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Disciplining the child
MY son had been slapped, and he felt that he had not done anything wrong. At a subsequent parent-teacher meeting, as a concerned parent, I went to the school to find out what had transpired. The lady in the line in front of me was telling the teacher that her son did not study hard enough. "Ma'm Please make him work, he needs a couple of slaps before he gets started. Don't spare the rod. We have to keep him on the right track." She took off in this vein.

Now, degree is just a click away
THE Internet has shrunk the world beyond belief; still, we need a mode of education which can transcend the barriers of distance, time and space. Online education is one such application of the Internet, which enables us to impart education at a distance, with minimum space and the liberty to learn at will. It virtually gives one the freedom to pursue the desired education sitting at home, or anywhere—on the laptop. It brings the advantage of getting a globalised degree from a world-class institution while sitting in one’s home country.

Campus Notes

  • Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
    B.Ed entrance test on August 18
    Principals authorised to admit students
    Last date extended
  • Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
    International conference

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Disciplining the child
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has expanded the definition of corporal punishment; however, its guidelines reflect the flux that society is in, says Roopinder Singh

MY son had been slapped, and he felt that he had not done anything wrong. At a subsequent parent-teacher meeting, as a concerned parent, I went to the school to find out what had transpired. The lady in the line in front of me was telling the teacher that her son did not study hard enough. "Ma'm Please make him work, he needs a couple of slaps before he gets started. Don't spare the rod. We have to keep him on the right track." She took off in this vein. When my turn came, I told the teacher that I had exactly the opposite problem, my child was a sensitive and disciplined student, he needed a different kind of treatment and he felt that he had been wrongly punished for something that he had not done. After an investigation, it turned out that he was right and the teacher concerned did address the issue.
Photo: Kuldip Dhiman

However, this incident brought home two distinct views on punishment. Is corporal punishment justified? Was it right to slap a student? How is the justness of punishment to be established?

The incident took place years ago, but the debate still rages on and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken it further by issuing a directive that has expanded the definition of corporal punishment to included acts such as slapping, rapping on the knuckles, making students kneel down or stand up for long hours, sitting like a chair and beating with a scale, pinching and slapping, locking up student alone in classrooms and making a child run in the school.

Not limiting itself to physical acts alone, the commission has also come down heavily on the use of foul and abusive language. A teacher can be jailed for calling a child "idiot" or "stupid" or "mindless". Even something as common as impositions like asking the students to write that they will not repeat their mistakes in class are now considered corporal punishment.

Is there anyone who has not been punished in school? Actually for most of us, indiscipline, and thereafter punishment was very much a part of school life. Many a time it was, especially for boys, corporal punishment involving physical pain, something that was taken as a part of the growing process.

Corporal punishment is rightly condemned worldwide today , and there is no doubt that all too distressingly often students are abused by teachers who lose control and as a result of this, sometimes, children are injured, even killed. Those who perpetuate these acts deserve to be punished to the full extent of the law.

However, there is another side to the problem too. The NCPCR directive says that a First Information Report (FIR) must be filed against teachers accused of punishing children. School administrators and teachers are understandably edgy about being harassed, and these provisions being misused. They insist that teachers must have certain means to discipline children. While this provision must be invoked in case of serious abuse of children, including are child sexual abuse, torture, electric shocks, inflicting injuries on children, it can also be misused by students and their parents. As a teacher put it: "If the child needs to be punished for something, what is wrong with making him run around the grounds provided he is hale and hearty? These days the parents themselves are not raising disciplined children. If the school also does not help in disciplining this generation where are we headed?"

The NCPCR guidelines, no doubt, reflect the flux that the society is in. No doubt, sometimes even corrective actions need correction. However, the commission has done well to bring to the fore what was often brushed under the carpet-the abuse of disciplinary powers given to teachers. 

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Now, degree is just a click away
Kanwalpreet Kaur

THE Internet has shrunk the world beyond belief; still, we need a mode of education which can transcend the barriers of distance, time and space. Online education is one such application of the Internet, which enables us to impart education at a distance, with minimum space and the liberty to learn at will. It virtually gives one the freedom to pursue the desired education sitting at home, or anywhere—on the laptop. It brings the advantage of getting a globalised degree from a world-class institution while sitting in one’s home country.

Online education has brought a flood of opportunities for students of higher learning. Nowadays, almost every faculty of education is taught online in a very attractive manner. The degrees offered by educational institutes running online courses have a worldwide recognition. The online educational environment provides us the opportunity to contact overseas community, which helps us to share our views, increase our knowledge, overcome our difficulties and get advice to grow in this global era.

A look at the most reputed foreign universities reveals that their professors (even more than 55 years old) tend to use the Internet more as a source of online education and get promotions after earning degrees. Recently, Jerry Carley joined the University of Southern Nevada, located in Henderson, Nevada, as Assistant Professor. Nikki Burley, MPA, was recently promoted to Procurement Analyst at the Department of Defense HQ located in Arlington. Dr Marty Trammell earned a PhD in education and is having his first book published. James Gardner, who did PhD from Walden University, was recently promoted as Vice-President of Instruction.

There are several benefits of online education: It is accessible 24 hours a day and seven days a week. One is not bounded by the timetable, as it allows the flexibility to learn in one’s own way. Using the Internet as a classroom, you can access the online journals, e-books, magazines and research papers at any time.

Online education is quick in reach as compared to the formal ways of education, so it has a vast scope in a big country like India.

However, it is important to choose the right format for your online education to achieve goals. Once a decision is made, a search on the Internet will help you identify the subject area and review all programmes and universities available. Review not only the programme of study you are interested in, but also be sure to review the accreditation statement for the university, because accreditation is a very important consideration in online education.

Though online education has its vast scope and it really helps to grow your knowledge and career, regular school/college still has its own importance and will continue to be so. It is advisable to attend regular college for a bachelor/master degree to enrich your experience, and then afterwards take an online degree. This gives the flexibility and freedom to the candidate. Enrolling in an online university is a good choice for anyone who wants to stay at home to earn a degree and can use the Internet to his or her advantage.

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Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
B.Ed entrance test on August 18

Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), which has been authorised to conduct the state-level B.Ed (regular) entrance test this year, will hold the test on August 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The university has issued admit cards to the candidates. The Controller of Examinations of MDU, Sukhbir Singh, said in case any candidate does not receive his/her admit card up to August 13, he/she can get duplicate admit card issued from the Colleges Branch of MDU from August 14 to 17.

Such candidates will have to bring along a photocopy of their OMR Application Form, two photographs and a fee of Rs 50. Sukhbir Singh said no duplicate admit card would be issued on August 18, i.e., the day of the entrance test. Meanwhile, the university authorities are making all necessary arrangements for smooth and fair conduct of the entrance test.

Principals authorised to admit students

The MDU authorities have authorised the principals of the affiliated colleges to make admission to undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses, in case of seats remaining vacant, up to August 17 strictly on merit basis with a late fee of Rs 1,000.

Thus, the prior approval of the Vice-Chancellor would not be required for admission to UG/PG courses in affiliated colleges. The Academic Branch of the university has issued a circular to all affiliated colleges in this regard.

Last date extended

The MDU administration has extended the last date for submitting the application forms for M.Ed (regular) course up to August 31 with a late fee of Rs 500. The entrance test for M.Ed course will be held on October 21. Candidates applying for admission to the course will have to submit all requisite eligibility documents up to October 15. 

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
International conference

Guru Nanak Dev University will host the 28th International Conference of All-India Persian Teachers Association from December 27 to 29. Nearly 250 delegates from India and abroad are expected to participate in the conference.

Dr Shashi Bala, coordinator of the conference, said the main aim of this conference was to promote and patronise the Persian language, as it had deep impact on the Punjabi language, literature and culture. Persian was indispensable for the understanding of the Sikh scripture and the Sikh history.


— Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and
Sanjay Bumbroo

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Deadline Column 104 (August 11, ‘07)

Art & Design

Pearl Academy of Fashion, A 21/13, Naraina Industrial Area, Phase II, New Delhi 110028
www.pearlacademy.com

Short term Certificate Programmes (24-weeks, thrice a week):

Fashion Marketing & Promotion / Apparel Merchandising / Graphic Design / Creative Textile Design / Clothing Foundation (Basic / Intermediate) (24 weeks)

Eligibility: 10+2

Selection: First come first serve basis

Application Form & Details: Website

Law

KIIT, National Law School, Bhubaneswar 751024 (Oris) (Deemed University)
www.kiit.ac.in

LLB (Integrated - BA-LLB, BSc LLB), 5 years
LLB (3 years)

Eligibility:

For BA LLB: 10+2 (50%)
For BSc LLB: 10+2 (Science) 55%
For LLB: Bachelors degree in Arts / Soc Science (55%), Science Stream (60%)
Selection: CET: 26 August 2007

Application Form: Download from website.

Application Deadline: 16 August 2007

Indian Institute of Human Rights, A 16, Paryavaran Complex, Saket, Maidangarhi Marg, New Delhi 110030

PG Programme in Human Rights (2 years / Corresp)

Eligibility: Bachelors Degree

Selection: Test.

Application Form: Send Rs. 45/- by DD favouring "Indian Institute of Human Rights," payable at New Delhi at the above address.

Application Deadline: 20 October 2007

Management

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 (as of 15 August ’07).

Selection: Online Admission test

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 16 August 2007

Indian Institute of Forest Management, PO Box No 357, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal 462003 (MP)
www.iifm.ac.in/ www.iifm.org

Fellow Programme in Management (4 years, Full Time)

Eligibility: Masters degree in relevant discipline (60%)
Age limit: 45 years (on 30 June ’07)
Selection: CAT scores.

Fellowships: On basis of past academic credentials & performance

Application Form: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Director, IIFM", payable at Bhopal, to Chairperson-Admissions, at above address / download from website

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 05 December 2007

Institute of Management Development & Research, DE Society Campus, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune 411004 (Mah)
www.imdr.edu

PGDM (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: CAT 2007
Application Form: Apply online.

Application Deadline: 30 November 200

Institute of Insurance & Risk Management, Plot No 1149, Jubilee Hills, Road No 57, Hyderabad 500033 (AP) (JV of IRDA & AP Govt)
www.iirmworld.org.in

International PG Diploma Course in Life Insurance / General Insurance / Risk Mgmt (1 year, Full Time)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (including Engg & Mgt) / PG degree (50%)

Application Form: Send Rs 200/-by DD drawn on scheduled bank favouring "Institute of Insurance and Risk Management," payable at Hyderabad at the above address / download from website.

Details: website

Application Deadline: 30 November 2007

Scholarships

Director General of Civil Aviation (Training Section), Technical Center, Opposite Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi 110003 (GoI)
www.dgca.nic.in

Scholarship / Stipend for SC/ST Candidates (2 years)
(For Flying Training up to PPL Standard)

Eligibility: 10+2 (with Maths & Physics); Parents / Guardians income not to exceed Rs. 1 lakh p.a.
Age: 17-20 years (on 01 April ’07)

Details: Employment News (4 - 10 August 2007) / Website

Application Deadline: 30 August 200

DAAD, 72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003
http://newdelhi.daad.de

Fellowship for Young Researchers
For young scholars / scientists / university teachers for pursuing fellowship / research at universities and research institutes in Germany

Eligibility: Teachers at University IITs and institutes at leading research institutes of national importance, Masters degree (first divn at masters or bachelors level) plus 2 years of teaching / research experience.
Age limit: 32 years (on 01 October ’07)

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 01 October 2007

University

Osmania University, Prof. G Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education, Hyderabad 500007 (AP)
www.oucde.ac.in

PG / PG Diploma / Pre-Degree / Modular Certificate / UG Courses

Details: Website

Kurukshetra University, Directorate of Distance Education, Kurukshetra 136119 (Har)
http://kukinfo.com

1) BTech (Computer Science & Engg / Electronics & Communication Engg / Mechanical Engg / Biotechnology / Instrumentation)
2) MBA
3) MCA

Eligibility: For 1: 10+2 (Physics, Maths & Chemistry / Biotech / Computer Sc / Biology)
For 1): BTech Biotech: 10+2 (PCM + Biol / Biotech).
For 2: Bachelors degree,
For 3: Bachelors degree (with Maths at 10+2) / Bachelors degree (with Maths / Stats) / BCA

Application Form: Send Rs. 550/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Kurukshetra University," payable at Kurukshetra to the above address / download from website.

Selection & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 18 August 200

Jiwaji University, School of Studies in Distance Education, Gwalior 474011(MP)
http://jiwaji.edu/

BA / BCom / BSc / BBA (RTM) / BLib ISc / BJMC
MA (Economics / History / Ancient History / Hindi / Sanskrit / Political Science / Sociology / Geography / Public Admin / English / Drawing & Painting / Social Work)
MLib ISc
MJMC
MBA (CSMM / RTM / Genl)
PG Diploma in (Psychological Counseling / Yoga Education / Computer Application / HRD)

Application Form: Send Rs. 250/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Jiwaji University, Gwalior" to above address.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 15 November 2007

Jamia Hamdard, Directorate of Open & Distance Learning, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi 110062 (Deemed University)
www.jamiahamdard.edu

1) PG Diploma:
Bio-Informatics / Chemo Informatics / Dietetics & Therapeutics Nutrition / Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs / Environmental Monitoring & Impact Assessment / Local Governance (1 year)
2) BCA (3 years)
3) BBA (3 years)

Application Form: Available at Jamia study centres / Directorate of Open & Distance Learning: Rs 100/- / download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 01 September 2007

Himachal Pradesh University, International Centre for Distance Education & Open Learning, Shimla 171005 (HP)

1) BA, BCom (3 years)
2) MA, MCom (2 year)

3) PGDCA /PGDPM & LW / APGDIT (1 year)

4) BJMC / MJMC (1 year)

5) MBA (2 years)

6) MPhil (1 year)

Application Form: Send Rs 200/- by IPO / DD favouring "Director, ICDEOL, HP University, Shimla" to the above address. At counter: Rs 150/- (cash).

Details: See Prospectus.

Application Deadline: For 1: 10 October 2007
For Rest: 11 September 2007
For 6: 17 October 2007.

Punjab University, Department of Correspondence Studies, Chandigarh 160014 (Punj)
http://distanceedu.puchd.ac.in / http://dcs.puchd.ac.in

UG Courses: (BA, BCom (Gen)

PG Courses: MA (Eng, Hin, Punj, Pol Sc, Eco, Hist, Pub Admin, Sociol, Police Admin), MCom (2-year)

Professional Courses (MFC, MEd 1 72 (for in-service teachers), BEd-1 (through entrance), BEd-2 (for inservice teachers), BLib ISc (1-year)
PG Diploma Courses
(Health, Family Welfare & Population Educn, Mass Comm, Human Rights & Duties, Comp Appln), 1-year

Diploma (Statistics), 1-year

Certificate Courses (Vivekananda Studies), 1-year

Application Form: Send Rs 560/- by DD favouring "Registrar, PU, Chandigarh," payable at Chandigarh at the above address / download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 03 October 2007

 

Pervin Malhotra,

Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)

(www.careerguidanceindia.com)


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