I am a postgraduate in Hospital Administration, currently working in a hospital chain. The management wants me to pursue a programme (one or two years on a part-time mode) in Medical Ethics so that I can train others over a period of time. Please guide me.

via email, Bangalore

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) (www.nls.ac.in) conducts the one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics (PGDMLE) under the Distance Education Programmes (DEP) scheme. It does not have any age barrier. The PGDMLE covers Law and Health, an introduction to systems; Health Law and Ethics, constitutional and legal perspective; Medical professional, patient and the law; and Professional accountability and patient’s rights, besides a mandatory dissertation that has to be submitted prior to taking up the examination. For details contact the Coordinator, Distance Education Department (DED), NLSIU, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560072. Ph: 23160532-35. Fax: 23160534. Email: ded@nls.ac.in

My nephew is not good at studies. He has completed 10th Standard by attempting the examination thrice. We believe that NIOS is a good programme and hence would like him to pursue 12th Standard education. I want to know if NIOS is recognised for higher education.

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The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) (www.nios.ac.in) conducts the 10th and Plus Two examinations and works under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Its main goals are:

Universalisation of education

Greater equity and justice in society

Evolution of a learning society.

NIOS provides secondary, senior secondary and vocational education. Those who pass out of the NIOS stream will be considered for higher education, considering that the programmes are recognised by all government departments and various statutory bodies across the country.

You can browse the website of NIOS and identify the centre nearest to you and proceed with the admissions.

I completed B.Com in 2002 under the non-semester scheme. I started to initially work with a call centre and then moved into the business of finance and started working with a chartered accountant and a firm. My qualification is however still only B.Com. I have attended a few short-term programmes, but no one considers them as a qualification. Please guide me with regards to higher education. I do not mind pursuing programmes in regular or distance mode.

via email, Bangalore

You have opportunities for pursuing a variety of education in the area of Commerce, Business Studies, Accounting and Financial Management. Your experience will keep you in good stead as it will help you to bring in a connect between theory and practice. If you want to retain your job, then distance learning programme (DLP) is the best possible option.

Another area of study that you can get into is SAP – Finance and/or Oracle – Finance. This will catapult you into the consultant domain and bring success.

I am interested in pursuing studies in Indian culture and heritage. I am in India on employment for the next three years. Please provide me details. I will be working in a development centre in Bangalore, and will be travelling once in six months on business visits outside the country.

via email, Bangalore

The Dr. H.M. Krishna Institute of Indology (www.mkindology.net) provides the learner enough opportunities to understand the nuances of Indian culture and heritage. Recognised by the Government of Karnataka and affiliated to the Bangalore University, the Institute offers the following courses:

Post-Graduate Diploma in Indology (PGDI) (one year)

Art Appreciation (one week)

Archaeological Exploration (two weeks)

The PGDI is open to all graduates in any discipline and from any university. There is no age restriction for admission.

Classes are held in the evenings, five days a week from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Institute premises.

The course structure is designed to provide an overview of the varied aspects of Indian culture and society. It consists of five major areas of study (papers):

Development of Indian Culture

India’s Literary Heritage

Religion and Philosophy of India

Art and Architecture of India

Social and Political Institutions of India

For more details you should contact the Director, Dr. H.M. Krishna Institute of Indology, The Mythic Society, Nrupathunga Road (opposite Yavanika), Bangalore-560 001. Ph: 2221 5034; Email: info@mhkindology.net

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