EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Treatment by telemedicine
Technology is being used to promote
medical education
Sunit Dhawan
The National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), Delhi, organised a national symposium on Community Acquired Pneumonia at the Telemedicine Centre of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, recently.

Classroom attendance a farce
Jayanti Roy
Classroom attendance is critical in achieving good education while high achievement is proportional to a student's active participation and contribution to the education process. All our visions and missions of achieving excellence in higher education will be reduced to naught if the students don't come to the classes.

Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Five music students clear UGC-NET
Five students of the Department of Music at MDU have set a record of sorts by clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) for lecturership organised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

  • NSS camp organised
  • Non-teaching staff honours V-C

Admission Deadline

 

Top










Treatment by telemedicine
Technology is being used to promote medical education
Sunit Dhawan

The National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), Delhi, organised a national symposium on Community Acquired Pneumonia at the Telemedicine Centre of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, recently.

The symposium was conducted simultaneously through video-conferencing at PGIMS, Rohtak, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and IGMC, Shimla. Senior medical functionaries, including NAMS president Dr Geeta Ramachandran, PGIMER Director Prof K.K.Talwar, PGIMS Director Prof S. S. Sangwan and IGMC Dean Dr Surender Kashyap participated in the programme. Prof S.K.Jindal, Head, Pulmonary Medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Prof J.N.Pande, Editor, NAMS journal, coordinated the event.

The symposium was important in view of the fact that it was for the first time that a two-way communication, including the live transmission of slides and other teaching material, took place through the inter-institutional linkage. Till now, the PGIMS, Rohtak, used to only receive information from the PGIMER and other telemedicine centres.

The symposium was sponsored by NAMS, which is dedicated to the promotion of continuing medical education (CME) programmes, besides imparting short-term training to medical professionals and granting prestigious memberships and fellowships.

Apart from deliberating on the topic chosen for the symposium, the organisers as well as participants discussed various aspects of the telemedicine technology and its diverse applications. The medical fraternity felt that apart from making expert advice available to the patients in far-flung areas, the technology had been playing a significant role in the integration of the medical institutions across the country.

The experts opined that the telemedicine network had also provided a fillip to the medical education and opened new vistas of knowledge for the medical students as well as in-service doctors. "Sharing of knowledge by the medical education institutions is the key factor which can help in their professional growth by creating a virtual medical university system through satellite network," said Prof Dhruva Chaudhry, in charge of the Telemedicine Centre at PGIMS, who coordinated the event at Rohtak.

Prof Chaudhry pointed out that the national medical policy of 2002 had envisaged the launch of telemedicine facility in the country. Following that certain premier medical institutions, including the AIIMS, New Delhi, the PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Sanjay Gandhi PGI, Lucknow, had been joined in a computer network developed by CDAC. At a later stage, IGMC, Shimla, and PGIMS, Rohtak, were also roped in the loop.

ISRO has provided the much-useful satellite linkage to the medical institutions, many of which share the teaching material and other information with each other as per their requirements. As of now, the PGIMS, Rohtak, is also connected via videoconferencing to the Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Mumbai, through "Onconet" service provided by CDAC. On similar lines, the pathology departments of several medical education institutions are being connected through "Pathnet". Then, Aravind Eye Institute of Tamil Nadu has taken a lead in the development of "Ophthonet" and aspires to set up a virtual university.

All in all, the concept of telemedicine, which was launched with a view to ensuring the availability of expert medical advice to practically all parts of the country, has also shown promising results in promoting medical education by interlinking the medical colleges and other educational institutions across the country.

Top

Classroom attendance a farce
Jayanti Roy

Classroom attendance is critical in achieving good education while high achievement is proportional to a student's active participation and contribution to the education process. All our visions and missions of achieving excellence in higher education will be reduced to naught if the students don't come to the classes.

Several strategies have been adopted to make the students attend classes. In many educational institutions, class attendance is shown in the student's record of achievements and attendance is translated into points to be added into the final exam score. Sometimes, it is linked with the eligibility to sit term-end examinations and also a requirement for many financial aid awards. The teacher has to submit quarterly or monthly classroom attendance, which is displayed on the notice board in the college. If a student falls short of the required percentage, his/her parents are conveyed the same by college authorities.

None of these rules actually hold any force since there are enough loopholes to protect the defaulters. To cover the shortage of lectures, many a time extra classes are taken and the teacher has to teach the same topics twice. The shortage of lectures can be condoned by Principal/Head of the Department or by the Vice-Chancellor. If nothing works, student associations are always there to sit on dharna to get the required condoning while the regular students have to unnecessarily suffer due to these non-serious students.

The whole scenario is acutely skewed towards teachers. A teacher who takes classes regularly and submits the attendance record honestly is made to look like a fool and the students who never bother to attend classes laugh all the way to the exam centre. The teacher earns the hostility of these students while the authorities condoning the shortage of lecturers look the other way. As a result, several teachers don't mark the attendance and just show the required percentage of all students by the year-end, irrespective of whether they have attended the classes or not. Thus, the classroom attendance has become a farce.

In an ideal situation, students would be attending classes on their own without the fear of stick or the lure of carrot. However, in our institutions of higher education, taking class attendance is a futile exercise. Though students absent themselves from classes on one pretext or the other, authorities put the onus of poor attendance on the teacher's 'hackneyed style" of teaching.

Now, the Lyngdoh Committee, which was set up to examine the certain aspects of student body elections conducted in universities, colleges and other institution of higher education across India, has given the students enough motivation to attend classes. As per the Committee recommendations, "The candidate (who is to fight the election) should have attained the minimum percentage of attendance as prescribed by the university or 75 per cent attendance, whichever is higher."

In the recently held Panjab University student council elections, nominations of several student leaders were rejected because of attendance shortage while many second-rung student leaders got into the race because of fulfilling the condition. Now 75 per cent attendance is really a tall order for those leaders who are actually neither serious about their study nor about using this platform for raising genuine issues to further students' interests. This clause will definitely help in weeding out those who are actually aiming at grabbing power through student politics. On the other hand, educationist and policy makers should ensure that recording class attendance does not become a mere marking on the attendance register.

Top

Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Five music students clear UGC-NET

Five students of the Department of Music at MDU have set a record of sorts by clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) for lecturership organised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Head of the Department of Music, Dr Hukam Chand, said it was for the first time that so many students of the department had emerged successful in the UGC NET.

Music students Purshottam, Vinod Kumar, Sauabh Verma, Seema and Rinu have brought laurels to the department by clearing the NET organised by the UGC in June, 2007.

Congratulating these students on their achievement, Dr Hukam Chand attributed their success to the whole-hearted support and guidance of the department faculty.

Non-teaching staff honours V-C

The newly elected team of the MDU Non-Teaching Employees Association felicitated the university Vice-Chancellor, Prof R. P. Hooda, at a meeting of the association organised here recently. The employees also submitted a charter of demands to the Vice-Chancellor on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Professor Hooda assured the non-teaching employees that he would never take a decision which could harm their interests. He exhorted the staff members to work jointly for development of the university, adding that he needed their support for smooth functioning and taking the university to new heights.

Asserting that he would make all-out efforts to settle the longstanding demands of the employees, the Vice-Chancellor cleared that hard working and dedicated employees would be preferred.

Earlier, the newly elected president of the association, Ishwar Singh Sharma, welcomed the Vice-Chancellor and assured him of full support and cooperation on their part.

NSS camp organised

A 10-day National Service Scheme (NSS) camp of the MDU teaching departments began at Garhi Bohar village of Rohtak district recently. Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor L. N. Dahiya inaugurated the camp, while Prof S. S. Chahar of the Public Administration Department presided. Garhi Bohar Sarpanch Jaswant Singh was also present.

The NSS volunteers were encouraged to adopt social service for leading a satisfying life.

— Contributed by Sunit Dhawan

Top

HOME PAGE

Admission Deadline
Agriculture

Veterinary Council of India, “A” Wing, 2nd Floor, August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi 110066 www.vci-india.in

All India Pre-Veterinary Test -2008 For admission to BVSc & AH Course (5½ years including 6 month internship)

Eligibility: 10+2 (PCB & English, 50%) / BSc (Physics / Chemistry / Biology (Botany/ Zoology) + passed 10+2 (PCB & English).

Age: Min 17 years (on 31 December ’08)

Test: 10 May 2008

Application Form: Send DD of Rs 750/- (Rs350/- for SC/ST) drawn on any Scheduled Bank favouring the “Veterinary Council of India Examination Fund”, payable at New Delhi to the Controller of Examination at the above address before 15 February ‘08. Enclose 2 plain pper slips with complete address (in apitals) with Pin Code. Also available at specified Vijaya Bank branches / Download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 22 February 2008

Armed Forces

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

SSC Officer in Technical Branch (General Service) – August ’08 Course
1) Engineering Branch
2) Electrical Branch 
(At NAVAC Ezhimala, Kerala)

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian males who have completed BE / BTech (55%). 
For 1: BE / BTech (Mechanical / Production / Aeronautical / Marine / Control Engg)
For 2: BE / BTech (Electrical / Electronics / Telecommunications / Avionics / Instrumentation & Control Engg)
Age: 19½ - 25 years DoB: 02 August 1983 – 01 February 1989

Selection: SSB Interview; Medical Exam

Application Form: Send by ordinary post in prescribed format with all required documents to the above address. Superscribe “SSC Engineering / Electrical Branch – Aug 08; Qualification & Stream (e.g. Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics etc) …..Aggregate %” on the envelope / Download from website.

Details: Employment News (15 – 21 December 2007) / website.

Application Deadline: 09 January 2008

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

SSC Officers in Aviation Cadre (Observer) of Executive Branch Course – July ‘2008

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian men & women graduates (55%, with Maths & Physics in Class 12)

DoB: 02 July ‘85 - 01 July ‘89.

Selection: SSB Interview; Medical Exam.

Application Form: Send by ordinary post in the prescribed format to the above address. Superscribe “Application for SSC Aviation Cadre (Observer) – Jul 08 Course. Educational Qualification ………….. Percentage …%” on the envelope / download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 22 January 2008

Indian Navy, Post Box No 476, Gol Dak Khana, GPO, New Delhi 110001 
www.nausena-bharti.nic.in

Sailors for Artificer Apprentices for AA-124 Batch – August 2008

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian males; 10+2 (PCM, 60%) 
DOB: 01 August ’88-31 July ’91

Selection: Written Test; Physical Fitness Test; Medical Exam

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 21 January 2008

Art & Design

National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Bangalore & Raebareli (M/o Textiles, GoI) 
www.niftindia.com

1) BFTech (Fashion / Leather / Textile / Knitwear / Accessory / Fashion Communication)
2) BFTech in Apparel Production

3) MFTech in (Management / Apparel Production / Design Space)

Selection: Written Test: 10 February 2008; Situation Test, GD & Interview: April – May ’08 Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 07 January 2008

Engineering

Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., Technical Training Centre, 5, Dr R N Tagore Road, Near Dunlop Bridge, Baranagar, Kolkata 700056 (WB) (GoI Undertaking, M/o Defence) www.grse.nic.in / www.dgshipping.com

Marine Engineering Pre-Sea Training (1 year)

Eligibility: BE / BTech (Mechanical, 50%); English in Class 10 / 12 / Degree / Diploma course 
Age: 24 years (on 01 March ’08)

Application Form: Send application with attested documents and Rs.100/- by DD of favouring “Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd.” payable at Kolkata to CGM (TTC) at the above address / download from website.

Details: Employment News (15 – 21 December 2007) / website

Application Deadline: 31 December 2007

National Fire Service College, Civil Lines, Nagpur 440001 (Mah) www.nfscadmission.com 

All India Entrance Examination for Sub-Officers Course (33 weeks)

Eligibility: 10+2. 

Age: 18-23 years (On 1 July ‘08)

Physical Standard: Vision: 6/6, no colour blindness.

Boys: Height: 165 cm (For Gurkhas, Assamese, Garhwalis, Nagaland Tribes: 160 cms), Weight: 50 kg, Chest: Unexpanded: 81 cm, Expanded: 86 cm
Girls: Height: 157 cm, Weight: 46 kg

Test: 23 March 2008 (at Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi & Nagpur).

Selection: Written test; Medical Fitness

Application Form: Send in prescribed format Rs 100/- by IPO favouring “Director, National Fire Service College, Nagpur” & specified enclosures to the Director at the above address. Superscribe “Application for Entrance Examination for 35th Sub-Officers Course- 2008” on envelope / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 21 January 2008

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani 333031 (Raj) 
www.bits-pilani.ac.in / www.bitsadmission.com/BITSAT/

BITSAT-2008

1) Integrated First Degree Programmes at:
i) BITS Pilani - Pilani Campus: BE (Hons) / BPharm (Hons) / MSc (Hons) / MSc (Tech)
ii) BITS Pilani - Goa Campus: BE (Hons) / MSc (Hons) / MSc (Tech)
iii) BITS Pilani - Hyderabad Campus: BE (Hons) / BPharm (Hons) / MSc (Hons) / MSc (Tech)

Eligibility: For others: 10+2 (PCM; 80% agg and 60% individually in each subject); Proficiency in English. Toppers of state and central boards will get direct admission to the subject of their choice irrespective of BITSAT scores.

For BPharm & MSc (Hons) Biological Sciences: 10+2 (PCB / PCM, 80%)

Test: 09 May - 12 June 2008

Application Form: Apply online by 21 January 2008

Application Deadline: 31 January 2008

Management

Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014 www.pondiuni.org

MBA (2 years, Full Time)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: CAT 2007; GD; Interview.

Application Form: Download from website

Application Deadline: 15 January 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%) / ICSI / ICAI / ICFAI / ICWAI

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: 27 December 2007

Indian Institute of Materials Management, Veer Sadan, 4239 A/ 1, 1 Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, New Delhi 110002 E-mail: iimm1@vsnl.com 

1) Graduate Diploma in Materials Mgmt (2 years, Full Time / 3 years, Distance)

2) PG Diploma in Materials Mgmt (3 years, Distance)

Eligibility: For 1: Diploma in Engg / any degree

For 2: Bachelors degree (50% + 2 years work experience)

Selection: Aptitude Test: 06 January 2008

Application Form: By post from above address: Rs 550/-

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 04 January 2008

University of Pune, D/o Management Sciences (PUMBA), Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007 (Mah) http://dms.unipune.ernet.in 

MBA (Biotechnology) 2008

Eligibility: BSc / MSc (with Biochemistry / Biology / Botany / Chemistry / Microbiology / Zoology / Biotechnology / Marine Biology / Life Sciences) / Bachelors degree in Agriculture / Medicine / Technology / Engineering/ Ayurveda / Pharmacy / Veterinary Science.

Selection: ATMA Test: 10 February 2008; GD; Interview.

Application Form: Send Rs 325/- by DD favouring “The Registrar, University of Pune”, payable at Pune to the above address / Download from 
website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 28 April 2008

University of Delhi, Faculty of Ayurvedic & Unani Medicines, 6th Floor, VP Chest Institute Building, Delhi 110007

PG degree courses in Ayurveda & Unani Medicines (Ayurvedavachaspati: Kaya Chikitsa / Kriya Sharir & Mahir-e-Tibb: Moalejat)

Selection: Written Test: 19 January 2008

Application Form: Send Rs 625/- by DD favouring the “Registrar, University of Delhi”, payable at Delhi to the Assistant Registrar at the above address by 28 December 2007. In cash at Counter: Rs 600/-

Application Deadline: 07 January 2008

University of Delhi, Faculty of Medical Sciences, 6th Floor, VP Chest Institute Building, Delhi 110007 www.du.ac.in

PG Medical Entrance Test (PGMET) (For admission to PG Degree / Diploma / MDS courses in DU)

Test: 10 February ‘08.

Application Form: Send Rs. 650/- by DD drawn on any Nationalised Bank favouring “Registrar, University of Delhi,” payable at New Delhi with a self-addressed envelope (10” x 8”) to the above address by 04 January ’08. In Rs 600/- cash at Counter / Download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 18 January 2008

— Pervin Malhotra

www.careerguidanceindia.com

 

Top