‘Life Sciences must be mandatory’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Mar 2017 09:32:00

By Praveen Vighre,

BIOLOGY is a very interesting subject having greatest marks in NEET. No doubt Medical field is highest and mostly selected by the merit students having interest in Biology but many other Bio-related branches are also flourishing, expressed Manjiri Munje, while talking in an exclusive interview with The Hitavada. She is teaching students for NEET/AIPMT and class XI and XII Board, KVPY, NEST, IISER and other competitive exams.

Munje, an Amravati University topper in M.Sc Zoology of 1996 batch, has a vast teaching experience. “I want to give students a new view that not only Medicine but every branch also needs genius. The Government of India is promoting researches in every sector like Agriculture, Horticulture, Dairy and Animal Husbandry, Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology, etc. These fields also need thorough knowledge and dedicated personalities to work,” she said.

When asked about the present scenario, she replied: “Tuition means complete personal attention, and to get every concept clear from the expert. Nowadays, HSC students are totally dependent on tuition teachers for Board exams as well as competitive exams. Hence, greater responsibility has to be taken by tuition teachers. I suggest that while choosing tuition classes, parents must meet every subject teacher individually. They should not only rely on the institution’s name. Many a time, it happens that one or two subjects are not properly taught or tested in a single institute, hence it is better to go for individual subject experts,” Munje said.

According to her, NEET syllabus is very vast. “In my class, it is completed stepwise. As a first step, XI and XII Board (CBSE and State) are taught by taking help of audio-visual aids. After complete shuffling and revision of basic knowledge, extra points for objective studies of all forty lessons are taught. Continuous assessment is done with the help of tests covering every aspect of the syllabus. Latest discoveries and all-India level question papers are discussed later. My teaching method is so interesting that students feel that they are observing some fascinating thing on the National Geographic Channel.”

Relying on the positive approach, she said that she got every work done by not giving students much tension. As complete Biology (Botany and Zoology) was taught by a single person, the revisions of concepts occurred recurrently because many times those concepts were equally applicable in Zoology as well as Botany. Students should opt Biology at least upto HSC level as its syllabus was very well designed by the Board.
“Life Sciences must be mandatory at Higher Secondary School level as its applications are useful in day-to-day life,” she said.

Munje emphasised students must think of cracking IISER, NISER, BITS and other exams.