Monday, 29 March 2021

ATTENDANCE AND INVIGILATION DUTY

ATTENDANCE AND INVIGILATION DUTY

 

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Cheating in the examination is possible mainly because of routine stereotype question papers given to the students on most occasions. Application based question paper that ensures brainstorming must be given to the students with a freedom to bring in books / notes. You won't need to do any invigilation duty. No honest student with self-esteem will feel insulted. I suggest my colleagues to try this soul satisfying experiment at the earliest possible.

 This practice will be an END to mugging and beginning of actual learning (education) process. I very strongly feel that Notes / PPTs must not be shared. This will solve the problem of absenteeism to an extent. We should do away with ATTENDANCE and INVIGILATION DUTY. Spoon feeding of students destroys their instinct of Book Reading / self-study.

However the teacher will still have to do the verification of the identity of the students before allowing them into the examination hall. The teacher will have to get her / his signatures on the attendance sheet and admit card at the relevant place in her / his presence. Use of modern technology like jammers & no internet connection, video cameras and no mobile phones practice must be followed

NPTEL lectures and similar platforms, sharing of PPTs / Class notes etc. are like offering “Gripe water” to a grown up person.

Let us go with the principle of “EVERYONE IS HONEST UNLESS OTHERWISE PROVED”


Sunday, 21 March 2021

EMPLOYMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

 EMPLOYMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY


No Government in the World has magic wand for providing employment. We can put infinite number of demands for providing jobs to the government but can it really provide? It is in fact one particular “Privileged” class having accountability on paper but never questioned by the government in reality & honest terms, is responsible for the mass unemployment. Unfortunately and very unscrupulously this privileged class responsible for this state of affairs has successfully succeeded in shifting the onus on the Government. Kindly remember that government can’t provide jobs but it can certainly ensure the generation of employment by making this exclusive class ACCOUNTABLE. Government is certainly responsible for fixing the accountability.


This exclusive privileged class is expert in manipulating the custodians comfortably. Do you know that the same class is also responsible for siphoning off precious foreign exchange amounting to millions of dollars on yearly basis? The real progress is shackled by this exclusive privileged class. The same amount if spent on infrastructure will make India a prosperous country. Poverty will become a matter of past.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

ONLINE ENGINEERING DEGREES A REALITY AND MAY BE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

 

ONLINE ENGINEERING DEGREES A REALITY AND MAY BE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

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http://www.sunilpandeyiitd.org/2019/05/online-engineering-degrees-should-it-be.html

 Is it the right time and the best opportunity for introducing the 'ONLINE ENGINEERING DEGREE' programmes in the country? The advantages could be:

 

1.        Tremendous resource saving in terms of funding, land, infrastructure, energy, foreign exchange.

2.        Requirement of few hundred acres of land for each institution will vanish. Thus more land can be made available for modern farming and improved civic infrastructure.

3.        There won’t be any financial pressure on the parents for sustaining their wards in Hostels.

4.        Staying at home will allow healthy and hygienic food for the students all the time.

5.        Huge expenditure and pressure in hiring faculty will be eliminated.

6.        Examination could be ‘Online or OMR sheet’ based.

7.        Single University (National University) alone can manage all online admissions and testing process.

8.        Students can register for ‘mooc courses offered by nptel’.

9.        Anybody interested irrespective of age with minimum eligibility should be able to register for the particular course. This will do away with all entrance tests.

10.     Students thus will be able to register for a degree of choice since there can’t be any limit on the number of seats available in a particular programme.

11.     All the students will hence be covering exactly the same curriculum and examination. This will also help in providing honest National grading of students (Absolute Ranking).

12.     Pressure of opening more institutions and creating infrastructure won’t be there.

13.     There won’t be any peer pressure on the tender minds. This will be saving students from getting in to mental depression and frustrations.

14.     Funds saved could be utilized for creating better civic amenities and ‘Affirmative Action’ for the society.

15.     The greatest advantage could be the Vaporization of Coaching Institutes, thus saving young minds from the tremendous mental pressure which at times leads to committing suicide.

16.     Education won’t be a business anymore.

NOTE: The impact on the nation would be that it will continue to be a nation of followers

The Blog was first published on May 1st, 2019. The idea for writing blog that time came from the prevalent lack of commitment for teaching and learning methodology that has become the trend in almost all teaching institutions in the country.

Strangely and accidentally the idea is a reality today due to CORONA pandemic. Most institutions are following “Online” education and are awarding degrees without completing the basic need of realistic teaching. Since Universities / Institutes have already started distributing online degrees, the CONCEPT expressed in the blog could be made a PERMANENT reality?

Concerned students and parents may react either way but must react for the sake of their FUTURE.


Friday, 20 March 2020

WELDING RESEARCH AND ITS IMPACT ON THE NATION

WELDING RESEARCH AND ITS IMPACT ON THE NATION

The development of any country is directly proportional to the advancements made in the welding technology. The way the welding technology is going down exponentially in the country explains our over dependence on foreign technology and imports involving lakhs of crores of precious foreign exchange.

Most research and educational institutes have already missed the bus. Researchers have turned to almost 100% simulation work rather getting involved with the hardcore welding research. It is nothing less than a SIN. All those who are fooling the Nation are one of the greatest SINNERS. The rising unemployability can also be linked to delayed projects due to BOTTLENECKS in the field of welding fabrication.

Lot can be written on the subject but first let us see how many take this as an eye opener?

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

PEEPING INTO THE EDUCATION MESS AND SOME SUGGESTIONS


PEEPING INTO THE EDUCATION MESS AND SOME SUGGESTIONS

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Vote bank politics, Nepotism, opportunistic population, Saviours becoming destroyers (Perks, pension and salary structure enjoyed by our MPs and MLAs at the expense of the Taxpayers money) have messed up everything in the country to a brink of failure. Education is already in the black hole, of course due to deliberate wrong appointments and promotions of teachers. Might of insensitive corrupt people has become the right. It's a very dangerous situation. Like Minded people must come forward and do everything to tackle this Monster. Hostel & Mess charges and Fee hike issues are only the drop in the ocean. Things need to be taken holistically.

  1. Why all Government owned institutions and universities can’t have the similar policies?
  2. Is there anybody answerable for creating this mess?


The point system developed by UGC has proved to be a complete disaster. It has failed to provide and ensure good quality teachers. The Government must immediately withdraw all the rights of appointing the faculty from the heads of the institutions. It can be handed over lock stock and barrel to the UPSC else a separate Commission on the lines of the UPSC may be formed on top priority for salvaging whatever is left.

By the way I was taught by my teachers (Gurus) that it is almost impossible to put the Frankenstein back in the bottle. May God save and help us reviving (The) education in the country.

The Nation can succeed only when ACCOUNTABILITY is introduced  and respected in the system.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

VIVA: ZERO COMPLAINT AND NO GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE, A NEW APPROACH



VIVA: ZERO COMPLAINT AND NO GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE, A NEW APPROACH

[WRITTEN FORMAT, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EVALUATION PROCEDURE]

Viva-Voce examination as one of the stereotype components of the evaluation procedure at the end of the semester is one activity which affects the grades of the students in real erratic manner. Neither students nor teachers are ever confident of their individual performances. The earned grades are not the desired grades on most occasions. This grey area always makes one spend sleepless nights. This limitation of the Viva Voce procedure has been finally overcome by bringing in the ‘Written Format’. It has the following advantages:
  1. Converts present discriminatory Viva-Voce examination into an equal opportunity procedure for all the students in a class.
  2. All the students of a class are asked to respond to exactly the same set of questions at the same time and duration. This offers exactly same opportunity to all the students.
  3. The biggest advantage of engaging all the students simultaneously makes it possible to offer 50~100 True / False type statements in a written format. All that students have to do is to write True / False against every statement. 
  4. The statements are designed to bring in brainstorming and to prevent any guess work; evaluation could be further based on ‘+1’ for every correct response and ‘-2’ for every wrong response.
  5. The current day long discriminatory and monotonous engagement will be a matter of past instead the whole procedure could be over may be in 45~ 60 minutes.
  6. All the students are convinced of 100% transparency and zero nepotism / favouritism.
  7. Response sheets are shown and discussed with the students for ensuring additional knowledge gain and confidence of the students. 
  8. 50~100 True / False statements leave no room for casual attitude and instead motivates students continuously to learn.
  9. This makes it possible for a teacher to do the relative grading seamlessly for all the students in a class.
All teachers and students must try this format right from this semester itself. I am convinced that a very major irregularity has been addressed effectively. I am following it for the last twenty years.

Kindly open the link for copying the proposed format. I have provided responses which of course will be deleted when given to the students. The common practice of asking the students to write the answers has been done away with. Instead students are asked to comment whether what we have written is correct or false. This brings end to all possible complaints or grievances.

Friday, 11 October 2019

SHORT LISTING CRITERIA, A CRIMINAL ACT

SHORT LISTING CRITERIA, A CRIMINAL ACT


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Considering number of PhD theses completed, number of publications in SCI / Scopus journals (International or National) and number of Sponsored Research projects completed for selecting a Head of the Institution / Faculty is criminal. It only proves the fact that Selection Committee doesn't have the WISDOM needed for making a required selection. This is one of the main reasons for mad rush for adding these numbers to the individual CV. Most are compelled to adopt ‘beg borrow or steal’ or ‘by hook or by crook’ philosophy for making their CVs sellable. Selections made on the basis of such unrealistic criteria have failed both education and research. Most faculty members force their research scholars to write at least two papers otherwise they won't be allowed to submit the thesis. Some universities / Institutes have gone to the extent of making it a rule with the blessings of the Senate. Only TRUE, HONEST, ORIGINAL and INNOVATIVE researchers can understand that no research worth a name can be carried out under pressure or by wielding a DANDA. Therefore all those faculty members who apply these pressures don't qualify to be Supervisors / Research Guides in the first instance. However some IITs have gone step further by fixing a target of churning out minimum 1000 PhD theses per year. Research except some exceptions is already dead in most Institutes / Universities with the blessings of the Heads of the institutions selected by the so called brilliant Selection Committees. May God save the Nation? No appeal is made for obvious reasons.


Wednesday, 25 September 2019

OBJECTIVE OF PhD PROGRAMME, FIVE QUESTIONS AND RANKINGS


OBJECTIVE OF PhD PROGRAMME, FIVE QUESTIONS AND RANKINGS

  1. What is the objective of running a PhD programme by IITs?
  2. What will the Nation gain if all IITs start awarding at least 1000 PhDs per year?
  3. What is that the Nation is losing by not producing 1000 PhDs per year?
  4. Can research be strictly time bound?  
  5. Is there a way to quantify the quality of research?


Merely liking it serves no purpose. The healthy discussion is certainly needed at this stage. Pardon me if particularly IITians feel hurt but in that case positive thinking researchers must come forward. There are colleagues who don't forget to post even an iota of irrelevant issues. Let us see if they get time to respond to these five questions.  Research is a bread and butter of our development.

It is noticed that every head of the institution is busy in all types of permutations and combinations for improving the ranking of the institute. IITs have even complained of biased attitude of TIMES to the MHRD. Please go through:

https://theprint.in/india/education/upset-iits-complain-about-times-rankings-hrd-ministry-says-improve-yourselves-first/291061/

for more details. The simple formula is to concentrate or address these five issues and the rankings will go up automatically. The brand of perfume is known by the quality of fragrance it spreads. Similarly the academic institute will be known only by its  QUALITY research. Target this but vision is required.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

RELEVANCE OF PhD DEGREE

RELEVANCE OF PhD DEGREE

One of the serious scientists has asked me this question, “How many theses were useful for public life”? 

My response is:
It’s an irrelevant question rather wasting time. Who is bothered? The principle adopted is "QUANTITY OVER QUALITY". Most Institutions including the premier ones are following this. May be the system has done the qualitative analysis of the faculty involved? May be the Custodians aren’t able read between the lines? Any country which has a compulsion of PhD degree can never succeed. Since PhD is a matter of developing philosophy and by nature everyone just can't be a philosopher. Therefore PhD must be by choice not by compulsion. Guiding PhD has also become a joke. Non-Philosophers are guiding PhDs. 

It’s time to get serious else we won’t be able to provide quality fuel to the institutions like ISRO and BARC.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

ACADEMIC FRAUDS, TRUTH IS ALWAYS BITTER

ACADEMIC FRAUDS, TRUTH IS ALWAYS BITTER

The Conspiracy of Scientific Fraud = 70% of Experiments Cannot Be Replicated, 50% of Researchers Cannot Reproduce Their Own Results
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1. This is a unique place where faculty is officially funded for carrying out fraud research that brings bad name to the Nation and the Institute.

2. This is a unique place where faculty is liberally funded to travel abroad on Government of India expenses for presenting fraud research for bringing bad name to the Nation.

3. This is a unique place where faculty is liberally funded to travel abroad on Government of India expenses even by telling a lie that you are going for presenting the research paper. 

4. This is a unique place where faculty is officially rewarded for carrying out fraud research.

5. This is a unique place where faculty is officially promoted on the basis of number of fraud and manipulated publications.

6. This is a unique place where Scientists (Engineering) are so fertile that they are able to publish @ 2~3 Journal publications per month.

7. This is a unique place where fraud and cooked up biodata can reward you with the position of Head of the Institution. This means bigger the academic fraud bigger the post.

8. This is a unique place where despite reporting a false claim in the biodata, the person gets promoted instead of getting terminated. Such faculty members themselves don’t even know as what they are teaching in the classroom. These faculty members (vast majority) and the Heads of Institutions who have recruited them are Truly Responsible for Murdering the Bright Career of the Youth and Industrial Slowdown / failure.

9. This is a unique place where students are crookedly brainwashed to run for scoring grades only and there is no place for knowledge. Therefore there is no risk of incompetent faculty getting exposed.

10. This is a unique place where faculty is getting away without responding to the queries of the students in the classroom.

11. This is a unique place where honest researchers are made to slog and subjected to maximum possible academic and mental torture by the unscrupulous Scientists and Custodians of Higher Education.

12. This is a unique place where serious action is taken against the person for reporting fraud. 

13. This is a unique place where all efforts will be made to safeguard the crooked and unscrupulous scientists.

14. This is a unique place where Heads of the Institutions shamefully shirk their responsibility by putting it on the shoulders of juniors. This is also one of the main reasons for the widespread degradation of the Institutions.

15.   This is a unique place where Nepotism has higher weightage than the academic performance.

No immediate action by the Heads of the Institutions and Custodians of higher education in the next fifteen days will prove my point.

Is there any hope?????