EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Making the right choice
Raman Mohan
After spending an entire lifetime guarding the nation’s air defences, Major General P. K. Saighal is in the unlikeliest of professions. Post retirement, he has engaged himself in another exercise on war footing. He is now helping schoolchildren select their careers depending on their aptitude, skills and education.

Quality takes a beating
Ranjodh Singh
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HE Indian education system has had a reputation since the times of Taxila and Nalanda. The contemporary situation is demanding, as quality education is the basis of human resource of a country. Our nation has showed significant improvements at the school level over the past 60 years.

Campus NoteS
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Outreach programme on fellowships
With a view to creating awareness about Fulbright fellowships, the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) authorities and the United States Educational Foundation of India (USEFI) jointly organised an outreach programme on the university campus recently.

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Making the right choice
Raman Mohan

After spending an entire lifetime guarding the nation’s air defences, Major General P. K. Saighal is in the unlikeliest of professions. Post retirement, he has engaged himself in another exercise on war footing. He is now helping schoolchildren select their careers depending on their aptitude, skills and education. Thus far he has counselled over 50,000 children in 200 schools and colleges all over the country.

He says despite the myriad job opportunities thrown up by the new economy, he finds that school and college students are not able to make the best of them simply because they are “not focussed and unaware of the opportunities that could come their way”. He says that to an extent he can understand the shortcomings in this regard among schoolchildren, but the same problem existed among more mature college students also. This is what prompted him to take up career counselling.

Maj-Gen Saighal says the biggest problem with generation next is that neither their teachers nor parents are fully aware of the new avenues opening up every day for the young and the brilliant. “Most parents have a mindset that developed during their own times of education. The changes in the past few years have been so much that most parents have not kept themselves abreast of the new career options for their children. I think we must let our children discover their interests and skills and then some one should tell them, what options were in store for them”, he says.

The armyman-turned-counsellor says career counselling is almost non-existent in the country barring the metros and some top schools and colleges. That makes his job all the more difficult and demanding.

He said during his counselling sessions he found that the students were unaware that in India alone the new economy had created millions of job for the deserving students in almost 4000 fields hitherto unheard of. “Look at the tourism. It encompasses a whole bunch of important sectors like hospitality, civil aviation, maritime operations and other tourist related sectors. This sector alone will require around a million skilled people in the next few years when tourism traffic in India grows,” he said.

Textiles are another field which is bound to grow at a stupendous rate. There has been a 350 per cent growth in the industry after the quota system was scrapped by the WTO three years ago. India will be a dominant player in this sector in the future. This sector is beckoning so many future engineers, designers and chemical analysts, he says.

The workshop is generally of two hours duration divided into five modules: relationship between education and jobs, global demographic profile, national and global job profile, opportunities—traditional and emerging and the way ahead. As a soldier to the core, he wants the youth—both boys and girls—to consider a career in the armed forces. “Poor pay and difficult working conditions are a constraint, but these should be addressed soon. The armed forces remain a rewarding career for those who love adventure, responsibility and are patriots to the core,” he says.

Maj-Gen Saighal thinks somehow we Indians prefer to work for an organisation rather than carve a niche for ourselves as an entrepreneur. “There are so many examples— Dhirubhai Ambani, Om Parkash Jindal and Ram Nath Goenka to name a few. They made empires from almost nothing. Our youth need to look at them and draw inspiration. There are hundreds of future Bill Gates among the young faces we see in the schools. All that is required is to give them proper guidance,” he concluded.

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Quality takes a beating
Ranjodh Singh

THE Indian education system has had a reputation since the times of Taxila and Nalanda. The contemporary situation is demanding, as quality education is the basis of human resource of a country. Our nation has showed significant improvements at the school level over the past 60 years. Literacy rates have increased from 27.16 per cent for males (aged 5 and above) and just 8.86 per cent for females in 1951 to 78.85 per cent for males and 54.16 per cent for females in 2001.

About two-thirds of India’s total population is literate, but the quality of elementary education remains low. We need to increase quality education with quantitative literacy rate. Quality education can be an individual’s or an institution’s achievement or enhancement of the education system by expansion of infrastructure, curriculum development, increase in skilled teachers and rise in gross enrolment ratio.

The question is: why are teachers helpless in bringing about the qualitative standard expected. The rapid rise in population is one of the reasons, due to which the number of students in a classroom is more than required, lowering the standard of education. A teacher can bring about qualitative results when he or she is able to pay attention to individual students.

Empirical researches and innovative developments in this field may be fruitful. One of the developments in this field is co-operative learning. It is a remedy to tackle the huge size of students in a classroom. It is an effective tool to meet the challenge and it demands good infrastructure. There is a need to increase the percentage of the national income spent on improving the level of education in the country.

Unplanned growth of the private education sector has encouraged the mushrooming of educational institutions, resulting in worsening of the situation. With the rise of the workforce of teachers, capitalist relations have started emerging, affecting the dignity of teachers and the profession. Large investments in education cannot bring about qualitative rise in standard.

Educationists should choose the right action plan. This may bring about a sense of accountability among teachers. Institutions should conduct orientation programmes for teachers to enable them to update knowledge. Teachers themselves affect the quality of education as many of them do not opt for this profession by choice. Such teachers cannot give their 100 per cent to the profession. The role of parents and guardians can never be ignored. Without their positive attitude and cooperation, teachers cannot lead students to their all-round development.

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Campus NoteS

Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Outreach programme on fellowships

With a view to creating awareness about Fulbright fellowships, the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) authorities and the United States Educational Foundation of India (USEFI) jointly organised an outreach programme on the university campus recently.

Dr Sudarshan Dash, Indian Programme Manager, USEFI, assisted by Viji Ninan, Programme Associate, threw light on the USEFI and its activities as well as the entire gamut of Fulbright fellowships. A question and answer session followed the presentation.

The MDU Director, Youth Welfare, Jagbir Rathee, conducted the programme. The Dean, Students' Welfare, Prof Rajbir Singh, spoke about the background of the outreach programme. The Dean, Academic Affaris, Prof Ishwar Singh, presided over the programme. The Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof K.P.S. Mehalwar, proposed the vote of thanks.

B.Ed counselling schedule

The Maharshi Dayanand University administration has announced the schedule for admission counselling of B.Ed (Distance Education; Session 2007-2009). The Director, Distance Education, Dr Nasib Singh Gill, said the admission counselling for Group I (Science) would be held on April 24. The candidates in all categories from Rank 1 to 121 have been called for counselling.

The admission counselling for Group II (Arts) will be held on April 25 for general category students from Rank 1 to 118. Admission counselling for Group II (Arts) will be held on April 26. Candidates may contact the Directorate of Distance Education for detailed information regarding the admission-counselling schedule.

Camps and adventure sports

Maharshi Dayanand University will organise various camps and adventure sports programmes during May-June. A university spokesperson informed that a value-based spiritual course/camp would be organised for university girls from May 23 to May 30 at Kausani (Uttarakhand), while a trekking expedition would be organised at Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh from May 26 to June 2 for girls and from June 3 to June 10 for boys.

The university will also organise youth leadership training camp for girls from June 2 to June 9 at Khaknal (Manali) and for boys from June 12 to June 19 at the same venue. A teacher-taught workshop for boys will be held from June 18 to June 25 at Khakhnal (Manali) and for girls from June 23 to June 30 at the same venue. These camps and adventure sports activities will be organised under the aegis of students and youth welfare office of the university.

— Contributed by Sunit Dhawan

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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 Technolgy," 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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