EDUCATION TRIBUNE

English + cultural studies
Shelley Walia pleads for a new mix

As a teacher at the Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh, I get frequently questioned about the content of the courses that are taught to our students. A friend researching on remote sensing at Cambridge once asked me if we wrote poetry or fiction for our doctoral theses and taught language and grammar. I was taken aback at his ignorance. 

Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak

B.Ed admission

Admission to the B.Ed (regular) course in the state appears to have been delayed this year. The university, which is likely to conduct the admission process centrally this year, is still to notify the admission process and the schedule. This is perhaps due to the fact that a proposal of replacing the admission procedure of conducting a common entrance test with just the "counseling" based on the merit of candidates has not been finalised.

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English + cultural studies
Shelley Walia pleads for a new mix

As a teacher at the Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh, I get frequently questioned about the content of the courses that are taught to our students. A friend researching on remote sensing at Cambridge once asked me if we wrote poetry or fiction for our doctoral theses and taught language and grammar. I was taken aback at his ignorance. But he is not alone; academics belonging to other disciplines seldom know that studies in the English departments focus on Freud and Lacan; the faculty are fully conversant with areas from anthropology to quantum physics, and pursue research in disciplines from international politics to human rights and war, from the role of media to discourse analysis. Art movements along with philosophy underpin most of the teaching. The public has to be often informed that literature departments no longer exist in an ivory tower engaged only in the new critical pursuits of paraphrasing and close analysis of texts; it would be enough to say that critical approaches range from sociological to Marxist, from psychological to historical to eco-feminist, and from anthropological to linguistic and philological. Language is only one small component.

The present nomenclature of “Department of English” in many universities, including Panjab University, has remained unchanged for over a hundred years. Of course, the faculty members cherish their heritage, but that is not enough. They do realise they are in a new age now. Wide horizons are opening. There is the need to purge the academic world of clichés and stop force-feeding our youth with age-old hackneyed concepts and ideas. Thus, the need for a change in nomenclature to the “Department of English and Cultural Studies” is necessary so as to focus not only on language but also on the relevance of cultural studies to the study of literature.

Education must facilitate a student to see culture as part of a living experience and not superfluous to the demands and anxieties of life. The concern at the Department of English is with culture in its multifarious dynamics and its deep-seated relationship with politics, sociology, religion and art. Such diverse intellectual endeavours address numerous questions pertaining to different theoretical and political positions. Advanced study of this nature, therefore, is committed to social reconstruction by a critical political involvement.

Cultural studies is an interdisciplinary area of enquiry which analyses the conditions that impact the production, reception and cultural significance of all types of institutions, practices and products. It endeavors at undermining the traditionally held distinctions between “high literature” and “high art” and the lower forms that cater to the interests of an even larger body of consumers, or in other words, between highbrow, middlebrow and lowbrow culture. The predominance of the canon stands superseded.

The concerns of teaching cultural studies at the departments of English will reflect the rapidly shifting ground of thought and knowledge, argument and debate, about a society and its culture, providing grounding in the theoretical debates that inform contemporary investigation in a number of areas such as society, subjectivity, ethnicity, aesthetics, postmodern experience and cultural history. A flexible modular scheme of optional courses and independent research allows students to work on themes and problems in past and present media and cultural thought.

Pedagogy must emphasise a methodology underpinned by an activity of self-reflection that has consequences not only inside but outside the academy, too. Courses such as postcolonial cultural studies, critical and cultural theory, Indian literature in translation, American, Canadian, African and Australian studies already exist and are taught with a particular emphasis on problems of race, discrimination, gender and class. Already new courses on film studies and media studies which have a definite relevance to cultural studies have been introduced. Students in recent years have pursued research on representations of women on the Hindi celluloid with reference to films, on the relevance of jazz to literature, the radical songs of Bob Dylan, and politics of race and the music of Bob Marley. The English departments largely undertake research-based programmes and offer courses on nationalism and identity in literature, literature and war, cultural analysis and media studies, Indian aesthetics, Marxism and culture, history and truth, 19th- and 20th-century colonial history, cultural readings of imperialism, criticism and ideology. This is how traditional courses focusing on British and American literature have given way to cultural studies in the last few years.

The insights and analyses of the late 20th-century forms of critique—psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and ideological and political thought—are employed to assess some key concepts of interdisciplinary study. The courses on cultural theory engage with the new forms of enquiry that have recently transformed the traditional disciplines. Students study the social construction of space, visual perception and technologies of the gaze, the politics of sexuality, the organisation of knowledge, and cultural production and reproduction.

At no time in history have the humanities been challenged with a greater opportunity to uphold all values which scaffold our world and yet retain dynamism and change so essential to a living culture. Such a move to change the nomenclature so as to focus on cultural studies will constitute an emphasis on tension and change at the frontiers of intellectual and academic life, always with the aim of evolving new models and new methodologies that stand up to the test of intellectual rigour and social relevance.

Renaissance of the Humanities in the liberal arts programme comes invariably through attention to the study of arts and other related sociological disciplines for the broadening of cultural understanding of the heritage of the past and our awareness of the exigencies of the present. For such developments, the interdisciplinary approach that is adopted ensures that we are never oblivious of the social forces reflected in the works of literature and art. Add to this personal and social history, the geographical location and the prevailing politics of the time, and you have a new training in understanding, hearing and seeing all those vital forces that have a direct bearing on the production of any art form. In this approach lies the close analysis of one’s cultural inheritance.

The confines of the existing divisions of knowledge need to be urgently dismantled with the aim of offering viable academic options to students. That is why there is the urgency to diversify into many areas keeping in view not only the relevance of the academy to the larger growth of society but also the urge to remain abreast of international standards. Teaching in the coming years would be geared towards the application of knowledge to problems in society and towards building a bridge between theory and practice. Academics need to be aware of the multifarious crosscurrents within a worldwide context. 
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Campus Notes
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
B.Ed admission

Admission to the B.Ed (regular) course in the state appears to have been delayed this year. The university, which is likely to conduct the admission process centrally this year, is still to notify the admission process and the schedule. This is perhaps due to the fact that a proposal of replacing the admission procedure of conducting a common entrance test with just the "counseling" based on the merit of candidates has not been finalised.

The proposal to fill up about 40,000 seats in B.Ed colleges in Haryana has been under active consideration of the authorities concerned. The state government had introduced the practice of holding a joint entrance exam for all the B.Ed seats in Haryana (regular course) in 1997 and since then this exam had been conducted by one of the universities in the state.

The opening of over 300 new colleges in the state has added availability of hundreds of seats for B.Ed aspirants. The admission process for this course normally begins in the first week of May and the process gets completed by the month-end or the first week of June each year, said sources in the university. However, this year, the university is still to issue a notification in this regard. It could be mainly due to the reason that the admission pattern could be changed this year, said an official of the university.

MBA notice

The university has issued the admission notice for the 5-year integrated MBA programme for the session 2009-2010. The entrance test for admission to the MBA course will be conducted on July 5.

The details of the courses are available on the university website www.mdurohtak.com. The application form will be available at the university sale counter and can also be downloaded from the university website. The application form can be submitted up to June 15, according to a university spokesperson

Semester system

The MDU Executive Council (EC) at its meeting held recently under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor approved the introduction of the semester system at the postgraduate level in affiliated colleges and university teaching departments. The apex body also approved the introduction of the semester system at the undergraduate level in science and commerce streams from the session 2009-2010.

A decision to introduce computer education in undergraduate courses was also taken at the meeting. The ordinances of MA/M.Com and M.Sc (semester system) examinations were also given a green signal.

In another decision, the council allowed a proposal to allow affiliated colleges to conduct examinations of add-on courses at the college level and issue joint certificate as per UGC guidelines. The council also approved guidelines for the re-employment of superannuated non-teaching employees on contractual basis.

Vidya Bhawan

The university is likely to handover Indira Gandhi Vidya Bhawan, a prominent part of its campus, to Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) shortly. The new administrative block of MDU is nearly ready and the offices and teaching blocks functioning at Indira Gandhi Bhawan are likely to be shifted to the new building in few weeks.

The old campus is reported to be owned by the PGIMS and had been given to the university on temporary basis. The PGIMS may be shifting some of its teaching blocks or departments to this place soon. However, the shifting of the main administrative block of the university may take some more time.

Sanskrit dept

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has selected the Department of Sanskrit under its Special Assistance Programme (SAP). Accordingly, the UGC will provide financial assistance to the tune of Rs 39.50 lakh and salaries of 2 project fellows for the purpose under this scheme. The department intends to prepare an encyclopedia on the Ramayana under this programme. Prof Sudha Jain will be the co-ordinator and Prof Surendra Kumar will be the deputy co-ordinator of this programme. The scheme will be effective from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2014

— Contributed by Bijendra Ahlawat
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Admission Deadline
Agriculture

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Agricultural College & Research Institute, Coimbatore 641003 (TN)
www.tnau.ac.in

1) BSc (Agriculture / Horticulture / Forestry / Home Sc)
2) BTech (Agricultural Engg / Food Process Engg / Biotechnology / Horticulture / Energy & Environment Engg / Bioinformatics / Agricultural IT)
3) BS Agribusiness Mgmt (2 years)

Eligibility: 10+2 (PCM with any one of Biology / Computer Science / Statistics / Microbiology / Biochemistry / Biotechnology / Home Science / Nursing / Nutritional Dietetics)

Application Form: Send Rs. 600/- by DD favouring the ‘The Dean (Agriculture), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Agricultural College & Research Institute, Coimbatore 641003’ payable at Coimbatore at the above address / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 09 June 2009

Armed Forces

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

SSC Officers in Education Branch – Jan 2010
(At Naval Academy, INS-Zamorin, Ezhimala, Kerela)

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian men / women; BE / BTech (Electronics / Electrical / Mechanical / IT / Computer Science; 60%) / Masters degree (50%) in Physics / Maths / Masters degree in Computer Sc, 50% (with Physics / Maths in BSc) / MSc Chemistry, MA English, MA History / Masters in Computer Application (with Physics / Maths in BSc, 50%) / PG in (Operations Analysis & Operational Research Quantitative methods / Maths with Probability / Statistics, 75%)
DoB:
02 January ’85 – 01 January ‘89

Selection: SSB Interview.

Application Form: Send in prescribed format to the above address. Superscribe "Education Branch Jan 2010 Course, Educational Qualification……… ‘Aggregate Percentage - …%" on envelope / Download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 08 June 2009

Arts Performing

National Film Archive of India, Law College Road, PO Box No 81, Pune 411004 (Mah)
www.nfaipune.gov.in

Short-term Film Appreciation course (15-20 June 2009)
(Organised by NFAI, FTII and Directorate of Film Festivals, New Delhi)

Eligibility: Anyone interested in film studies/activities.
Age: 21 years (on 31 May ‘09). Fees: Rs 3000/-.

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2009

Protective Services

Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi 110069
www.upsc.gov.in

Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Exam – 2009

Eligibility: Indian Graduates
CRPF, CISF: Both men and women 
BSF, ITBP, SSB: Men only 
Age: 20 – 25 years (On 01 August ’09)

Selection: Written Test: 11 October 2009; Physical Efficiency Tests; Medical Standard Test.

Application Form: At designated HPOs / POs: Rs 20/- (Cash).

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 08 June 2009

Engineering

Mody Institute of Technology & Science, Faculty of Juridical Sciences, Lakshmangarh, Sikar 332311 (Raj) (Deemed University)
www.mitsuniversity.ac.in

1) BA LLB / BCom LLB / BBA LLB (5 years, Integrated Law)

2) LLM (Tort & Crime / Corporate & Business Law / Human Rights & Humanitarian Law) (2 years)
3) PhD

Eligibility: All course exclusively for women only

For 1: 10+2 (50%)
For 2: LLB /5- year Integrated law degree (50%)
For 3: LLM (55%)
Application Form: Download from website.

Application Deadline: 30 June 2009

Dr BR Ambedkar, National Institute of Technology, GT Road Bye pass, Jalandhar 144011 (Punj)
www.nitj.ac.in

MSc (Full Time)
MTech
(Full Time / Part-Time)
PhD Programme

Selection: For MSc (FT), MTech (FT / PT): Written Test: 01 June 2009
Application Form: Send Rs 600/- by crossed DD favouring "Director, Dr BR Ambedkar, National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, " payable at Jalandhar to the concerned Head of Department at the above address. Superscribe "Application for Admission to ……… Programme (Full Time / Part Time)" on the envelope / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 22 May 2009

Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, A 10, Sector 62, Noida 201307 (UP) (Deemed University)
www.jiit.ac.in / www.juit.ac.in / www.jiet.ac.in

At JIIT, Noida Campus:
MTech
(Materials Science & Engg / Microelectronics Systems & Embedded Tech)

At JUIT, Waknaghat ( HP Campus) & JIET Guna
MTech (Construction Mgmt)

At JIET, Guna
MTech
(Chemical Engg / Environmental Engg

At JIIT & JUIT:
MTech (Computer Sc & Engg / Electronics & Communication Engg / Applied & Computational Maths)
PhD Programmes (ECE / CSE / IT / Biotech / Bioinformatics / Civil Engg / Chemical Engg / Physics & Material Sc Engg / Maths & Humanities / Mgmt)

Selection: For MTech: PGET-2009: 20 June 2009
For PhD: Interviews: 2nd week of July ‘09

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline:

For MTech: 06 June 2009
For PhD: 27 June 2009

Allahabad Agriculture Institute, Allahabad 211007 (UP) (Deemed University)
www.aaidu.org / www.ait.ac.th

Unified International Bachelors + Masters degree programme (5 years)
Fields of study at Bachelors:
BTech Biotech / BSc Agri / Agricultural Engg / BBA / Computer Science & Engg / Electronics & Communication Engg / Electrical & Electronics Engg / Water Resource Engg / Civil Engg / Mechanical Engg
Field of study at Masters (at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok):
Agri-Business Mgmt / Food Engg & Bioprocess Tech / MBA / Computer Sc / Information Mgmt / Telecommunication / Mechatronics / Water Engg & Mgmt / Construction Engg & Infrastructure Mgmt / Transportation Engg / Industrial Engg & Mgmt / Energy Engg & Mgmt

Selection: Test: 17 June 2009

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 30 May 2009

MSME Tool Room, Central Institute of Tool Design, Balanagar, Hyderabad 500037 (AP) (M/o MSME, GoI); In collab with Electronics Corpn of India Ltd (ECIL)
www.citdindia.org

1) PG in Tool, Die & Mould Design (1½ years)
2) Post Diploma in Tool Design (1 year)
3) Diploma in Tool, Die & Mould Making (4 years)
4) Advanced Tool Makers Course (2 years)

Eligibility:
For 1: BE / BTech (Mechanical / Production).
Age Limit: 30 years
For 2: LME / DME (60%).
Age Limit: 27 years
For 3: Class 10 (50%)
Age Limit: 15 - 19 years
For 4: Class 10 with ITI in Tool & Die Maker / Fitter / Machinist / Turner
Age Limit: 25 years
Selection
: Entrance Test: 12 July 2009

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 23 June 2009

Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut (UP)
www.ccsuniversity.ac.in / www.iamrgzb.com

1) MTech (Biotechnology / Electronic & Telecom), 5-year, integrated
2) BTech-MBA (Computer Science / IT / Civil), 5-year, integrated

Eligibility: 10+2 (PCB / PCM), 50%

Selection: Entrance Test: 07 June 2009

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 22 May 2009

Hotel Mgmt

National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology, A 34, Sector 62, Noida 201301 (UP) (M/o Tourism, GoI) & IGNOU
www.nchmct.org

MSc (Hospitality Administration), 2 years
(at IHM (New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad) & Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Mgmt, Chandigarh)

Eligibility: BSc (Hospitality and Hotel Admin) from NCHMCT & IGNOU / 3-year Diploma in Hotel Mgmt from NCHMCT + Bachelors degree / 3-year Diploma in Hotel Mgmt from NCHMCT / State Boards of Technical Education.

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 22 June 2009

Management

RA Podar Institute of Management, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (Raj)
www.rapim.org / www.uniraj.ernet.in/PIMMAT2009

MBA (CAM)
MBA (E.Com)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%)

Test: PIM-MAT 2009: 14 June (at Jaipur & Delhi only)

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 30 May 2009

Medicine

Directorate of Medical Education & Research, Govt. Dental College & Hospital Building, St George’s Hospital Compound, Mumbai 400001 (Mah)
www.dmer.org

Entrance Test – MH-SSET 2009
(for admission to DM / MCh medical PG superspeciality courses in Maharashtra)

Exam: 07 June 2009 (Mumbai)

Application Form: Send Rs 2000/-by DD favouring "Director, Medical Education & Research, Mumbai" to the above address / Download from website.
Details:
Website

Application Deadline: 23 May 2009

Scholarships

D/o Science & Technology, M/o Science & Technology, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110016
www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/nsti/jc_bose_fellowship.pdf

JC Bose National Fellowship

Eligibility: Indian, PhD in Science / Engg / MSc in (Engg / Technology) / MD in Medicine + several years of work-ex in the specific area; should hold a regular position in an organization.

Fellowship: Rs. 20,000/- pm for 5 years; Contingency Grant: Rs 5 lakh pa for conferences and other expenses

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: Year-round

Sciences Social

IIT – Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 (Assam)
www.iitg.ernet.in/acad

MA in Development Studies (2 years)

Application Form: Send request for application with a stamped self-addressed envelope (24 cm x 15 cm) to the Deputy Registrar (Academic) at the above address by 21 May ‘09. Superscribe "Request for MA Application Form" on envelope.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 03 June 2009

Sports

Dr Sivanthi Aditanar College of Physical Education, Tiruchendur 628215 (TN) (Affiliated to Tamil Nadu Physical Education & Sports University, Chennai)

1) MPhil in Physical Education (1 year)
2) MPEd (2 years)
3) BPEd (1 year)

Selection: Interview: June 2009

Application Form: Send Rs 300/- (For 1) Rs 100/- (For 2 & 3) by DD drawn from SBI / Canara Bank favouring "Dr Sivanthi Aditanar College of Physical Education" payable at Tiruchendur with a stamped (Rs 10/-), self addressed envelope (30 cm x 15 cm) at above address.

Application Deadline: 30 May 2009

University

Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 136119 (Har)
http://kukinfo.com

1) MBA (5-year, integrated)
2) Bachelor of Hotel Mgmt & Catering Tech (4 years)
3) Bachelor in International Hospitality Business Mgmt (4 years)
4) BA LLB (5-year, integrated)
5) BA (Mass Communication) (3 years)
6) Integrated course in Graphics, Animation & Gaming / Multimedia (5 years)
7) MTech (Applied Geology), 5 years integrated [BTech (Applied Geology) degree will be awarded after 4 years)
8) Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting / Applied Art / Sculpture), 4 years

Eligibility:

For 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8: 10+2 with English (50%)
For 7: 10+2 with Physics & Math with either one of (Chemistry / Bio-Tech / Computer Sc / Biology)

Selection: Entrance Test:
For 1: 27 June 2009
For 2 & 3: 26 June 2009
For 4: 20 June 2009
For 5 & 6: 15 July 2009
For 7 & 8: 29 June 2009

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: For 1: 10 June 2009
For 2: 15 June 2009
For 3: 17 June 2009
For 4: 12 June 2009
For 5, 6: 10 July 2009
For 7, 8: 22 June 2009

Pervin Malhotra, Director, Career Guidance India (CARING) (www.careerguidanceindia.com)

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