More than 100 colleges from across the country, representatives of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Army, Air Force and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research are participating in a two-day education-cum-career fair that opened at Pragati Maidan's Hall No.7 here on Saturday.

Titled ‘9{+t}{+h}Infra Educa-2011', the fair seeks to facilitate interaction between students and representatives of colleges and other institutions. It is providing aspirants with a single gateway to a gamut of academic and professional courses available across the world in conventional streams.

For an overwhelming number of students who visited the fair on the first day, the special attraction were the stalls put up by Air Force and Army. Representatives of defence services goaded students to seriously contemplate a career in defence services. Prospective candidates were provided complete information on admission procedure and multiple career options available. Free counselling was provided to help the students decide on a suitable career option.

Some students showed a curiosity towards stalls put up by Ministry of Earth Sciences, Department of Bio Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

According to Mani Vashisht, the project head of Friendz Exhibitions and Promotion, there was an urgent need to provide students with comprehensive information on the educational and career options available both in the country and abroad.

“Through ‘Infra Educa-2011' we are striving to provide an opportunity to students to interact one-on-one with representatives of academic institutions under one roof. Building on success of previous years, this year greater emphasis has been laid on professionalism and individuality. We have consciously decided to keep entry free during ‘Infra Educa 2011' to ensure that the education fair is accessible to each and every deserving student and their parents,” said. Ms. Vashisht.

Noting that the booming Indian economy has opened the doors to multitude vistas of career opportunity for students, Ms. Vashisht said opting the right career was the most important decision towards guaranteed success in the future.

The students are exploring a wide spectrum of courses ranging from academic to professional and vocational courses including Information Technology, law, mass communication, medicine, hospital, animation, aeronautics, banking, bio technology, computer training, engineering, management, finance, graphic designing and travel. The exhibition is also offering a wide array of courses in distance learning and part time courses.

Both the entry and counselling at the exhibition have been kept free of cost to ensure that maximum students take advantage. The presence of banks will ensure that correct and complete information on education loans is disseminated.

Students were seen conversing with representatives of various institutes like Dronacharya College of Engineering, Sanskriti group of Institutions, Biyani Girls College, Arihant group of Institutes-Pune and Punjab National Bank on the first day.