I have an interest in films and I have taken up mass communication at the graduation level. Are there any PG-level study programmes in film making and the management of the business of films? Recently I saw a brief advertisement on Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad waiting to start PG programmes. Can you provide details of the course?

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The Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) (www.isfm.edu.in) has launched the two-year MBA in Film and Media Management from 2012. The programme will also have a generic course related to management. But the flavour will be on the aspects of films. Considering the corporatisation of the film world today, and the fact that AISFM is launching the programme with the backing of the industry and the crème de la crème of the film world, learners will surely benefit. The course has a total of 96 credits.

The School also offers short-term programmes in Direction (Film and TV), Editing, Acting (Films, TV and Theatre), Cinematography, Script, Film Appreciation, Digital Photography, Movie Magic, Dance, Music Video Production, Presentation Skills and Pitching, and 2D to 3D Conversion. The short-term programmes are conducted during weekends and evenings.

For more details, you should browse the website mentioned and get the details, or connect to the authorities of the School at: AISFM, inside Annapurna Studios, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500 034. Ph: 040-49141234. E-mail: info@isfm.edu.in

I am a teacher in a senior secondary school. There are a few students who want to take up dancing as a career. I want details about the Nrityagram dance school near Bangalore.

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Nrityagram (www.nrityagram.org), where dance is way of life, has created a niche for itself and become a centre of excellence through the various programmes on offer and the world renowned Vasanthabba, which attracts people from all walks of life.

Nrityagram conducts residential programmes of three years duration (followed by another three years of advanced training) in the dance forms of Odissi, Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Conducted in true gurukula style, the programme is intensive and one gets to learn the nuances of Indian literature, mythology, poetry, Sanskrit, music, aesthetics, dance history, and even martial arts. Contact Nrityagram, Hessarghatta, Bangalore-560 088. Ph: 28466313. Fax: 28466312.

E-mail: nrityagram@gmail.com

Does NALSAR, AP, offer any course via distance education? I am interested in pursuing programmes in Patent Law.

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NALSAR University of Law (www.nalsar.ac.in), Hyderabad, is a leading law school which offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which are conducted through all-India entrance examinations. The University also offers one-year Post-Graduate Diploma programmes through the NALSAR Proximate (www.nalsarpro.org) Education programmes in Patents Law, Media Law, Cyber Laws, and International Humanitarian Law

For more details you should connect to NALSAR Proximate Education, NALSAR, 3-5-874/18, Hyderguda, Hyderabad-500 029. Ph: 040-23227956. Email: admissions@nalsarpro.org

I am in final year of MBA and am also pursuing CA (chartered accountancy). I want to pursue Ph.D. Please guide me.

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At the outset, you need to fix your priorities and goals. Every programme/course that you pursue leads you to a specific objective. From your query, it appears that you want to get into the teaching profession. The Ph.D. can be pursued from any university that plays host to the Department of Commerce and Management. At this juncture it is advisable that you pursue the research programme from theuniversity where you are studying for the MBA programme.

One of the faculty members, who is your current teacher, can act as a guide/supervisor. You should discuss the topic that you would like to choose, understand the impact that it will have on the field of business and take it forward. The research programme will surely last for a minimum of three years. Most of the Universities in Karnataka have a Department of Commerce and Management; some even have a separate School of Management Studies which caters to the study of Business Administration. Pursuing Ph.D. from any of the departments will help you. Continuing the CA programme will also help you in the long run.

You can even check out the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) which offers researchers opportunities for advanced studies and research in different specialisations related to the science of management and business. FPM is offered by the IIMs and a few business schools of repute. FPM makes efforts to prepare students/researchers for careers in teaching and research in management studies. Some of the FPM holders get into the corporate world on account of the exposure that they have. The title of FPM is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), as being equivalent to a Ph.D. of an accredited university. You should connect to the IIMs and also take up CAT (Common Admission Test) in order to pursue the FPM.

I am doing my PU in Science. I will complete it in 2014 and I want to become a physicist. I would like to go through the engineering curriculum rather than the Bachelor of Science mode. One teacher in the class made a mention that pursuing pure sciences may not take us anywhere. I am confused, so were other students who are interested. I would like to plan now for my future.

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Physicists study a wide range of physical phenomena spanning all length scales: from the particles from which all ordinary matter is made to the behaviour of the material as a whole.

The undergraduate curriculum generally includes the following range of courses viz., Theoretical Physics, Astronomy, Electricity, Optics, Quantum Physics, Nuclear Physics and Solid State Physics. At a later stage you can specialise in the areas of Astrophysics, Atomic Physics, Molecular Physics, Bio Physics, Chemical Physics, Geo Physics, Material Science, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, and Plasma Physics, to identify a few areas.

At the engineering level (viz., Bachelor of Technology or Engineering) the Universities do not have programmes that focus on Physics; but have a compulsory paper that will take you through the basics. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore-560 012 (www.physics.iisc.ernet.in) is a wonderful place to be in for the area of Physics. You can pursue the Integrated programme leading to Ph.D. after graduation. You can contact chairman@physics.iisc.ernet.in

The Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) (www.jncasr.ac.in) is another place that is worth considering. You should contact The Coordinator, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur P.O., Bangalore-560 064. E-mail: academic@jncasr.ac.in

Many feel the study of pure sciences has come to halt because of the applied sciences viz., Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, and other areas of specialisation. Students like you would help in rekindling interest in pure science.

At this juncture stay focused on the PUC studies. The opportunities in the arena of pure sciences will exist as they are base of science education. Probe further on your own and get to know the scenario better.

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