I have a MA (English), B.Ed qualification and am currently working in a school. In 2013, I will be getting an opportunity to work in a PUC college and teach English language (not literature per se). I would like to know if there any institutions or universities that will offer programmes in English language teaching. Since I am not in a position to pursue campus education, I would prefer the distance/correspondence route.

Soumya Kumar

via e-mail, Bangalore

The English and Foreign Language University (EFLU) (www.efluniversity.ac.in) (formerly CIEFL) is a centre of excellence for languages.

It offers two teacher-training programmes: Post-Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of English (PGCTE) and Post-Graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English (PGDTE).

Compulsory contact programmes are a feature of all the distance mode programmes offered by the university. They are held at Hyderabad and sometimes at other places too within India. Apart from the final evaluation, all the programmes also have internal assessment, which is based on the assignments you are required to do during the programme. The number of assignments and the period of the contact programme vary in each course.

Self-instructional materials are provided for the PGCTE and PGDTE programmes. Materials for the research programmes are custom-made to suit the needs of the researchers.

The scholars have to attend contact programmes both during coursework and during thesis writing.

For more details you should contact the School of Distance Education, EFLU, Hyderabad. Ph: 040-27685025.

I am currently in B.Com second year. My interest is in the area of banking. I do not mind joining any industry-oriented programme run by the corporate environment to get into the banking sector (core banking). Please provide details on programmes/modules that are available for a student like me.

Ganesh K.

via e-mail, Bangalore

The IFBI (Institute of Finance, Banking and Insurance) (jointly set up by NIIT and ICICI Bank) caters to the manpower requirements of the exponentially growing finance sector in India.

NIIT's expertise in the design and conduct of non-formal education and its experience of manpower development for India's IT sector, combined with ICICI Bank's domain-knowledge across the spectrum of financial services and its leadership status within the banking sector, makes it an unbeatable combination for both students and the industry.

The following are the programmes that are presently available:

Honours Diploma in Banking and Financial Services (HDBFS)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Banking and Financial Sercvices (PGDBFS)

Diploma in Banking and Financial Services (DBFS)

For more details you should connect to NIIT-Imperia, 1st Floor, 74/2, Sanjana Plaza, Elephant Rock Road, Jayanagar, III Block, Bangalore-560011. Kumar Arayan (Mobile: 81233 35798, e-mail: kumar.arayan@niit.com) and Madhav Rajkhowa (Mob: 80508 20527, e-mail: madhav.rajkhowa@niit.com).

I am in 12th standard and will be taking the Board exams in 2013. I have pursued the Science stream. I have a liking for HR related issues and would like to work on the same either after graduation or during graduation itself. I am open to studying in the best of the institutions in India. Please provide details so that I can plan better.

Maqbool

via e-mail, Bangalore

Many universities now offer Social Work as one of the combinations at the Bachelor's degree level. Some universities and their affiliated colleges offer the three-year BSW course. The Master's degree course (MSW or MA) is available in over 50 universities and a large number of colleges affiliated to them.

The courses offered by TISS and the Delhi School of Social Work (Delhi University) are rated very high in the employment market (the list is by no means exhaustive).

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) (www.tiss.edu), Post Box 8313, Deonar, Mumbai-400 088, e-mail: acadsec@tiss.edu

Delhi School of Social Work, Chattra Marg, University Enclave, University of Delhi, Delhi-110 007

Madras School of Social Work, 32, Casa Major Road, Egmore, Chennai-600 008

Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan (www.viswa-bharati.ac.in), Birbhum, West Bengal-731 235, e-mail: root@vbharat.ernet.in

Jamia Millia Islamia (www.jmi.nic.in), Mohammad Ali Johar Marg, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110 025, e-mail: socwork@jmi.ernet.in

Bangalore University Department of Social Work, Jnanabharathi Campus, Bangalore-560 056.

My son is in 10th standard in a Kendriya Vidyalaya school. He wants to pursue a course in Law, though his initial interest was to pursue medicine.

As parents we want to encourage him and ensure that he gets the best education.

Please provide inputs on the law programme and also the opportunities that are available .

Vasudev Kumar

via e-mail, Bangalore

The Bar Council of India and other statutory bodies have laid emphasis on the five-year law course, as it has helped to bring in quality.

Your son can pursue the five-year law course at the National Law School of India, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560 072. Ph: 2321 3160, 2316 0532/533/535. Fax: 23160534. E-mail: registrar@nls.ac.in

Another institute of repute is NALSAR, University of Law, Hyderabad, (www.nalsarlawuniv.org) Justice City, Shameerpet, R.R. Dist-500 078. Ph: 08418-245417, 244461, Fax: 08418–245161/245174. E-mail: admissions@nalsarlawuniv.org

In a short time, Symbiosis College of Law (SCL), Pune (www.symlaw.ac.in) has created an impact and many prospective law graduates consider the SCL as the destination of the future. You can contact SCL at Senapati Bapat Road, Pune-411 004. Ph: 020-25655114. E-mail: info@symlaw.ac.in

You should also contact the University Law College, Bangalore University, Palace Road, which has supported many of the legal luminaries over the years.

You should encourage your son to prepare for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) that is conducted every year for admission to various law colleges across the country.

CLAT has to be taken once he completes +2 (PUC/Intermediate).

There are plenty of opportunities that one gets as a law graduate. A few of them are:

Practice as a lawyer

Practice with a legal firm

Take to specialised practice viz., Immigration, Taxation (Income, Corporate, Double Taxation), Patents

Start as Judge in the subordinate judiciary, by taking competitive examinations

Get nominated as Judge in the higher echelons of the judiciary after much experience as a lawyer.

Many Law graduates perform well in the corporate segment as the opportunities are ever increasing. However, in the initial years, one has to practice well to make a mark.

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