HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014

UGC to outsource NET exam to CBSE

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to outsource the National Eligibility Test (NET)  for lecturers to CBSE.

Indian Institute of Management, Indore

Eligibility: The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and must have completed at least five years of ­managerial/professional experience. The ­programme is open to candidates of all ­nationalities.

Monash International Merit Scholarships in Australia, 2015

Monash University is awarding up to 31 merit scholarships for international students. These scholarships will be awarded to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate (coursework) degree at a Monash campus in Australia.
I am an 18-year-old girl from Delhi and I have just cleared my Board exams. Of late I have been feeling quite irritable and cranky due to the fact that I am constantly compared with my brother who is better than me in studies. My parents scold me often, too, as a result of which I have started getting severe headaches. How do I cope with such comparisons and plan my career without letting all this affect me? —Irritated
-6/11/2014 2:19:00 PM
Comparisons with siblings are a common yet distressing issue with children from all age groups. The journey into adulthood can be especially difficult. The stress you are undergoing has started to take a toll on your body, resulting in headaches and irritability. Remember that your mind and body are interconnected. If your mind is not healthy, your body will never be. You seem to have developed a sense of inadequacy and frustration at being compared and scolded. You need to realise that every individual is unique in his or her own way. You may have your own talents which need to be channelised in the right direction. Marks do not mean anything.

Learn to identify your own strong points and build on them. Stop focusing on your weaknesses. Also remember that there is no harm in learning; you can always inculcate the positive qualities that you see in your brother. Nourish your hobbies and keep your individuality intact. Instead of thinking that you are being tortured, try to think that your parents want your improvement and welfare too. It is also important to communicate with your parents and your elder brother. Express your anguish and need for love and approval without blaming them or being rude. Talk to a friend to share your feelings. Keep in mind that there will be many people in life who will try to pull you down but you should always have faith in your capabilities. Learn stress management and take professional help if needed. ---- Jitendra Nagpal
I have just given my Class 12 board exams (science stream) and plan to appear for my pre-medical test next year after dropping a year. My father is keen that I give this exam but I am not very confident and would rather study history. My mother however is supportive. There is a lot of tension at home and my parents are constantly fighting over this issue. At times I just want to run away from my house and I don’t feel like studying. What should I do? — Amitesh Singh
-6/4/2014 1:30:00 PM
Situations like these can be tricky and distressing but as far as help is concerned, you should rely on yourself. At times, in such a scenario, it may become difficult to convince your parents about your interests and choices. However, remember that anger or hopelessness is not the solution.

Your aversion for home at this point is understandable but you need to face the situation upfront. Try communicating with your father and convey your grievance patiently. Share your interest in history, taking the help of your mother. You could even ask a trustworthy relative, neighbour or a tutor to help convince your father.

Running away from home will not help you at all as it may compound your problems rather than solving them. Be a confident teenager and feel positive about what you do. You must not spend too much time worrying about things. Stay confident and focus on achieving your goals. It will also help smoothen the relationship between you and your parents. Be patient, assertive and hopeful. --- Jitendra Nagpal
My 17-year-old daughter is ­preparing for her senior ­secondary examination and will be entering college soon. As a parent, I am keen to know how I can help in her smooth ­transition and whether I can guide her on how to deal with college life. -Concerned
-5/28/2014 2:27:00 PM
School is fun but college can be even more exciting. College is radically different from school. It is the stage when your child will experience a sense of freedom. There are different activities to ­participate in, new friends and a whole new vistas of ­opportunities to discover. But it is not a bed of roses. College has a relatively less ­protective environment than that of school. Often, subject matter is not offered on a platter and requires research. Your child may decide to opt for a college located far from home. In that case, it will involve a lot of travel which may take a little time getting used to. It is essential that you support your child completely. Do not let her feel pressurised. She may hate leaving the safe ­environment of school/home and stepping out in the world. You must explain to her that change is the only thing which is ­constant in life and highlight the advantages of college. If she has a few friends, classmates, or other acquaintances joining the same college, it will be easier for her to accept this ­change. Encourage her to talk to other students during ­admissions and interviews. You should encourage her to talk about her anxieties and fears ­associated with the ­upcoming possible challenges at ­personal, emotional and social levels. This will help you ­connect with her and increase her comfort level with you. ---- Jitendra Nagpal
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