I am 23 years old and have completed PUC in science but could not continue studies because of personal reasons. If I complete graduation by regular/correspondence mode now, can I get into IIMs or IISc. or reputed colleges? If I complete graduation in less than three years by NIOS or IGNOU, will colleges accept it?
via e-mail, Gulbarga
Better late than never. Make an attempt to complete graduation (three-year course) in your field of choice. These days, you find universities providing science-related degree programmes across India. Despite the fact that the programmes will be on the distance mode, you will have to attend counselling sessions and submit assignments, which add to the credibility of the programme on offer.
For joining the IIMs and IISc. or any other institute of repute, you will have to take up the admission test and clear it, based on the eligibility criteria as fixed for the selection procedures. To illustrate the selection procedure for IIM, the candidate/applicant must hold a Bachelor's degree, with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category), awarded by any of the universities incorporated by an act of the Central or State legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the HRD Ministry.
You can contact IGNOU (www.ignou.ac.in) or Annamalai University (www.annamalaiuniversity.ac.in). (Annamalai University is offering graduate programmes in Pure Sciences and Applied Sciences which are recognised by all the statutory bodies at the central and State level. At the NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling), you will find courses in the Secondary and Senior Secondary arena and hence will not be of relevance to you.
I am doing my second year Economics from Delhi University. I have been reading EducationPlus from my school days. I have two questions about PG in Economics, which I plan to pursue: i) Which are the good foreign colleges one can apply to; ii) what are the job options available to a student of economics following PG (is Ph.D. mandatory)?
via e-mail, New Delhi
The options to pursue the study of Economics at the global level are plenty. Closer home, you should attempt to join the Delhi School of Economics (DSE or D-School) (1949) (www.econdse.org), which is a centre of excellence and has catered to students and researchers alike.
Another well established centre is the Madras School of Economics, Chennai (MSE) (1995) (www.mse.ac.in), which has created a niche for itself in a short span of time. If DSE and MSE are catering to PG studies and research, another organisation that has been constructively helping research in applied economics and which has brought in plenty of action research is the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) (1972) (www.isec.ac.in), Bangalore.
Clearly, opportunities are available for a student of Economics to study in an environment that is conducive. This apart, many students have ventured out to study and made a mark for themselves at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (1895) (www2.lse.ac.uk).
For information on schools and institutes in the U.S., you should connect directly with the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) (www.usief.org.in), 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi-110001. Ph: 011-42090909. E-mail: email@example.com
USIEF's Education USA Advising Services (EAS) will provide you detailed information on the institution and modalities that you need to focus on.
One of the best places to receive quality information on the U.K. educational scenario will be the British Council. In Delhi you should contact the British Council Division, British High Commission, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110001. Ph: 011-23711401, 23710555. E-mail: delhi.enquiry@
I am a mechanical engineer with 12 years of experience. I would like to do a postgraduate diploma course in shipbuilding. Are there any courses?
The Institute of Shipbuilding Technology, Mayfair House, Vasco Da Gama-403802, Goa, offers a Diploma in Shipbuilding Engineering, which is popular with those who would like to work in this area. You can contact the Director of the Institute on the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am doing my B.Tech (Computer Sciences) from a deemed-to-be university. My professor said that doing certification programmes will help us in the long run. What are the courses that the Oracle group offers and do they have job prospects?
Oracle Corporation (www.education.oracle.com) offers myriad programmes to those interested in implementing the Oracle nuances. Depending on the skill-sets that you would like to acquire, you can take up the programmes offered.
I am a graduate (2011) with the following subjects: History, Economics and Political Science. I had a paper in International Relations as a specialisation in Political Science. I want to pursue postgraduation in International Relations at JNU. Please provide me details of the programmes that are available in the University.
via e-mail, Bangalore
School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) (www.jnu.ac.in), conducts the following courses:
Master of Arts (Politics – International Studies)
Master of Arts (Economics – World Economy)
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil)
Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Research can be pursued in 17 areas, which reflect the dynamic way International Studies has been tackled at JNU. For all the courses the prospective candidate has to take up the all India entrance test and qualify.