Recently I read in a blog that there is going to be a compulsory Law Graduate test. I am presently in the second year of the five-year law programme. Please confirm the veracity of the statement.
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The Bar Council of India (BCI) has made the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) mandatory for all law graduates who have passed in the academic year 2009-10 to practice law in India. The BCI will conduct the AIBE in nine languages across 27 cities in India on December 5, 2010. The BCI will be providing preparatory materials (in nine languages) for this examination to all candidates.
The application forms (along with an instruction sheet) are available at all State Bar Councils and at the Bar Council of India in New Delhi. The candidates can also apply online for the AIBE.
The last date for submission of application forms is October 31, 2010. Candidates may contact BCI for further queries at Ph: 011-49225022, 49225023 and e-mail: barexam@
First Aid course
Is a course in First Aid conducted by any institute in Bangalore? My intent is not to work in the field of First Aid for a living but to learn about it and save people. I am an MBA and presently working in a MNC as a specialist.
via e-mail, Bangalore
The St. John's Ambulance Association conducts a short-term First Aid programme. You should contact the Administrator at St. John's Ambulance Association, 8th A Main, Sampangiramanagar, Bangalore. Ph: 22223384.
If you are looking at more information of the Emergency Medical Management systems, you can also contact the Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI) (www.emri.in) which runs the 108 ambulance services across many States in India and conducts long-term programmes in Emergency Medical Management. EMRI, Devar Yamjal, Medchal Road, Hyderabad-500 014.
I have read about the one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Management and related programmes that are conducted by Bangalore University through various colleges. My question is, are these programmes on a par with the MBA of any University?
I observed that these Diploma programmes are offered by many Universities. I was speaking to a student who mentioned that these programmes had the intent of an MBA, but are actually not MBA programmes. Please clarify through your columns and provide relevant information.
Bangalore University and designated affiliated colleges offer the one-year Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes in various areas of Management which have the content of a Business Administration programme but cannot be considered as Master of Business Administration (MBA).
A MBA of any University in India is of two-year duration. These days Universities are offering programmes that are designated as Executive MBA (one year duration) for experienced supervisors/managers. Those undertaking the MBA by distance education spend a total of three years as per the norms of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
The AICTE-recognised autonomous programmes of two-year duration conducted by various institutes are called Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration/Business Management (PGDBA/PGDBM).
Some of them are considered as on par/equivalent with the MBA of any University as per the norms of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Hence, if you have decided to undertake a MBA on regular basis it is advisable to pursue a regular programme of two-year duration and get the benefits.
The one-year programmes are primarily modelled for working executives who want to specialise in a specific area of Business Administration. Check the programmes that you would like to pursue on the website of AICTE (www.aicte-india.org) which will provide an updated list of the courses, colleges, institutes, Universities that are offering the programmes. This will help you to decide.
Joining the military
I will be completing B.A. (History, Economics and Political Science) in 2011 (April/May). Are there any opportunities to join the India Army/Military? I did not take part in NCC or similar activities.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE) twice in a year for recruitment to the following:
Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun; Naval Academy, Goa; Air Force Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad; Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai.
Educational qualifications: For IMA/OTA: A degree from a recognised University or equivalent. For Naval Academy: B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering. For Air Force Academy: B.Sc. of a recognised University or equivalent with Physics and/or Mathematics as subjects or Bachelor of Engineering. Age criterion: For IMA: Unmarried male candidates between 19-24 years on January 1 or July 1 of the year succeeding the year of examination.
For Naval Academy: Unmarried male candidates between 19-22 years as on January 1 or July 1 of the year succeeding the year of examination.
For Air Force Academy: Unmarried male candidates between 19-23 years on January 1 or July 1 of the year succeeding the year of examination.
For Officers Training Academy: Male candidates (married or unmarried) between 19-25 years as on January 1 or July 1 of the year succeeding the year of examination.
The CDSE has two components: i) written examination and ii) interview for intelligence and personality test that are conducted at the Services Selection Centres located in different parts of the country. The following are the papers of each of the designated Services:
Indian Military Academy/Naval Academy and Air Force Academy: a) English b) General Knowledge and c) Elementary Mathematics
Officers Training Academy: 1. English and 2. General Knowledge
Check Employment News and other national dailies for information on the CDSE.
Pursuing computer hardware
I am interested in computer hardware and am pursuing first year of Diploma in Engineering in Computer Science. I want to study for Hardware as well. Please guide me.
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Computer Hardware Engineers design, develop, test and assist in the manufacturing of computer components, products and systems. Their work affects a vast segment of the world population and hence, the profession is concerned as unique.
Indian Institute of Hardware Technology (IIHT) (www.iiht.com) is India's No.1 training organisation in IMS training and it offers internationally certified training programme in Hardware, Networking, Security and Telecommunications. IIHT works with global leaders like HP, Microsoft, Sun, Oracle and Comptia.
The certifications are industry oriented and classes are conducted with state-of-the art training infrastructure with certified and experienced faculty. To benefit from the IIHT, you should pursue the Advanced Computer Hardware and Networking Professional programme and gain the necessary insights.
Jetking (www.jetkinginfotrain.com), Computer Hardware and Networking Institute conducts the Jetking Certified Hardware and Networking Professional (JCHNP) course that is divided into four modules.
The eligibility criterion is pass in the Higher Secondary Course or Senior Secondary Course.
The 13-month Jetking Certified Hardware and Networking Professional Premium gives 650 hrs of in-depth knowledge to a student in Basic Electronics and Computer Applications, Computer Hardware and Peripherals, MCSA and Network Administration.
A special module has also been developed to cater to students with a technical background which grooms B.E./MCA/M.Sc /B.Sc / Diploma holders to take up a Master's in Network Administration from Jetking.
You can contact the Jetking office at 13, 2nd Floor, Bhashyam Circle, Sankey Road (Ph: 23613107 and 2361448).