I have completed B.E. in biotechnology. Could you please advise me about suitable options for higher studies?

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If you are looking at higher studies in the area of Biotechnology, then it is sure that either you want to get into the arena of research and development or get into the academic world. You should join a M.E. or M.Tech programme in any of the engineering colleges or institutions that offer the Master’s programme in Biotechnology. If you have the intent to specialise in a cross-functional area, you should decide keeping in mind your future pursuits. A Ph.D. would help you to get to the research and academic circles with élan. These qualifications will also help you in the corporate world. The best of places for higher studies in India would be the IITs and NITs. There are few colleges that have become centres of excellence.

The field of biotechnology caters to the needs and requirements in the sectors of textile, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, animal husbandry, agriculture, genomic studies, DNA technology, environment, ecology, its conservation and the focus on biodiversity, and at times in the areas of nutrition.

I am a sixth semester student of engineering in a college which encourages entrepreneurship. I am part of the placement committee along with my seniors. I am keen to work in the areas of general management and supply chain logistics. I want to be a member of forums and organisations that cater to these areas and if feasible, also make my institution an organisational member. Please provide me a list of organisations.

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Being a member of a forum or an association always helps in networking and getting to meet many professionals who are members of such bodies. The forums and associations are a repository of information and access to knowledge in the subject area.

The following associations are suggested for the areas of General Management and Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

The All India Management Association (AIMA) (www.aima.in) was created as an apex body of professional management with active support of the government and industry in 1957. AIMA is a group, a body to pool management thoughts in the country, a forum to develop a national managerial ethos, an organisation to facilitate the furtherance of the management profession in the country.

Over the years, AIMA and its membership has grown rapidly. From the point of view of a network, AIMA is a federation of Local Management Associations (LMAs) (viz., Bangalore Management Association-BMA). AIMA today affiliates 64 LMAs across the country and two management associations overseas, viz., Qatar Indian Management Association and Mauritius Management Association.

AIMA has established a network with over 3,000 institutions and over 30,000 individual professionals directly and through network of the LMAs. The AIMA’s activities include distance management education, management development programmes, national events, competitions, research, publication and testing services. AIMA provides institutional and individual professional members.

For more details you should browse the website and also contact the AIMA headquarters: Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003. Ph: 011-24645100, 24617354. The AIMA Bangalore office can be contacted at: 1403-1404, 14th Floor, Prestige Meridian II, 30, M.G. Road, Bangalore-560001.

The Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) (www.iimmbangalore.org) is an apex body of Supply Chain Management (SCM), Materials Management, Purchase Management and Logistics professionals that has been contributing to the success in the field for the past four decades.

IIMM offers institutional and individual membership (associate, life member, and fellow member), which will help one to get to the best of information and access a strong network of 10,000 members across India who are part of 45 branches and 18 chapters.

Considering that IIMM is an affiliated member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), headquartered at Atlanta, U.S., one can access global information on the subject of SCM and Logistics. For membership details you should contact: D. Subramani, Chairman, IIMM, Bangalore Branch, 304, A – Wing, 3rd Floor, Mittal Tower, 6, M.G. Road, Bangalore-560001. Ph: 25327251 and 52. Email: iimmbg@airtelmail.in

I have studied Clinical Psychology and am presently practising with a psychiatrist as an assistant. I am interested in Geriatric Psychology and request your suggestion to pursue a course from an institute of repute and that will help in placement and growth in one’s career.

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Geriatric Care (Gerontology) is a highly specialised area of academics and vocation. One of the recognised places to pursue a programme in Geriatrics would be the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) (www.nisd.gov.in), an autonomous body of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. NISD operates the National Initiative of Care for Elderly (NICE), a project which aims to develop a cadre of skilled manpower at various levels. The one-year (full-time) Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Integrated Geriatric Care (PGDIGC) is the flagship programme of NISD and covers Gerontology, Clinical Geriatrics and Management, Counselling and Psychology, Public Policy and Planning and Research Methodology.

Those with a bachelor’s degree (minimum of 45 per cent), and not less than 21 years and not more than 45 years of age eligible for the course. Selection is made through a Common Aptitude Test (CAT), which will be followed by a Group Discussion and Interview. Prospectus and application form can be obtained from the Deputy Director, Old Age Care Division, NISD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, West Block – 1, Wing – 3, First Floor, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110 066 (Ph: 011-26106883). The forms can be downloaded from the website of the institute and requisite fee can be sent along with the application form.

Can you provide me the address and courses conducted by the Forest Management Institute that is located in Madhya Pradesh? I am a student of B.Sc in CBZ and am presently in the second year.

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The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) (1982) (www.iifm.ac.in) is a centre for excellence and an institution of repute which operates under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

The Institute offers the following courses:

Two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM) approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Four-year Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), approved by AICTE as equivalent to the Doctorate of Philosophy of the University environment in India.

IIFM also conducts the Management Development Programmes (MDPs) which cater to the requirements of all stakeholders of ecology and environment.

For more details of the courses at IIFM, you can browse the website or contact the Institute at IIFM, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal-462 003. Ph: 0755-2775716.

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