I am an MBA in marketing, working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years. I have recently moved to a KPO which offers solutions to the pharma industries in India and overseas. 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 as it is one of the time-tested fields. You may not be able to pursue the Pharmaceutical programmes that have a practical component by the distance mode. However, the general management in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Management can be attempted in the distance mode in the following University:
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 one year Post-Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Marketing (PGDPHM) that has become popular.
I am in my sixth semester B.E. (VTU) telecom branch. Since we have to undertake a project work/study in our final semester, my friends and I have decided to take up Digital Image Processing (DIP) and want to know the places where they offer projects on DIP. We want to plan well in advance.
via e-mail, Bangalore
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 that juncture, computers were not involved in the generation of these images.
Some of the important issues that one has to focus on while pursuing project or research studies:
1. Do not restrict yourself to the organisation that you would be working for.
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.
It is an established norm that the college will have to approach the organisation and then confirm on the study. The Industry-Institute Interface (III) today has reached an acme and it has been a win-win situation for both stake holders. 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. Approach the organisation with an issue that will help you to help them understand and throw new light on the dynamic issues of the business.
I want to become a police officer. I have completed NCC training and I have attended training camps as well. I want details of various levels of recruitment. I will graduate in 2010.
via e-mail, Bangalore
Graduation in any discipline is the eligibility to join the police services at the officer level.
Karnataka recruits officers in the rank of Police Sub-Inspectors (PSI) (Group C) as and when the need arises and the government takes a decision on recruitment for the entry-level post. As a PSI you can be in charge of the law and order situation; crime investigation; traffic management; forensic sciences etc.
The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) provides an opportunity for graduates like to you to be eligible to compete for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) in the State police services. The post is categorised as Group A and is a gazetted service. As a DySP you will be posted to a sub-division as the sub-divisional police officer in a district and will be overall in charge of the law and order situation, crime investigation, traffic and other areas of policing. The State-level officers who put in services ranging from eight to 12 years will get to the Indian Police Service and can discharge duty at the highest levels. There have been instances where officers recruited by the KPSC as DySPs have gone on to become Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
The name of Kiran Bedi, India’s first women police officer in the Indian Police Service (IPS) (Group A), clearly attracts the attention of all. K.P.S. Gill, Ribeiro and many others who have created an impact as police officers joined the IPS after clearing the Civil Services examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The IPS constitutes one of the All-India Services along with the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and the Indian Forest Services (IFS). The IPS officers constitute the core of police management. An young officer can start off as Assistant Superintendent of Police of a sub-division and go on to become the Superintendent of Police (SP) of a district. The opportunities for promotion are good and from being an SP you can go on to become a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Inspector General of Police (IGP), Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) and Director-General of Police (DGP) of a State and even hold important positions in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and many more on Central deputation. On qualifying for the IPS you have to join a particular State cadre and carry on as police officer in the State that you have been allotted to.
In order to join the services mentioned, you should take up the various competitive examinations. The UPSC recruitment is well coordinated and one can focus and plan well in advance. However the State governments’ recruitment through the PSI and DySP schemata is not continuous and one will have to wait for the government of the day to decide on the recruitment.
I am interested in aquaculture but I find that in Bangalore it is difficult to pursue this programme. I am eagerly looking forward to some guidance on where to attend courses in aquaculture and also how to start a small aquaculture centre.
Shobana J. Mathew
via e-mail, Bangalore
In Bangalore, you should approach the Centre for Studies in Aquaculture Nutrition, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) (http://uasbng.kar.nic.in) and build a career. If you are willing to move out of Bangalore and understand the nuances of aquaculture, then there are many institutions that can help you out. Under the aegis of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) ( www.icar.org.in), you will be able to get a list of institutes that are dealing with this highly specialised area. You could also contact the Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture, Chennai (e-mail: email@example.com) and get further clarifications.
If you pursue programmes from institutions that function under ICAR, you can get a bank loan, start an aquaculture centre and become an entrepreneur and provide opportunities to many others.