EDUCATION TRIBUNE

When teachers play truant
Dharam Pal Mor

A teacher is central to the system of education. His very presence in the classroom has a great impact on the overall personality and social behavior of students. If the teacher feels joy or anger, it is immediately transferred to them. He carries a big responsibility on his shoulders for creating a warm and protective environment that ensures a better teaching-learning process and effective in-house activities.

Planting seeds of virtue
V. S. Chaudhri

IN the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, political parties have come up with their manifestoes covering all the possible issues under the sun except corruption and reforms in school education. Rampant corruption, which seems to be a non-issue at the national level, has many manifestations ranging from scams, scandals, embezzlement, misappropriation, graft and donations for admission to schools at the primary and nursery levels. “There is not a square foot of land which is free from corruption,” says T. N. Seshan, a former Chief Election Commissioner, in his book Degeneration of India.

Campus Notes
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar

NAAC team visits campus

An eight-member team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) headed by R. Natarajan, former chairman, AICTE, visited Guru Jambheshwar University for assessment and accreditation of the university.

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When teachers play truant
Dharam Pal Mor

A teacher is central to the system of education. His very presence in the classroom has a great impact on the overall personality and social behavior of students. If the teacher feels joy or anger, it is immediately transferred to them. He carries a big responsibility on his shoulders for creating a warm and protective environment that ensures a better teaching-learning process and effective in-house activities.

While on the other hand, the absence of a teacher has serious repercussion in terms of various problems like indiscipline, insincerity among students and loss of faith in parents. The absence contributes to the decline of the image of the profession and the school reputation besides non-completion of the prescribed syllabi and other academic assignments. All this eventually results in the bad quality of education.

Teachers’ absenteeism has been an acute problem within the school education system all across the globe. The existing literature on this issue shows that the teachers’ absentee rates in developing countries tend to be as high as 27 per cent, which means that almost one-third teachers remain absent from their respective schools in these countries. According to a World Bank survey, the teachers’ absenteeism in India is as high as 25 per cent, which means that one out of four teachers remains absent from the school. As such, India occupies the second place from bottom among the countries with higher rates of teachers’ absenteeism. It is better only than Uganda, which has the highest rate of teachers’ absenteeism in the world, i.e., 27 per cent.

The incidence of teachers’ absenteeism in some of the states like Bihar and Jharkhand has reached even more than 40 per cent. As per the World Bank survey, Punjab occupies the third rank among all the Indian states with 34.4 per cent.

The quality of education in government schools in Punjab is so poor that the parents are ready to pay almost anything to get their kids admitted to a private school. It is a school system where teachers’ as well as students’ absenteeism is rampant. Many teachers do not take classes, do not give and check home work and do not perform their in-house activities with devotion and commitment. They are involved more in economic activities in terms of private business, participation in political activities and attending festivals/religious functions. The regular classroom study has been replaced by more lucrative private tuitions in spite of a ban on private tuitions by the government. Teachers from government schools join or run tuition centres and remain away from schools for days. Almost all government schools have a lot of fake enrollments. Many students are enrolled in government schools but are actually asked to study at private tuition centres.

A significant proportion of teachers remain absent because they are involved in non-academic activities by the government like holding elections, doing surveys and other administrative duties. Such a situation exists in spite of a judgment of the Supreme Court passed in 2007 which has put a ban on the teachers of government schools, to be asked to skip classes and undertake non-academic activities like election duties, census work or polio drop campaigns. According to the court’s directive, the services of the government teachers can be utilised only during school holidays and non-teaching hours, though the services of the non-teaching school staff can be utilised throughout the whole year.

The findings of a Sarva Siksha Abhiyan-sponsored study conducted by the Department of Social Work, Punjabi University, Patiala, suggests that more than one-tenth teachers of the primary schools in Punjab remain outside the schools on teaching assignments like training, seminars, meetings and other such official work. This can be avoided if the government streamlines its policies. As per this study, the teachers’ absenteeism in Punjab is as high as 16.87 per cent, the rate of absenteeism of the male teachers being slightly lower (18.90 per cent) than the female teachers (19.18 per cent), although the proportion of males teachers remaining on leave being more (9.16 per cent) than females teachers (7.64 per cent).

Many teachers remain de-motivated as they face problems relating to their service conditions like untimely and inappropriate promotions, untimely increments and inappropriate system of reward to the hard working and deserving teachers. Political interference in postings and rewards discourage good teachers from working hard. There is a huge gap between the sanctioned posts and the teachers-in-place in the government schools, especially in rural areas and remote towns. There is a need to streamline the recruitment policy. The recruitment of a teacher should be done immediately after a teacher retires, so that such a gap is bridged without much delay.

Nevertheless, many studies point towards the fact that absenteeism does not seem to lessen merely with better pay and better working conditions. The prevailing trends show that older, more educated and head teachers who get relatively higher salaries and better perks remain absent as frequently as the junior and lowly paid teachers. What can the policymakers do is a big question?

We need to further improve the working and service conditions of the teachers. It has also been suggested that such a mechanism should be in place that teachers in government schools have a reason to fear losing their jobs for absenteeism. It must be pointed out here that the job security in government sector has also proved to be one of the motivating factors for remaining away from office work. The sense of fear of losing the job can probably prove a better option!

The writer is Reader, Social Work Department, Punjabi University, Patiala.

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Planting seeds of virtue
V. S. Chaudhri

IN the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, political parties have come up with their manifestoes covering all the possible issues under the sun except corruption and reforms in school education. Rampant corruption, which seems to be a non-issue at the national level, has many manifestations ranging from scams, scandals, embezzlement, misappropriation, graft and donations for admission to schools at the primary and nursery levels. “There is not a square foot of land which is free from corruption,” says T. N. Seshan, a former Chief Election Commissioner, in his book Degeneration of India.

We talk about transparency, right to information and appointment of Lok Pal to bring probity in public life. Not that they are unimportant, but what we lose sight of is that corruption starts at the grassroots level and has to be checked when a child take his first step. The former President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, had rightly said that only three persons could stop the evil of corruption—the mother, the father and the teacher.

In 1966, the Kothari Commission had laid great stress on the need for moral and spiritual education. One of the recommendations of the commission was to introduce education in moral, social and spiritual values in schools. Many states introduced moral education as a compulsory subject in school curricula. Haryana acted on the recommendation in 1995. A formal syllabus was drawn in consultation with NCERT, SCERT, CIE, IGNOU and persons of eminence in the field of education. Teachers were trained and orientation programmes were conducted by SCERT and DIETS. However, the efforts did not yield the desired result. Perhaps, sincerity, seriousness and commitment to the cause were lacking at all levels. Also, the approach was more pedagogic and less pragmatic.

To wage the war against corruption, we will have to fight it out in the classroom by adopting a practical approach. Merely use of words such as honesty and a casual reference to it will not serve the purpose. Illustrations will have to be very specific, clear and convincing. Why should we have to follow China, Vietnam or Indonesia in introducing anti-corruption classes? Why should we need to cite the example of foreigners when it comes to honesty? Are we lacking in instances of honesty? No, we are not! We can quote quite a number of names who may be acknowledged as icons of honesty. From Mahatma Gandhi to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, we have a long list to pick up episodes from the lives of these people and include them in the school curricula.

I would like to mention a specific instance of honesty relating to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. When he was the President of the country, some of his relatives came and stayed at Rashtrapati Bhawan for about a week for which he paid a sum of rupees 3,54,924 from his personal account. We can include such excerpts from the lives of great men in the school syllabus.

We need to adopt a practical approach to inculcate virtue in our children. First, they should be motivated not to cheat in the examination. On an experimental basis, examinations may be conducted without invigilators. Unmanned stationary shops may be set up on the school campus where children pick up articles of their requirement and pay for them through a box kept for the purpose. Merit certificates and medals may be given for the acts of honesty. The children may be asked to maintain a daily diary to record the deeds of honesty done by them in daily life. The best deed done during the week may be narrated in the morning assembly. The government may constitute honesty awards on the lines of the bravery awards.

The writer is a former chairman of the Haryana School Education Board

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Campus Notes
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar

NAAC team visits campus

An eight-member team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) headed by R. Natarajan, former chairman, AICTE, visited Guru Jambheshwar University for assessment and accreditation of the university.

The team visited departments of environmental science and engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, food technology, bio and nano technology, computer science and engineering, Haryana school of business, applied psychology, physiotherapy, printing technology, pharmaceutical science, biomedical engineering, electronics and communication engineering, communication management and technology, advertising management and public relations and distance education directorate.

Besides Natarajan, other members of the team included N. Jayasankaran, director general, Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli; Dr Latha Pillai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, New Delhi; Prof D.T. Khathing, Vice-Chancellor, Jharkhand Central University, Ranchi; Prof Anand Mohan, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Prof K.S. Rangappa, University of Mysore, Mysore; and Col Ramesh B. Kasetwar, dean, Bhartiya Vidyapeeth University, New Delhi.

Workshop on career prospects

A workshop on “Career Prospectus for Engineering Students in Today’s Scenario” was held at the university. Addressing the inaugural session, Vice-Chancellor Devinder Dayal Singh Sandhu said engineering was a kind of expertise, which opened doors to many careers.

Sandeep Handa, assistant vice-president, Satyam Ltd., said knowledge and time were very important in the present scenario. Every student or job seeker must acquire latest knowledge about the subject to beat the competition, he said. The one-day workshop was organised by the Training and Placement Cell of the university.

Radio Ecology Centre

The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, will set up a Centre for Radio Ecology in Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology. The research work at the centre will be conducted in association with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Board of Research in Nuclear Science, Mumbai, and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., Mumbai.

According to Vice-Chancellor Devinder Dayal Singh Sandhu, the Department of Atomic Energy will provide Rs 5.11 crore for the establishment of the centre. The first installment of Rs 3.41 crore has already been received, he said.

Research work on non-human biota, demographic research, water and air quality research, baseline studies on radiation, radiation dose due to natural and fallout radioactivity, radiological assessment of exposure to terrestrial and aquatic non-human biota in the vicinity of future nuclear power plant sites will be done in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies.

CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
ICAR grant for seed programme

The seed production programme at Haryana Agricultural University will get a boost with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) granting Rs 1.37 crore to the university. The university has been working on an ICAR-sponsored mega project on seed production since 2005. So far it has produced over 22 thousand quintals of good quality seed of different crops under the project.

According to director of research S.S. Pahuja, the ICAR grant was a proof of the pioneering work done at the centre.

Contributed by Raman Mohan
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Agriculture

Central Insitute of Fisheries Nautical & Engineering Training, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi 682016 (Ker) (GoI) (Affl. to CUSAT, Kochi & approved by DGCA) 
www.cifnet.gov.in

Bachelors of Fisheries Science (Nautical Sc), 4 years

Eligibility: Class 10 + 2 (with 50% in Maths & Science) 
Age Limit: 17 - 20 years (on 01 October ’09)

Selection: Entrance Test: 07 June 2009; Interview: 20 July 2009

Application Form & Details: Employment News (28 March - 03 April 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 22 May 2009

Armed Forces

The Indian Navy, PO Bag No 04, Nirman Bhawan, Post Office, New Delhi 110066 
www.nausena-bharti.nic.in

SSC Officers in Aviation Cadre (Observer) of Executive Branch Course – January 2010

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian men & women graduates (55%, with Maths & Physics in Class 12)
DoB: 02 January '87 - 01 January '91.

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) – Jan 10 Course. Educational Qualification ………….. Percentage ……………%" on the envelope / Download from website.

Details: Employment News (28 March - 03 April 2009) / Website.

Application Deadline: 21 April 2009

Art & Design

Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, J 8, Jhalana Institutional Area, Jaipur 302004 (Raj) 
www.iicd.ac.in

1)    UG Diploma : Soft / Hard Materials Applications (4 years)

2)    PG Diploma: Furniture Design & Interior Products / Home Textiles (Floor Covering & Furnishing) (2½ years)

Eligibility: For 1: Class 12 Pass (by 30 June ’09)

For 2: Bachelors degree in Arts / Science / Commerce, or Degree / Diploma in Fine Arts / Design / Architecture / Clothing & Textiles, or Artisans’ child with 5 years craft experience

Selection: For 1: Aptitude Test: 30 April & 01 May ‘09, Interview: 1 & 2 May ‘09

For 2: Aptitude Test: 18 & 19 June ‘09, Interview: 19 & 20 June ‘09

Application Form: Send Rs 750/- by DD favouring "Indian Institute of Crafts & Design" payable at Jaipur at the above address / Download from website.

Application Deadline: For 1: 25 April 2009
For 2: 15 May 2009

Engineering

Indo-Danish Tool Room, MSME Tool Room, M 4 (Part), Phase VI, Tata Kandra Road, PO Gamharia, Jamshedpur 832108 (Jhar) (M/o MSME, GoI) 
www.idtrjamshedpur.com

Diploma in Tool and Die Making (4 years)

EligibilityMatriculation (50% with Maths, Science, i.e., Physics and Chemistry or both) 
Age Limit: 15–19 years (on 01 September ‘09). Girls can also apply.

Selection: Preliminary Tests 14 June 2009; Final Test: 28 June 2009

Application Form: Send Rs 750/- by DD favouring "Indo Danish Tool Room", payable at Jamshedpur with 2 self-addressed slips to the General Manager at the above address. Superscribe "Application for Diploma in Tool & Die Making" on the envelope / Download from website.

Details: Employment News (28 March – 03 April 2009 / Website

Application Deadline: 12 May 2009

IIT-Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (Utt)
www.iitr.ernet.in

Admission to PG & PhD Programmes 2009-10

1) MTech in Departments of Engg (Chemical / Civil / Earthquake / Electrical / Electronics & Computer Sc / Hydrology / Mech & industrial / Metallurgical & Materials ), Alternate Hydro Chemistry, Energy, Nanotechnology, Paper Technology, Water Resources Dev & Mgt /
2) M Arch / MURP
3) PhD

Selection: GATE scores and Interview. For sponsored candidates: Written Test; Interview; work experience.

Application Form: Download from website

Eligibility & Details: Employment News (28 March – 03 April 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 23 April 2009

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur 302017 (Raj)
www.mnit.ac.in

Admission to PG / PhD Programmes 2009-2010

1) PhD (Civil / Chemical / Computer / IT / Electrical / Electronics & Communication / Mechanical / Metallurgical & Materials / Structural / Management / Physics / Chemistry / Maths / Humanities & Social Sciences)
2) MTech in (Environment Engg / Water Resource Engg / Transportation Engg / Power Systems / Electronics & Communication / VLSI Design / Manufacturing System Engg / Energy Engg / Metallurgical & Materials Engg / Chemical Engg / Computer Engg / Structural Engg)
3) MPlan in Urban Planning
4) MSc in Physics / Chemistry / Maths
5) MBA

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 30 April 2009

IIT - Madras, Chennai 600036 (TN)
www.iitm.ac.in /

Short Term Post Doctoral Fellowship for Women (2- 6 months)
In Departments of: Aerospace Engg / Applied Mechanics / Biotechnology / Chemical Engg / Civil Engg/ Computer Science & Engg / Electrical / Engg Design / Mechanical / Metallurgical & Materials Engg / Ocean / Chemistry / Humanities & Social Sc / Mgmt Studies / Maths / Physics

Eligibility: PhD in appropriate discipline.

Fellowship: Rs. 25,000/- pm, return II AC train fare to Madras, accommodation

Application Form & Details: Website.

Management

National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW), Baba Gangnath Marg, Munirka, New Delhi 110067
www.nihfw.org

PG Certificate (1 year, distance)
1) Health & Family Welfare Mgmt
2)
Hospital Mgmt

Eligibility: For 1 & 2: (MBBS / BDS / BSc Nursing / Bachelor of AYUSH / M Pharma) with 2 years work experience / B Pharma with 3 years work-ex / (D Pharma / General Nursing & Midwifery / Bachelor in Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy) with 5 years work-ex

Additional For 2:
Candidates must be registered in respective State or National Council; PG (Science / Behavioral Sc / Mgmt / Commerce / Accounts) with 2 years work experience

Application Form: Send Rs. 200/- by crossed IPO / DD favouring "Director, NIHFW" payable at New Delhi to the Director, Distance Learning Cell (DLC), Room Number 417, Academic Block at the above address by 05 June ’09 / Download from website. Mention course name

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 15 June 2009

Mass Comm

Symbiosis International University, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Viman Nagar, Pune 411014 (Mah)
www.simc.edu / www.set-test.org

Bachelor of Mass Media (Journalism, Advertising, PR & Events, AV Production) (3 years, FT)

Eligibility: 10+2 (50%)

Selection: Test: 02 May ‘09 (Register online by 13 April 2009)

Application Form: Apply online and send with Rs 1000/- by DD favouring "Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication," payable at Pune to the above address / Download from website.

Application Deadline: 09 May 2009

Scholarships

 National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, 116, Rajpur Road, Dehradun 248001 (Utt)

Louis Braille Memorial Fellowship (2 years)

Eligibility: Indian, Masters degree (Special Education), 55% / Masters in related fields / PhD in (Education / Training / Rehabilitation of persons with visual impairment) / 5 years research experience.
Fellowship: Rs. 25,000/- pm for 2 years, extendable by 1 year.

Application Form: Send application on plain paper at the above address.

Details: Employment News (28 March – 03 April 2009)

Application Deadline: 11 April 2009

The Oxford & Cambridge Society of India, B 28, Pushpanjali Farms, Bijwasan, New Delhi 110061
www.oxbridgeindia.com/scholarship.php

1) OCSI Scholarships 2009
(For admission to the universities of Oxford / Cambridge & Emmanuel College, Cambridge and other colleges in UK)
2)
Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose Scholarship

Eligibility: Bachelors degree, Indian resident; schooling in India preferred; secured admission to the University of Oxford / Cambridge
For 2: Masters degree in relevant discipline
Application also invited from students of Physics, Computer Sc, Maths who are interested in Biology
Age Limit: 26 years (01 May ‘09).

Scholarship: Two OCSI scholarships worth Rs 100,000/- each, tenable at the universities of Oxford/Cambridge

One scholarship worth £ 1,000, tenable at Emmanuel College, Cambridge & St. Hilda’s College, Oxford
One scholarship worth Rs. 2,00,000, tenable at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
One scholarship (Jack Gibson Scholarship) worth Rs. 1,00,000, tenable at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge
For 2: Two scholarships worth Rs 2,00,000, tenable at Christ’s College, Cambridge for Doctoral studies, one for Physics and one for Biology

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 15 April 2009

University

DY Patil University, 869, E, Kasaba Bavada, Kolhapur (Mah) (Deemed University)
www.dypatilunikop.org

All India Common Entrance Test - 2009
For Admission to MBBS / BDS / BTech / BPTh / BSc

Test: 21 May 2009

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 30 April 2009

Pervin Malhotra,

Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)

(www.careerguidanceindia.com)

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