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Beyond education: (From left) Shivananda Salagame, industry expert; N.K. Desai, academic director, BASE, Mysore; G.S. Subramanyam, secretary, Mahajana Education Society; R. Vasudeva Murthy, chairman, Mahajana Education Society; G.L. Shekar,professor, Department of Industrial and Production, NIE; Pushpalatha head of the Department of Chemistry, NIE; and Bindu Chopra, regional director of The Chopras, at Looking Ahead, the annual career guidance programme conducted by The Hindu EducationPlus, in Mysore on Sunday.
Beyond education: (From left) Shivananda Salagame, industry expert; N.K. Desai, academic director, BASE, Mysore; G.S. Subramanyam, secretary, Mahajana Education Society; R. Vasudeva Murthy, chairman, Mahajana Education Society; G.L. Shekar,professor, Department of Industrial and Production, NIE; Pushpalatha head of the Department of Chemistry, NIE; and Bindu Chopra, regional director of The Chopras, at Looking Ahead, the annual career guidance programme conducted by The Hindu EducationPlus, in Mysore on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

The three-hour guidance programme gave an overview of career options

Mysore: A large number of students and their parents participated in the “Looking Ahead: A career counselling session”, The Hindu EducationPlus career guidance programme, at the Mahajana PU College here on Sunday. This is first time that The Hindu hosted this event in Mysore. It was the second of the five sessions to be held in the State. In Bangalore, it was held on Saturday.

The three-hour session gave the audience an insight into several interesting career options and job opportunities.

The event opened with the release of The Hindu EducationPlus’s annual career guide “Looking Ahead” by R. Vasudeva Murthy, chairman, Mahajana Education Society.

The key-note address of Pushpalatha, head of the Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Engineering (NIE), gave the participating students an idea as to why pure science is a good career option. “I believe there is no future without pure science,” she said, giving examples of path-breaking discoveries that have been made to make man’s life easier. Science has answers to all our queries and therefore we should not ignore it. Besides becoming teachers, students of pure sciences can also take up research, she said.

Prof. N.K. Desai, academic director, BASE, Mysore spoke at length on the CET and COMED-K and the admission process for professional courses.

Prof. G.L. Shekar, professor, Department of Industrial and Production, NIE and Director, NIE-EICHER Automobile Research Centre gave an inspiring talk on “Looking ahead: The job market over the next five years”. Mr. Shekar gave an overview of the revolution in the areas of technology, medical sciences, services sector and auto industry and the future job prospects.

“Let students to make their choice, parents should only guide them to achieve their goal,” said Bindu Chopra, regional director of The Chopras, Bangalore. She spoke about banks offering loans for taking up courses abroad and also scholarships on offer.

Industry expert Shivananda Salagame spoke on the “Relevance of soft skills in the job market”. Prof. K.S. Nagapathi, Director, Tourism Management Institute of Mahajana Institutions gave an impromptu talk on the opportunities available in the tourism sector. Participants were given a free copy of “Looking Ahead”, a career guide of The Hindu EducationPlus which presents expert articles to help the young plan the next step after graduation.

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