Question of attendance
75 per cent lectures are must
The Himachal Pradesh University, Simla, has made adherence of 75 per cent attendance condition mandatory in all its colleges. This move will discipline the students and enforce UGC regulation in colleges. Taking strict view of the little relevance attached earlier to class attendance, the university's Vice-Chancellor Anil Wilson has issued directions to enforce this rule seriously.

Nurturing professionals
In the fast-changing scenario, besides confident and innovative industry, the education sector is also blossoming in India. In addition to being a grown sector of the economy, information technology is a key enabler of social development and offers lakh of jobs every year.

Campus Notes

  • B.Ed counselling
  • IIT Guwahati fest




Question of attendance
75 per cent lectures are must
Ambika Sharma

The Himachal Pradesh University, Simla, has made adherence of 75 per cent attendance condition mandatory in all its colleges. This move will discipline the students and enforce UGC regulation in colleges. Taking strict view of the little relevance attached earlier to class attendance, the university's Vice-Chancellor Anil Wilson has issued directions to enforce this rule seriously.

For the first time it is now made mandatory for students to attend classes regularly, failing which their roll numbers for the annual examinations can be held back. Early this year, some candidates were not issued regular roll numbers and this has sent a clear message to rest of the students.

Lending support to this reformative step, various student organisations termed it as a welcome measure but they stressed that equally important was the need to ensure that the teachers too were held accountable for abiding by the lecture conditions.

Although attendance is a mandatory UGC clause, the rule was not applied in many colleges. This adversely reflected in the academic standards, since students who were short of the requisite number of lectures simply got away with it by paying fines. Much political pressure was brought upon Principals to "help" defaulting students.

Although agitations and turmoil dominated campuses, when the roll numbers of such students were withheld, those at the helm stood firm. Earlier, things had come to such a pass that students attended barely 10 to 15 per cent classes in the colleges. Academicians fearing degradation of education due to shrinking class attendance, are all support for the move.

A section of student leaders opine that instead of inculcating it as a mandatory compulsive step towards grant of annual examination roll numbers, a system of grading can be introduced. A former student leader Dr S. C. Attri said, “ If the university moots a proposal to grant at least two marks to those having more than 65 per cent lectures, it could prove to be more meaningful. In this way, the serious and laborious students can gain an extra score while those abstaining from classes would suffer for their callous attitude.”

Dr Attri stressed that “since Himachal is a poor state, there are cases where poor students are compelled to invest time in earning while pursuing higher education. In such cases some relaxation should be given keeping in view the genuine bonafide needs of the deserving poor students.”

The mandatory clause of compulsory attendance is linked to minimum lecture condition. Though the UGC stipulates the maximum number of teaching days at 180, it appears like a far-fetched idea. On an average, just 100 to 120 teaching days are achieved in an academic session. A university teacher, Ms Mallika Nadda, says both the student and teachers are responsible for having failed to enforce the 70 per cent attendance condition. If the teachers take adequate interest in their subject and ensure that the students adhere to this condition, it can be amicably achieved. Similarly, it is crucial to ensure that accountability of teachers who abstain from classes and make little efforts to woo students should also be taken to task, she adds.

Giving a word of advice, the BJP’s student wing ABVP feels some relaxation should be granted to those investing their time in social activities like student leadership, NSS and NCC camps, etc. ABVP’s state organising secretary Umesh Dutt advocates the need for timely declaration of results to save precious academic time. Since there is hardly any study from March to August, as many as six months are lost and the remaining six make it impossible to complete the mandatory 180 teaching days.

Student leaders are also apprehensive about its repercussions. They point out that the clause can be misused, if the student belonging to the opposition lack lectures. So, there is a need to be cautious in implementing it. Still others while foreseeing problems in its implementation opine that being the election year, the government may not like to annoy the students and term it as a right step at the wrong time. To begin with, it should be introduced in phases as neither the students nor the teachers can be expected to abide by it by a single stroke of directive, they said. 


Nurturing professionals
Prabhjot Singh

In the fast-changing scenario, besides confident and innovative industry, the education sector is also blossoming in India. In addition to being a grown sector of the economy, information technology is a key enabler of social development and offers lakh of jobs every year.

One of the leading IT giants opines that India has the potential to become a research powerhouse that can drive technology across the world as well as in the country and create tremendous job opportunities.

Now multinational companies, business houses and consultancy organisations offering tailor-made professional certificate or diploma courses covering behaviour, business solutions, functional and technical modules to meet their human resource requirements are on the rise, competing with the universities by offering high-profile job-oriented courses.

Though these diploma or certificate courses are not accredited to any university or institute, they guarantee a suitable placement to each and every student admitted.

Since these courses are designed, conducted and run by top professionals, including chief executive officers or the top executives of the business, industrial, marketing and financial world, the fee charged by them is incommensurate with the level and contents of the course or module offered. The duration of these courses varies from three months to a year. Some of the shelf courses’ fees also include boarding and lodging expenses of a candidate. The unique proposition of these tailor-made courses conducted and run by the MNCs or the industry is the on-job training experience and exposure to learn to work in a fast-paced team environment.

Lintas, for example, runs a couple of such professional courses at its Northpoint Centre of Learning in Khanada, Maharashtra.

This centre offers a “professional programme in advertising, media and communications” in association with the Lintas India Group, a leading communications company which is a part of the Interpublic Group Inc., USA

It is a full-time intensive 11-month programme, designed to combine contemporary theory with rigorous practice to prepare young men and women for a fast-track career in advertising, media and marketing communications.

The course aims to build actionable knowledge. It therefore includes, in addition to classroom training and exercise, a substantial component of practical internships in leading organisations. The training is imparted by senior academicians and practising managers from the industry to make learning a real-life experience.

Headstart, a business solutions and consulting organisation, involved in end-to-end strategic and tactical services, has launched an enterprise resource-planning (ERP) academy. The academy, the first of its kind, offers a professional certificate programme, Masters in Integrated Business Solution Management.

Headstart recently received recognition from Microsoft for “outstanding customer commitment and sales achievement” and was named to the Microsoft dynamics president’s club.

Puneet Kapoor, director, Headstart, says, “ERP is the need of the hour as it ensures cost monitoring and control, fastens the pace of business operations and enhances the productivity for increasing business profitability. The course offers a right blend of personality development, knowledge of business solutions and skills required to work in an integrated business solution tool-driven environments.”

The fee for these courses varies from Rs 1.40 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. Some of these centres or academies even provide laptop to their students. Admission to most of these professional certificate or diploma courses is through an entrance test followed by interview and swap discussion.

Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
B.Ed counselling 

Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) has been organising state-level admission counselling for the B.Ed (regular) course since September 5. The counselling is being organised in two shifts-the morning shift from 8 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and evening shift from 2.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The counselling for the general category candidates will be held till September 17, while the SC candidates will be covered on September 18 and BC candidates on September 19. Counselling for the physically challenged candidates will be held on September 20 and for freedom fighter / ex-servicemen category on September 21.

Last date extended

The admission counselling for vacant seats in various postgraduate courses in university teaching departments will be held on September 14. Admissions on NRI-sponsored and cultural activities seats will also be made on the same date.

Meanwhile, the MDU authorities have extended the last date for late admissions to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses up to September 14 with a late fee of Rs 1,000 against vacant seats.

According to a notification issued by the university's academic branch in this regard, the admissions will be made by the principal concerned of the affiliated colleges of the university on the basis of merit in the qualifying examination.

      — Contributed by Sunit Dhawan 

IIT Guwahati fest

The three-day annual techno-management fest of IIT, Guwahati, concluded on September 9, 2007, with a lecture by Dr P. Balram, Director, IISc, Bangalore. Lectures by eminent personalities like Dr Kiran Bedi, Dr R. Krishnapuram (the man behind Intel's quad core technology) and Sandesh Tiwari (Google India), were special highlights.

Dr Bedi stressed the need for the youth to develop a sense of responsibility, which she termed as "patriotic quotient", towards their fellow citizens and be constantly driven by the urge to see India as a superpower by 2020.

IITG extended a warm welcome to schoolchildren who had come from all over India and organised the event 'Technothlon' to take them through a series of lectures by the faculty. They also visited various labs having sophisticated instruments and take a quick peek at the research going on in IITG.

Besides the 'on-the-spot events,' the online events were a big hit and saw participants pouring in from even Stanford and MIT. The online puzzles event 'ARBIT' registered more than 35,000 clicks within an hour of its launch. Exceptional skills were shown by Mujahid Ahmed, a student of KEIT, Ghaziabad, who being physically challenged won the robotics competition, 'Aqua Husstle'.

The festival also marked the setting up of an intra-campus radio station. Google sponsored the festival which was organised by the students with the support of the administration of the institute. 


Armed Forces

Indian Army, Directorate General Remount Veterinary Services, QMG’s Branch, Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Army), West Block 3, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066

Remount Veterinary Corps (SSC)

Eligibility: Males; BVSc / BVSc & AH or equivalent degree. NCC ‘C’ certificate with ‘A’ or ‘B’ grading desirable.
Age: 21-32 years.
Selection: SSB Interview
Application Form: Send in prescribed format on a plain paper (21cm x 36 cm) with required documents to above address by 30 September 2007. Superscribe in red ink “Application for Short Service Commission in RVC” on envelope.
Details: Employment News (01 – 07 September 2007).

Application Deadline: 30 September 2007

Art & Design

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), College of Design, Management and Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (M/o Textiles, GoI)
PG Diploma in Enterprise Mgmt for Fashion Business (1˝ years)
Eligibility: Bachelors degree
Selection: GD, Test (7-8 October ’07) & Interview

Application Forms: Send Rs 1800/- by DD favouring NIFT, New Delhi to the Admission Department, NIFT Campus, New Delhi. Or Download from Website.

Application Deadline: 29 September 2007


Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (Jhar) (Deemed University)
BE Programme 2007-08 Electronics & Communication Engg / Electrical & Electronics Engg / Computer Science Engg (4 years at Deoghar Extension Centre)
Eligibility: 10+2 / ISc (PCM + English; 60%); Class 10 (60%)Age Limit: 21 yrs (on 1 Oct ’07)
Selection: AIEEE ’07 scores
Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 15 September 2007


Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand 388001 (Guj)

1) PG Programme in Rural Mgmt (2 years)2) Fellow Programme in Rural Mgmt (3 years) (Fields of Specialization for FPRM: Mgmt of Collectives, Agribusiness / Rural Marketing, Natural Resources Mgmt, Development Mgmt / Micro-Finance Mgmt, Governance and Livelihoods, Rural Infrastructure and Services Mgmt, Public and Non-profit Mgmt).
Eligibility: For 1: Bachelors degree (50%); For 2: PRM (from IRMA) / OYP (from IRMA) with 1 year work experience / PG (55%) with 50% marks in graduation / 5 year Professional degree (60%) / 4 year professional degree (60%) with 1 year work experience.
Selection: Written Test: 11 November 2007; Interview.IRMA’s PRM candidates applying for FPRM are exempted from the written test.
Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 08 October 2007

XLRI, School of Management, C H Area (E), Jamshedpur 831001 (Jhar) /

XAT 2008For admission to:1) PG Programme in Business Mgmt / Personnel Mgmt / Industrial Relations (2 yrs, FT)2) Fellow Programme in Mgmt (4 years)3) General Mgmt Programme (1 year) Eligibility: Bachelors degree for all.

For 3: Only for working executives (Minimum 5 years work-ex for GMP)

Test: 06 January 2008

Application Form: For XAT Bulletin: Send Rs 750/- by DD favouring “XAT, Jamshedpur” payable at SBI, XLRI Branch, (4660) with the XAT PA Form (which must be downloaded. Also available at various SBI Branches for Rs 700/-) to the Admissions Office at the above address / download from website by November 30 2007.For XLRI Prospectus: Send Rs 850/- or Rs 1350 (if applying for more than one program) by DD favouring “XLRI Jamshedpur” payable at SBI, XLRI Branch, (4660) with the XLRI PA Form (to be downloaded). Also available at various SBI Branches for Rs 800/-) to the Admissions Office, at the above address / download from website

Details: Website.
Application Deadline: 05 December 2007