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In demand: Knowledge of petroleum management is greatly valued.

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I want information on Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for doctoral studies.

Sanjay Perumal

via e-mail, Bangalore

The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund (JNMF) provides the Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships for Doctoral Studies for a duration of two years for Indian nationals and nationals of other Asian countries for Ph.D. studies in India.

The eligibility conditions for the Researchers are as follows: should possess a post-graduate qualification with First Class; should not be above 35 years of age; should be a full-time Ph.D. scholar; should have registered for Ph.D. with a university in India/institution at the time of making the application.

The broad areas of research are:

Science and Technology as an integral component of economic/social activity (includes the Philosophy of Science); Comparative Studies in Religion and Culture; International Relations and Constitutional Studies; Indian History, Civilisation and Culture; Interface of Social Change and Economic Development; Environmental Ecology and Sustainable Development; Studies on the life and work of Pandit Nehru.

The JNMF provides scholarship to the tune of Rs. 9,000 per month as tuition fee and maintenance. Rs. 12,000 per annum will provided for contingency expenses including travel expenses.

For more information the Researchers should contact the Administrative Officer, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110 011.

I am in Pre-University (Commerce). I intend to pursue ICWA but am confused about the papers that are to be studied. Please help me out.


via e-mail

The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWA) conducts the Foundation, Intermediate and Final courses and the following are the paper and scheme of examination:

Foundation Course

Paper 1: Organisation & Management Fundamentals; Paper 2: Accounting; Paper 3: Economics and Business Fundamentals; Paper 4: Business Mathematics, Statistics.

Intermediate Course

Group I

Paper 5: Financial Accounting; Paper 6: Commercial and Industrial Laws and Auditing; Paper 7: Applied Direct Taxes.

Group II

Paper 8: Cost & Management Accounting; Paper 9: Operation Management and Information Systems; Paper 10: Applied Indirect Taxes.

Final Course

Group III

Paper 11: Capital Market Analysis & Corporate Laws; Paper 12: Financial Management & International Finance; Paper 13: Management Accounting-Strategic Management; Paper 14: Indirect & Direct Tax Management.

Group IV

Paper 15: Management Accounting-Enterprise Performance Management; Paper 16: Advanced Financial Accounting & Reporting; Paper 17: Cost Audit & Operational Audit; Paper 18: Business Valuation Management.

The Institute has taken a very positive approach towards providing high standard of education and training to the students and arranging continuous development programmes for the members.

I completed B.E. in 1999 in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. My interest is in Petroleum Management. I want information on the IPM in Gujarat.

Joseph Kumaran

via e-mail, Hosur

The Institute of Petroleum Management, Gandhinagar (IPMG) ( >, has been set up under the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) as a centre of excellence in industry learning to develop human resources to cater to the petroleum and allied energy sectors, improve the knowledge base of policy makers and technologists and provide a edge to leaders to compete in the global arena.

It has been promoted with the initiative of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd (GSPC), which is a leader in the energy sector.

IPMG offers programmes addressing the managerial requirements of the oil & gas sector. They pertain to Management, Economics, Supply Chain, International Geo-Political Affairs, Project Management, Oil and Gas Accounting and Finance and Laws, to mention a few areas. The two-year full-time residential course leading to Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (focused on oil and gas sector) (PGDM) (approved by the All India Council for Technical Education-AICTE, Ministry of HRD) is a trimester programme.

The vision “to be an internationally renowned and respected institution imparting excellent education in the oil and gas domain, based on the foundation of futuristic research and innovations,” has clearly help IPMG to be a top educational provider in the field of Petroleum Management.

The curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the energy sector and more specifically the petroleum segment.

While the first year courses are generic in nature, the second year courses (most of which are elective) have been specially designed to cater to the energy sector.

The first year courses, though generic in nature, are conducted keeping in view their relevance to the energy sector.

The following are the courses/programmes offered in PGDM:

First Year

Understanding Oil and Gas Sector; Management Concepts and Practices; Managerial Accounting; Financial Management; Managerial Economics; Operations Management; Quantitative Methods; Organisational Behaviour; Personnel Management and Industrial Relations; Marketing Management; Management Information Systems; Managerial Communication; Managerial Computing and Corporate Strategy.

Second Year

Compulsory Courses

Legal Aspects of Business; Strategy Formulation and Implementation; Management Control Systems; Managerial Oral Communication; International Oil and Gas Business Environment and Independent Project.

Electives (choice from multi-functional areas)

Operations Group: SCM in Oil and Gas Sector; Project Management in Oil and Gas Sector; Operation Strategy in Energy Sector; ERP in Oil & Gas Sector; Materials and Spares Management Purchasing, Contract and Negotiations in Petroleum Sector.

Human Resources Management Group: Managing Cross-Cultural Issues; Work Force Management in Oil and Gas Sector; Stress Management.

Finance Group: Forex Management; Corporate Tax Planning; Accounting and Taxation Practices in Oil and Gas Sector; Oil and Gas Futures and Options; Financial Issues in Energy Sector.

Marketing Group: B2B Marketing; Marketing of Petro Products; Marketing of Lubes, Industrial Oils and Auto-Fuel Products; Petro-Retailing; Carbon Credits Trading and Business Development for Oil and Gas Sector Services Products.

Economics Group: Economics of Natural Resources; Game Theory Approach to Risk Management in Oil and Gas Sector and Bidding for Oil /Gas Resources & Pricing Strategies.

Strategy Group: Effective International Collaborations; Management of Power Sector; Mergers and Acquisitions; International Political Environment and Energy Strategies; Management of Refineries and Asset Management.

Law Group: International Contracts in Oil and Gas Sector; Negotiations and Legal Aspects of Oil and Gas Business.

For admissions to the 2008 batch (third batch) candidates should have appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs on November 18, 2007. The minimum academic eligibility criterion for admission to PGDM-Oil and Gas Sector is a Bachelor’s degree, with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA. Candidates appearing for the final bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification examination can also apply.

For more details you can browse the website of the Institute or contact IPMG, off Koba-Gandhinagar Highway, Raisan, Gandhinagar-382 007, Gujarat. Ph: 079 23276911-18; Fax: 079- 23276364; E-mail: >

I am interested in pursuing Pharmaceutical Chemistry Post-Graduation in the State Women’s University. Please guide me on the approach to the programme.

Shweta N.

via e-mail Karnataka State Women’s University (KSWU), ( ), Bijapur, offers the Master of Science (M.Sc) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry as two-year programme.

The eligibility is as follows:

A candidate who has passed any of the appended degree programmes from a recognised university with 50 per cent marks in aggregate (40 per cent for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Cat-I and 45 per cent for OBC category candidates) shall be eligible.

i) Bachelor of Science with Chemistry as one of the optional subjects.

ii) Bachelor in Pharmacy with Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

The eligible women candidates may apply to the Registrar, Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur, in the prescribed application form which is available on payment of Rs. 150 (Rs. 75 for SC/ST & Cat-I) during office hours.

The DD/Challan shall be drawn in favour of Finance Officer, Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur.

Those who want to get the application form by post may send a self-addressed envelope (10” X 3”) by affixing stamp worth Rs. 15 to the Registrar, Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur-586 101.



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