• More choices for students
    The Tribune’s correspondents in Himachal Pradesh report on the new courses that have been introduced by Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla; Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur; and University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan.

  • Shimla

  • Palampur

  • Nauni (SOLAN)

Campus Notes

  • Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

  • Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana

  • Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak





More choices for students

The Tribune’s correspondents in Himachal Pradesh report on the new courses that have been introduced by Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla; Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur; and University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan.


Keeping in view the huge demand for qualified professionals in the food, wine and pharmaceutical industries, the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) will introduce a course in M.Sc (microbiology) at the department of biotechnology from this session. The new course will be started on the campus in Shimla and at a private institute, the Shalooni Institute of Life Sciences and Business Management, Solan. Admission to the two-year course will be made on the basis of an entrance examination and interview.

The eligibility criterion for admission is B.Sc in botany or microbiology. While there are 30 seats on the HPU campus in Shimla, an equal number of seats will be available at the institute in Solan. The 30 seats at the HPU are under a self-financing scheme, with an annual fee of Rs 50,000, besides university fees.

Pass-outs have a number of avenues both in terms of jobs as well as research. “There is a lot of demand for microbiologists in the food, pharmaceutical, vaccine, wine and beverage industries and in the vast area of environment management”, says Dr S.S. Kanwar, chairman, department of biotechnology.

A large number of M.Sc (microbiology) pass-outs go in for research abroad. There are a lot of openings in research institutes like the Central Research Institute, Kasauli, and the DRDO.

— Pratibha Chauhan


The Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU), Palampur, has introduced many employment-oriented courses during this session. Courses for Ph.D in microbiology, biochemistry and chemistry have been introduced. Apart from teaching, one can enter chemical and pharmaceutical industries by opting for research in these subjects. Many chemical and pharmaceutical industries have set up their units in the Solan-Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial belt.

The university has also introduced masters’ degree courses in biology, environment science and veterinary public health. The course in environment science has been introduced at the college of agriculture in the university. It has a big scope in the state, keeping in view the coming up of many hydroelectric power projects. The course in biology has been introduced in the college of basic sciences on the university campus keeping in view the recent increase in demand for teachers in schools and colleges.

Practical aspects of the courses are being refined to make graduates and postgraduates more pragmatic in their approach. The university is also laying emphasis on the overall development of the personality of students so as to infuse self-confidence in them to become successful entrepreneurs or to find jobs in the corporate sector and compete at the state and national levels.

— Kulwinder Sandhu

Nauni (SOLAN)

With a view to get a better response for its MBA students from various industrial houses, the University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF) has converted its MBA (agribusiness), earlier under the department of basic sciences, into a full-fledged department. Now placed under the College of Horticulture, instead of its earlier arrangement under the College of Forestry, the department will now have adequate faculty to meet its needs.

Dr Y.S. Negi, head of the department, says more guest faculty will now be available for the benefit of students. The department endeavours to start more courses from the next academic session. The intake of seats has also been increased from 25 to 40 this year. Admission will be made through the combined entrance examination conducted by the Himachal Pradesh University.

Gauging the significance of protection of forests in view of attack by various insects and pests as well as forest fires, the university is endeavouring to set up a separate department, the forest plants protection unit. While the course content will be devised soon, a beginning has been made with the creation of a separate unit under the department of entomology and plant pathology. The director research, Dr D.R. Sharma, says this need had been felt for long and the matter had figured in various meetings of the senate and the management board

— Ambika Sharma

Campus Notes
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

Much sought after courses

The Punjab Agricultural University continues to remain a favourite for agriculture and related studies. It has received a large number of applicants for admission to B.Sc (agriculture) and B.Tech (agricultural engineering) courses. All seats were filled on the first day of counselling. A question mark has been raised about the viability of the home science course. The number of students is much less than the number of seats available.

Merger buzz

The university campus is abuzz with the talk of demerger of various departments. The then vice-chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, had merged about 24 departments. After Dr Manjit Singh Kang took over, a number of teachers and non-teaching staff had sought the demerger of the departments. Earlier the demand was restricted to very few departments, but once the new vice-chancellor constituted a committee of deans to review the merger, other departments merged came rushing to seek demerger

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana

Dairy college

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has started the College of Dairy Science and Technology to strengthen the dairy sector in Punjab. The College of Dairy Science and Technology will not only produce professionally trained manpower, but will also help in evolving and transferring appropriate technologies.

Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak

Council nominations

The vice-chancellor has nominated Dr S.P.S. Dahiya as a member of the executive council and the finance committee of the university. The vice-chancellor has also nominated Dr S.P. Khatkar as a member of the executive council of the university. He has nominated Dr Jyoti Juneja, principal, GVM Girls College, Sonepat; Shakuntala Singla, principal, Vaish Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Rohtak; and Dr Ravinder Kumar Sharma, principal, KM College of Education, Bhiwani, to the academic council of the university.

MoU with US varsity

In its endeavour to forge international education linkages, Maharshi Dayanand University has inked a memorandum of understanding with the University of Massachusetts, USA. The vice-chancellor, Prof R.S. Dhankar, signed the MoU at the university recently.

— Contributed by Vimal Sumbly and Sunit Dhawan



             Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar 125001 (Har)

PhD Programme

Selection: Entrance Test

Application Forms & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 August 2007

Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, IIE Bhavan, Sector 15, Plot No 103, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai 400614 (Mah)

Graduateship Exam in Industrial Engineering – January 2008
(AIU / GoI recognized as equivalent to BE / BTech in Industrial Engg)

Eligibility: 10+2 / equivalent with 2 years work experience / BA / BCom / BSc with 1 year work experience / BE / BTech / Diploma in Engg / Technology with 1 year work experience or passed 2 years of BE / BTech (AICTE approved)

Application Form: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring “IIIE,” payable at Mumbai to the above address / download from website

Details: Website 

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET), D/o Distance Education, Patiala 147004 (Punj) (Deemed University)

BTech through Distance Mode

Eligibility: Diploma (3 years)
For BTech in Computer Science & Engg: BSc (Computer Science / IT) / BCA also eligible. 

Exam: 26 August 2007

Application Form: Send Rs. 550/- by DD favouring “Registrar, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala,” payable at Patiala to Coordinator, Department of Distance Education at the above address / download from website. Also at counter: Rs. 500/- cash.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 19 August 2007


Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068


Application Form: Send Rs.100/- by IPO / DD favouring “IGNOU”, payable at Regional Center by 15 July ‘06 to the above address / download from website. Mention name & address on reverse of DD.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 July 2007


Urdu Academy, CPO Building, Kashmiri Gate, Delhi 110006 (G/o Delhi) Certificate Course in Urdu (1 year, Free)

Eligibility: Senior Secondary / Inter without Urdu.
Application Form: Room No.5 at above address

Application Deadline: 07 August 2007


Indian Institute of Management: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow / / / / / /

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%) / equivalent; (45% for SC/ ST/ PWD).

Test: 18 November 2007 (At 23 Centres).

Application Form: Send Rs 1200/- by DD favouring the respective IIM with a cloth-lined, self-addressed, unstamped envelope (12” x 10”) by 20 August ’07 / At various UTI branch (in cash) Rs 1100/- till 20 August ’07 / apply online.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 08 September 2007

Bangalore Management Academy, 17, Ashirwad Towers, Marathahalli, Mahadevapura, Bangalore 560037 (Kar)

Masters Degree in Professional Banking & Finance (15 months)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%) 

Application Form: Download from website

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 25 July 2007
( *BMA is the Bangalore campus of Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy)

Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Management Studies, Varanasi 221005 (UP)

MBA (Marketing / HRD / Finance / International Business; 2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree / degree in (Agriculture / Technology / Medicine / Education / Law) / Masters degree (50%).

Selection: CAT-2007 (18 November ‘07) score.

Application Form: Send requisition with Rs 700/- by SBI Bank Draft (MICR) favouring the “Registrar, Banaras Hindu University”, payable at SBI BHU Main Branch (Code 0211) with self-addressed envelope (32 cm x 26 cm) at the above address by 01 November 2007 / download from website. 

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 24 November 2007

Indian Institute of Forest Management, PO Box No 357, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal 462003 (MP) (Autonomous Institute of MoE & F, GoI)

PG Programme in Forestry Mgmt (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree, 50%

Selection: CAT 2007 scores

Application Form: Download from website

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 05 December 2007

T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal 576104 (Kar)

PG Diploma in Management

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: GMAT / CAT / GRE 2007 scores; GD; Interview.

Application Form: Available at TAPMI Admission Office, select branches of SBI & ICICI Bank till 30 November 2007 / apply online.

Application Deadline: 06 December 2007

International Management Institute (IMI), B 10, Qutab Institutional Area, Tara Crescent, New Delhi 110016

PG Diploma Management
PG Diploma in Human Resource Management

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: CAT 2007 scores

Application Form & Details: Download from website.

Application Deadline: 10 December 2007

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

MBA (International Business) 

Eligibility: Graduates with 3 years managerial experience (on 07 October ‘08).

Selection: Written Test: 25 November ‘07; Essay Writing Test; GD; Personal Interview

Application Form: Send Rs 1300/- by DD favouring “Indian Institute of Foreign Trade,” payable at New Delhi to the above address / download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 03 September 2007


Indian Council of Social Science Research, Post Box No 10528, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067

Award of Doctoral Fellowships 2007-08 in:
Education / Economics / Commerce / Management / Business Administration / Psychology / Political Science / International Relations / Public Administration / Sociology / Social Work / Criminology & Social Science aspects of Anthropology / Demography / Geography / Law & Linguistics.
Priority areas under consideration: Health / Education / Environment and Sustainable Development / Information / Communication Technology / Library Science / Gender Studies / Centre-State relations and National Security.

Eligibility: PG in Social Science (55%); NET qualified / MPhil / 2 years research experience; Must have registered for PhD.
Age Limit:
35 years (as on 31 July 2007).

Selection: Interview

Scholarship: Rs 6000/- pm for 2 years, Rs 12,000/- pa as contingency grant.

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with required documents to the Director, Research Fellowships Division at the above address / download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2007

Shri Brihad Bharatiya Samaj, NK Mehta International House, 178, Backbay Reclamation, Babubhai M Chinai Marg, Mumbai 400020 (Mah) 

Scholarships for Academic Year 2007-08

Eligibility: Indians & overseas students of Indian origin pursuing Bachelor degree / PG course in Medicine (MBBS / BDS / Ayurveda / Homeopathy) / Engg / Technology / Pharmacy / Computer Science / Agriculture / Veterinary Science / Nursing / Education.

First year students with minimum 70%; others with 60% in their last university examination and girl students (first-year or above) of Nursing / Education with 45% are also eligible. Guardians total annual income: below Rs 60,000/-

Selection: 200 students will be awarded on the basis of merit

Application Form: Send a stamped (Rs 10/-) self-addressed large-sized envelope to the above address.

Application Deadline: 25 September 2007

Department for the Welfare of SC/ ST / OBC / Minorities, IInd Floor, B Block, Vikas Bhawan, IP Estate, New Delhi 110002 

Merit Scholarship for the SC / ST / OBC / Minorities 

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 10 October 2007

AFPF, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1310, Washington DC 20036 USA 

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships including the Daniel Pearl Fellowships
Full-time employment as a journalist for the news / editorial departments of independent newspapers / wire services / online publications / magazines of general public interest in a developing country; atleast 3 years of experience as a Journalist in Print / online media; excellent command over written and spoken English
Age: 25 – 35 years old

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 15 August 2007

Sciences Physical

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Radiological & Advisory Division, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (Mah) 

Post MSc Diploma in Radiological Physics (1 year)

Eligibility: MSc Physics (50%).
DoB: on / after 1 October 1979.

Selection: Merit; Interview; Medical fitness.

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with Rs 50/- by IPO / DD favoring “Dy. Controller of Accounts, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai” with self-addressed envelope (23 cm x 10 cm) and specified enclosures to Dy Establishment Officer (R-II) at the above address. Superscribe envelope “Application for Dip. R.P.-(2007-08)”.

Details: Employment News (14 – 20 July 2007)

Application Deadline: 27 July 2007

Sciences Social

School of Archival Studies, National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi 110001

Certificate Course in Records Management (03 - 28 September ‘07)

Certificate Course in “Servicing & Repair of Records” (03 September – 12 October ‘07)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree.
Age Limit: 50 years. 

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with required documents, Rs 25/ - by DD favouring “Administrative Officer, National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi 110001” to the Director General of Archives, at above address.

Details: Employment News (14 – 20 July 2007)

Application Deadline: 10 August 2007.

Travel & Transportation

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd, A/ 134 Dr AB Road, Worli, Mumbai 400018 (Mah)

Trainee Navigating Officer Cadets (TNOC)
(12 months Pre-Sea & 18 months Shipboard Training under IGNOU-DGS project leading to BSc Nautical Science)
Graduate Marine Engineers (GME)
(8 months Pre-Sea Course & 10 months Shipboard Training) 

Eligibility: For 1: 10+2 (PCM, 60%) / BSc (with Physics / Chemistry / Maths / Electronics, 55%) / BE / BTech; minimum 50% in English in Class 10 & 12.
For 2: BE / BTech in Mechanical (55%) with minimum 50% in English at 10 & 10+2
Age Limit: For 1: 20 years / 22 years / 24 years according to the eligibility above (on 01 January 2008)
For 2: 24 years (on 01 October 2007)

Application Form: Download from website. 

Application Deadline: 31 July 2007


Punjab Technical University, Ladowali Road, Jalandhar 144001 (Punj)

Degree (UG & PG), Diploma, Lateral Entry Programmes (Distance):
(Paramedical / Hotel Mgmt / Fashion Tech / Media Tech)

Details: Website

University of Allahabad, Allahabad (UP)

Common Research Entrance Test 2007:
DPhil Programmes

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 10 August 2007

Jamia Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi 110062 (Deemed University)

PhD Programmes (Science / Pharmacy / Computer Science / Mgmt Studies / Allied Health Sciences / Islamic Studies / Federal Studies)
MPhil in Federal Studies

Application Form: Send Rs. 400/- by DD favouring “Jamia Hamdard,” payable at Delhi to The Chairman, Admission Committee at the above address / download from website.

Application Deadline: 10 August 2007

Pervin Malhotra, Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)