Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To ensure academic excellence in Higher Education we need broader Changes


Written by ABisht
To promote academic excellence in Uttarakhand, Governor Krishna Kant Paul last week defined the terms for holding an annual competition between the state-based Universities and honouring the winner among them with the Governor's Best University Award.

But I think to ensure academic excellence in Higher Education in Uttarakhand and across India, we need broader Changes -- changes which address the issue in a holistic manner.

My suggestions are:

1. Higher Education or University education must be made aspirational. This can be ensured by making the admission to a University difficult. That's unless a person is ready to work hard, the University programmes must be difficult to pass. That's why only those students who have both passion to learn and ability to work hard, must be allowed to enter Higher Education.

2. Universities across India are made Uniform in terms of faculty, facilities and value of Degree earned. Having most of the Universities not up to the mark will not ensure academic excellence.

3. Ideally, not more than 10 percent of those who complete School education should go to University level. This may look discrimination to some, but it's necessary for academic excellence. Only bright students or students with a desire to get higher education must enter universities. This is important as not everyone has either the aptitude or the patience (passion) to benefit from a University Education. Taking every person out of school to a University means wasting valuable time of all those students who will never put into practical use their higher education. In such cases, it's better to save this person from wasting 5 to 8 years of his/life for some University degree(s). If a person has to eventually take some job for which University education is not necessary, then what's the use of giving him one. Giving such people University education means disappointment and hear-break for them, as irrespective of the manner in which higher education is earned, they start showing the reluctance to do jobs which don't require a University degree. A scenario which is not practically possible, as only a small section of people will get a job doing justice to the higher education. In such a scenario, why encourage everyone to have higher education.

We must realize that giving everyone a University degree every year and employing just 5 percent of them with satisfying employment will not help anyone both in the short and the long run. Why not make this rate better? Why not 40 percent of all higher education holders getting a satisfying employment?

4. University education must be made aspirational (having or characterized by aspirations to achieve social prestige and material success) means the incumbent should be more inclined to put his higher education to use. That's he/she should be ready to decline any job offer which doesn't do justice with his/her education. This will happen, when only select few get higher education.

5. For academic excellence one needs to have academic culture in Universities. What does this mean? It means having professors, readers, lecturers and faculty seen absorbed in academic pursuits all the time. These pursuits should ideally be teaching and academic research into the subject of one's endeavor. In a true academic culture, an academic spends his/her life studying/researching, inside the University campus. There's no desire to climb non-academic social hierarchies.

Unfortunately we are still not paying uniformly and in some cases adequately to professors, readers, lecturers and faculties in our Universities. Ideally they must be top salaries persons in any society. Why? As they when pursuing academics are the ones who will show direction to the society, profession etc.

5. Last but not the least, at present there is a perception that unless you have Higher education, you can't get a well paying job in your life. Frankly speaking this is not the case. As it depends on the quality of the candidate. A quality ITI or a diploma engineer will have better chances of getting a satisfying job than a mediocre BTech. In the same way a quality BA Hindi will have better chances of getting adequately employed than a mediocre BSc. Getting employment depends on many factors such as number of job openings and requirement of the type of skill. Overall it's not correct to link a University degree to a employability.  We have seen this happening with BEd degree holders in Uttarakhand. We have seen this happening with BSc degree holders as well (BSc degree may be a degree taken in high esteem but doesn't make the incumbent employable.). Thus, all things equal, it's the quality which always gets the job.

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Academic excellence at higher education requires more than just competition and honour. It requires quality input right from the stage of admission to hard-work to value of degree earned. Unless that is ensured, it's difficult to ensure higher education.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

HNB Garhwal University Admit Card Download, Form Filling Website


Written by ABisht
No need to go to College for the Admit card of the upcoming exams. Download from the link below.

HNB Garhwal University Admit Card Download, Form Filling Website --- Click Here

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Proper waste management System is required | Recent Example is Delhi


Written by ABisht
If you're a regular reader here, then you would probably have read an article where I tried to assert as to why Waste collection doesn't mean anything, unless you have proper waste management System in place. I also asserted that Waste Management, which includes everything right from collection to proper disposal (and utilization) needs generous funds. And in the absence of funds, it's not possible to manage tonnes of wastes our cities and urban areas create every day. This means that merely reminding the citizens of their responsibility to keep their surroundings clean; doesn't work. A recent example is of Delhi. When the Municipality workers, entrusted for keeping the cities clean, went to a strike, the entire Delhi turned into Waste Yard, with piles of waste seen everywhere.

Thus in short, exhorting Nation to Clean their surroundings is nothing. No matter how many Advertisements one airs on TV Channels or gives on Newspapers.

That said, the Uttarakhand government will set up a waste to energy project with the help of BSR Green Energy, Hyderabad. This, the Government hopes, will ease part of the waste burden of 18 local bodies with the help of the green technology.

The SIDCUL approved BSR Green Energy, Waste to Energy project, will take care of waste generated by 18 urban local bodies, including Dehradun, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Roorkee, Doiwala, Herbertpur, Vikasnagar and Haridwar. The government has earmarked about 10 acres in Roorkee for the project where the powerhouse will be built for dumping waste and generating electricity from it. These 18 urban bodies create a total of 550 tonnes of waste per day.
According to the agreement, the land at Roorkee will be made available free of cost to the company that is expected to produce around 25 MW that will be supplied to the state’s main grid. The pricing of the electricity thus generated will be decided between the Company and the Uttarakhand Electricity Regularity Commission (UERC), before the work for the project starts. The waste to energy project to be built with BSR Green Power, Hyderabad, will start operation in another 10 months. SIDCUL aims at earning royalty from waste to be used in the project for producing electricity. The royalty thus earned will be shared with the local bodies.

According to the government, BSR Green was chosen through a tendering process and has a track record (we can assume) of offering prospect of using waste in an environmentally friendly and scientific manner.

To conclude, it's important that the Company selected for the project is a pioneer in managing waste in environmentally friendly and scientific manner.

Why I think so? Because the very tendering process of the Governments has a tendency to ignore these things. As their focus is mainly on the lowest bid offered. The Company, which fulfills the eligibility, and proposes to do the task in the lowest price, is chosen. This way, real pioneering technologies, which are often run by small entrepreneurs are ignored.

I hope, the Governments across India are also keeping an eye on the latest technologies in the field of waste management. I'm sure some researcher or engineer or entrepreneur may be working on some new technology.

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Get your Voter Identity Card on January 25 2016 | Dehradun


Written by ABisht
All those residents of Dehradun district who have applied for their voter Identity Card up to the month of October 2015; will get their new Voter Identity Cards on January 25, 2016.

You can collect your new Voter Identity Card from your nearest Voting booth on January 25, 2016.

We can assume that the new Voter ids in all districts of Uttarakhand will be issued on January 25, 2016.

Reach the nearest polling booth or voting booth (where votes are cast) to collect your Voter id on the said day.

For Information: January 25 is celebrated in India as National Voter Day.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

HNB Garhwal University Semester Exams to take place under CCTV


Written by ABisht
The HNB Garhwal University has issued guidelines to affiliated Colleges to conduct their semester exams under strict CCTV surveillance.

The upcoming December Semester exams of the Garhwal university will take place under CCTVs.

The Vice-Chancellor Dr. A. K. Jha wants the surveillance in order to ensure transparent examinations.

One of the biggest colleges affiliated to HNB Garhwal University, the DAV PG College Dehradun, has assured the University that the upcoming December 2015 Semester examinations will take place under CCTV cameras surveillance.

Good for those students who want to give an exam in all its seriousness

The move may received mixed reactions; but the step is good for those students who want to give an exam in all its seriousness.

Earlier, when the examination itself is less transparent diligent students got indirectly penalized unnecessarily.

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