EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Socialist approach
New courses make students more responsible towards society’s needs
Gayatri Rajwade

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approach is almost socialist in nature, but with a capitalist twist. Of over a dozen new courses introduced in Panjab University this year, several seem to straddle the need to “make students more responsible towards the society’s needs” as well remaining updated with subjects that have global relevance.

PM releases stamp on educationist J.P. Naik
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released a postage stamp commemorating eminent educationist J. P. Naik, describing him as a “revered teacher and a true and great institution builder.”

Campus Notes

  • 69 students honoured

  • Teaching block  inaugurated

ADMISSION DEADLINE 

 

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Socialist approach
New courses make students more responsible towards society’s needs
Gayatri Rajwade

The approach is almost socialist in nature, but with a capitalist twist. Of over a dozen new courses introduced in Panjab University this year, several seem to straddle the need to “make students more responsible towards the society’s needs” as well remaining updated with subjects that have global relevance.

These include MA (social work), MA (human rights and duties), MA (police administration), MBA (biotechnology), M.Tech (nanoscience and nanotechnology) and professional counselling and psychotherapy.

“The social and economic milieu is changing and our institute has to keep evolving and adapting to meet the challenges head-on. There is need for drastic restructuring and for efficiency as well as better performances,” said Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof R. C. Sobti.

What is important is that this is also the vision that UGC has for education in the country today. UGC chairman Prof Sukhdeo Thorat, during a recent visit to the university in July, stressed on the necessity to fulfil “certain expectations from the university system”, adding, that not only should universities and colleges put in the latest subjects into their curricula, the transmission of knowledge as well should be of the highest quality.

Prof Manjit Singh, director of the newly formed Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, believes that global challenges demand competition and competency in education today. “Market demands performance and to uphold the image of an institute, there is a continuous need to improve.”

Development is the need of the hour because these are subjects that Prof Sobti hopes will add to the entire personality of the student. “If we take the example of MA (public health), not only is this the need of the country right now it is also a subject where students will be taught of human duties,” he stresses.

Dr B. S. Ghuman, chief coordinator, Centre for Emerging Areas in Social Sciences, believes that the need to venture into emerging areas is important because conventional research methodology will not work. “Not only do we need new tools, we also need to adopt an inter-disciplinary approach.”

Dr Ghuman’s principle too is based on producing an individual who is not just focused but well rounded too. “We have become super-specialised but with the impact of globalisation, the contours of social reality have become more multi-dimensional and complex. The need of the hour is not to fire-fight but to work in tandem with other areas of education.”

Interestingly, this is no bed of roses. The responsibility only begins once a new course has been started. The UGC’s “inclusive” policy talks of bringing education to all, including the marginalised sections of society. But this is not happening simply because the expenses involved in education is fast taking it out of the reach of the common man.

Resource mobilisation has become vital because the state is phasing out from the public sectors, explains Prof Singh. Health and education are the worst hit and these are, ironically, the primary responsibilities of a welfare state. “There is a greater requirement for generation of own resources so the university is forced to adopt those strategies which are incommensurate with university standards,” he explains. In short, compromise with the means to achieve the end, and that is resources.

According to experts, therefore, while evolving, educational institutes must take care to prepare a comprehensive feasibility report not just to ensure that the infrastructure required is in place, but also the relevance of the course is made clear to students wishing to opt for it. 
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PM releases stamp on educationist J.P. Naik

 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh releasing the postage stamp in New Delhi
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh releasing the postage stamp in New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released a postage stamp commemorating eminent educationist J. P. Naik, describing him as a “revered teacher and a true and great institution builder.”

“He was a nationalist and a Gandhian. It is a happy coincidence that he shared his birthday with another great educationist and teacher, our former Rashtrapati (President), Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It gives me great pleasure that we honour two of our great educationists today,” the Prime Minister said while releasing the stamp at his residence on the 100th birth anniversary of Naik. The function was organised by the Indian Institute of Education, Pune.

Speaking about Naik’s role as “a great institution builder,” the Prime Minister said he helped build world-class research facilities in various state capitals including Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna and Ahmedabad, besides building the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) that had played a foundational role in the development of social science research across the country.

Chitra Naik, 91, wife of J. P. Naik and renowned educationist and social worker, presented a special issue of Bhavan’s Journal to the Prime Minister, which was brought out by Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan in honour of Naik.

Dr M. S. Swaminathan; Dr Karan Singh; Shivraj Patil, Union Home Minister; A. Raja, Minister of Communication; Dr Shakeel Ahmed, Minister of State in Ministry of Communication; Prof Sukhdev Thorat, Chairman, University Grants Commissions; Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, Vice-Chief of Army Staff; V. N. Naryanan, editor, Bhavan’s Journal; J. Veeraraghavan, director, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, besides a large number of educationists and colleagues of J. P. Naik participated in the function.
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Campus Notes
69 students honoured

Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar

As many as 69 students were given prizes for their performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities at the 18th prize distribution function of the College of Home Science of Haryana Agricultural University. Dr R. P. Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Jambheshhar University, was the chief guest. 

Dr J.C. Katyal, Vice-Chancellor, HAU, who presided over the function, released the college magazine Manoveena and other publications brought out by the institution.

Addressing the students, Dr Bajpai said integration of home science and food science revolutionise the Indian food industry. Citing the example of Japan where region-wise food and recipes were available at every bus stand, railway station and markets in ready-to-eat form in plenty, he said we had evolved sufficient technologies in both fields and that there now was need to take these technologies to the grassroots level, so that unemployed youth and housewives were attracted towards such ventures. 

Dr Bajpai appealed to food scientists to impart training to this lot of society in food preparation, its preservation, packaging and marketing.

An exhibition depicting college achievements was also held on the occasion. The students presented a cultural programme.

Teaching block  inaugurated
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurated the 7th Teaching Block of Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology.  The new teaching block has 110 rooms, including 12 lecture theatres, 40 laboratories, 54 faculty rooms, boys and girls common rooms and seminar and conference halls.

On this occasion, Hooda said higher education had little to do with the changing employment scenario. After completing their courses, students found themselves at crossroads as no job avenues were available to them. He said his government was paying special attention to higher education.

Plans were afoot to improve the system. This would not only help impart better education but at the same time also ease the unemployment situation in the state. The Chief Minister appealed to teachers to infuse scientific temper in youth and children to prepare them to meet the manpower needs of the global industrial scene. 

Hooda said he would extend all financial help to the proposed knowledge park being planned to set up by the university on its campus. He was glad to note that the centre would ensure that research was passed on to the relevant industries. 

Vice-Chancellor R. P. Bajpai announced that a business incubation centre and a biotechnological park were also on the anvil. Besides, the university planned to introduce three more new courses from the next academic session. Five new courses had been introduced from the current academic session. 

— Contributed by Raman Mohan
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ADMISSION DEADLINE 

Armed Forces

Indian Navy, Post Bag No 04, RK Puram PO (Main), New Delhi 110066
www.nausena-bharti.nic.in

SSC Officers in Executive Branch (General Service) July 2008 Course

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian male; BSc (with Physics & Maths; 55%) / BE / BTech (55%) / MSc (with Maths & Physics; 55%) / BSc (with Physics & Maths) holding NCC Naval Wing, Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate
Age Limit: 19 ½ to 25 years, born between 02 July ’83 - 01 January ‘89

Selection: SSB Interview; Medical Examination

Application Form: Send in prescribed format by ordinary post with all required documents to the above address. Superscribe "Application for SSC (GS) ’X’-July 2008 Course Qualification……Percentage……. % NCC Certificate….. (if applicable)" on the envelope to the above address.

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 15 October 2007

IT

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

1) DOEACC ‘O’/ ‘A’/ ‘B’/ ‘C’ Level Theory Exams (January 2008)
2) 10th Practical Exams (February 2008)

Application Form: Send written request with Rs. 25/- per form by DD, drawn on any Nationalised Bank, favouring "DOEACC", payable at New Delhi to the DOEACC Society. Mention level and your address to the above address by 22 October 2007. Superscribe "Request for Examination Form" on envelope.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 October 2007

Law

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, LDA Kanpur Road Scheme, Lucknow 226012 (UP)
http://nlulucknow.up.nic.in

BA LLB (Hons.)

Eligibility: 10+2 (50%)
Age Limit: 20 years (on 01 July ’07)

Selection: Entrance Test: 07 October ‘07.

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 25 September 2007

Management

Bharathidasan University, Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM), PB No 12, MDH Campus, BHEL Complex, Tiruchirapalli 620014 (TN)
www.bim.edu

MBA in (Marketing / Finance / Operations / Systems / Human Resource Mgmt)

Eligibility: Bachelors / PG degree (50%).

Selection: CAT-2007; GD / Interview.

Application Form: Send Rs. 1200/- by DD favouring "Bharathidasan Institute of Management", payable at Tiruchirappalli with 2 self-addressed slips to the Admissions Chairman at the above address / download from website. Superscribe "MBA Admissions 2008-2010" on envelope.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 18 January 2008

University of Hyderabad, PO Central University, Hyderabad 500046 (AP)
www.uohyd.ernet.in

MBA (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree; applied for CAT-2007
Selection:
GD; Interview

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 23 November 2007.

School

The Scindia School, Fort, Gwalior 474008 (MP)
www.scindia.edu

Admission Test
(for boys applying to Class VI, VII & VIII)

Age Limit: 11-13 years (on 1 January ‘06).

Exam: 17 November 2007

Application Forms: Send Rs 500/- by DD favouring "Principal, The Scindia School," payable at Gwalior to the above address / download from website.

Application Deadline: 05 October 2007

Scholarships

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), SCOPE Complex, 7 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003
http://www.ntpc.co.in/scholarship/MBA/Scholarship_Scheme.pdf

Scholarships for SC / ST / Physically Handicapped Students pursuing Full Time MBA / PGDBM (with specialization in HR / Finance)

Eligibility: SC / ST candidates / Physically Challenged students primarily of Ortho / Hearing / Visually challenged categories will be considered with minimum 60% in 1st year.

Scholarship: Rs 1500/- pm for a period of 2 years.

Application Form: Download from website

Details: Website.

Sciences Social

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

Certificate Course in "Care & Conservation of Books, Manuscripts & Archives"

Eligibility: Bachelors Degree (Science preferred).
Age Limit: Below 50 years

Duration: 29 October – 20 December 2007

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with attested copies of documents and 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 (08 – 14 September 2007)

Application Deadline: 05 October 2007

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), V N Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai 400088 (Mah) (Deemed University) www.tiss.edu

Post Graduate Programmes in: (2 years)
(Social Entrepreneurship / Health Administration / Hospital Administration / Development Studies / Disaster Mgmt / Education (Elementary) / Globalization & Labour / Human Resource Mgmt & Labour Relations / Media & Cultural Studies)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: Test: 20 January 2007

Application Form: Send request letter with Rs 750/- (for one programme) by DD favouring "Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai," payable at Mumbai to the Deputy Registrar at the above address / download from website.

Application Deadline: 10 November 2007

University

Madurai Kamaraj University, Directorate of Distance Education, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai 625021 (TN) www.mkudde.org

IT / Degree / Professional / PG Courses / PG Diploma / Diploma / Certificate Courses

Application Form: Send Rs 150/- by DD favouring "the Director, DDE MKU" payable at Madurai with a covering letter mentioning name and address of candidate at the above address / download from website.

Application Form & Details: Website.

Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalainagar, 608002 (TN)
www.annamalaiuniversity.ac.in

1) Foundation Programmes

2) UG Programmes

3) PG Programmes

4) Law Programmes

5) Diploma & PG Diploma Programmes

6) Certificate Programmes

7) Library Science Programmes

8) Agri-Related Programmes

9) Health Science Programmes

10) Pharmacy Programmes

11) Yoga & Meditation Programmes

12) Dual Degree Programmes

13) Lateral Entry Programmes

14) Management Programmes

15) Music Programmes,

16) IT related Programmes

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 05 October 2007

Vocational

National Council for Vocational Training (M/o Labour & Employment, Directorate General Employment & Training, GoI) www.dget.nic.in

Women’s Vocational Training Programme (at NVTI & RVTIs: Noida / Mumbai / Bangalore / Thiruvanthapuram / Hissar / Indore / Allahabad / Vododara / Jaipur / Meghalaya / Kolkata)

1) Advanced Course (Dress Making / Embroidery & Needle Craft / Electronics / Secretarial Practice (English / Hindi) / Beauty Culture and Hair Dressing)
2) Post Advanced Courses (Instructor General / POT / Entrepreneurship Development & Business Services Course)

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with Rs 75/- by IPO favouring the "DDO" of the institute applied for / download from website

Details: Employment News (08 – 14 September 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 28 September 2007

Pervin Malhotra,Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)

(www.careerguidanceindia.com)

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