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The call of the tour guide

Ricky Pinto
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A guide leads visitors through the Kumbalanghi tourism village located off Kochi
A guide leads visitors through the Kumbalanghi tourism village located off Kochi

I have completed BA in HEP (2006), and I have an interest in travel and history. I have been working in a school as a teacher of social science. I am good at communication, and thought if I should attempt to become a tour guide. Please help me with the contact points for becoming a tour guide and also the courses that I can pursue, if need be.

Ricky Pinto

via email, Bangalore

Those involved in the business of tour operations in India need a background in history, heritage and culture besides arts, crafts, cuisine, and hospitality; and of course should be willing to travel. The aspect of tour guiding was once upon a time seasonal, but these days, there is a steady flow of tourist traffic, hence, there will be job offerings either on a temporary or permanent basis. In order to become a tour guide, you will have to connect to the India Tourism Office-Bangalore, 48, KFC Building, Church Street, Bangalore-560001 (Ph: 25583030, 25585417). Email: indtour@kar.nic.in which is the nodal agency of the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism. The India Tourism office conducts Guide Training programmes through internal stakeholders of the Ministry of Tourism and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and provides the Guide licence. Keenness to learn, observe and understand the requirements of tourists will help one in the profession.

At the State-level the nodal agency for training of tour guides and licensing is the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), 49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore-560001. Ph: 22352901-03. Email: info@karnatakaholidays.net

For value addition, learn foreign languages such as French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and German.

If you have travelled extensively, it will help you take the tourists across destinations with élan.

I am currently in ninth standard and am interested in veterinary sciences. What should I do to take it up? I have, after watching a few programmes on TV, wanted to work in villages as well. My parents have supported me in this regard.

Vidya Purushottam

via email, Bangalore

Starting early has its advantages in the field of academics. Besides, if you have the support of your parents to pursue programmes that many sound off-beat, success is guaranteed. In order to join the Bachelor in Veterinary Science (BVSc) course, you should pursue Plus Two (Intermediate) in Science and then make yourself eligible for the BVSc, a 10-semester (inclusive of one internship semester) course with the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU) (www.kvafsu.kar.nic.in). Following the BVSc, there will be job offerings in the sector. However, if your intent is research, then pursuing Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) and then a Ph.D. will take you to the top echelons of the field. Visit the Veterinary Science College, Bellary Road, Sanjay Nagar, Hebbal, Bangalore-560024, and get a firsthand knowledge about the nuances that will take you through in a field of science that is the need of society and the rural masses.

I am working in a corporate, and presently pursuing Bachelor of General Laws by correspondence. Can I practice in a court of law on completion of the course?

David Sagairaj

via email, Bangalore

Courses with the nomenclature of Bachelor of General Laws (BGL) and Bachelor of Administrative Laws (BAL), that are on offer from various universities in the distance mode, will not allow you to enrol as a lawyer with the Bar Council as per the statutory norms. In order to be eligible, one has to do LL.B. (three year) (Bachelor of Law) or the graduation integrated five-year legal programme BA-LL.B. as followed in National Law School India University and NALSAR, to mention a few of the leading Law Schools in the country.

BGL and BAL are two-year programmes that provide information about the field of law, but do not allow practice in any form.

I completed BCA (2011), but I only got call centre jobs after graduation. Hence, I was forced take up a job in hardware and networking. I want to pursue higher studies to make myself eligible for a job in the IT field. Please guide me.

Ghouse

via email, Bangalore

The normal progression for a BCA (Bachelor of Computer Applications) graduate is the Master of Computer Application (MCA), a three-year, six-semester programme. It is available in both campus mode and distance education mode. However, if the intent is to be placed in good organisations, and get into IT applications, pursuing the campus programmes that come under the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) (www.vtu.ac.in) would be the best bet. The course curriculum, the teaching and the methodologies adopted are the best and fit the corporate world’s requirements. The website has the details of the MCA programme. If more details are required, you can contact the HQ at VTU, Jnana Sangama, Belgaum-590018 or the Regional Centre-Bangalore, RHCS Layout, Annapoorneshwarinagar, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560091.

The Distance Education programmes in MCA will help those who are already working in the corporate world, and looking to increase their knowledge and seek a better position within the organisation.

I am researching in the area of tribes for their economic aspects. I will be in Bangalore for about three months from February. I have heard that Mythic Society is a popular library that has many books and reference material on tribes and anthropology. Please provide the address and contact number of the society.

Prannath Mishra

via email, Bhopal

Mythic Society (established:1909) (www.mythicsociety.org) is one of the leading centres of the academic world in the city of Bangalore.

The focus has been on encouragement of studies in history, ethnology, archaeology, traditions and religions of South India, and the stimulation of research in these and allied subjects.

For more details you should contact the Librarian, Mythic Society, Nrupathunga Road, Bangalore-560001. Ph: 22215034.

Shaheed Khan

Email: shaheed_k@yahoo.com


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