I want to appear for the UGC-NET scheduled for 2013 and 2014. I have completed PG in History by campus education but I did my degree course under the correspondence mode. Will this be an issue? What are the books to be read for the examination?

via email, Bangalore

By now you would have had a look at the History syllabi of the UGC-NET. If you have not yet seen the syllabi, it is available on the following hyperlink http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/syllabus.html. You can start your preparation even before the notification for December 2013 is issued. In the area of history and archaeology, the best source of information in Bangalore is the Mythic Library on Nrupathunga Road.

The UGC-NET does not expect the student to be theoretical, it expects the student to be in the knowhow of the pertinent aspects, and one should also know how the issues are to be put in a perspective. Some of the important books that should be part of the reading material:

The Wonder that was India Volume I, AL Basham

The Wonder that was India Volume II, SAA Rizvi

The History of India Volume I, Romila Thapar

The History of India Volume II, Percival Spear

An Advanced History of India, RC Majumdar, HC Raychaudhuri and Kalikinkar Datta

You should also read the history books prescribed for the 10th, 11th and 12th CBSE students for they take you to the fundamentals of the dynamics of history and the syllabi that is covered in the UGC-NET.

Distance education should not be an issue, as you have already pursued Master’s on a regular basis admission for which was sought on the basis of your achievements in the degree course.

I want details of the IIRM, Hyderabad, which provides courses in insurance and actuarial sciences. I have completed my degree in Commerce and am keen to pursue a course in insurance. I am currently part of a DSA network that is selling insurance.

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The Institute of Insurance and Risk Management (IIRM) (www.iirmworld.org.in), set up jointly by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, would be the right place to pursue a programme.IIRM organises the following one-year, two-semester diploma programmes:

International Post-Graduate Diploma in General Insurance

International Post-Graduate Diploma in Life Insurance

International Post-Graduate Diploma in Risk Management

You can contact the Institute at Plot No. 1149, Road No. 57, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-500 033. Email: kiranmayi@iirmworld.org.in Ph: 040-23556470.

I have been a home-maker for the past six years. I have a B.Sc in Environment. Now I want to attend short-term courses in Environment prior to taking up M.Sc either in regular or correspondence mode. Please provide details of any centre in Delhi.

via email, New Delhi

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) (www.cseindia.org) conducts a one-month certificate course in the Policies, Politics and Practices of Environmental Management in India. The programme has lectures, presentations, discussions, seminars and interactions. The following curriculum is incorporated in the programme:

State of India’s environment: An overview

The environmental movement in India

Poverty and the biomass economy

Ecological rights and natural resource management

Land and its use: Agriculture, food security

Conservation and conflict: Wildlife management debate

Urban growth challenges: Water & waste management, air pollution & mobility

Sustainable industrialisation and public health concerns

Climate change and global environmental governance

The programme also has a week-long field trip to rural India to explore eco-restoration efforts at the grassroots level. For more details you should contact: Sharmila Sinha, Anil Agarwal Green Centre, 38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110 062. Ph: 011-2995 5125. Fax: 011-2995 5879. Email: aagc@cseiindia.org

I want inputs on hotel management courses. I heard that the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, conducts a programme that is job oriented. I want to pursue the programme in this institute.

via email, Bangalore

The Institute of Hotel Management (www.ihma.ac.in), Aurangabad, conducts the four-year B.A. (Honours) Degree in Hotel Management and four-year B.A. (Honours) in Culinary Arts, which is jointly conducted by the Maulana Azad Educational Trust and the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces of the Taj Group. The University of Huddersfield awards the degree for both the courses. The programmes have been recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has granted the programmes with the equivalence of a Bachelor degree in Hotel Management. The institute has a tie-up with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University for the students to pursue the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme coterminous to the Hotel Management programme.

The eligibility criteria for the two programmes are as follows:

The candidate should have completed Standard 12 or equivalent examination of any stream/faculty with English as a medium of instruction. The upper age limit has been fixed at 22 years. For more information you should contact IHA, Dr. Rafiq Zakaria Marg, Rauza Bagh, Aurangabad-431 001. Ph: 0240-2392813. Email: ihm.aurangabad@tajhotels.com

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