EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Make schools functional
Nobody disputes that in the recent years literacy has been on the priority list of the successive governments at the Centre, which is manifested by the increasing public expenditure on education (according to one estimate it is more than Rs 60,000 crore a year). However, India’s ranking in the fight against literacy, which has slipped from 100 to 105, tells a different story. It shows that making funds available for the schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhyan is just not enough to ensure that everybody, irrespective of the financial background of the family, place of stay, cast, creed and religion, gets education or in other words, education is universalised.

Preparing for more than a quiz
When Aran Park directed a tutoring center in South Korea, her workday ended at 3 a.m. That’s when her last class let out. “We have a saying in Korea: If you sleep three hours, you succeed; if you sleep four hours, you fail,” she said.

Campus NoteS
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak

  • Rs 15.12-cr grant for development
  • Counselling for vacant seats
  • Vacation schedule, terms notified

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Make schools functional
Bhartendu Sood

Nobody disputes that in the recent years literacy has been on the priority list of the successive governments at the Centre, which is manifested by the increasing public expenditure on education (according to one estimate it is more than Rs 60,000 crore a year). However, India’s ranking in the fight against literacy, which has slipped from 100 to 105, tells a different story. It shows that making funds available for the schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhyan is just not enough to ensure that everybody, irrespective of the financial background of the family, place of stay, cast, creed and religion, gets education or in other words, education is universalised.

The problem is not with the funds but the failed delivery system. A careful survey brings to light the three main impediments that plague the system. First, the government schools are still bereft of the required infrastructure; the condition in many being nothing short of appalling. When it comes to infrastructure, there is a big difference in the government schools located in cities and those in the rural and far-off areas. For example, in city schools, there is a surplus staff as every teacher wants to live in a city and in rural areas, most of the times there are one or two teachers actually present to manage all the classes.

Second, even where infrastructure exists these schools are not allowed to function by our state governments. There is a holiday on the silliest excuse. For example, in Panjab, early closures of the schools are ordered at least 15 days in a year to enable the students to take part in various rallies. With 150 teaching days available in a year (30-40 days go into conducting examinations, etc.), it is just not possible to complete the syllabus. Those students who stay in cities and are well off make up by turning to the private tutors, but other students continue to suffer and a stage reaches, when they lose interest in studies and their parents in order to keep them away from idleness and bad company put them on petty jobs.

The third impediment is the very high teacher absenteeism in government schools ranging from 20-57 per cent in different states. To make things worse, teachers are often used for non-teaching jobs also.

But thanks to our economic growth during the last 20 years, one very heartening development that has taken place is that even poor and illiterate want to give education to their children, including girls, even if it means stretching their resources. Under such circumstances, what can be done to make the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan a grand success?

Today, education through government schools seems to be a failed delivery system which gets reflected by the fact that even the government school teachers want to send their wards to public schools. So, there is no wisdom in keeping educational institutions in the government sector. There is a fit case for handing over school education to proven NGOs on the condition that those who are below poverty line and the girls will continue to get free education and the children of lower middle class families will have a subsidised fee structure. NGOs will be too happy even if parts of the funds, which are spent on government schools, are provided to them.

Second, before talking about computers, let us first provide basic facilities in every school. One politician who has really done a commendable job is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Under the ‘Sahabhogi’ model, he has framed school committees comprising the parents of children and has made funds available to these committees for the construction of school buildings. In the last three years, he has made available Rs 3 lakh each to 54,000 such schools. This type of initiative is required if we are really serious about eradicating illiteracy.

Third, access to private schools should be made available to the poor children as well. Let the government work out a mechanism under which their fee is paid by the government directly to private schools. Fourth, schools should be allowed to have their own calendar. Government holidays should not be forced on schools as they reduce the number of teaching days. 

Fortunately, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan project is flushing with funds. However, the end objective of literacy for all cannot be achieved until the funds are used justifiably and properly.

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Preparing for more than a quiz

When Aran Park directed a tutoring center in South Korea, her workday ended at 3 a.m. That’s when her last class let out. “We have a saying in Korea: If you sleep three hours, you succeed; if you sleep four hours, you fail,” she said.

Park opened another tutoring centre in the corner of a Centreville, Va., office building last year. At the Living Stone Academy, she runs a strict program with daily quizzes and lots of homework, but on a distinctly American schedule that ends by 4 p.m. “It is summer vacation,” she said, laughing. “I don’t want to take away all the fun they deserve.”

Many Koreans who move to the US are relieved to be rid of the expensive and energy-sapping cram schools where, driven by intense competition to get into top universities, students spend most of their waking hours after the school day ends. But a new and gentler version of cram school is emerging in the US. Over the past 15 years, scores of Korean-run academies have opened in strip malls and office buildings in immigrant enclaves.

This summer, thousands of Korean-American students, along with an increasing number of non-Koreans, will attend them to prepare for next year’s maths classes, SAT tests or the entrance exam for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

The schools are designed to give students a competitive edge, but many offer far more than academic support. They help newcomers adjust to a new culture, new expectations and a dramatically different public school system. For some families, they are a lifeline between the old world and the new.  

— LA Times-Washington Post

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Campus NoteS
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Rs 15.12-cr grant for development

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has allocated a grant of Rs 15.12 crore under the 11th Plan to Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU). According to official sources, the UGC has allocated Rs 10.72 crore as general development grant, Rs 4.3 crore as merged schemes grant and Rs 5 lakh for the Internal Quality Assurance Cell. This grant has been approved on the recommendations of the UGC Visiting Committee, which had expressed its satisfaction over the developments regarding the introduction of new courses, increase in the number of teaching faculty and research publications/project(s), including the organisation of workshops/seminars/conferences, here.

The UGC grants are likely to be utilised for development works, including campus development, library needs (books/journals), purchase of latest equipment, developing central facilities, etc.

Counselling for vacant seats

The counselling to fill vacant seats in B.Tech courses of the University Institute of Engineering & Technology, MDU, will be held on August 7. According to a university spokesperson, vacant seats are available in electronics & communication engineering, computer science engineering, mechanical engineering and biotech engineering courses. The last date for the submission of application forms is August 5. The details are also available on the university website www.mdurohtak.com, the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Physical Education, MDU, has announced the counselling schedule for admission to the CP.Ed, BP.Ed and MP.Ed courses for the academic session 2009-2010. According to a university spokesperson, the admission counselling of MP.Ed will be held on August 5 and for BP.Ed on August 6 and for C.P.Ed on August 7. The merit list for M.P.Ed will be displayed on August 3 and for C.P.Ed./B.P.Ed on August 4, he added.

Vacation schedule, terms notified

The university has notified the schedule of terms and vacations for the B.Ed course in the affiliated colleges of the university for the session 2009-2010.

According to a university spokesperson, the first term of coming academic session will be from August 18 to December 21, 2009, while winter vacations will be observed from December 22, 2009 to January 4, 2010. Likewise, the second term will be from January 5, 2010, to April 30, 2010. Annual practical examinations will be held from May 1, 2010, while theory examinations will be conducted from June 10, 2010. Summer vacations will be observed from May 1 to June 30, 2010.

— Contributed by Bijendra Ahlawat

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Agriculture

Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Veterinary University & Cattle Research Institute, Mathura 281001 (UP)
www.upvetuniv.edu.in

MVSc / MSc (Biotechnology)

Eligibility: BVSc & AH / BSc with Life Sciences group (Zoology / Botany / Chemistry /) / Fisheries Science / Biotechnology / Microbiology / Biochemistry / Agriculture / Pharmacy
Selection: Entrance Test: 13 September 2009

Application Form: Send Rs 1050/- by DD favouring "Finance Officer, Veterinary University, Mathura" payable at Mathura at the above address / Download from website.

Application Deadline: 17 August 2009

Armed Forces

Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Rtg Women Entry, AG’s Branch, Army Hqrs, West Block III, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066
www.joinindianarmy.nic.in / www.indianarmy.gov.in

Short Service Commission (NT) Course for Law Graduates Women – April 2010
For Judge Advocate General Department

Eligibility: Indian females, LLB (55%).
Age: 21 - 27 years (DoB: 02 January ’83 – 01 January ‘89)

Selection: SSB Interview, Psychological Aptitude Tests, Medical Test.

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with required documents and 2 self-addressed postcards by registered post to the above address. Superscribe in red ink "Application for Short Service Commission (NT) Women Course– Apr 2010 for Judge Advocate Generals Department" on top left corner of white envelope.

Details: Employment News (25 – 31 July 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 28 August 2009

Armed Forces Medical Services, DG 1A, Ministry of Defence, ‘M’ Block, Room No 60, Church Road, New Delhi 110001 (M/o Defence)
www.indianarmy.nic.in

Army Medical Corps (SSC)

Eligibility: Indian men & women; MBBS / MS / MD / MCh / DM. (Permanent registration of State Medical Council / MCI). Masters degree (Anaesthesia / Surgery / Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Medicine / Orthopedics / Respiratory Medicine) preferred.
Age Limit: Below 45 years (on 31 December ‘09)

Selection: Interview: November 2009; Medical Fitness Test

Application Form: Send application in prescribed format with required documents, self-addressed envelope and Rs 200/- by DD issued by any Nationalised Bank favouring "Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (APF Fund)," payable at New Delhi to the Office of DG AFMS, at the above address. Mention your name and address on the reverse of DD bearing code number of the issuing bank.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 21 August 2009

Engineering

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

Job Oriented Courses (Technical Training Programme)
1) Post Diploma in CAD/CAM (6 months)
2) CNC Technology & Machine Operation (3 months)
(Also at Indo German Tool Room, Indore)

Eligibility

For 1: BE / Diploma in Mechanical / Production / Automobile / Plastic Mould Technology / Tool & Die Making or equivalent

For 2: Diploma in (Mechanical / Production / Automobile / Plastic Mould Technology / Tool & Die Making or equivalent) / ITI Machinist / Turner / Fitter

Selection: Merit / First-come-first-serve-basis.

Application Form & Details: Employment News (25 – 31 July 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 05 August 2009

Hotel Mgmt

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068
www.ignou.ac.in

BA in International Hospitality Administration (3 years)

Eligibility: 10+2 with English as compulsory subject.

Application Form: Send Rs 350/- by DD favouring "IGNOU" payable at New Delhi to the Registrar (SR&ED), Block 12 at the above address by 14 August ‘09.
Superscribe "Application Form for BA- IHA on the envelope / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 14 August 2009

IT

University of Pune, VLSI Design & Research Centre, D/o Electronic Science, Pune 411007 (Mah)
www.icitonline.org

Certificate in Embedded System Design (6 months, Full Time)

Eligibility: BE / BTech in (Electronics / Electrical / Electronics & Telecomm / Instrumentation / Computer / IT) / MSc (Electronics)

Selection: Entrance Test: 16 August ‘09

Application Form: Download from website.

Details: Employment News (25 – 31 July 2009) / Website

Application Deadline: 14 August 2009

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), B 30, Institutional Area, Sector 62, Noida 201307 (UP) (GoI, D/o IT)
www.cdacnoida.in

1) PG Diploma in Systems & Database Administration
2) PG Diploma in Geographic Information System & Remote Sensing

Eligibility:
For 1: BE / BTech (Computer Sc / IT / Electronics & Comm / Electrical / Electronics & Instru) / AMIE / MCA / MCM with BSc (Engg) / MSc (Computer Sc / IT / Electronics / E&C) / MBA (IT, Systems)
For 2: PG / UG degree (Geology / Geography / Planning / Forestry / Environmental Sc / Disaster Mgmt / Agriculture / Botany) with Computer knowledge / BE / BTech in (Computer Sc / Electronics & Comm / IT / Civil) / MCA / MSc (CS / IT / E&C)

Selection: Entrance Test: 05 – 06 September 2009
Application Form & Details: Download from website

Application Deadline: 21 August 2009

Management

IIT- Bombay, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (Mah)
www.iitb.ac.in/~cep/calender/2009.cgi / www.som.iitb.ac.in

Certificate Programme in Marketing & Human Resource Mgmt (For Working Professionals)

Application Form & Details: Website

Admission Deadline: 19 August 2009

IIM Calcutta, Diamond Harbour Road, Joka, Kolkata 700104 (WB)
www.iimcal.ac.in / www.hnge.in

Exec Program for Young Professionals
Exec Program in Business Management
(All Programs: 1 year)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%) + work experience: For EPBM: 5 - 15 years work experience
For EPYP: 1 - 5 years work experience

Details: Website

Admission Deadline: 10 August 2009

Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping, 76, Jolly Maker Chambers No. 2, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 (Mah)
www.nmis.net

PG Diploma in Shipping Management

Associateship / Fellowship

Eligibility: For 1: Bachelors degree
For 2: Bachelors degree / 10+2 with 2 year shipping exp

Application Form: Send Rs. 100/- by DD favouring "Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping", payable at Mumbai to the above address.

Details: Website

Registration Deadline: 31 August 2009

Medicine

National Board of Examinations, Ansari Nagar, Ring Road, New Delhi 110029 (Autonomous body of M/o HFW, GoI)
www.natboard.edu.in

DNB Final Exam Theory December 2009
(In various Broad Specialty Courses)

Exam: 12 & 13 December 2009

Application Form: Send Rs 750/-by DD favouring "National Board of Examinations," payable at New Delhi at the above address / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 17 August 2009

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, 68, Ashok Road, New Delhi 110001 (D/o AYUSH, M/o Health & Family Welfare, GoI)
www.yogamdniy.com

1) Yoga Therapy Programme (1 month)
2) Yoga Training Programme (1 month)
3) Special weekend Programme

Details: Website

Application Deadline: Throughout the year

Association of the Unaided Private Ayurvedic Colleges in Haryana, CDL College of Ayurveda, Bhagwangarh, Buria Road, Jagadhri, District Yamunanagar (Har)
www.cdlinstitutes.com / www.gbvps.org / www.mlrac.com

All India BAMS Common Entrance Test

Application Form: From the Admission Office at the above address / Websites of all participating institutions

Application Deadline: 10 August 2009

Scholarships

Central Board of Secondary Education, Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi 110092 (HRD, GoI)
www.cbse.nic.in

CBSE Merit Scholarship Scheme for ‘Single Girl Child’ in Schools:
1) CBSE Merit Scholarship for +2 (2 years)
2) CBSE Merit Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies (3 years)
CBSE Merit Scholarship Scheme for students in Schools:
3) CBSE Merit Scholarship for Professional Courses- AIPMT & AIEEE (4 years)

Eligibility: For 1 & 2: Applicant should be a girl child and only child of her parent
For 1: Class 10 (60%) from a CBSE affiliated school with tuition fee not more than Rs 1500/- pm during the year 2008-2009.
For 2: 10+2 (60%); Pursuing Bachelors degree (non-medical / non-engineering) in any Central / State Government University or those recognized by UGC.

For 3: Rank in the merit list of AIPMT / AIEEE 2009. Pursuing professional course in Medicine / Engineering in any Central University / Institution controlled or aided by Central Government (10% scholarship reserved for girl child)

Scholarships Value: For 1: Rs 500/- per month

For 2: Rs 500/- per month.

For 3: Rs 1000/- per month.

Application Form & Other Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 30 September 2009

Sciences Biology

Apeejay Svran Institute for Biosciences & Clinical Research, Plot No. 26, Sector 32, Gurgaon (Har), (GoI & ICICI)
www.apeejay.edu/aibcr

1) PG Diploma in (Bioinformatics / Analytical & Molecular Techniques / Biomedical Laboratory Technology / Clinical Research & Molecular Diagnostics (1 year)
2) PG Diploma in Clinical Trials & Data Mgmt (Part Time)

Eligibility: For 1: BSc / BAgri / BTech / BPharm / MBBS / MSc / MTech Life Sciences / MPharm / MD / MCA, 55%

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 05 August 2009

University

Jiwaji University, School of Studies in Distance Education, Gwalior 474011 (MP)
www.jiwaji.edu

BA / BCom / BSc / BBA (RTM) / BLib ISc / BJMC
MA
(Economics / History / Ancient History / Hindi / Sanskrit / Political Science / Sociology / Geography / Public Admin / English / Drawing & Painting / Social Work)
MLib ISc
MJMC
MBA (CSMM / RTM)
PG Diploma in
(Psychological Counseling / Yoga Education / Computer Application / HRD)

Application Form: Send Rs. 250/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Jiwaji University, Gwalior" with a self addressed envelope, to the Director SOS in Distance Education, Distance Education Building, University campus at the above address.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 30 September 2009

Vocational

Society for Self Employment, E 26-29, Flatted Factories Complex, Jhandewalan, New Delhi 110092

1) Repair of General Electronics Gadget (6 months)
2) Repair & Maintenance of Household Electrical Appliance / Fittings Course (6 months)

Eligibility: Educated unemployed residents of Delhi; Class10
Selection:
Interview.

Application Form: Rs 25/- (cash) at above address by 08 August 2009

Details: Employment News (25 - 31 July 2009) / Website.

Application Deadline: 13 August 2009

Advanced Training Institute, Govind Nagar, PO- Udyog Nagar, Kanpur 208022 (UP) (M/o Labour & Employment, GoI)

Short Term Courses in NC / CNC, Electrical Maintenance, Hi Tech CAD / CAM,

Hi Tech CNC, Advanced Welding, Metrology & Engg Inspection, Media Resource Centre, Control Technology, Computer Courses, Advanced Electronics

Eligibility: Degree / Diploma in relevant branch of Engg; NTC / NAC with 1 year work-ex

Application Form: Send Rs 100/- by DD favouring "Drawing & Disbursing Officer, ATI, Kanpur 208022," with stamped (Rs 5/-) self addressed envelope (9" x 4") to the above address.

Pervin Malhotra, Director, Career Guidance India (CARING)

(www.careerguidanceindia.com)

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