Placements in Professional Colleges

Hordes of students across the country plan on professional courses like MBAs, specialized diplomas and all types of engineering degrees. Till not so long back the competition for many of these courses was stiff and based on merit. The last few years however have seen a huge burgeoning of private educational institutions offering all kinds of professional course for a hefty fee. The market is suddenly flooded with seats and students no longer have to fall over each other for the IIMs and large regional colleges. If their parents can afford it or they are willing to take a student loan, most students can easily afford the fees to a private B School.

Unfortunately from what we see, few really should be at these courses and are there only to pad up their CVs and get the educational institution to give them a job. This is the prime reason why students choose a professional institution solely on the bases of whether they will get placement.

Placement is of course important. We all burn the midnight lamp and spend years of sacrifice so that we prosper professionally and economically, but to do a course solely for economic benefit, not apply oneself during the course and ask the educational institution to guarantee a job is down right arrogance on the part of most students.  If one applies oneself on the course in preparation of the competition ahead, there is no reason why most students can’t secure a job on their own merit.

The task of any educational institution is to teach and prepare their students for the task ahead, beyond that it is up to a student, from where then has this situation arisen, where in students want a job assurance for joining the course. Most educational institutions too feel hard pressed to advertise placements as it is this factor that fills their batch.

Part of the answer lies in that there are more professional seats available than needed. Sometimes the educational institution may not be prepared to fulfill its part of the ‘academic’ bargain as it is ill equipped on various aspects, including laboratories and poor teaching staff.

Poor quality infrastructure in an educational institution, admitting poor quality students and then attempting to place these poorly trained students can turn in to a vicious cycle for both students and institution.

During this time of recession many of you will be planning on studying further, if you are, stop for a while and question your true motivation for doing a course. Will the course help you get a better position in a company, will you succeed on your own steam. Marketing divisions of most educational institutions are like any other marketing divisions; they promise you the moon until your join the course and later show you the fine print.

If you are planning to do a course while working or by taking a year or two off, ensure you are spending your valuable time with a reputed educational institution. Those students who have it in them even get there through self study and experience, but that’s an article for another day.

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Govt to enforce 5-year rule for admissions

From the coming academic year, only those children who have completed five years as on May 31, will be admitted to Class 1. Even a shortfall of one day would prevent the child from entering standard 1, said primary and secondary education Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri.

He said that the law would be enforced strictly to avoid complications in higher education and in seeking jobs.

“A circular has already been issued to all government, aided, unaided and private schools in this regard. If this is adhered to strictly, then no student will appear for the SSLC before completing 15 years of age,” Kageri said.

The issue came under serious consideration after more than 17,000 students who passed out of the SSLC this year had not yet completed 15 years. “This problem will continue for about the next ten years. Hence, students who have already been admitted will be permitted to appear for the SSLC,” Kageri clarified. Read More>>

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Right to education

The universal declaration on human rights mentions the right to security, right to honour, equal opportunities on merit basis and right to dignity to every individual in the world. The motto of the MP Human Rights Commission is also equal right to all.  We cannot translate it into reality until and unless all members of the society are concerned about the rights of each other. The protection of individual rights is mutual and this feeling should be cultivated in children right from early age.

Recently the Central Government has framed a new law “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act-2009. Rules are being framed for its implementation at Central and state government levels. There are a plethora of laws and governments do endeavour to enforce them effectively, but the fact is that all the laws are not enforced in right earnest throughout the country and the citizens do not get their benefit at desired level. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education is such a law that, if implemented properly, people would be inspired to follow not only this but other laws as well voluntarily. This would also help curb the violation of human rights. Human rights are meant for human life. This covers women, men, children and people of all other groups. Thus, the State Human Rights Commission is endeavouring to protect the rights of children. Read More>>

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CBI arrests city education baron

The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here arrested A Balasubramanian, president of Sri Balaji Society  which runs a chain of management, law and degree institutions on charges of cheating the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for securing its approval to the society’s four management institutes.

Three AICTE officials are also under investigation for allegedly helping Balasubramanian secure the council’s approval despite “deficiencies” found by the CBI after an on-site inspection of the society’s academic complex at Tathawade on the Katraj-Dehu road expressway bypass.

CBI’s superintendent of police (ACB) Vidya Kulkarni told reporters that the “deficiencies” found at the Tathawade campus mainly relate to infrastructure not being in proportion to the number of institutions and courses offered by the society. “This included the land, the built-up area, essential facilities like computer labs and library, and even the number of students that are required to be maintained as per the norms,” she said. Read More>>

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UP to implement Right to Education Act

Uttar Pradesh will become the first state in the country to implement the Right to Education Act 2009 that calls for free and compulsory primary education to children in the age group of six to 14.

“Uttar Pradesh will be the first state in the country to implement the Act. It will ensure proper and adequate education to the children,” state Education Minister Dharm Singh Saini said in Lucknow. Secretary of the Basic Education department had been directed to initiate process to implement the Act, he added.

The state will require over Rs 14,500 crore to implement the Act. The government will focus on teachers, financial resources, additional classrooms in schools and DIET training in the first phase of its implementation, Saini said.

The department will make efforts to motivate children working in roadside eateries, railways stations and bus stands to enroll in schools. “To attract children, we plan to provide them with food, books and even clothes,” said an official.

Source: Indian Express

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Bihar Govt ordered to appoint 35,540 teachers

The Supreme Court Wednesday ordered the Bihar government to appoint 35,540 primary school teachers as per their seniority based on the year they secured their Bachelor of Education or Bachelor in Teaching degrees.

A bench of Justice Altmas Kabir and Justice H.L. Dattu gave the order on a joint lawsuit by thousands of professionally qualified teachers of Bihar, who sought contempt to court proceedings against the state government for not keeping its word given to the apex court in 2007 for appointing them.

The bench asked the government to appoint all the teachers on the basis of their seniority and without taking any examination.

The legal tangle of trained teachers’ appointment dates back to December 2003, when Bihar’s erstwhile Rabri Devi government had advertised vacancies of 35,540 primary teachers in government schools and had proceeded to appoint people who had passed matriculation or higher examinations.

This was challenged by the professionally qualified teachers of Bihar before the Patna High Court. They contended the move would curtail their right to be appointed as primary teachers. They also contended it would violate an earlier apex court ruling, which held that only professionally qualified teachers could be given the teaching job. Read More>>

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India calling

HE Open Doors Survey 2009 reveals that while India remains the leading country, for the eighth consecutive year, to contribute the largest chunk of international students to the US there has also been a sharp increase in the number of American students going to study in other countries and India is among them. The survey is conducted annually by the International Institute of Education (IIE) with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Pointing out the reasons behind the heightened influx of US students to India, Allan Goodman, president and CEO, IIE, says, “India is the world’s largest democracy but probably one which is least understood by Americans. Five to 10 years ago 70,000 Indian students were studying in the US while a mere 700 American students studied in India. Today the number of American students in India has scaled up to 3,000. But this is far from enough. We need more American students and universities to go to India in order to have a better understanding of the country.” The recent survey, which is based on international students enrolment in approximately 3,000 US higher education institutions, shows that Indian students constitute 15.4% of the total international student population in the US. Read More >>

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