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Making PTAs more relevant
Arun Kumar Sharma

It is generally believed that the parent-teacher associations were first formed in the U.S.A. and later on in other countries of the Europe during the last decade of nineteenth century. However, formation of such associations in the Indian schools appear to be a post-independence development. Since then, the PTA's have gradually gained strength due to emerging educational and social demands of the parents, teachers, school managements and above all, community and society of which we are an integral part.

A scientist par excellence
Sanjay Bumbroo

Professor C.N.R. Rao, a scientist par excellence, will deliver a lecture on “Chemistry of Nano Materials” at the inaugural session of the JNCASR Frontier Lectures in Science at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Talent management

  • Linguistic workshop

  • Haryana Utsav

  • Physics HoD appointed

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Making PTAs more relevant
Arun Kumar Sharma

It is generally believed that the parent-teacher associations were first formed in the U.S.A. and later on in other countries of the Europe during the last decade of nineteenth century. However, formation of such associations in the Indian schools appear to be a post-independence development. Since then, the PTA's have gradually gained strength due to emerging educational and social demands of the parents, teachers, school managements and above all, community and society of which we are an integral part.

The parent-teacher association is an organisation of teachers and parents which works for the welfare of the students in particular and for the community in general. The main functions of the PTA should be to create a congenial atmosphere so that the students grow and develop themselves physically, mentally and morally to their maximum capacity. This is possible only if there is better understanding among teachers and parents. Such an understanding can further help the teachers to know more about their students' habits, tastes and interests, attitudes and aptitudes, apart from their social and economic background.

While describing the significance of meetings of parent teacher associations Edmons opines that in meetings and talking with the parents, the teachers may learn many things that will help them to understand the student coming from that home. They may learn the economic conditions of the home, the religious tendencies, and such facts concerning the home life of the students as possibilities of study at home.

In return, the parents may see the necessity of prompt and regular attendance at school. They may require an understanding of the objective of classroom instruction that will fit them better to help and encourage the students. They may learn the condition of the building itself, its instructional facilities, and its recreational and laboratory conveniences. There should be the closest co-operation and the most perfect understanding between the school and the home, if both are to give best to the development of the student. Moreover, no parent can be enthusiastic and interested in the school unless he knows the conditions under which it functions.

Parent-Teachers cooperation is thus, based on a bilateral understanding of a triangular relationship. The parents should realise that the school belongs to them, that its problems are their own problems and its welfare is their own welfare. Thus, it is only by the united and well co-ordinated efforts of the teachers and parents that the school can be made a better and useful institution for learning.

The National Congress of Parents and Teachers of the US had, a long time ago, had given the following objective of a parent-teacher association:

1. To promote the welfare of children and youth in home and community;

2. To raise the standard of home life;

3. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;

4. To bring into clear relation the home and the school so that parents and teachers may co-operate intelligently in the training of the child;

5. To develop between educators and the general public, such united efforts as will secure for every child the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.

However, when we talk about the status of PTA in Indian context, it seems that PTA's have yet to play a significant role as an important agent of social change.

It is not only expected to make education more effective, purposive and meaningful but also help the parents and teachers in solving their problems pertaining to indiscipline, violence, truancy, drug-addiction, drinking, smoking and more importantly in minimising the use and impact of mobiles and other electronic devices which have adversely affected the mind of the students now a days.

It is through these associations that the parents and teachers can inculcate good reading habits, social etiquettes and above all, can properly channel the energies of the students in literary, recreational creative and socially useful pursuits.

The PTA. can further undertake a number of useful educational projects such as: (a) inviting educational and vocational guidance experts/counsellors in the schools and arranging their talks/discussions with the parents, students and teachers. (b) arranging lectures by the experts on tough and typical topics of Science, Social-Science and other school subjects (c) inviting artists and musician for staging their performance in the school campus. (d) providing special encouragement for exceptionally talented students to boost their talent further in literary, sports, fine arts and other such creative and constructive activities, (e) Opening book banks in the schools with a view to give books on loan basis to the needy students ; (f) recognising, encouraging and appreciating teachers' work in terms of their annual results and active participation in literary and co-curricular activities and so on a number of other projects can be identified which can prove useful for the welfare of the students.

PTA's should recognise and appreciate parents initiative and involvement in solving different problems regarding the education of the students. On the other hand, the parents should also feel themselves as an integral part of the school and enjoy while working with the teachers and school authorities. 

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A scientist par excellence
Sanjay Bumbroo

Professor C.N.R. Rao, a scientist par excellence, will deliver a lecture on “Chemistry of Nano Materials” at the inaugural session of the JNCASR Frontier Lectures in Science at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Prof Rao, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, along with his wife, Indumati Rao, will also interact with schoolchildren at the Guru Nanak Bhawan auditorium.

Prof Rao is an acclaimed scientist with numerous seminal contributions to contemporary research areas in chemistry and physics. He has held designated visiting professorships at Purdue, Oxford, Cambridge, Melbourn, Southampton, Wales Cardiff, Joseph Fourier France and INSA Albert Einstein Professorship. He has been honoured with Honoris Causa Doctorate degrees by 40 institutes, including 10 foreign universities.

He has been internationally recognised with numerous prestigious awards. He has the distinction of being the recipient of over 100 medals, prizes and other honours. Amongst the 21 international prizes, he has been awarded the coveted Dan David prize for science in the future dimension in the field of material sciences.

Prof Rao is Fellow of 25 science academies and has the unique honor of being fellow/member of all the major academies of the world, including the Royal Society, London; National Academy of Sciences, USA; Russian Academy of Sciences; Pontifical Academy of Sciences; French Academy of Sciences and Japan Academy. He has over 1,400 publications and 41 books to his credit. He is on the editorial board of several international journals dealing with chemical physics, spectroscopy, nano sciences and solid-state chemistry.

Prof had his education in Mysore, Banaras and Purdue. He started his career as Professor and Head the of Chemistry Department, IIT, Kanpur, and Dean of Research of the Institute (1963- 1976). He moved to IISc as a founder chairman of the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit and Materials Research Laboratory (1977-84). He was Director of IISc for 10 years (1984-94) and founder president of JNCASR (1989-99). At present, he is National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary Professor, JNCASR, and is also visiting Professor, Department of Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. 

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Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Talent management

Talent management is the key to organisational development. Organisations preparing themselves for future challenges need to focus on attracting, developing and retaining talent.

B.K. Mahapatra, vice-president (human resources) of Grasim Industries, said while delivering a special lecture on Talent Management at the Institute of Management Studies and Research (IMSAR) on the campus of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) here recently.

In his address, Mahapatra called for the adoption of a focused approach vis-a-vis talent management. He advocated the need for succession planning for critical positions in organisations.

Talking to students, he exhorted them to develop futuristic vision and have clear-cut career goals. He observed that the students must have a strong desire to excel and passion for their dreams. He advised the students to develop multiple skills for success in the corporate sector. He also answered questions from the students on various aspects of human resource and talent management.

Earlier, the Director of IMSAR, Prof A.K. Rajan, delivered the welcome address. He said the Indian economy was on the rise and in the new economic scenario; there was an acute need for talented personnel. Senior faculty member Dr H.J. Ghosh Roy proposed the vote of thanks. Faculty members and students of IMSAR were present.       

Linguistic workshop

The Department of Computer Science and Applications at MDU organised a linguistic workshop recently. The Head, Department of Computer Science Dr Nasib Singh Gill, said e-lab, Rohtak, conducted this workshop focusing on voice training, linguistic proficiency, vocabulary building and personality development. A team from e-lab comprising Pradeep, Kamal and Surucih managed the event. MCA students were given valuable tips to develop good communication skills necessary for gainful employment in corporate sector.

Haryana Utsav

Maharshi Dayanand University will organise three-day "Haryana Utsav" celebrations from October 30 to November1 to commemorate Haryana Day. Literary, fine arts and cultural events will be organised as part of the celebrations.

The Director, Youth Welfare, Jagbir Rathee, said university-level inter-college literary events, including a quiz contest, Haryanvi debate and Haryanvi poetic recitation, would be held on October 30. Fine arts events like poster-making, clay-modelling and on-the-spot painting competition will also be held. All competitions will be based on the theme "Haryana".

University-level inter-college cultural contests in Haryanvi orchestra, folk song / ragni, Haryanvi group dance and Haryanvi skit will be organised on October 31.

On the occasion of Haryana Day (November 1), a ragni concert will be organised.

Physics HoD appointed

The MDU vice-chancellor, Prof. R.S. Dhankar, has appointed Prof V.K. Jain as Head, Department of Physics, in terms of Statute-21 of the MDU Act.

Prof Jain's headship will be from October 19, 2007 to February 28, 2010.

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan

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