, Patni, Kanbay, Keane, Avaya and CSC would be visiting the university for campus placements.

— Contributed by P. K. Jaiswar

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Agriculture

Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Fisheries University Road, 7, Bungalows, Versova, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400061 (Mah) (Deemed University ICAR)
www.cife.edu.in

All India Competitive Exams for Admission to PhD

Exam: 22 July 2007

Application Form: Download from website

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 02 June 2007

Architecture

School of Planning & Architecture, 4, Block B, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi 110002 (Deemed University)

1) BArch/ BPlanning

2) Masters Programme (2 years)
Architecture (Architecture Conservation / Industrial Design / Urban Design / Building Engg & Management / Landscape Architecture) / Planning (Environment / Housing / Regional / Transport / Urban)

3) Doctoral Programme
Architecture / Planning / Urban Design / Industrial Design / Architectural Conservation / Landscape Architecture / Urban Planning / Regional Planning / Environmental Planning / Housing / Transport Planning / Building Engg / Management

Selection: For 1: AIEEE-’07
For 2: Interview; Test: 29 – 30 June 2007.

Application Form: Send Rs 500/ - by DD drawn on SBI/ UCO Bank favouring “School of Planning & Architecture,” payable at New Delhi to the above address by 31 May 2007

Application Deadline: 08 June 2007

Armed Forces

Indian Navy, PO Bag No 04, RK Puram PO (Main), New Delhi 110066
www.nausena-bharti.nic.in

SSC Officers in Executive Branch (General Service/ Hydro Cadre)

Eligibility:  Unmarried Indian male, BE / BTech / BSc (with Physics & Maths; 60%) / MSc (with Phys & Maths; 55%).
Age: 19 ½ - 25 years (DoB: 02 January ‘83-1 July ‘88)

Selection: SSB Interview; Medical Examination

Application Form: Send in prescribed format by ordinary post with all required documents to the above address. Superscribe “Application for SSC (GS) ’X’ / Hydro Cadre-Jan 2008 Course- against repeat advertisement Qualification.…Percentage…….%. NCC Certificate…..(if applicable)” on the envelope to the above address.

Details: Employment News (7 – 13 April 2007) / Website.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2007

Indian Navy, Post Bag No 04, R K Puram (Main), New Delhi 110066
www.nausena-bharti.nic.in

SSC Technical Branch (Submarine Cadre) – February 2008 Course

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian males, BE / BTech (Engg Branch: Mechanical / Electrical Branch: Electrical / Electronics / Telecommunications / Control Engineering; 55%)
DoB: 02 February ’83– 01 August ’88.
Height & Weight: 157 cm with correlated weight.
Eyesight: 6/24, 6/24 correctable to 6/6, 6/6 with glasses. Should not be color / night blind.

Selection: SSB Interviews: July ‘07 - December ’07; Medical Exam

Application Form: Send application by ordinary post in prescribed format to the above address. Superscribe “SSC Submarine Cadre – Feb ’08; Qualification & Stream (e.g. Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics etc)……… Aggregate Percentage………..%”

Details: website

Application Deadline: 30 April 2007

Art & Design

Craft Development Institute, BAMK, Nowshera, Srinagar 190011 (J&K)
www.educdisgr.org

Craft Mgmt & Entrepreneurial Leadership (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree; graduates from NIFT / NID / IICD

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 10 April 2007

Art Performing

National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi 110001
www.nsd.gov.in

Diploma in Dramatic Arts (3-year, FT, Residential)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree; participation in at least 6 productions; working knowledge of Hindi & English.
Age: 18-30 years (on 1 July ‘07).

Selection: Preliminary Test; 4-5-day workshop; Medical fitness certificate.

Scholarship: Rs 3000/- pm (on selection)

Application Form: Send Rs 225/ - by DD favouring “Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi” to the Assistant Registrar (Academic) at the above address by 31 March 2007 / download from website

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2007

Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Kharagpur 721302 (WB)
www.iitkgp.ac.in

Small Industries Management Programme
(in collaboration with Small Industries Development Bank of India)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree in (Arts / Science / Commerce) / Diploma in Engg
Age Limit:  below 35 years

Application Form:  Download from website

Details: Employment News (7 – 13 April 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 16 April 2007

Pt. Dwarka Prasad Mishra Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing, IT Building, Jabalpur Engineering College Campus, Gokalpur, Jabalpur 482011 (MP) (M/o HRD, GoI)
www.iiitdm.in

1) MTech (Computer Science & Engg / Mechanical Engg / Electronics & Communication Engg)
2)
PhD (Computer Science & Engg / Mechanical Engg)

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 01 May 2007

National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technology, Hatia, Ranchi 834003 (Jhar) (GoI Society, under M/o HRD)
www.nifft.ernet.in

1) MTech (2 years)
A) Foundry-Forge Technology
B) Manufacturing Engg
C) Material Science & Engg
D) Environmental Engg
(A & B affiliated to Ranchi University)
2) Advanced Diploma: (18 months)
A) Foundry Technology
B) Forge Technology

Eligibility: For 1(A): Bachelors degree (Mechanical / Metallurgical / Production Engg) or equivalent with valid GATE score.
For 1(B): Bachelors degree (Mechanical / Metallurgical / Production / Electrical / Aeronautical / Chemical / Industrial / Manufacturing Engg)
For 1(C): Bachelors degree (Mechanical / Metallurgical / Ceramic / Material Science & Engg) / MS (Physics / Chemistry)

For 1(D): BE / BTech / MS (Physics / Chemistry / Environmental Science)
For 2: Diploma (Mechanical / Metallurgical / Production Engg) conducted by State Board of Technical Education / BSc (PCM); 50%. Knowledge of English is important.

Selection: Merit / GATE score; Counselling / Written Test or both.

Application Form: Send Rs 250/- (For 1) & Rs 200/- (For 2) by DD on a nationalised bank favouring "National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology," payable at Ranchi with stamped (Rs 25/-), self-addressed envelope (28 x16 cm) to the Chairman, Academic Affairs at the above address. Mention name of course.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 15 June 2007

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli 620015 (TN) (Deemed University)
www.nitt.edu

MTech / MSc / MS / PhD

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 04 May 2007

Management

Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), B 41, Qutab Institutional Area, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110016 (M/o HRD, GoI)
www.istddiploma.org / www.istdtrg.org

Diploma in Training & Development (18 months, Distance Learning)
(Recognised by MHRD, GoI)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree; 2 years work experience in Training / HRD or PG Degree / Diploma (any discipline).

Selection: Entrance Exam

Application Form: Send Rs 300/- by MO / DD favouring “ISTD (Diploma Programme)”, payable at New Delhi to the above address.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2007

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), V N Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai 400088 (Mah) (Deemed University)
www.tiss.edu

MSc / MA in Disaster Mgmt

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)
Application Form: Send request letter with Rs 550/- by DD favouring “Registrar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai” payable at Mumbai to the Deputy Registrar (General Administration) at the above address / download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 15 May 2007

Medicine

Uttaranchal Council of Entrance Examination, Swami Ram Nagar, PO Doiwala, Dehradun 248140 (Utt)

Common Pre-Medical Entrance Exam 2007-08
(for admission to Private Medical, Dental, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Colleges in Uttaranchal)

Eligibility: For MBBS and BDS: 10+2 (Physics, Chemistry, Biology (50%) & English),
For BAMS and BHMS: 10+2 (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
Age: 17 years (on 31 December 2007)

Exam: 26 May 2007

Application Form: Send Rs 1150/- by DD favouring “Uttaranchal Council of Entrance Examination,” payable at Dehradun to the Manager, Block NIL 24-A, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi by 04 May ’07 / download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 05 May 2007

Physically Handicapped

Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University, Chitrakoot 210204 (UP)
www.jrhu.com

1) BEd
2) BEd Special Education (Visual / Hearing Impairment)
3) MEd Special Education (Visual / Hearing Impairment)
4) MEd

Selection: Test: 27 May ‘07

Application Form: Employment News (7 – 13 April 2007) / Website.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2007

Scholarships & Awards

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee 247667 (Utt)
www.iitr.ernet.in/awards

1) AS Arya-IITR Disaster Prevention Award

2) Mahesh Verma Construction Research Award

3) Khosla National Award
4) VNMM Award
5) Shamsher Prakash Research Award

Details: Employment News (7 – 13 April 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 30 May 2007

Indian Science Congress Association, 14, Dr. Biresh Guha Street, Kolkata 700017 (WB)
http://sciencecongress.nic.in

Young Scientists Award Programme 2007 - 2008
Agriculture and Forestry Sciences / Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences / Anthropological and Behavioral Sciences (including Archaeology and Psychology & Educational Sciences) / Chemical Sciences / Earth System Sciences / Engineering Sciences / Environmental Sciences / Information and Communication Science & Technology (including Computer Sciences) / Materials Science / Mathematical Sciences (including Statistics) / Medical Sciences (including Physiology) / New Biology (including Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) / Physical Sciences / Plant Sciences

Eligibility: Members (Life & Ordinary) of the Association who had paid their subscription on or before May 31, 2006.

Age Limit: 32 years (on 31 December 2006)

Selection: Based on paper submission and oral paper presentation (October 2007).

Award: 14 awards of Rs. 25,000/- (one in each section) and a Certificate of Merit.

Application Form: Send application or nomination with required documents and four copies of your bio-data including name, address, phone, fax and e-mail, DoB, research experience and membership number to the General Secretary (Hqrs) at the above address.

Details: Website.

Deadline for receiving papers: 31 May 2007

Teaching & Education

Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016 (Deemed University)
www.slbsrsv.ac.in

Shiksha Shastri (BEd)

Eligibility: Shastri / BA with Sanskrit as the main subject / Acharya / MA (Sanskrit) (50%)
Age: 20 years (on 1 October ‘07)
Exam:
For 1: 26 May 2007

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Employment News (7 – 13 April 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 30 April 2007

National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR), Sector 26, Chandigarh 160019 (Punj) (M/o HRD, GoI)
www.nitttrchd.ac.in

Master of Engineering Programs- 2007

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Employment News (7 – 13 April 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 7 May 2007

University

University of Hyderabad, PO Central University, Hyderabad 500046 (AP)
www.uohyd.ernet.in

Post Graduate Courses in:
Schools of Humanities / Social Sciences / Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts / Fine Arts and Communication / Science Schools / School of Management Studies / Special centre for Integrated Studies.

Eligibility, Selection, Application Form & Other Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 08 May 2007.

Mody Institute of Technology & Science, Lakshmangarh, Sikar 332311 (Raj) (Deemed University)
www.mitsuniversity.ac.in / www.fascmits.ac.in

BA / BSc / BCA / BCom / BBA / BA, LLB / MJMC / MA / MSc / PGDBF / PGDIB

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 25 June 2007

National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, PO Srinivasnagar, Mangalore 575025 (Kar) (Deemed University)
http://www.nitk.ac.in.

1) MTech (Civil Engg /Applied Mechanics and Hydraulics / Mechanical Engg / Electrical & Electronics / Electronics & Communication / Chemical Engg / Metallurgical and Materials Engg / Computer Engg / Mining Engg /Maths and Computational Sciences)

2) MBA (Humanities, Social Science & Mgmt)

3) MSc (Chemistry)

4) PhD (Civil Engg /Applied Mechanics and Hydraulics / Mechanical Engg / Electrical & Electronics / Electronics & Communication / Chemical Engg / Metallurgical and Materials Engg / Computer Engg / Mining Engg /Maths and Computational Sciences / IT / Physics)

Application Form: Download from Website

Details: Website.

Dr. DY Patil University, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Pimpri, Pune 411018 (Mah) (Deemed University)
www.dypatiluniversity.org

All India Entrance Test (AIET) - 2007
For Admission to MCh (Neuro-Surgery)/ BPT / MPT / BSc (Nursing) / BTech (Biotechnology / Bioinformatics) / MTech (Biotechnology) / Bsc (Optometry & Visual Science) / MBA

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Pervin Malhotra,
Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)
(www.careerguidanceindia.com)



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