I have studied B.Sc in Home Science and also done the Certificate in Food and Nutrition from a Central University by correspondence. I am interested to know if there any programmes in baking and cake making. I do not mind studying in a formal or even an informal environment. My interest is to start a small-scale business and substantiate my household income.

via email, Bangalore

The Institute of Baking and Cake Art (IBCA) (www.ibcablr.com) provides specialised training for pertinent aspects of domestic, commercial and creative bakers. The Institute has its own in-house faculty and invites specialists in the area of study to ensure that the learners get the best of information and knowledge. The Institute conducts programmes for durations ranging from three days to 14 weeks. The capstone programme is the 14-week Diploma in Baking Confectionery and Cake Art (DBCCA) which attracts learners from far and wide.

For more details, contact: IBCA, 46/3, First Floor, Mission Road, Bangalore-560027. Ph: 22998806. Email: ibcablr@yahoo.com

I am studying M.Sc Physics. I am interested in taking the CSIR examination of the Government of India. Please inform me about the universities or institutions that I can contact and also give me the examination details.

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The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the national-level joint CSIR-UGC Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and for the eligibility of Lectureship in Science subjects. Notification of the exam date and other details appears in the Employment News about four months before the examination. This test is held twice in a year (June and December).

Candidates who would like to take the examination should have a Master’s degree in the subjects of Chemical Science; Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences with a minimum aggregate of 55 per cent (50 per cent for SC and ST candidates).

The following is the age limit specification for the examination:

(a) For Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): The upper age limit is 28 years as on July 1 / January 1 for the December / June exams respectively of the year of examination. This limit is relaxed up to five years in the case of SC/ST/OBC/physically handicapped and female applicants.

(b) For Lectureship (LS): Candidates above 28 years can attempt NET for Lectureship only, as there is no upper age limit.

Candidates must apply in the application format given in the advertisement in accordance with the rules mentioned. There are centres all over India for the UGC-CSIR examination and you should consider taking it in June or December as applicable.

I am interested in the area of Archaeology and Heritage Management. I am currently pursuing B.A. with one of the subjects being History. I want to pursue M.A. Archaeology and I have come across an institute in Delhi where I would like to pursue the programme after completion of postgraduation. Please give information about the institute and its credentials.

via email, Bangalore

The Institute of Archaeology (IA) (1985) (www.asi.nic.in) is a Government of India organisation under the Archaeological Survey of India, under the Ministry of Culture. The Institute was earlier known as School of Archaeology and has been functioning since 1959. It conducts the two-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology (PGDA) which provides for advanced training in Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Museology, Conservation, and Antiquarian law, to mention a few.

The qualifications for admission are Master’s Degree in Ancient or Medieval Indian History / Archaeology / Anthropology from a recognised University or equivalent including Indian classical languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Arabic or Persian or Geology with knowledge of Pleistocene age with a minimum of 55 per cent marks in aggregate, relaxable by five per cent in the case of SC/ST/OBC candidates and candidates working in the Archaeological organisations, Central / State Government and University Departments. The maximum age limit is 25 years. The upper age limit is relaxable by five years for SC/ST category candidates, and three years for OBC, further relaxable for in-service candidates as per service rules.

Contact the Director, Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, Red Fort, Officer’s Mess Building, New Delhi-110 006. Ph: 011-23277107, 23277083, 23277083, 23017197. Email: dgasi@vsnl.net

I am studying to be a doctor and am currently in the second year. I heard about a postgraduation programme in Aviation Medicine that is available in Bangalore. I would like to know more about the same.

via email, Bangalore

The Post-Graduation programme in Aviation Medicine is conducted by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) (www.isam-india.com) and is nomenclatured as MD (Aviation Medicine) which is of three-year duration. The IAM is a premier institute under the Indian Air Force which is recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.

Those who possess a MBBS degree from a recognised University (MCI recognised) and registered with the State Medical Council are eligible to apply for the programme. The candidates should have secured a minimum of 55 per cent in MBBS to be eligible for admission. SC and ST candidates should have secured a minimum of 50 per cent in MBBS (final) to be eligible. Details, application and prospectus for the MD (Aviation Medicine) can be obtained at the IAM, Airport (HAL) Road, Vimanapura, Bangalore-560017.

I have completed Diploma in Computer Science and am presently pursuing BBA in Finance (correspondence), after which I want to pursue LL.B. Does any of the National Law Colleges conduct the three-year LL.B. course?

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In order to ensure quality legal education, it was decided by the authorities to have youngsters join the Law programme on completion of +2 (intermediate/10 +2). All the National Law Schools conduct the five-year programmes that have the nomenclature of B.A.-LL.B. or BBA/BBM, and LL.B. There are age restrictions placed for entry into the programmes.

There are colleges that are conducting the three-year programmes for graduates like you. You should pursue the LL.B. in one of these colleges and accrue of the benefits. Considering that you will be graduating in Bachelor of Business Administration, you should also make an effort to pursue Chartered Accountancy or (and) Company Secretary, besides Law. This surely will be a potent combination which will help you to grow in the corporate world.

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