EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Change the course
The curriculum ought to suit emerging requirements of the students
Much has been said and written about the significance of a sound educational policy. The academicians may differ on the nature and specifications of an “ideal” system of education, but one thing is certain—that the educational pattern must suit the requirements of the given region or society.

Stress turns UK kids into drug addicts
British children aged as young as nine-year-old are receiving treatment for addiction as stress like family breakdown and expulsion from school fuel a rise in young people resorting to drugs.

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Change the course
The curriculum ought to suit emerging requirements of the students
Sunit Dhawan

Much has been said and written about the significance of a sound educational policy. The academicians may differ on the nature and specifications of an “ideal” system of education, but one thing is certain—that the educational pattern must suit the requirements of the given region or society.

Going by the socio-economic conditions prevailing in a major part of the country, career-oriented education seems to the need of the day, for most youngsters in a set-up like ours go to educational institutions to acquire some qualification which can help them get a job.

However, strangely enough, a majority of traditional courses at our colleges and universities provide only bookish knowledge, with little exposure of the professional or practical aspect.

Owing to this glaring disparity, many of the students passing out from colleges and universities keep on searching jobs after acquiring degrees, while the job-providing institutions do not get the kind of skilled professionals they require.

“The fault essentially lies with our education system, which has failed to adapt in accordance with the changing scenario and skill-set requirements in the emerging job market,” says Dr Suresh Singhal, a noted author-cum-educationist of the region.

His words ring true when we look at the rapidly growing tribe of educated but unemployed youth, the rising job opportunities notwithstanding.

While the professional courses covering the technical or managerial aspects are considered to be a safe bet, the situation is critical and thought-provoking in case of the humanities courses.

A thoughtful analysis of the situation reveals that many of our traditional academic disciplines are being run without any focus whatsoever on their usefulness or even requirement.

As a result, a possessor of a master’s degree or even a doctorate does not know what path he/she should follow. No wonder, these degrees are hardly of any use to the holder as these are unable to fetch him a decent job (read livelihood).

What the policy-makers need to understand is that the academic courses, especially those in the humanities stream, be designed in such a way that these impart some professional skills to the students.

The college students should be prepared to take on the real world after they graduate, instead of just providing them some theoretical knowledge and handing over degrees after making them write their exams.

Though the course curricula are changed at various levels to induce the functional or practical aspects, but these changes are usually not adequate to suit the changing requirements.

As the courses passed by the students hold little relevance in pursuing their career objective, they find themselves in a tough situation.

They are too unskilled for some decent job; and too well qualified for the menial ones.

It is indeed unfortunate that the colleges as well as universities consider their responsibility over after distributing degrees to students. There is simply no consideration to the question as to what the students would gain from these degrees.

Even as institutions of higher learning churn out more and more batches of students every year, the quality of education has seriously declined.

The situation has become such that even candidates who hold MA degrees cannot write a simple letter or an application.

Barring a few universities (usually located in some metro city), no university can boast of having produced a considerable number of civil servants or other successful careerists.

The reason behind this utter failure of the higher education system is simple: lack of interest on part of students as well as teachers.

While most students lack a definite focus or a well-defined aim, their teachers also lack vision and dedication. It seems that colleges and universities have become mere degree-distributing institutions.

In such circumstances, it is high time that we listen to the alarm bells and wake up before it is too late.

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Stress turns UK kids into drug addicts 

British children aged as young as nine-year-old are receiving treatment for addiction as stress like family breakdown and expulsion from school fuel a rise in young people resorting to drugs.

Official figures have revealed that more than 9,000 children entered treatment for drug problems in England last year.

More than half young people in residential treatment units and community action teams listed cannabis as the main drug they were abusing, The Independent reported.

However, abuse of class A drugs was also creeping into Britain’s playgrounds. According to latest figures by the Department of Health, almost 15 per cent 12-15 year-olds had tried illegal drugs. “We are working with about 3,000 young people across the country, and the age they start coming to us is getting lower,” said policy officer for the drug treatment charity Addaction, Clare McNeil.

Experts warned that most of the youngsters were turning to drugs in a desperate attempt to deal with problems concerning home and school that had taken a terrible toll on their lives and the stability of their families. “We found that over half the families we help had broken down.”

Problems at school were emerging as a central factor. “One of the main indicators for young people beginning to use drugs dramatically enough to warrant treatment is exclusion from school,” she said.

Ofsted’s chief inspector of education, Christine Gilbert, urged ministers to take the findings seriously. She said, “More needs to be done to address children and young people’s worries and concerns about how safe they feel, about exams and tests, and about what would help them learn better and where they need to go for help when they have a problem.” — UNI

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Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Career information for pharmacy students

The Department of Pharmacy here took a trend-setting initiative by organising a power-point presentation on “Career Avenues in Pharmacy Sector” at the University Campus School recently.

The presentation was arranged under the guidance of Dr Arun Nanda, Head, Department of Pharmacy, on the Children’s Day. “The idea behind the move was to inculcate a sense of belongingness among the campus school students, besides giving them an overview of the field,” said Dr Nanda.

Incidentally, this welcome initiative of the Pharmacy Department coincided with the beginning of the pharmacy week, which is observed in the third week of November.

Extension lecture

India is emerging as a knowledge economy in the new global world order. The software and IT industry has to play a key role in this regard. However, knowledge management is of crucial importance in the whole scenario.

This was stated by Dr Rajesh Pilania, Professor (Strategy), Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, in an extension lecture programme organised by the Department of Computer Science and Applications of MDU recently.

Prof Pilania spoke on “Strategies and Innovation in Software and IT Industry” and “Knowledge Management”. Dr N. P. Singh, Professor (IT), MDI, delivered lectures on “Business Intelligence” and “Data Mining and Data Ware Housing”.

Dr Nasib Singh Gill, Head, Department of Computer Science, also addressed the gathering.

MDUNTEA team sworn in

The newly elected office-bearers and executive members of the MDU Non-Teaching Employees Association took oath of office recently. MDU Vice-Chancellor R. S. Dhankar administered the oath of office to president Ishwar Sharma and other office-bearers. The Registrar, Dr S. P. Vats, administered the oath to the executive members.

Speaking on the occasion, Sharma said he would strive to work for welfare of the non-teaching employees.

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan

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ADMISSION DEADLINE 
Engineering

National Power Training Institute, Southern Region, Block 14, Neyveli 607803 (TN) (M/o Power, GoI)www.nptisr.com

Graduate Engineers Course

Eligibility: BE (Mechanical / Instrumentation / Electrical & Electronics engg).Age Limit: 30 years

Selection: Merit (% of marks)

Application: Send in prescribed format with Rs 400/- by DD favouring “NPTI,” payable at Neyveli to The Principle Director at the above address / Download from website.

Details: Employment News (10 – 16 November 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 21 December 2007

IIT - Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee, IT-BHU, Varanasi & ISM Dhanbad www.jee.iitd.ac.in / www.jee.iitb.ac.in / www.jee.iitk.ac.in / www.jee.iitm.ac.in / www.iitg.ac.in/jee / www.iitkgp.ernet.in/jee / www.iitr.ac.in/jee

Joint Entrance Exam-2008 (JEE-2008)

Eligibility: 10+2 (60%) Only 2 attempts are allowed – 1 in the year of passing the qualifying exam and / or second in the following year. Students who have taken admission in the IITs, IT-BHU, Varanasi and ISM, Dhanbad cannot take the JEE.

DoB:on / after 01 October ‘83

Exam: 13 April ‘08.

Application Form: Send Rs 1000/- (Rs 500/- for Female & SC / ST candidates) by DD drawn on any nationalized bank favouring “Chairman, JEE” of the respective IIT, payable at the corresponding city with 2 self-addressed slips to the concerned IIT by 21 December ’07 and designated bank counters.

Details: Employment News (10 - 16 November 2007) / Website.

Application Deadline: 04 January 2008

Management

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030 (AP) (M/o Agriculture, GoI) www.manage.gov.in

1) PG Programme in Agri-Warehousing & Supply Chain Mgmt (1 year) 2) PG Programme in Agri-Business Mgmt (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (Agriculture & allied subjects, Vet Sc, Dairy Tech, Food Tech; 2nd Div).

Selection: Written Test: 10 February 2008

Application Form: Send Rs 1200/- by ‘Account Payee’ DD favouring “MANAGE, Hyderabad” to the Principal Coordinator (PGPABM) at the above address/Download from website.

Details: Employment News (10-16 November 2007)/website

Application Deadline: 11 December 2007

LMT School of Management, Thapar University, Patiala 147004 (Punj) www.thapar.edu

1) MBA Energy (2 years PG)  2) MBA (IT-NET) (2 years PG) 3) MBA (MFG) (2 years PG)

Eligibility: For 1: BE / BTech (Electrical / Mechanical) For 2 & 3: BE / BTech / MCA

Selection: Entrance Test: 16 March 2008

Application Form: Send DD for Rs 1000/- favouring the Registrar, Thapar University, Patiala to the above address/ Download from website.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2008

Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Haryana School of Business, Hisar 125001 (Har) www.gju.ernet.in

MBA (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: Cat 2007; GD & Interview Application Form: Send Rs 1050/- by DD favouring “Registrar, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar” payable at Hisar to the Deputy Registrar (Academic) at the above address / Download from website.

Application Deadline: 14 December 2007

Tezpur University, D/o Business Administration, Napaam, Tezpur 784028 (Assam) www.tezu.ernet.in

1) MBA (2 years, Full Time)2) MBA (3 years, Part Time)3) PhD (Mathematical Sciences / Chemical Sciences / Molecular Biology & Biotechnology / Computer Science & Engg / Electronics & Communication Engg / English & Foreign Languages / Mass Communication & Journalism / Energy/ Cultural)

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelors degree (50%) with Maths in 10+2For 2: Bachelors degree+2 yrs experience at supervisory level

For 3: Masters degree in Science / Humanities & Social Sciences / Mgmt Sciences / Engg / Technology / Allied subjects (55%) / BE / BTech (80%or equiv CGPA) and valid GATE Score. / Bachelors degree with fellowship in CA / CS (60%)

Selection: For 1: AIMA-MAT: 02 December ’07For 2: Test: 16 December 2007; GD; Interview.

Application Form: Send Rs. 350/- by DD favouring “Registrar, Tezpur University,” payable at Tezpur to the above addresses / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 14 December 2007— Pervin Malhotra

www.careerguidanceindia.com

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