I am an MBA in marketing, working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years. I have recently moved to a Knowledge Process Outsourcing firm which offers solutions to the pharma industries in India and abroad. I would like to pursue education further in the field of pharmaceutical management. Can you please tell me which universities offer distance education programmes in this field?
via e-mail, Bangalore
Being an MBA in marketing will help you to understand the issues involved in the field of Pharmaceutical Management. You may not be able to pursue the pharmaceutical programmes that have a practical component by the distance mode. However, the general course can be attempted in the distance mode at the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), Pondicherry University (Central University) ( www.pondiuni.org), R.V. Nagar, Kalapet, Pondicherry-605 014. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 0413-2655256.
You can pursue the Post-Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Marketing (PGDPHM), a one-year course that has become popular with those in the field.
I am in my sixth semester B.E. (VTU) telecom branch. Since we have to undertake a project work in our final semester, my friends and I have decided to do it in Digital Image Processing (DIP) and want to know the places where DIP projects are offered.
via e-mail, Bangalore
For the general reader, Digital Image Processing (DIP) is the use of Computer Algorithms to perform image processing on digital images. DIP has the same advantage over analog image processing as digital signal processing has over analog signal processing. In fact, it allows a much wider range of algorithms to be applied to the input data, and can avoid problems such as the build-up of noise and signal distortion during processing.
One of the first applications of digital images was in the newspaper industry, when pictures were first sent by submarine cable between London and New York. Introduction of the Bart lane cable picture transmission system in the early 1920s reduced the time required to transport a picture across the Atlantic from more than a week to less than three hours. Of course at this juncture computers were not involved in the generation of these images.
Some of the important issues that one has to focus while pursuing a project or research studies.
1. Do not restrict yourself within the organisation that you would be working.
2. Give your unconditional support to the organisation.
3. Have the motivation to learn from the project guides in the organisation.
4. Learn from peers within the organisation.
5. Identify applied areas of research.
You should make efforts to contact companies involved in Computer Aided Design, Geographical Information System and Digital Image Processing.
You should approach them with a plan of your research which you can place with the help of your Supervisor/Research Guide.
I am a student of Plus Two (ISC) and I want to become a physicist. 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 shape a career in research in Pure Physics or Atomic Physics.
A physicist is a scientist who studies or practises physics. Physicists study a wide range of phenomena spanning all length scales: from the sub-atomic particles from which all ordinary matter is made (particle physics) to the behaviour of the material universe as a whole (cosmology). There are numerous branches of physics and each has its corresponding specialists. The undergraduate curriculum generally includes 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.
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 Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) after graduation. The areas of research are exponential. You can contact the Chairman of the Department on Ph: 2293 2315. Email: chairman@
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-560 064. Email: email@example.com
Many say that the study of pure sciences has come to a halt because of the applied sciences viz., Bio-Chemistry, Bio-Technology, Micro Biology, and other areas of specialisation. Students like you can rekindle the interest in pure sciences whose contribution is enormous.
I could not study regularly because of many problems. I will be completing 10th Standard at the age of 20. Please suggest some courses which I can take up for a better future.
via e-mail, Bangalore
Education is a lifelong experience. It is good that you are completing the 10th examination as this would make you eligible for a myriad of programmes. The educational environment of India has grown by leaps and bounds. You can apply for the Standard 12 examination with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) ( www.nios.ac.in) which has impacted thousands of students.
You will be eligible for the Senior Secondary Course (+2) wherein you can select subjects from the following areas of study: Hindi, English, Urdu, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Political Science Economics, Sociology, Commerce, Accountancy, Home Science, Typewriting (Hindi) or Typewriting (English) or Word Processing (English), Stenography (Hindi) or Stenography (English) or Stenography (Urdu), Secretarial Practice, Psychology, Computer Science and Painting. Some of the courses are not offered in the regular stream of academics.
The following are the unique features of the NIOS:
Five subjects with either one or two languages.
Two additional subjects can also be taken.
The learners are however advised to select the subjects as per their future plan of study and work.
Study material will be provided by NIOS.
NIOS also offers courses under the Vocational Education Programme. Under this category you have stand-alone courses, packaged programmes, life enrichment programmes, six-month courses and one-year programmes.
It is under the packaged programmes that you can get many opportunities for pursuing Diploma in Radiography, Diploma in Basic Rural Technology, Certificate in care of Elderly (Geriatrics) and course in Library Sciences. These are job-oriented.
You can contact the NIOS at B-31B, Kailash Colony, New Delhi. Ph: 011-29231181 – 85 or the Regional Centre, House No. 17-26, Sree Nagar Colony, Road No. 5, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad. Ph: 040-23399570. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in a career in technology, pursue the Diploma in Engineering from any of the polytechnics. The three-year programmes will get you good jobs.
Printing Technology is another area which is loaded with job offerings. You can pursue it at the Government Institute of Printing Technology, Palace Road, Bangalore.