EDUCATION TRIBUNE

What ails school education
S. S. Kaushal

HARYANA is a progressive state, yet it lags behind in providing quality education to schoolchildren. The dismal performance of government schools in the first semester examinations of Classes VIII and X, conducted by the Board of School Education in September, 2008, is a clear indication of the deteriorating academic standards. The appallingly low pass percentage, being only about 28 per cent and 29 per cent, respectively, goes to prove that all is not well with the school system in Haryana.

Campus Notes
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
11 students selected in campus interview

In spite of the global meltdown that has rendered many youths unemployed, the placement cell of Guru Nanak Dev University is being approached by various multinational companies for campus recruitment.

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What ails school education
S. S. Kaushal

HARYANA is a progressive state, yet it lags behind in providing quality education to schoolchildren. The dismal performance of government schools in the first semester examinations of Classes VIII and X, conducted by the Board of School Education in September, 2008, is a clear indication of the deteriorating academic standards. The appallingly low pass percentage, being only about 28 per cent and 29 per cent, respectively, goes to prove that all is not well with the school system in Haryana.

At a number of places, irate parents locked the gates of the schools and blocked roads in protest against the poor results. The blockades were lifted only when either the teachers apologised or the district administration gave them assurance to take action against those responsible for such a sorry state of affairs.

The situation had come to such a pass that the Education Board, under Education Minister’s direction, had to exempt the failed candidates from reappear examination. Internal assessment marks, supplied by the schools, out of 30 in case of middle and 20 in case of Class X, would be added in the results to raise the pass percentage higher. Even those failed badly would get through with good marks in view of the liberal attitude of teachers normally adopted in awarding assessment marks.

Interestingly, it would mean that if a Class VIII candidate gets 28 out of a total of 30 marks, he would need only 5 marks to be successful in the examination paper of 70 marks. Under such conditions, do we really need the board examinations at the end of Class VIII? This examination can be better managed at the school level, without any stress or strain on children. No education board, except a few in the country, holds this examination. Revenue seems to be the motive behind its continuance.

Last year also, the low pass percentage in the board annual examinations had to be raised by giving grace marks, but it had been done before the declaration of the results. For how long will the board continue with this practice, and that too at the risk of losing its credibility is a question to be answered by those responsible for such a mess.

It is a wake-up call for all those involved in the educational process at various levels of school education to make them realise that there is an urgent need to enforce discipline and work culture in the system. The Education Department has direct responsibility for maintaining academic standards in the state. There should be some mechanism to regularly appraise the performance of the teachers, school heads and supervisory officers so that corrective measurers are taken to improve the functioning of schools.

Despite the fact that education has been on the priority list of the Haryana Government, with substantially increased budgetary allocation and the observance of 2008 as the Year of Education, there is no visible improvement. The Chief Minister’s announcement to make Haryana a frontrunner state in education seems to be a remote possibility in view of the declining standard of school education.

A study of this problem has revealed that academic supervision is conspicuously absent from the schools. No one has ever bothered to see what goes on in the classroom. The Block Education Officers, entrusted with the responsibility of inspection of schools, hardly find time and remain occupied with the work other than that of inspection and supervision. No vehicle has been provided to them. A large number of school heads, who, in fact, can play the role of a real supervisor, find themselves ineffective in disciplining the irritants and non-performing teachers. Thus, the school-based management/administration needs to be strengthened. Each district should have at least a team of two education supervisors with clearly defined job profile. They should be assisted by subject experts. Surprise visits could also be helpful in improving the functioning of schools.

Discussion with a group of secondary schoolteachers disclosed that they need ‘content enrichment courses’ followed by intensive in-service training in the latest techniques of teaching to enable them to upgrade and update their professional knowledge. Pre-induction and in-service courses planned and organised by SCERT and DIETS do not have the desired impact and no tangible improvement is visible in the teaching learning process. They need to be strengthened with experienced persons having academic excellence. The in-service training imparted under SSA has a similar problem. It would be in the fitness of things if a departmental committee, assisted and guided by an educationist of eminence, could go into their working with a view to suggesting improvements.

There is need to know to what extent the mega projects of Edusat and Sanskriti Model schools have benefited the students. It is imperative to evaluate and monitor the impact of these costly projects. The semester system introduced at the school stage with a fanfare has lost its charm. Its implementation needs a re-look.

To ascertain what actually ails school education and why the teaching standard has been going down day by day, the state government should set up a committee of experts to go into this problem on war footing with a view to suggest remedial action with implementation strategies. The Education Department will have to strive hard continuously to improve and raise the ‘image’ of school education in Haryana.

The writer is a former Director, Primary Education, Haryana

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Campus Notes
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
11 students selected in campus interview

In spite of the global meltdown that has rendered many youths unemployed, the placement cell of Guru Nanak Dev University is being approached by various multinational companies for campus recruitment.

Recently, IBM DAKSH, a prestigious multinational company, recruited 11 students of the university through joint campus recruitment. With this, the number of students recruited through campus placement during year 2008-09 has reached up to 400. Dr Sukhdev Singh, in charge of the placement cell, said various companies were approaching them for more such placements. He said during the current year, prestigious companies from IT and the retail sector, including Infosys, Infogain, Bharti Retail, Accenture, Trident, Iflex and Syntel, have visited the university for placements. He said 10 more new companies had proposed to visit after going through the profiles of the students. These include Royal Bank of Scotland, Jubilant Chemsys, Ranbaxy and Khanna Paper Mill.

Dr Amit Chopra, placement officer, said Aspiring Mind had selected the university for conducting a free of cost online test for all the students belonging to various streams. The company would then select the students who performed excellently in the test and their profiles would be sent to multinational companies. The test would be valid for three years, he added.

Maiden annual research report by varsity

The maiden Annual Research Report 2007-2008 of the university aims at avoiding duplicacy and repetition in research besides attempting to priortise research in various disciplines in the university.

Jai Rup Singh, Vice Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, said the members of the university faculty published more than 500 research papers and books every year. Standards of research of various departments were accredited by various funding agencies and currently 60 research projects, funded by various government agencies, were in operation, he added. With a view to promote research activities, he said, the university had created a research corpus fund of Rs 110 million. Out of this, the departmental research projects for over Rs 3.25 million were sanctioned.

Initiated this year, the university authorities plans this report to be a regular feature every year. S.S Chahal, director of research, said the report highlighted the research carried out by different constituent departments of the faculty of applied sciences, sciences, life sciences, sports medicine and physiotherapy, engineering and technology, economics and business, physical planning and architecture, arts and social sciences, humanities and religious studies, languages, visual and performing arts.

Contributed by P. K. Jaiswar and Neeraj Bagga

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Architecture

Institute of Town Planners, India, 4A, Ring Road, IP Estate, New Delhi 110002
www.itpi.org.in

Associateship Exam 2009

Eligibility: BArch / BE / BTech (Civil) / BPlanning / MSc / MA (Geography / Sociology / Economics) (55%); min 1 year experience in town planning work.

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 15 February 2009

Engineering

Delhi Institute of Tool Engineering, Wazirpur Industrial Area, Delhi 110052 (M/o HRD; Govt of NCT)

PG Course in Tool Design & Manufacture (2 years)
(recognised by M/o HRD as equivalent to MTech in Production Engg)

Eligibility: BE / BTech (Mechanical / Production or equivalent; 60%.

Age: 27 years (on 01 January 2009)

Selection: Entrance Test: 13 March 2009

Application Form & Details: Employment News (24 – 30 January 2009)

Application Deadline: 28 February 2009

 

Central Tool Room & Training Centre, B 36, Chandaka Industrial Area, Bhubaneswar 751024 (Ori) (M/o MSME, GoI)
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Post Diploma in Computer Aided Manufacturing (1 year)

Eligibility: Diploma / Degree in (Mechanical / Production / Automobile)

Selection: On first come first serve basis

Application Form: Send Rs 1000/- by DD favouring "Central Tool Room & Training Centre", payable at Bhubaneshwar at above address / Download from website

Details: Employment News (24 – 30 January 2009) / Website

Environment & Forestry

Indian Institute of Ecology & Environment, A 15, Paryavaran Complex, New Delhi 110030
www.ecology.edu

1) MPhil all subjects; (Distance)
2) MSc (
2 years; Distance)
Ecology & Environment
Disaster Mitigation
Sustainable Development
Geo-Informatics
Pollution Control
Total Quality Mgmt
Eco-Tourism.

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 25 February 2009

Law

University of Delhi, Faculty of Law, Delhi 110007
www.du.ac.in

1) LLB (3 years)

2) LLM (3 years / 5 years)

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelors / Masters Degree (50%).
For 2: LLB (50%).

Selection: Entrance Test: For 1: 22 March 2009
For 2: 29 March 2009.

Application Form: Send Rs. 250/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi" payable at Delhi to the Admission Co-ordinator, Faculty of Law at above address by 02 March ‘09 / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 09 March 2009

Management

Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management, Govindpuri, Gwalior 474011 (MP) (M/o Tourism & Culture, GoI)
www.iittm.org

PGDM in (Tourism & Travel / International Business / Tourism & Leisure / Services) (2 years)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Selection: Aptitude Test: 24 May 2009; CAT 2008.

Application Form: Download from website.

Application Deadline: 01 May 2009

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow - Noida Campus, B 1, Sector 62, Noida 201307 (UP)
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PG Programme in Business Management (3 years; Evening)
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Age Limit: 45 years (01 July 2009)

Selection: Written Exam: 12 April 2009; GD & Interview.

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 16 February 2009

Medicine

Indian Institute of Technology, School of Medical Science & Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (WB)
http://gate.iitkgp.ac.in/mmst

Masters in Medical Science & Technology (3 years)

Eligibility: MBBS with aptitude for technological applications in medical science

Selection: Entrance Test: 26 April 2009

Assistantship: Rs 15,000/- pm.

Application Form: Apply online till 06 March 2009

Details: Employment News (24 – 30 January 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 16 March 2009

Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, Dhanwantari Bhawan, Road No 66, Punjabi Bagh (W), New Delhi 110026 (M/o Health & Family Welfare, D/o of AYUSH, GoI)
www.ravdelhi.nic.in

1) Member of Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (1 year)
2) Certificate of Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (1 year)

Eligibility: For 1: PG Degree in Ayurveda; working teachers preferred

For 2: BAMS (Ayurvedacharya) / PG degree in Ayurveda; Medical Officers preferred
For 1 & 2: BAMS (55%) in first attempt from IMCC recognised institute.
Age Limit:
Max 45 years.

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Details: Employment News (17 – 23 January 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 15 February 2009

Recruitment

Indian Overseas Bank, Central Office, 763, Anna Salai, Chennai 600002 (TN)
www.iob.in

Probationary Officer (1250 posts)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree: Arts (60%), Non-Arts (65%); Computer literacy / Diploma in Banking & Finance preferred
Age: 21 - 30 years (as on 01 January 2009)

Selection: Written Test: 05 April ‘09; Interview

Application Form: Apply online till 16 February 2009

Details: Employment News (24 – 30 January 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 16 February 2009

Scholarships

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, 86/87, Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 (Mah)
www.inlaksfoundation.org

Inlaks Scholarships (upto 2 years)
For pursuing studies at top American, European and UK institutions / Specific Projects in various subjects within the disciplines (except Engineering / Computer Science / Urban Planning / Business Studies / Medicine / Public Health / Indian Studies & History),

Eligibility: Indian resident with Bachelors degree.
Prior admission to all courses is mandatory. Those who have studied abroad are not eligible.
Age Limit: 30 years (on 01 July 2009).

Application Form: Send a self-addressed stamped (Rs.10/-) envelope (10 cm x 23 cm) to the above address.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 15 April 200

D/o Science & Technology, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110016 (M/o Science & Technology)
www.dst.gov.in

Rajat Jayanti Vigyan Sancharak Fellowships (1 year)

Eligibility: Bachelors / PG degree in (Science / Engg / Medical Science / Agriculture / IT / Mass Communication)
Age: 35 years (on 31 December ‘09).

Selection: Based on recommendations of expert committee

Fellowship: Rs. 12,000/- pm; contingency grant and travel grant; (Rs. 16,000/- in case of PhD)

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with project documents to the head (RVPSP) at the above address.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 28 February 200

Sports Authority of India, Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Moti Bagh, Patiala 147001 (Punj)
www.nsnis.org

Sports Scholarships for Women 2008-‘09

1) For Unemployed Senior Women National Champions (those who have secured 1st/2nd/3rd position in individual events only in Senior National events in 2007 (Rs 18,000/- pa)
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Eligibility: Age Limit: For 1: Above 19 years.

Application Form: Write to the Executive Director (A), at the above address.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 28 February 2009

Sciences Physical

Research & Training Unit for Navigational Electronics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007 (AP) (D/o Science & Technology, GoI)

GPS and Local Area Augmentation System (17 June – 07 July 2009)

Eligibility: MSc / MTech / ME (Geophysics / Physics / Applied Maths / Space Science / Atmospheric Science / Electronics & Communication/ Geodesy) or BE / BTech with 2 years experience in relevant subjects.
Age Limit: Max 35 years (as on 31 May 2009)

Details: Employment News (17 – 23 January 2009)

Application Deadline: 25 March 200

NEST 2009, NISER, Institute of Physics Campus, Bhubaneswar 751005 (Oris) (D/o Atomic Energy, GoI)
http://niser.ac.in/NEST / www.tifr.res.in/~cbs

MSc Programme in Basic Sciences (integrated, 5 years)
(At National Institute of Science Education & Research, Bhubaneswar & UM-DAE Centre of Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai)

Eligibility: Class 12 (PCB/M), 60% (55% for Reserved/PD)
DoB: on / after 01 October 1984

Selection: NEST: 10 May 2009, Interview

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 03 April 200

Teaching & Education

Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, 56-57, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, New Delhi 110058 (M/o HRD, GoI)

Pre Siksha Sastri (Bed) Test (PSST)

Eligibility: 45% in 3-yr Shastri / BA (Sanskri) course/ 2-yr Shastri / BA (Sanskrit) course with pass in "Setu" or in 1st yr of Acharya / MA (Sanskrit) / Acharya / MA (Sanskrit)
Age: Min 20 years (as on 01 October ‘09)
Exam:
16 May 2009
Application Form:
Send Rs 550/- by DD favouring "Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan", payable at SBI , New Delhi to the Dy Registrar (Examintions) at the above address.

Details: Employment News (24 – 30 January 2009)

Application Deadline: 20 March 200

University

Army Welfare Education Society (AWES)

Written Admission Test (WAT) for admission to:

1) BE (Mechanical / Electronics & Telecommunication / Computer Engineering / IT; 4 years, Affl to Univ of Pune)
(at Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Dighi Hills, Pune 411015, www.aitpune.com)

2) BDS (5 years)
(Army College of Dental Sciences (ACDS), ACDS Nagar, Jai Jawahar Nagar Post, Secunderabad 500087, www.armycods.org)

3) BHM (4 years)
(at Army Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, C/o ASC Centre & College, Bangalore 560007, www.aihmctbangalore.com)

4) MBBS (4˝ years)

(at Army College of Medical Sciences, Delhi Cantt, www.ipu.ac.in / www.awes.nic.in)

5) BEd (1 year)
(at Army Institute of Education, Kandhar Lines, Ring Road, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi 110001, www.aie.ac.in; Army Centre for Education, Pachmarhi, www.ace-panchmarhi.com; Army Institute of Higher education, Pathankot, www.aihepathankot.com)
6) BSc Nursing Programme (4 years)
(at Army College of Nursing, Jalandhar (www.acn.co.in) & Army Institute of Nursing, Guwahati, www.ain.ac.in)
7) PG Diploma in (Fashion Technology & Apparel Merchandising / Logistics Mgmt / MBA) / BSc (Fashion & Apparel Design)
(at Army Institute of Fashion & Design, Bangalore, www.aifonline.com)

Eligibility:

For 1: 10+2 (PCM; 50%), AIEEE-2009 scores,
Age: 16 – 21 years (on 01 July 2009)
For 2 & 6: 10+2 (PCB & English; 50%)
Age: 17 – 25 years (on 31 December 2009)
For 3: 10+2 with English.
Age: Below 22 years (on 01 July 2009)
For 4: 10+2 with PCB and E (50%)
Age: Below 21 years (on 01 July 2009)
For 5: Graduate (45%)
Age: Below 35 years (on 01 August 2009)
For 7: PG: Graduate, BSc: 10+2

Selection, Application Forms & Other Details: Respective websites

Application Deadline: 15 March 200

Madurai Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai 625021 (TN)
www.mkuniversity.org / www.mgtmku.org

MA / MSc / MPhil (Arts / Science) / Advanced PG Diploma in Geographical Information Systems
2) MA / MSc / MPhil / MLISc / MBA (Part Time) / MCom / MEd / Post PG Diploma in Educlinic

Selection: For 1: Entrance Test: 21 & 22 March 2009
For 2: UG and PG marks
Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: For 1: 20 February 2009
For 2: 27 February 2009

Pervin Malhotra,
www.careerguidanceindia.com


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