EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Managing teachers
Surjeet Singh

A dysfunctional education system can only produce dysfunctional future citizens, said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, while speaking at the 150th anniversary ceremony of the University of Mumbai.

Cambridge beats Oxford in best varsity list
LONDON:
Cambridge has replaced Oxford as the best university in the United Kingdom, according to a varsity guide published on Monday.
The university league table, which assesses entry grades, teaching quality, staff-student ratios and graduate job prospects, is dominated by Cambridge followed by Oxford University, Imperial College and London School of Economics.

Research project
Dr R.S. Johal, a lecturer at the Postgraduate Department of Physics, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, recently visited the Institute of Theoretical Physics I, University of Stuttgart, Germany, for three months.

Campus Notes

  • Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 

  • IT company visits campus for placements

  • Freedom struggle anniversary

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Managing teachers
Surjeet Singh

A dysfunctional education system can only produce dysfunctional future citizens, said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, while speaking at the 150th anniversary ceremony of the University of Mumbai.

The existing education system is faulty. It is controlled by bureaucrats.

Dr Manmohan Singh has truly a great vision of 'expanding the higher education', but that is not enough. To achieve/sustain excellence in education, we need a strong but effective teacher education as well as managers of the education system well versed in pedagogy.

A UGC survey shows that 90 per cent colleges and 68 per cent universities are substandard. Half of Class XII students never enter colleges. Though higher education has grown exponentially, the dropout rate of under privileged classes varies from 50 per cent to 61.5 per cent. One of the key findings is that 57 per cent teachers don't have an MPhil or a PhD degree. This survey should serve as an eye-opener.

UGC Chairman Professor Thorat has identified the two main reasons behind the quality gap-availability and quality of facilities and quality of faculty. The investment has dipped from 17 per cent to 10 per cent. The rural education is worst affected. Thus, we need a micro-education process.

The HRD Ministry usually comes out with a novel solution, unlimited centralised control and regulations. This tied investment is a real danger that no educationist dares to question. For example, the spark of reservation started by former Prime Minister V. P. Singh and fuelled by HRD Minister Arjun Singh has divided the Indian polity into classes that are clamouring for bigger cakes. It is an optical illusion, as educationists have really failed the common man. The reservation issue has diverted the attention of education managers from quality improvement in higher education to the political control of votes.

I am a teacher. I may be wrong; but for me, all students are equal, though their potentials are varied. Educationally, I believe the abilities of a group of students, however streamed they may be, always follow a bell-shaped curve. You cannot have uniformity but a teacher can ensure harmony by putting sincere efforts. Each class is like a garden, where each flower has a unique shape, colour and fragrance, adding charming beauty to environment.

The existing education system is faulty. It is controlled by bureaucrats who are supposedly expert in providing spot solutions to the problems, especially related to education.

Lots of ills are plaguing education. Relevant research in the field of science is very less at higher studies. There is no regular interaction between the industry and the academia. As a result, the industry continues to suffer the shortage of skilled labour. Dr Thorat has missed one essential point in his explanation. We actually need managers who can think for the optimum use of resources for better education. We have to regenerate resources within the available resources for growth.

Teaching is transfer of knowledge. The teacher should impart knowledge in such a way that the pupils don't get scared of a difficult subject. So, a teacher needs to keep focus on the subject as well as on students. So far the emphasis is on knowledge. However, it is not the knowledge only, but its use that empowers a student to meet the challenges of life.

There is need to introduce a new course of 'Management in Education' at the teaching level. A lecturer is promoted to the post of Principal or Head of the Department but is quite ignorant about management methods. Managing an institution is very different from teaching students in classes. Even directors of education are quite ignorant of research-based effective management strategies and planning. Hence the gap between the facilities required and the existing infrastructure persists without any corrections.

The writer is a former ADPI, Colleges, Punjab

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Cambridge beats Oxford in best varsity list

LONDON: Cambridge has replaced Oxford as the best university in the United Kingdom, according to a varsity guide published on Monday.

The university league table, which assesses entry grades, teaching quality, staff-student ratios and graduate job prospects, is dominated by Cambridge followed by Oxford University, Imperial College and London School of Economics.

In fact, being ranked the highest-performing varsity, Cambridge has topped the list of 113 universities in the UK for 35 of the 46 subjects for which it is judged, compared with five for Oxford.

Oxford has dropped behind Cambridge—for the first time in six years—partly because Cambridge University has counted the facilities provided by individual colleges affiliated to it, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Moreover, Oxford is the third for student satisfaction and has a high number of students for each member of staff, while Scotland’s St Andrews University, ranked fifth in the guide, has the highest rating for student satisfaction.

Only half the Russell Group of 20 research-intensive universities feature in the top 20, with Leeds at 37 and Liverpool at 41. Though these get nearly two-thirds of the quality-rated grants, other factors such as staff to student ratios and spending on facilities brought some of them down.

The increasing strength of red-brick varsities in the rival 1994 group is illustrated in the guide with St Andrews fifth, Bath ninth, Durham 10th and Loughborough 11th, with Royal Holloway rated at 13 and York 14. Only Aston, a non-aligned university, comes within the top 20.

Though critics have flayed the attempt to judge the quality of higher education in the UK, University of Exeter’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Steve Smith defended saying that “more information should be provided to applicants to inform their understanding of the complex higher education sector.” — PTI 

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Research project

Dr R.S. Johal, a lecturer at the Postgraduate Department of Physics, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, recently visited the Institute of Theoretical Physics I, University of Stuttgart, Germany, for three months.

He started a new collaborative project on nano-thermodynamics. Dr Johal, a former Humboldt Fellow, was invited jointly by the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics, Stuttgart.

The research work focused on the study of models of quantum heat engines. These models help to theoretically understand the limits and capabilities of nano-scale devices and motors. According to Dr Johal, the field of nano-thermodynamics is rich in research potential with challenging open questions that have a bearing on quantum computing, thermodynamics and nanotechnology. — TNS

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Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 
IT company visits campus for placements

Noted IT company JK Technosoft recently visited the Department of Computer Science and Applications here for campus placements.

The head of the department, Dr Nasib Singh Gill, maintained that this event marked the commencement of placement activities at the department. Eight students of the batch passing out in 2008 have already been absorbed by leading IT companies, he added.

Anusuya Rao, project manager, JK Technosoft, delivered a pre-placement talk and detailed the gathering about her organisation. She was assited by Chanchal Sharma and Ritu Gupta. The placement schedule comprised an aptitude test and a technical exam. Faculty members Latika Kharb and Pradeep Kumar helped in conducting the programme.

As many as 48 students participated in the placement test.

Freedom struggle anniversary

The university will celebrate the 150th anniversary of India's first freedom struggle (1857) with a slew of events during August 14 to 30.

A university spokesperson informed that various literary, cultural and sports events would be organised during the fortnight-long commemorative celebrations. These include a half-marathon contest, university-level choreography contest, patriotic songs and poetry-recitation competition, declamation/debate contest, solo dance competition, painting, poster-making and clay-modeling contests, Haryanavi skit and fancy dress competition.

A university-level quiz contest on the role of Haryana in the freedom struggle of 1857, a folk song competition, group song competition, ragni contest, short plays, a mushaira (in collaboration with the Haryana Urdu Academy), and a national seminar (in collaboration with Haryana Sahitya Academy) will also be organised.

— Contributed by Sunit Dhawan

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ADMISSION DEADLINE 

Deadline Column 102 (July 27, ‘07)

Civil Services

Staff Selection Commission, Block No 12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003
www.ssc.nic.in

Tax Assistant Examination - 2007

Eligibility: Bachelors degree; Data entry speed: 8,000 computer key strokes per hour.
DoB: 20-27 year (on 17 August ’07)

Exam: 18 November ‘07

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with required documents and a self-addressed postcard (postage: Rs 6/-) and a stamped (Rs 5/-), self-addressed envelope (12 cm X 25 cm) to the concerned Regional / Deputy Director / download from website. Superscribe "Application for Tax Assistant Exam, 2007" on envelope & postcard.

Details: Employment News (21 - 27 July 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 17 August 2007

 

Engineering

Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC), 801, Hemkunt Chambers, 89, Nehru Place, New Delhi 110019
www.cidc.in

Advanced Training Programme in Construction Technology & Management

Eligibility: Diploma in Engg (Civil / Mechanical / Electrical, 75%) / MSc in Physics / Chemistry / Maths / Statistics, 60%)

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 30 September 2007

 

National Power Training Institute (NR), NPTI Complex, Sector 33, Faridabad 121003 (Har) (M/o Power, GoI)
www.npti.nic.in

PG Diploma in GIS & Remote Sensing (1 year)
(at Nagpur / Neyveli / Badarpur / Durgapur)

Eligibility: BE / BTech / BSc in (Science / Geography / Geology / Agriculture)
Age Limit: 30 years (on 31 August 2007).

Selection: Merit (% of marks).

Application Form: Send application in prescribed format with required documents, 2 passport size photographs and Rs 500/ - by crossed DD favouring "NPTI," payable at Faridabad at the above address / download from website

Details: Employment News (21 – 27 July 2007) / Website

Application Deadline: 14 August 2007

Indo Swiss Training Centre, Central Scientific Instruments Organization, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (Punj) (CSIR, New Delhi)
www.csio.gov.in

Training Programme on Industrial Instrumentation (Multi Skill Training / Die & Mould Making / Mechatronics)

Eligibility: ITI with 5 years experience / Diploma with 3 years work experience in (Mechanical / Production / Instrumentation)
Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 July 2007

 

Finance

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068
www.ignou.ac.in

1) BCom with major in Accountancy & Finance (3 years)
2) MCom in Finance & Taxation (2 years)

Eligibility: For 1:10+2
For 2: Bachelors degree

Application Form: Send Rs.450/- by IPO / DD favouring "IGNOU", payable at Regional Center by 14 August ‘07 to the above address / download from website. Mention name & address on reverse of DD.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 August 2007

 

IT

National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra 136119 (Har)
www.nitkkr.ac.in

MCA (3-year, Full Time)

Test: 12 August ‘07

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 06 August 2007

 

Management

XLRI, Jamshedpur, School of Business & Human Resources in collaboration with HughesNet (Jhar)
www.xlri.ac.in

PG Certificate in (Sales & Marketing Mgmt / Retail Mgmt) (1 year)

Application Form: Download from website.

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 16 August 2007

 

National Institute of Bank Management, NIBM PO, Kondhwe Khurd, Pune 411048 (Mah)
www.nibmindia.org

PG Programme in Banking & Finance (1 year)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: CAT 2007 score; Interview & GD: February / March 2008

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 03 December 2007

 

Indian Institute of Management (IIM A), Vastrapura, Ahmedabad (Guj)
www.iimahd.ernet.in/programmes/pgpabm.htm

PG Programme in Agri-Business Management-2008 (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelor / Masters degree (Agriculture Sciences & allied subjects (50%).

Selection: CAT: 18 November ‘07

Application Form:.Send Rs 1200/- by DD favouring the respective IIM by 20 August ’07 / apply online. Available at various UTI branch / Vijaya Bank (in cash) Rs 1100/- till 16 August ‘07

Application Deadline: 08 September 2007

 

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-L), Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Road, Lucknow 226013 (UP)
www.iiml.ac.in

International Programme in Management for Executives (1 year, Residential)

(At Noida Campus)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree; GMAT Score; 6 years full time, Post-qualification professional experience.
Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 20 November 2007

 

Xavier Institute of Management, PGCBM Office, Xavier Square, Bhubaneswar 751013 (Oris)
www.ximb.ac.in/pgcbm

PG Certificate in Business Management (1-year)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree + 2 years work experience on 15 August ’07.

Selection: Online Admission test

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2007

 

Management Development Institute (MDI), Mehrauli Road, Sukhrali, Gurgaon 122001 (Har)
www.mdi.ac.in / www.mdi.edu

Executive Management Programme (3 years, Part-Time)
(leading to PGDBM; recognized by AMBA, UK)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree / Professional degree (Engineers, CA, CS, CWA, Architects and Doctors preferred); Minimum 3 years executive work experience.

Selection: Written Test: 19 August ‘07; GD; Interview

Application Form: Send Rs. 1550/- by DD favoring "Management Development Institute," payable at Gurgaon / New Delhi to the above address by 11 August 2007 / download from website.

Application Deadline: 14 August 2007

 

All India Management Association, Management House, 14 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003
www.aima-ind.org

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
(for MBA & Allied Courses)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree

Test: 02 September ‘07.

Application Form: Send Rs. 690/ - by DD favouring "All India Management Association-CMS," payable at New Delhi with 2 self-addressed slips to the Senior Dy Director, AIMA-CMS at the above address by 11 August 2007 / download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 17 August 2007

 

Medicine

Lady Hardinge Medical College & Smt SK Hospital, School of Nursing, New Delhi 110001

Pre-Hospital Trauma Technician Training Course

Eligibility: 10+2 (PCB, 50%).
Age: 17-25 years (On 01 September ’07)

Application Form: at Smt. JRT School of Nursing, Moolchand Hospital: Rs 500/- (cash).

Details: Employment News (21 – 27 July 2007)

Application Deadline: 03 August 2007

 

Scholarships

M/o Tribal Affairs, Room No 217 D, 'D' Wing, Shastri Bhavan, Rajendra Prasad Marg, New Delhi 110001
www.tribal.nic.in

New Scholarship Scheme of Top class Education for ST Students

Eligibility: Family income should not exceed by 2 lakh pa

Scholarship: For Private sector Institutes: Rs 2 lakh pa
For Commercial Pilot Training: Rs 3.72 lakh p
Living expenses, Books & stationary etc also included

Application Form: Send in prescribed format along with relevant documents to Section Officer, Education Section at the above address.

Details: Employment News (21 – 27 July 2007) / website

 

Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, 6 Bharatpuri Administrative Zone, Ujjain 456010 (MP) (affiliated to Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR, MHRD)
www.icssr.org

Doctoral Fellowships (2 years)

Eligibility: Masters degree (Commerce / Economics / Political Science; 55%) and National Eligibility Test (NET)

Age Limit: 35 years

Selection: Interview

Fellowship: Rs.6,000/- pm for two years plus Rs.12,000/- pa contingency grant.

Application Forms: Send to the Director at the above address.

Application Deadline: 30 July 2007

 

University Grants Commission, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110002
www.ugc.ac.in

PG Merit Scholarship Scheme for University Rank Holders at Undergraduate Level

Subjects for Scholarships:
BSc (General) / BSc (Hons): Physics / Chemistry / Botany / Zoology / Mathematics / Statistics;
BA (General) / BA (Hons): Economics / English / Geography / Hindi / History / Philosophy / Political Science / Psychology / Sanskrit / Sociology / Urdu;
BCom (General) / BCom (Hons)

Eligibility: Students pursuing Masters degree (1st year) in any of the above mentioned subjects with 60% marks in Bachelors degree.
For General Courses the 1st & 2nd Rank Holders admitted in any PG degree programme will be awarded the scholarship while the scholarship will be awarded to the1st rank holders only in Hons Courses.

Selection: Merit Basis

Scholarship: 2375 scholarships @ Rs 2000 pm for 2 years.

Application Form: Send application in prescribed format with attested documents to the Head, UGC at the above address / download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 05 August 2007

 

University Grants Commission, Selections & Awards Bureau, Delhi University South Campus, Benito Juarez Marg, New Delhi 110021
www.ugc.ac.in

PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child (2 years)
Eligibility: Single girl child admitted to a Masters programme in any recognized University / College.

Scholarship: Rs 2000/-pm for 2 years.

Application Form: Send written request in prescribed format with attested documents to the Head, UGC at the above address / download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 05 August 2007

 

Udayan Care, C 9, Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi 110024
www.udayancare.org

Udayan Shalini Fellowship
(For girls from the lower socio-economic backgrounds, who are academically inclined)

Eligibility: Class 11 and 1st year / support income of the family not to exceed Rs 96,000/-
For Vocational courses: 60%
For disciplines such as Nursing / Medicine / Engg / CA: 70%

Scholarship: For School (XI): Rs. 7000/- p.a.
For College: Rs. 9000/- p.a.
For Vocational: Rs. 7500/- p.a.
For Higher Studies: Rs 18000/- pa

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2007

 

 

Travel & Transportation

Institute of Tourism Management, MMS Hostel, Moti Mahal Campus, 2, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow 226001 (UP) (UP Tourism; Northern Chapter of IITTM, Gwalior, M/o Tourism, GoI)
www.itmlucknow.com

PG Diploma in Tourism & Travel Industry Mgmt (1 year)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree.
Application Form: Send on plain paper with Rs. 300/- by DD favouring "Institute of Tourism Management", payable at Lucknow to the above address / download from website.

Details: Employment News (21 - 27 July 2007) / Website

Application Deadline: 28 July 2007

 

Pervin Malhotra,

Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)

(www.careerguidanceindia.com)


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