Insight into courses, choices
|Eighth edition of The Hindu-EducationPlus Fair held in Kochi|
– Photo: H.Vibhu
Expert guidance: Panellists at a pre-counselling guidance programme organised by The Hindu-EducationPlus in Kochi on Friday. From left to right: James Joseph, K. Reghunadhan Pillai, B. S. Warrier, S. Rajoo Krishnan, and Krishna Swamy A.
KOCHI: New insight into various professional courses and expert advice on making informed choices on their careers: the eighth edition of the ‘The Hindu-EducationPlus Fair 2011 – Sessions on Professional Streams and Education Expo' held here on Friday proved a rich experience for young aspirants.
About 500 students and their parents participated in the off-the-page initiative of Kerala's largest-selling English language newspaper. And a panel of experts offered then an overview of the various professional academic courses and interesting tips on the admission process.
‘‘Relax and not be tense.'' This was what S. Rajoo Krishnan, convener of the committee handling the normalisation of scores of candidates in various Plus Two examinations for preparing the engineering rank list, had to tell the parents as well as the students.
He said the normalisation process was “not a formula to convert poor performance into something good.”
“It is the process of making marks of candidates in streams other than Kerala higher secondary comparable to that of Kerala higher secondary education. There are two characteristics for normalisation, that include ‘mean' and ‘standard deviation',” he said.
Pointing out that the normalisation process would be done subject-wise, Mr. Krishnan told the students that “if you have performed well, you are ensured of a high standardised score. All marks will be brought to a common denomination before normalising,” he said.
In his presentation on the centralised allotment process (CAP), K. Reghunadhan Pillai, former Joint Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, asked the students not to retain unnecessary options once they were satisfied with the allotment they had received. “Cancel all other options or you will have to pay liquidated damages,” he said adding that candidates should always remember the dates of various stages of the allotment process.
Speaking on ‘a useful and enjoyable voyage in strategies to face counselling,' B.S. Warrier, career consultant, said students would not be ‘spoon-fed in professional courses.' “Each student has to identify a discipline that suits them best.” Encouraging the youngsters to learn in advance about the tools for learning, Mr. Warrier said that self-study ahead of classroom lectures by teachers would help students immensely.
Krishna Swamy A of ‘Konfidence,' who offered a perspective on the engineering scene, suggested that students choose the branch they would like to study. “Parents should keep track of the academics of their children at least for the first two years,” he said.
James Joseph, former Director of the Department of Higher Secondary Education and Dean of ShadWell's International Business School, said that pursuit of excellence should be the aim of students pursuing various professional programmes. He said that aptitude, interest, personality traits, and approach to life influenced their choice of career.
ShadWell's International Business School, Nirmal Infopark, Kochi, was the presenting sponsor of the event. The associate sponsors were Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Thuckalay; Cooperative Academy of Professional Education, Thiruvananthapuram; and the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management - Kerala, Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram.
Samsung Mobiles, the gift sponsor, presented 10 dual-SIM phones to lucky participants, selected through the draw of lots. Arrangements have been made for the winners of five of these phones, not present at the time of the draw, to collect these later.
An education exhibition, with stalls featuring education-related offerings from various organisations, was held as part of the guidance programme. Chennai-based Bodhi offered a free personality test to students at the event venue. The Thiruvananthapuram edition of the The Hindu-EducationPlus pre-counselling programme is scheduled for May 10. IT@School is the communication partner for the event.