EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Busting exam stress
Nonika Singh

AS students all of us have had butterflies in our stomachs weeks or days before our date with the much-feared examinations. Though exams have been a terror for every generation that has gone though the Indian education system, today it has turned into a fatally ominous monster that is sapping young lives. Exam-related stress is no more confined to mere bouts of anxiety but is actually pushing students to the brink, forcing them to take their lives.

IIM-C management programme
THE Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) has launched a General Management Program for Accounting Professionals (GMPAP) in Chandigarh, which will be conducted at centers located at Sector 34-A and Mohali. The program is targeted on CA, CS and ICWA professionals to groom them for top management positions.

Campus Notes
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Lectures delivered

Dr Sukhwant Singh Bindra, a senior professor in political science, delivered a number lectures during his tenure as head of Chair of Indian Studies at Johanss Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany).





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Busting exam stress
Nonika Singh

AS students all of us have had butterflies in our stomachs weeks or days before our date with the much-feared examinations. Though exams have been a terror for every generation that has gone though the Indian education system, today it has turned into a fatally ominous monster that is sapping young lives. Exam-related stress is no more confined to mere bouts of anxiety but is actually pushing students to the brink, forcing them to take their lives.

According to the National Crime Record Bureau, students try to commit suicide every 90 minutes across the country, while one succeeds every six hours. The global teen suicide rate is 14.5 per 1,00,000. But a 2004 study by the Christian Medical College in Vellore reported 148 for girls and 58 for boys in India. During 2006-07, 5,857 students committed suicide. A study by The Week magazine found that approximately 4,000 students commit suicide in India each year, most of which is exam-related.

Dr Simmi Waraich, consultant psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital, agrees, “Suicide in the age group 15 to 24 years is showing alarming trends”. Exam-related stress in her opinion has only grown manifold in past few years. Undisputedly, counsellors across the board blame pushy parents for pinning unrealistic expectations on their children which can and does play havoc with the child’s psyche undermining both their confidence and morale. “Unfortunately,” says Dr Simmi, “often the parents seek counselling only when the situation has already worsened and the damage has been done. For they feel that going to a psychiatrist or even a school counsellor will label their child, quite forgetting that mental health is the key to child’s growth and development”.

The exam pressure is prevalent at all levels, but in the board Classes X and XII, it snowballs into a phobia. Jasmine Jakhakar, National awardee teacher, however, fails to see why, “Today the CBSE is becoming as student-friendly as possible”. As its head examiner and as also one of the paper-setters, her assertion ought to put many students appearing for the CBSE exam at rest. She reveals, “The board is going out of the way to give credit to students. Both paper setting and marking has been so designed as to enable children to get more and more marks”. Her comment is not off the mark. More recently, the CBSE has not only started a website to answer the syllabi-related FAQs but also a helpline to allay exam fears. Many more measures, like not failing children till Class VIII and exemption of certain subjects for special students are all aimed to take away the fear element from exams and de-stress the students. Still, nothing can take away the cutting-edge of the academic landscape.

We may take pride in young India but the fact is that this young population is helplessly and hopelessly placed when it comes to seeking admissions to educational institutions. The seats are at best limited and lakh are competing for it. For the hallowed Indian Institute of Management (IIM), from a large pool of about 2,50,000 applicants, only 1,200 manage to procure seats each year. Thus, getting admission in IIMs is far more difficult than topping US business schools. In fact, the overall acceptance rate at IIM is between 0.1 to 0.4 per cent. Compare it with the acceptance rate of around 5 to 10 per cent in the US business schools. Is it any wonder that more than the mediocre students it is the brilliant who succumb, unable to digest ‘failure’?

Indeed, besides parents, today’s children too are falling in the ambition trap. Dr Simmi attributes child’s personality and environmental factors as contributory factors which can push students on the fatal path. She advises parents to look for warning signals and says, “Don’t let negative or pessimistic thinking fester in your child’s mind”. At the ground level, she advocates thrashing out of alternatives in case a particular academic plan doesn’t work.

Punita Singh, counsellor, Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh, asserts that in Class XII, when students are appearing for both the board exam and several entrance tests, there is unimaginable pent-up tension. She blames the tuition culture for adding to the scare. She remarks, “The tuition factories in their bid to market themselves create unwarranted hype and make the children follow a frenzied routine. With there set of guides —schoolteachers, parents and tutors — children don’t know how to cope”. Seriously, how do children deal with the overwhelming task of career-making invariably linked with exams or performance in entrance tests?

Time management is the mantra according to Kiran Khullar, an experienced teacher, who asserts, “Students must learn to plan right at the beginning of the year. They must not take up tough assignment on the last day”. Besides, she feels that some degree of stress is good, “After all, we all work under threat of deadlines”. Only stress cannot be allowed to become a trauma. Quips Punita, “Let children be children.

Sadly, today the overweening ambition of parents is turning them into emotionally-hardened automations. As a result, by the time they are 20 they are likely to lose both interest and enthusiasm”. However, her pessimistic note is followed by the cheer, “all is not lost”. Motivation is the key. Jasmine’s one-line panacea is “relax, rejuvenate and gear up”. So, the students must get going … the forthcoming board exams are no demonic disaster, merely one milestone en route a long journey!

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IIM-C management programme

THE Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) has launched a General Management Program for Accounting Professionals (GMPAP) in Chandigarh, which will be conducted at centers located at Sector 34-A and Mohali. The program is targeted on CA, CS and ICWA professionals to groom them for top management positions.

This program has also been launched in New Delhi-NCR. The classes will be held at the centers located at Raja Garden, Ashok Vihar, New Friends Colony, Raja Bazar, Vikas Puri, Greater Kailash, Malviya Nagar, Pitampura, Mall Road, Gurgaon (Sector 14), DLF Qutub Plaza and Noida (Sectors 16 and 64).

Today, the globalisation of business environment demands that finance professionals leverage the most advanced approaches to keep abreast of changes. This program is spread over three terms and covers topics such as financial risk management, financial statements analysis and business valuation, corporate restructuring (mergers and acquisitions), strategic planning of human resources values, global competition and strategy, etc. This program caters to chartered accountants, cost accountants and company secretaries who aspire to make a career in the corporate sector and climb up to the position of CFO and CEO.

Program directors are Prof Asish K. Bhattacharya and Prof Manju Jaiswall of the IIM-C. The course will be of 18 months with 16 cutting-edge subjects in financial management. More details about the program are available at www.indialearn.com.

One of the main benefits by this course is the classes will be held after office hours. Classes will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays between 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm.

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Campus Notes
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Lectures delivered

Dr Sukhwant Singh Bindra, a senior professor in political science, delivered a number lectures during his tenure as head of Chair of Indian Studies at Johanss Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany).

His three-month visit was sponspored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India. He also held seminars on Indian foreign policy, Indian political system and philosophy besides delivering a keynote address, entitled Sikh Religion and Politics, at the University of Frankfurt and another on Nehru and Modern India, organised by the Institution of Indology at Johanss Gutenberg University, Mainz, on the birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He also spoke on Continuity and Change in Indo-Pak Relations at the Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt.

During the roundtable discussion on Security in South Asia, he said that sincere intervention of the US and the UN needed for creating a congenial atmosphere in the South Asia region by impressing upon the Pakistan government to be more tough with fundamental forces there.

Best Paper Award

Dr Sunil Kumar, Reader in Economics at the Punjab School of Economics of the university, has been conferred with the "Best Paper Award" at the Fourth International Conference of Global Academy of Business and Economics Research, USA, held at Bangkok (Thailand) for his research paper on Did Efficiency of Indian Public Sector Banks Converge with Banking Reforms?, co-authored with Rachita Gulati, Junior Research Fellow, Punjab School of Economics.

— Contributed by P. K. Jaiswar

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