I want to attend a course in Six Sigma. Are there any institutes in Bangalore offering it? Please specify the duration and objectives of the course as well.

Nandita A.

via e-mail

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Institute of Quality ( www.cii-iq.in) is conducting the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Programme (level 1) from April to September 2009. It will have a total of five modules spread over six months. The total number of training days will be 15.

Across the world the Six Sigma procedures are put to use for reduction in process variation and to eliminate procedures that can be considered as defunct. Many organisations in the corporate world use Six Sigma approaches in the following areas:

Reduce rejections

Optimise processes in order to improve productivity

Bring down customer-related complaints

For details and to procure the brochure for the programme you should contact: Mamta Rai, CII Institute of Quality, near Bharat Nagara, 2nd Stage, Magadi Main Road, Vishwaneedam Post, Bangalore-560 091. Ph: 23289391/6085. Email: mamta.rai@cii.in

Software testing

My daughter has completed the Diploma in Computer Science and is having plans to study Wireless Communication and Software Testing. Is it a good career to take up?

Raghavachari

Bangalore

The field of Wireless Communication and Software Testing provides ample opportunities for careers of quality. The Diploma in Computer Science should hold her in good stead.

Wireless Communication is the transmission of information signals without a physical connection, through technologies such as cordless telephones, cellular telephones or microwaves.

Software testing is a process used to identify the correctness, completeness and quality of developed computer software. Actually, testing can never establish the correctness of computer software, as this can only be done by formal verification (and only when there is no mistake in the formal verification process). It can only find defects, not prove that there are none.

The world of wireless technology is rapidly expanding worldwide. The current and emerging wireless telecommunication technologies are in the following areas:

2G/2.5G Digital Mobile Technologies

GSM Series

3G Series

OSS Series

ATM Series

Telecom and wireline voice telephony

Datacoms and computer networking

Wireless and mobile voice and data

While pursuing the courses in Software Testing, your daughter should learn the basics of testing including goals and limits, risk analysis, prioritising, and completion criteria; explore testing in the development lifecycle from unit, integration, system, acceptance, to regression testing; discover the strategies and planning, roles and responsibilities, defect tracking, and test deliverables in test management; review both static and dynamic test techniques in the programmes on offer; and explore the available testing tools and go through the selection process and implementation guidelines.

Swiss Business School

I heard that the Swiss Business School of Switzerland is conducting its MBA programme in Bangalore. Can you provide me the details of the course?

Balaji K. Ganti

via e-mail, Hyderabad

The MBA programme of the Swiss Business School (SBS) ( www.sbs.edu), Zurich, is conducted by the Ramaiah Institute of Management Studies (RIMS) ( www.rims.in), Bangalore. SBS is accredited to the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) ( www.icabe.org) of the U.S. The Swiss Quality Assurance Certification for Higher Education (EDUQUA) has also certified SBS which augurs well for the programmes on offer.

The MBA programme is of two-year duration and one has to take it on a full-time basis. Corporates across the world recognise the programme for the inputs provided.

The learner gets to choose from the following areas: International Management, Marketing, Global Finance and Banking, E-Business, Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management.

Eligibility criterion: 50 per cent in the graduate degree.

Prospective candidates have to qualify in MAT or CAT and in the Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

The SBS-RIMS students will have the choice of pursuing part of the programme in India and Switzerland which will bring in the much-needed global value addition.

To procure the application/prospectus, you should contact RIMS, New BEL Road, MSRIT Post, M.S. Ramaiah Nagar, Bangalore-560 054. Ph: 23607640. Fax: 2360 7642. Email: admissions@rims.in The prospective learners can also submit the application form online by visiting the website.

GIS course

I am in the first semester of Civil Engineering and would like to know about the Geographic Information System (GIS). I want the details of the courses offered in GIS and GPS.

Kumar

via e-mail

Powerful new technologies have emerged in recent years that have greatly improved our ability to collect, store, manage, analyse and utilise information regarding the features of the Earth, its surface and to combine these with other types of economic, social and environmental information.

These technologies include Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite-based remote sensing, that penetrate every aspect of our lives. The developed economies have put the technologies to the best of use.

The focus of the GIS and GPS-related academic programmes is on providing application specialists with practical skills in a variety of commercially viable software that includes ArcInfo, ERDAS Imagine, ER-MAPPER, ArcView 3 and ArcGIS.

GIS is an electronic information system that analyses, integrates, and displays information based on geography. GIS systems have powerful visual display capabilities that present the results of analysis on maps on a wide variety of scales, ranging from very large (accurate to within inches) to very small (accurate only in broad overview).

GIS is regarded as the best technology to understand and solve problems associated with government information which has a geographic dimension — a street address, a transportation corridor, a river, a city line.

Indian space research has been considered as one of the best in the world and is unparalleled in the developing nations’ category. There are about 150 GIS companies in the country. Hyderabad has become the GIS capital of India.

The starting point in building a successful career in GIS is good education. This involves taking classes in cartography, GIS, database management and programming. GIS/GPS aspects of study are incorporated in the course curriculum and are not separate programmes themselves; at least in India.

One of the well-known places for GIS and GPS learning is the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU) ( www.jntu.ac.in).

You could also contact the GIS Institute ( www.gisinstitute.net) located at NOIDA for information on various courses. Besides these, a few of the universities conduct Geology programmes, wherein the component of GIS and GPS is also included.

Contact the Department of Applied Geology, Kuvempu University ( www.kuvempuuniversity.org), for further details, as it has excelled in the field of GIS and GPS.

UGC recognition

I have completed M.Sc. Microbiology with 62 per cent. I want to pursue M.Phil and Ph.D. I approached the Vinayaka University and the Sikkim Manipal University Study Centres that are located in Bangalore. Are the programmes offered by these universities recognised by the UGC?

Thirumalesh

via e-mail, Bangalore

The Indian higher education scenario has universities (Central and State), deemed universities, autonomous bodies and colleges. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Pondicherry University fall in the category of Central Universities; Bangalore University and Madurai Kamaraj University are managed by the respective State Governments.

Deemed University is a status of autonomy granted to high-performing institutes and departments of various universities.

It is granted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Human Resource Development Ministry.

The status enables not just full autonomy in the course work and syllabus but also allows the institution to set its own guidelines for admissions, fees and instruction of the students.

Vinayaka Missions Research ( www.vinayakamission.medvarsity.com) Foundation falls under the category of deemed university. Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical & Technological Sciences ( www.smuhmts.edu) is promoted by the State of Sikkim and supported by the Manipal Group of Institutions.

Since both the universities are recognised by the UGC and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) you can take up the course of your choice.

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