I have completed class 12 in PCMB with 85 per cent marks. I appeared for the examination conducted for NITs twice, but could not crack the same. I even appeared for the medical examination conducted by CBSE, but could not make it. I am in a dilemma whether to pursue medicine or engineering. I am comfortable with both biology and mathematics. Please guide me.

via email, Bangalore

First and foremost, identify the area that you want to pursue and work towards the same. You will need to decide and ensure what you want to pursue. Not cracking the entrance tests should not worry you; but you should make all-out efforts to succeed. One aspect that successful candidates have to mention is that practice has made them to achieve a position in the competitive examinations.

We are sure you would not have left any stone unturned; do make the efforts once again. Deciding what area you would like to enter will help you to plan better. Another aspect that you have to realise is that there is no quick-fix solution.

Hard work matters and one needs to work smartly towards the goal. For example, if you plan to pursue medicine, not only should you complete MBBS, but you should also make efforts to qualify for the postgraduation and move further into the areas of specialisation.

This will help you to climb to the top echelons of the world of medicine. Same is the fact with the dynamic area of engineering, where the growth trajectory depends on the corporate environment and field that you select. You should make the crucial decision at the earliest and move ahead with the admission tests, so that you qualify and pursue studies.

I am a housewife, and have completed BA by correspondence but after Intermediate completed the TCH. I had worked for some time as a primary school teacher but my family life forced me to quit teaching. Now I am interested to pursue B.Ed in Hindi as I have pursued all my education in that language. Is there any place in our city where I can attend classes for B.Ed?

via email, Bangalore

The Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (DBHPS), Madras (www.dbhpsabha.org) conducts the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) programme, which is recognised by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) (www.ncte-india.org) in 12 colleges in South India.

The B.Ed is a regular one-year study programme that you can attend at the Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Education in Bangalore. For more details you should contact the Registrar, DBHPS, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai-600017. Ph: 044-24332094 (Registrar), 24331565 (General).

I am in first PUC (Karnataka State Board) in the Science subject, and I want to study and pursue B.E. in Industrial Engineering. I am aware of the other subjects of engineering, but not too sure about Industrial Engineering. Please provide details.

via email

Industrial Engineering (IE) revolves around the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, material and processes. It also deals with the designing of new prototypes to help save money and ensure the prototypes function better.

Students and practitioners of IE work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy and other resources in the finer aspect of lean manufacturing systems. IE is also known as Operations Management, Management Science, Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. IE encompasses Management Science, Financial Engineering, Engineering Management, Supply Chain Management, Process Engineering, Operations Research, Systems Engineering, Ergonomics, Value Engineering and Quality.

A good number of engineering institutes and universities in India provide for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in this subject.

The Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE) (1957) (www.iiie-india.com) conducts programmes that will help one to evolve in the field of IE. You can get more information by connecting to the IIIE, Sector 15, Plot No. 103, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai-400 814. Ph: 022-2579412. Email: iiie1@vsnl.com

I am pursuing the Diploma in Civil Engineering and I am presently in the second year. I do not know what to do next. I am keen to take up the IAS and IPS examinations. I also want to take up M.Tech or MBA in the future. However, I do not have much of understanding.

via email, Bangalore

First and foremost, you should decide what you want to do. What was the reason to select the Diploma in Civil Engineering? One should know that most of the Engineering graduates and Diploma holders prefer to pursue a job (either private or Government/PSUs) once they complete the programme. In your case you have identified the coveted Civil Services Examination (CSE). The strategy that you have adopted for the CSE at this juncture would be important. In order to be eligible to take up the CSE you should have a graduation.

A diploma will not help. If you are keen to take up CSE, you should pursue a degree programme and complete it. As a diploma student, you will be permitted exemption from the first two semesters, which will mean that you can complete B.E./B.Tech in three years. In this period you should plan the CSE study, by identifying relevant subjects.

Many an engineer prefers to pursue MBA after the Bachelor programme. For this you will need to take up the Common Admission Test (CAT) of the IIMs and other entrance tests/examinations. Most of the MBA programmes provide placement options.

If your intent is to get into the academic circles and research, pursuing M.Tech is advisable. There are many engineers in the corporate world who have postgraduate qualifications from leading institutions (some of them join the corporate world and pursue programmes from institutions like BITS, Pilani). You have the time to plan and ensure success.

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