Kotkapura celebrates Achin’s success
IIT-JEE topper says hard work paid
Chander Parkash
Once known as the backwaters of Punjab, the Malwa region comprising the Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar and Faridkot districts, has started making its presence felt in the field of education. These districts have attained new heights especially in competitive examinations.

Campus Note



Kotkapura celebrates Achin’s success
IIT-JEE topper says hard work paid
Chander Parkash

Achin Bansal
“Prepare with devotion and without tension. Understand each subject, 
do not cram”

Once known as the backwaters of Punjab, the Malwa region comprising the Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar and Faridkot districts, has started making its presence felt in the field of education. These districts have attained new heights especially in competitive examinations.

While one boy of Bathinda made it to the Civil Services exam this year, two other young lads of this region have brought laurels for bagging top positions in the prestigious IIT-JEE, 2007 and AIEEE-2007, the results of which were declared recently.

Bathinda and its surrounding towns have developed as nurseries of engineers and doctors for the past one and half decades. This is not the end, a new story is being scripted by the students of this region, as they have been making it to the list of successful candidates of the UPSC’s Civil Services exam every year.

Achin Bansal from Kotkapura, who topped the IIT-JEE, 2007, created a history of sorts by becoming the first student of Punjab to win the top laurel, and that too from a school affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).

In an interview with The Tribune, the 17-year-old Achin Bansal said only hard work, preparation without tension, practice and concentration can bring the desired result in any competitive examination.

Achin, who will be the first engineer from a family of doctors and advocates, says being a student belonging to a small town like Kotkapura does not play any significant role while preparing, though it gives a constant feeling that you have to compete with those students who belong to big cities and have number of facilities at their command.

“When you have got relevant material for the preparation of any competitive exam, apart from coaching from the best teachers available, then you are not lacking in any thing and every competition become a level playing field for the students belonging to different areas and different strata of society,” he observed.

However, looking at the standard of education and other facilities available in government-run and a large section of private schools, it could be said that the students of such institutions would be found lacking while taking such prestigious exams and hence they would require extra coaching to compete, he added.

Achin, who decided to become engineer in Class IX, said that after closely observing the routine of his father, Dr Rajinder Bansal, he was of the view that the life of a doctor was always difficult as he was supposed to attend emergency calls at odd hours. So, he preferred engineering, as he wanted to do something ‘different’. He said he would try his luck in the Civil Services exam too.

Taking about his preparation, he said he would study for about 10 hours a day, devoting more time to chemistry. The preparations were being done with single-minded devotion to be among the first 10 successful candidates of the IIT-JEE, 2007, and that too in the first attempt.

“I am never tense during the preparation, but I always ensure that if my input is about 10 hours, my output should also be about 10 hours. I used to go to watch movies, though I reduced the frequency of the same during that period,” said Achin. 
“Apart from it, I took coaching from an academy based at Kota in Rajasthan. I used notes supplied by that academy. I used to practice by solving the questions of all the three subjects—physics, chemistry and maths—repeatedly to increase my speed,” pointed out Achin Bansal.

While confessing that getting the top position in the IIT-JEE was unexpected, Achin, who came 5th in Punjab in AIEEE-2007, said revision of all subjects, regular discussion with teachers and friends was also of great help.

“My message to all those students who have been putting their best to get a berth in engineering colleges by getting through such competitions, is that they should prepare with devotion and without tension. They should have deep understanding of each subject and must keep themselves away from the ‘cramming’ pattern. They should have that level of confidence, where they must feel, ‘yes, they can do it’,” said Achin.

A product of Sada Ram Bansal Memorial School set up by his grandfather, Achin has been receiving honours from various social and educational organisations because of this achievement. He says his first priority after joining the IIT, Mumbai, will be to shed the extra fat that he gained by remaining ‘immobile’ for most of the time while preparing for the tests.

He says he has been waiting for the moment when he will be honoured in the school where he has studied for years together. The Kotkapura town, known for its biggest cotton market and “dhodha” sweet all over India, is now known for another reason — it has produced an IIT-JEE topper.

Campus Note

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
New M.Phil, PG courses

To meet the global educational requirements, Guru Nanak Dev University has introduced new M. Phil courses in Physics, Zoology, Botany and Environmental Sciences and some other PG courses from the new academic session 2007-08.

The university has decided to start a three-year new course of MCA at its Regional Campus, Gurdaspur, to uplift the status of the educationally backward area of the district besides introducing two new courses of M.A. (Public Administration) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) at GDU College, Basti Nau, Jalandhar.

Vice-Chancellor Jai Rup Singh said the course of B. Pharmacy, which was discontinued last year due to certain administrative reasons, had been restarted. He said the university had also decided to keep all the five-year integrated courses of M.Tech, MCA and MBA on the university campus; five-year MBA and MCA courses being run at GND University College, Jalandhar, and MCA (five years) at the Regional Campus, Gurdaspur.

The Vice-Chancellor said the university had sanctioned one section each for B. Tech. (Computer Science), MCA (three years) and MBA (two years) with additional specialisation on the university campus. He said in lieu of the five-year integrated courses, the university had introduced MCA (three years) to meet the needs of educationally backward district of Gurdaspur. The university had also introduced two new courses—MA (Public Administration) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA)—at GND University College, Basti Nau, Jalandhar, he added.

— Contributed by Sanjay Bumbroo



Art & Design

School of Fashion Technology, SOFT Campus, Karvenagar, Pune 411052 (Mah)

BSc Fashion Apparel Design (3 years) 

Eligibility: Class 12 (Science with Home Sc / Arts / Commerce - 50%) 

Application Form: Send Rs. 650/- by DD favouring “School of Fashion Technology” payable at Pune to the above address / download from website. 


Indo-German Tool Room, Aurangabad, P 31, MIDC Industrial Area, Chikalthana, Aurangabad 431006 (Mah) (M/o SSI, GoI) 

1) Advance Diploma in Tool & Die Making (4 years)
2) Certificate Course in Machinist Tool Room (2 years)  

Eligibility: Class 10 (Science & Maths 60%).
Age Limit: 15-19 years (on 1 August 2007). 

Selection: Written Test & Interview: 15 – 16 July 2007  

Application Form: Send Rs. 300/- by DD drawn on any Nationalised Bank favouring “General Manager, IGTR, Aurangabad” payable at Aurangabad with a stamped (Rs. 15/-) self-addressed envelope (24 x 17 cm) to Manager (Admin & Finance) at above address / download from website.
Superscribe the course name applied for on top left hand corner of the envelope 

Details: Employment News (26 May – 01 June 2007) / website 

Application Deadline: 30 June 2007 

Indo-German Tool Room, P 31, MIDC Industrial Area, Chikalthana, Aurangabad 431006 (Mah) (M/o SSI, GoI) 

1) PG Diploma in Tool Design & CAD / CAM (18 months)
Post Diploma in Tool Design & CAD / CAM (1 year)
(at Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune)


For 1: Degree in Engg (Mechanical / Production)  

For 2: Degree / Diploma in Engg (Mechanical / Production) 

Admission: On first-come-first-serve basis.  

Details: Employment News (26 May – 01 June 2007) / website 

Course commences: 02 July 2007 

G B Pant Engineering College, Pauri Garhwal 246194 (Utt)  

1) MTech (Biotechnology) 

2) MTech (Digital Signal Processing) 

Eligibility: For 1: 55% in BSc (Agriculture) / BVSc / BSc (Home Sc) / MBBS / BTech / BE (Biochem Engg / Agricultural Engg / Industrial Biotech / Biomedical / Biotech / Chemical Engg) / BPharm / PG in (Life Sciences / Biochemistry / Biotech / Microbiology / Chemistry / Biophysics / Genetics / Bioinformatics / Environmental Sc)
For 2: 55% in BTech / BE (Computer Sc & Engg / Electrical / Electronic &
Communication / Control & Instrumentation Engg / Instrumentation Engg) / MSc Physics (Electronics)
selection: GATE scores preferred for both. 

Application Form: Download from website. 

Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 30 June 2007 

National Institute of Technology, Patna 800005 (Bihr)  

MSc (Engineering)
1) Civil Engg (Water Resource / Transportation Engg / Structural Engg)
2) Electrical Engg (Power System / Control System)
3) Mechanical Engg (Thermal Turbo Machinery & Refrigeration / AC / Heat Transfer) 

Eligibility: BSc Engg / BE / BTech (60% / 6.75 CGPA) with valid GATE scores (85 percentile). 

Application Form: Download from website. 

Application Deadline: 22 June 2007 

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), A 34, Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali 160071 (Punj) (GoI, M/o Comm & IT)

MTech in VLSI Design Program (2 years)  

Eligibility: BTech / BE (Electronics / Electrical / Instrumentation / Computer) -- 55%
Application Form: Download from website 

Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 02 July 2007  

Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Chandigarh 160012 (Punj) (Deemed University)  

PhD Admissions
(in Civil / Electrical / Mechanical / Computer Sc / Electronics & Electrical Communication / Metallurgical / Production / Aeronautical / Applied Sc / Mgmt) 


For FT Non-sponsored Scholars: ME / MTech / Masters degree in (Science / Humanities / Mgmt), 60% / Valid GATE Score / NET (UGC CSIR) Fellowship from the current year for PhD in Science / Humanities / Mgmt.
For FT sponsored / Part Time Scholars: ME / MTech / Masters degree in (Science / Humanities) -- 55%; 2 years work experience. 

Selection: Written Test / Interview: 05 July ‘07 

Application Form & Details: Website. 

Application Deadline: 20 June 2007 

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani 333031 (Raj) (Deemed University) / 

Admission to 1st Semester 2007 - 08:
1) Integrated First Degree Programmes at:
i) Pilani Campus: BE (Hons) / BPharm (Hons) / MSc (Hons) / MSc (Tech)
Goa Campus: BE (Hons) / MSc (Hons) / MSc (Tech)
Higher Degree Programmes:
Chemical / Civil / Communication Engg / Computer Science / Mechanical / Software Systems / MPharm. / MBA
PhD: Engg & Science disciplines. 

Application Form: Download from the website. 

Application Deadline: 30 June 2007 

Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur 440011 (Mah) (Deemed University)  

MTech (all) / MArch (By Research) 

PhD (Full Time / Part time / Sponsored) 

Fellowship: For Engg: Rs 8, 000/- pm
For Sciences: Rs 7,000/- pm 

Application Form & Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 15 June 2007 


Electronics Corporation of India Ltd – ECIT, D 15, ‘A’ Block, DDA Local Shopping Centre, Ring Road, Naraina, New Delhi 110028 (D/o Atomic Energy, GoI) 

Computer Training Courses 

1) DOEACC ‘O’ Level / Advanced Diploma in Software Technology / Diploma in Software Technology
2) AutoCad 2002 / PRO-E / CATIA / Diploma in Cad  

3) DOEACC ‘A’ Level 

4) E-Craft  

Eligibility: For 1: 10+2
For 2: BE / Diploma (Civil / Mechanical / Production)
For 3:  Bachelors Degree / ‘O’ Level
For 4:  Class 10 

Details: Employment News (26 June – 01 June 2007) 

DOEACC Society, Electronics Niketan, 6, CGO Complex, New Delhi 110003 (D/o IT, M/o Communication & IT, GoI)  

ICT Training Program:
1) DOEACC ‘A’ level
2) DOEACC ‘O’ level
(Only for Women candidates)  

Eligibility: For 1: Engg Diploma / Bachelors degree
For 2: Diploma / 10+2 with ITI / Engg Diploma 

Application Form & Details: Website 


Central Hindi Directorate, D/o Correspondence Courses, West Block 7, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066 (M/o HRD, D/o Higher Education)

1) Certificate Course in Hindi
2) Diploma Course in Hindi
3) Advanced diploma Course in Hindi  

Selection: First-come-first-served basis. 

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with Rs 50/- (For each subject) & Rs. 200/- (For 3) by DD favouring “The Director, Central Hindi Directorate,” payable at New Delhi to the Deputy Director at the above address. 

Application Deadline: 30 June 2006 


IIM Calcutta, Diamond Harbour Road, Joka, Kolkata 700104 (WB) /  

Executive Program in Sales & Marketing (1 year*) 

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%); 2 years work experience 

Details: Website 

* Live Interactive Onsite Learning (through HughesNet+ 5-day Campus visit)  

Admission Deadline: 10 June 2007 

Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, A 10, Sector 62, Noida 201307 (UP) (Deemed University) / / 

At JIIT, Noida Campus:
(Materials Science & Engg) 

At JIET, Guna
MTech (Chemical Engg / Construction Mgmt) 

At JIIT & JUIT Campus:
MTech (Computer Sc & Engg / Electronics & Communication Engg)  

Selection: PGET: 17 June 2007 

Application Form & Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 09 June 2007 

Madurai Kamaraj University, NIAM, 3, Tamoor Nagar, New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110065 

BBA Integrated (Industry Integrated, 3 years)
MBA (Industry Integrated, 2 years)  

Selection: Entrance Test: 10 June 2007 

Application Form: Download from website 

Details: Website. 

Application Deadline: 07 June 2007 

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B 21, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016 (Deemed University)  

Executive Masters Programme in International Business  

Eligibility: Masters / Engineering Degree + 3 years managerial work experience / Bachelors degree + 5 years managerial work experience. 

Selection:  Essay writing; GD; Interview: August 2007 

Application Form: At Institute: Rs 1000/-. 

Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 02 July 2007 

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), Symbiosis Bhavan, 1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road, Model Colony, Pune 411016 (Mah) 

PG Diploma in Instructional Design
Application Form: Send Rs 950/- by DD favouring “The Director, SCDL”, payable at Pune to the above address / download from website. 

Details: Website. 

Indian Retail School, 2, Nelson Mandela Road, Pocket OCF, Sector C, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070 

1) PG Diploma in Retail Mgt (1 year)
Diploma in Retail Mgt (2 years) 

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelors degree
For 2: 10+2
Selection: Entrance Test: For 1: 24 June ‘07
For 2: 10 June ‘07

Details: Website. 

Application Deadline: For 1: 22 June 2007
For 2: 08 June 2007 


Manipal College of Medical Sciences, PO Box 155, Deep Heights, Pokhara 16, Nepal 

MBBS (4½-year +1-yr internship)
(Recognised by MCI)

Eligibility: 10+2 (50%, PCB / PCBE).
Age: min17 years. 

Application Form: Send Rs 600/- by DD favouring “Manipal Education & Medical Group, Nepal Ltd,” payable at Kathmandu / Kolkata / download from website.
Mention your name on reverse of DD 

Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 30 June 2007 (For August 2007 Batch)
30 December 2007 (February 2008 Batch). 

University of Delhi, Faculty of Homoeopathic Medicines, 6th Floor, VP Chest Institute Building, Delhi 110007  


Application Form: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi", payable at Delhi on any nationalised bank to the Assistant Registrar at the above address by 15 June 2007. Also in cash from Nehru Homeopathic Medical College, B-Block, Defence Colony, New Delhi 

Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 26 June 2007 

Rural Health Training Centre, Najafgarh, New Delhi 110043 (GoI)  

ANM 10+2 (Vocational) CBSE Training Scheme (2 years) 

Eligibility: Class 10 (50%) unmarried women; Delhi / New Delhi domicile.
Age: 16-20 years (on 1st July '07). 

Selection: Written Test: 02 July 2007. 

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with required documents by registered post with acknowledgement due to ‘The Officer in Charge’ to the above address. 

Application Deadline: 18 June 2007 

Medvarsity Online Ltd, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals Complex, Sarita Vihar, Delhi-Mathura Road, New Delhi (Certification from Apollo Hospitals Education & Research Foundation & Medvarsity ) 

Fellowship Program in Family Medicine / Emergency Medicine (1 year) 

Eligibility: MBBS 

Details: Contact: Vishal Sinha (9899411505), Amar Matlani (9811771855) 

Course Commences: 15 June 2007 


National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030 (AP) (M/o Rural Development, GoI)

Junior Fellows
(Research in Rural Development & Panchayati Raj / Natural Resources Mgmt / Micro Planning / Cooperation)

Eligibility: Masters degree in (Social Sciences / Agricultural Sciences / Mgmt Sciences / Rural Development) / BE / BTech; NET / GATE 

Fellowship: Rs. 8,000/- pm for the first two months and Rs 9,000/- pm for the third year
Application Form & Details: Employment News (26 May – 01 June 2007) / Website  

Application Deadline: 25 June 2007 

Sciences Social

Delhi Institute of Heritage Research & Management, 18 A, Satsang Vihar Marg, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi 110067(Affiliated to GGSIPU)  

Master in Archaeology & Heritage Mgmt (2 years)
Master in Conservation, Preservation & Heritage Mgmt (2 years) 

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (Humanities / Science) 

Selection: Entrance Test: 13 July ‘07.  

Application Form: Send 175/- by DD favouring “Delhi Institute of Heritage Research & Management,” payable on any Nationalized Bank at Delhi at the above address / download from website. 

Details: Employment News (26 May – 01 June 2006) / Website 

Application Deadline: 06 July 2007 

National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation & Museology, Janpath, New Delhi 110001 

Short-Term Course (5 months):
a) Indian Art & Culture
b) Art Appreciation
c) Bharatiya Kalanidhi 

Application Form: Available at office: Rs 20/-. 

Details: Website. 

Application Deadline: 25 June 2007 


Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Shakti Nagar, Race Course Road, Gwalior 474002 (MP) (Deemed University, M/o Youth Affairs & Sports, GoI) 

 1) BPEd (4 years) 

2) MPEd (2 years) 

3) MPhil (1 year) 

4) PG Diploma in Sports (Coaching / Mgmt / Journalism) / Yoga & Alternate Therapies / IT (1 year) 

Selection: Entrance Test  

Application Form: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring “Registrar, LNIPE, Gwalior 474002”, to the above address / download from website. 

Details: Employment News (26 May – 01 June 2007) / website  

Teaching & Education

NCERT, Regional Institute of Education, Capt DP Chaudhary Marg, Pushkar Road, Ajmer 305004 (Raj)

1) BSc BEd (4 years) 

2) BEd (Secondary) 2 years 

3) MEd (Elementary Education) 1 year 

4) PG Diploma Guidance & Counselling (1 year) 

Eligibility: Candidates from Northern Region; For 1: 10+2 (PCM / PCB) (45%)
For 2: Bachelors degree / BSc (PCB) / Botany / Zoology / Chemistry (50%)
For 3: BEd (50%)
For 4: MA / MSc (Psychology / Educational Psychology / Education) / MEd / Social Work / Child Development / Human Development / in any school subject (BEd with Psychology / Counselling / Psychology as a subject in graduation) / MCom with BEd. 

Selection: Merit-statewise quota.  

Application Form: Send Rs 100/- by IPO favouring “Administrative Officer, Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer-305004,” payable at Ajmer with stamped (Rs 20/-), self-addressed envelope (26 cm x 20 cm) to the above address by 22 June 2007. 

Application Deadline: 02 July 2007. 


Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan (WB) 

UG / PG courses
(in the Institutes of: Humanities & Social Science / Science / Music, Dance & Drama / Fine Arts / Agriculture / Rural Reconstruction / Higher Secondary Education) 

Application Form: Send Rs.200/-by DD favouring “Visva-Bharati, Santinikitan”, payable at SBI, Santiniketan Br (Code 2121) with self-addressed, stamped (Rs.40/-) envelope (37 x 27 cm) to the Deputy Registrar (Academic & Research) at the above address / download from website. 

Details: Employment News (26 May – 01 June 2007) / website 

Application Deadline: 18 June 2006 

Kalasalingam University, Anand Nagar, Krishnankoil 626190 (TN) 

MBA (Marketing / Finance / HR Mgmt / Systems) / MCA / MSc (Computer Technology / Medical Physics / Applied Maths)

Application Form & Details: Website 

Application Deadline: 04 June 2007 

Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar 470003 (MP)  

Admission to UG / PG / Certificate / MPhil Programmes 

Application Form: Download from website 

Application Deadline: 28 June 2007 

Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (Jhar)  

1) BCA

2) BBA 

3) BSc (Animation & Multimedia) 

4) MCA
(At Jaipur / NOIDA / Allahabad / Kolkata / Lalpur) 

Details: Website. 

Application Deadline: 16 June 2007 


National Vocational Training Institute for Women, D 1, Sector 1 Noida, 201301 (UP) (M/o Labour & Employment, Directorate General Employment & Training, GoI)  

Womens Vocational Training Programme 

Selection: On first come first serve basis. 

Course Commences: 11 June 2007 

Pervin Malhotra, Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)