I am a student of Plus Two (ISC, New Delhi) and I want to become a Physicist. I am presently in the 11th Standard and have been scoring well. In the 10th standard I had got 95.6 per cent. I would like to go through the engineering curriculum rather than the Bachelor of Science mode. Please suggest a good course in engineering that would help me for a career in research in Pure Physics or Atomic Physics.

via email, Bangalore

There are numerous branches of physics and each has its corresponding specialists. The undergraduate curriculum generally includes the following range of courses viz., Theoretical Physics, Astronomy, Electricity, Optics, Quantum Physics, Nuclear Physics and Solid State Physics. At a later stage you can specialise in the areas of Astrophysics, Atomic Physics, Molecular Physics, Bio Physics, Chemical Physics, Geo Physics, Material Science, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, and Plasma Physics, to identify a few areas.

At the engineering level (viz., Bachelor of Technology or Engineering) the Universities do not have programmes that focus on Physics but have a compulsory paper that will take you through the basics. The Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore-560 012 (www.physics.iisc.ernet.in), is a wonderful place to be in for the area of Physics.

You can pursue the Integrated programme leading to Ph.D. after graduation. You can contact the Chairman of the Department on 2293 2315. Email: chairman@physics.iisc.ernet.in

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) (www.jncasr.ac.in) is another place that is worth considering.

You should contact the Coordinator, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur P.O., Bangalore-560064. Email: academic@jncasr.ac.in

Many have considered that the study of pure sciences has come to a halt because of the applied sciences viz., Bio-Chemistry, Bio-Technology, Microbiology, and other areas.

Students like you would help in rekindling the need for pure sciences as disciplines whose contribution is enormous.

I am interested in pursuing postgraduation in Environmental Science from the Bishop Heber College, Tiruchi. I have heard about the institute while I was studying B.Sc in Science. I have not been able to contact the college authorities, as I do not have the details.

via email

Bishop Heber College (autonomous) (www.bhc.ac.in), Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, conducts the two-year Master of Science in Environmental Science, which is very popular.

You should contact the college authorities at Post Box Number 615, Tiruchirapalli-620 017. Ph: 0431-2770059, 2773345. Email: principal@bhc.ac.in You should also browse the website which is very interactive and useful for all your queries pertaining to the college and the course that you would like to pursue.

I am interested in studying at the School of Architecture in New Delhi. Kindly guide me.

via email, Bangalore

The School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) {www.spa.ac.in} is an Institute/University which exclusively provides training at various levels in different aspects of human habitat and environment.

It has established a niche for itself and ensures quality of the learner. It collaborates with a multitude of agencies from the Government, NGOs and others involved in the facets of human habitat and environment.

SPA executes its vision through the Centres of Research and Advanced Studies that have been set up by it in Architecture, Urban Design, Conservation Studies, Environmental Studies, Housing Studies, Rural Development, Transport Studies, Urban Studies and Innovative Spatial Planning.

SPA offers the following programmes:

A. Under-graduate programmes

(i) Bachelor’s Programme in Architecture

(ii) Bachelor’s Programme in Planning

B. Post-graduate programmes

(1) Master’s Programme in Architecture with specialisation in

(a) Architectural Conservation (b) Industrial Design (c) Urban Design

(2) Master’s Programme in Planning with specialisation in (a) Environmental Planning (b) Housing (c) Transport Planning (d) Regional Planning (e) Urban Planning

(3) Master’s Programme in Building Engineering and Management

(4) Master’s Programme in Landscape Architecture

C. Doctoral programme (10 seats)

Research can be pursued in various areas of study. Scholars are admitted on a full-time basis.

For more details you should contact SPA, 4 Block B, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi-110 002. Ph: 011-23724382/83.

I want to know the address of the coaching centres for IELTS in Hyderabad.

via email, Hyderabad

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (www.ielts.org) measures the ability of an individual to communicate in English across the four language skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.IELTS is meant for those have an intention to study/work in regions having English as a communication media.

For details of IELTS in the city of Hyderabad you should contact IELTS Administrator, Uma Hyderabad House, 3rd Floor, 6-3-1090/1/1, Raj Bhavan Rd, Somajiguda, Hyderabad-500 082. Ph: 040-23398247.

What are the opportunities that an agriculture student will have in the management arena. I have completed graduation in agriculture and am working for the past six years. Are there institutes exclusively offering courses for the same?

via email, Bangalore

Being an agricultural scientist, you could pursue agri-business on a regular mode, for it will help you in your placement as well.

The following two programmes are conducted on campus: Post-Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) (www.iimahd.ernet.in).

Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) (www.irma.ac.in), Anand offers Post-Graduate programmes in Rural Management (PGDRM), and Development.

The boom in agriculture will help you to plan a career not by chance but by choice. Getting to the top of a company with good knowledge of agriculture and management will help you.

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