My spouse completed her M.Sc in Microbiology in 2011. After a two-year gap, she wants to pursue Ph.D. in the same subject in reputed institutions or take up a job related to her field. Can you guide her?

Rama Chandra Raju

One can pursue Ph.D. at any point in time in the area of study. Inter-disciplinary studies are also available but one will have to ensure a qualitative understanding of the same before pursuing them.

The best place to do research would be the institution where she has pursued the Master’s/postgraduation programme. If this is not feasible she will have to approach any university/institution directly, meet the faculty members, place her thoughts and make efforts to join the programme.

Most of the universities offer Ph.D. programmes on a regular basis, though some even offer it on a part-time basis for specific applicants.

Ensure that you qualify as per the statues of the University/Institution where you intend to pursue.

For corporate work in the area of Microbiology, one needs to focus on research; hence, a Ph.D. will be a huge value-add.

I am in II PUC Commerce. I have taken up Computers, Economics, Business Studies and Accountancy as my subjects. I am not able to decide what to take up after PUC. I opted for Computers as I was not keen on Mathematics and Statistics. Though the concepts in Computers are interesting, I don’t want to pursue the subject further. I have developed an interest in Business Studies, Economics and Accounts. The confusion is what to take up: B.Com, BBA or BBM. I am interested in law and cyber law too. I seek your advice.

Param Shah

Do not be perturbed. When you took the Commerce stream, you would have had a vision. Pursue it. Mathematics and Statistics are crucial in any aspect of the corporate world and area of business.

Commerce-related degree programmes have the following nomenclatures:

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com-Computer Science)

Bachelor of Business Management (BBM)

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Those with BBM and BBA have moved to the domain of Marketing and Sales and even pursued MBA. Hence, based on what you intend to do, you should take the crucial decision to ensure a good career.

On the query on Law, it is a good option for a Commerce student. You can attempt the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and get enrolled in leading Law schools and pursue the five-year graduation integrated programmes that will keep you in good stead. A Law degree and being a Chartered Accountant is a dream qualification in the world of finance, international business and trade.

I got to know through a blog that one of the NITs in South India is conducting a workshop on diesel engines and new technologies. I have not been able to track the same. I am working in the R and D section of an automobile company and hence would like to attend the workshop. Can you give details of the workshop?

Praveen Somani

The National Institute of Technology-Karnataka (1960) (Deemed to be University, under Section 2 of the UGC Act) (, Surathkal, is conducting a three-day workshop on Cutting Edge Technologies for Diesel Engines from March 20 to 22, 2013. The workshop will focus on Automotive Electronics, Emission Control Methodology to specific technologies and use of LPG, Hydrogen and CNG in Diesel Engines.

EducationPlus gathers that the facilitators for the programme will be from the IITs, IISc, and NITK and from the corporate world.

For more details you should immediately connect to G.N. Kumar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NITK-Surathkal, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada-575025. Ph: 0824-2474000. Email:

I am an employee of a NGO focusing on child welfare. I have an M.A. in Sociology and would like to pursue a postgraduate programme on a regular basis in Chennai. Please suggest the course and the institute. I will be a sponsored candidate and hence the leave of grant is being considered as a sabbatical.

Uzma Sheriff

The Madras School of Social Work (MSSW) (, an autonomous organisation under the Madras University (, offers the two-year, four-semester, 92 credit programme titled Master of Arts in NGO (non-governmental organisation) Management.

The course will focus on setting up of the goals and objectives of NGO activities, establishment of NGOs, thorough understanding of the organisational framework of NGOs, devising strategies and operational pathways, supervision and planning of human resources, projects, financial, marketing, networking, and various other programmes of the organisations.

Besides theory courses (core, electives), field practicum, research project, summer placement, block placement and study tour are part of the programme.

Learners also participate in soft skills programmes to ensure a connect to the world of NGOs.

As far as the eligibility criterion is concerned, any student with a special interest and aptitude for management of organisations and people, with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline of a minimum of three years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 pattern or any other pattern that fulfils the mandatory requirements of 15 years’ formal education from a recognised University and approved by the University of Madras will be eligible to apply for the course. Preference will be given to candidates with working experience in the NGO sector.

You should contact the authorities at MSSW, 32, Casa Major Road, Egmore, Chennai-600008. Ph: 044-28195125. Fax: 044-28192712. Email:

Please provide me the contact details of the Women’s University of Karnataka. I need to contact it regarding a project study that I have undertaken.

Anagha Karlekar

The Karnataka State Women’s University (2003) (KSWU) ( can be contacted at KSWU, Jnanashakti, Torvi, Bijapur-586108. Ph: 08352-229051. Email:

Shaheed Khan