Part-time engg. courses are useful

ADEPT AND INNOVATIVE: Mastering all facets of engineering and technology is the key to progress in the present world of intense competition. — Photos: AP, K. Ananthan

ADEPT AND INNOVATIVE: Mastering all facets of engineering and technology is the key to progress in the present world of intense competition. — Photos: AP, K. Ananthan  

I completed my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 and am now working in an industry, I am eager to go for B. Tech or B.E. but cannot go take up a full-time programme. Which is the best institution for a part-time programme?Paniraju S.For individuals like you, the work experience of about eight years is bound to help. The part-time programme caters to the needs and requirements of professionals who do not have access to quality education in the technical world. You should get in touch with the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) ( > local office in Bangalore located on R.V. Road (in the R.V. Teacher Training Institute) and get the details of the part-time programmes that are offered by a few constituent colleges of the University. You can even contact the BMS College of Engineering ( > located near Bull Temple, Basavanagudi, for it offers a quality-oriented, part-time engineering programme. The above mentioned classes (conducted in the evenings) are compulsory. If you are interested, you could pursue the distance learning programmes with adequate classroom inputs from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS) Pilani ( > , which offers world class engineering programmes in a myriad fields that will suit every individual. Besides this, a qualification from BITS will hold you in good stead in the corporate world because of its recognition. Admissions for the BITS programme will commence in April 2006. You can contact the Dean, Distance Learning Programmes Division, Faculty Division III, BITS, Pilani-333 031, Rajasthan. Ph: 01596-242210/201596 Extension 216. Email: > can even approach the Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, which has received recognition as a Deemed University from the Ministry of Human Resource Development and University Grants Commission which offer a bouquet of courses through the Deccan Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. You can contact: K. Gopala Krishnan, 3, I Main, BDA Layout, Kodihalli, HAL II Stage, Bangalore-560 008 for more details and guidance. Ph: 56692501. E-mail: >

Environmental studies

I am in my B.A. final year and would like to pursue a course in ecology and environment. Since most universities ask for a B. Sc. I was pleasantly surprised to see that IIEE offered postgraduation in this field to graduates of any discipline. Is IIEE well recognised? What will be my job prospects after completing their course? Will it be feasible to follow further courses in wildlife, ornithology and environmental sciences after completing the course offered by IIEE? Do recognised universities offer environmental sciences to B.A. graduates?Asha TiwariThe Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment (IIEE) has done enormous work in its field. It has a tie-up with the Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Gangtok, a University that was established by the Government of Sikkim. IIEE provides the Self-Instructional Material (SIM) and acts as the off campus centre and is located in New Delhi. SMU conducts the examination and awards certificates. All statutory bodies of the Government recognise the University and hence you are in safe hands. The examination centres are all over India. On completion of the course, you can pursue research from any University or seek a job. One unique component of the Post-Graduate programme conducted by IIEE and SMU is the project study that one has to undertake with the help of a guide. You can exhibit your talent and create an impact for yourself in the long term.

NET eligibility

I have finished graduation in Commerce and am pursuing M.Com through distance education of Mangalore University. Am I eligible for NET exam conducted by UGC?Harish S.The National Eligibility Test (NET) ( > of the UGC does not discriminate between Post-Graduate qualifications attained by the campus mode and the distance education. Hence, you are eligible. However, you should have a minimum percentage of 55 in the two years of Post-Graduation. The UGC notifies two examinations that are conducted in June and December every year. For a better understanding of the UGC-NET, get to know the eligibility conditions: Only candidates who have completed/are pursuing a UGC-specified Master's degree are eligible to appear in NET.Candidates who have secured at least 55 per cent marks (without grace or rounding off) in Master's Degree (or) equivalent examination from Universities/Institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this test. Fifty per cent is enough for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Physically Handicapped/Visually Handicapped category candidates.Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing in the qualifying Master's degree examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose examinations have been delayed may also apply. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/Lectureship eligibility only after they have passed their Master's degree examination or equivalent with at least 55 per cent marks. Such candidates must obtain their P.G. degree/marksheet within one year from the date of NET with required percentage of marks, failing which they will be treated as disqualified.

Aiming for IFS

I am studying engineering (electronics). I want information about the Indian Foreign Service exam including eligibility, mode of application & other details.Raghunandan NarasapurTo be eligible for the Indian Foreign Services (IFS), you have to appear for the Civil Services Preliminary Examination (objective type questions) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in May/June. You will have to pass the written examination conducted by the UPSC for those who qualify in the Preliminary and then face the personality test. A high score in the written test will help you to make it to the IFS, a Central Service, unlike the IAS and IPS, which are All India Services. The reason: the number of vacancies filled every year is few. The eligibility for the IFS is same as for any of the All India Services or even the Central Services, i.e., a Graduation for a recognised University. Applications for the Civil Services Examinations have been made available through major post offices.

IGNOU will help

I discontinued final year B.Sc. from Bangalore University and joined IAF as a technician in 1983. Later I did III B Sc. (Mathematics) from Madurai Kamaraj University. I passed only ancillary subjects in 1992 but could not clear the major papers. I have a diploma in electronics and telecommunication and a degree equivalent certificate, both from the IAF. I retired from the IAF in 2003. Can you please guide me?SekarYou should contact the Regional Director, Regional Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), No. 293, 39th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore-560 082. Ph: 26657376/26641904 at the earliest so that you can have a look at the myriad programmes of the University, select one and complete the same in the stipulated period.

Clearing the confusion

I am a sixth semester diploma student of Apparel Design and Fabrication Technology. I will be finishing it in June 2006. At present, I am confused about my career: whether to take up a job after my course or to go for higher studies. Recently I visited a garment industry and came to know that the three-year and one-year Diploma holder have the same job and same pay scale. I was shocked. Now I do not know what to do. If I go for higher studies, which are the courses that will give me good jobs? Please guide me about the courses.Soumya SiddaramaiahThere is nothing to be shocked about. The qualification that you will be securing in June 2006 will definitely give you an edge in the long run. There are two options ahead of you:Join an organisation that will not only further your career, but one that will help you to learn and apply the learning practically.Go for higher studies from reputed institutes such as the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) ( > which has created a niche for itself. The NIFT centre in Bangalore ( > is located at CA Site No. 21, 27th Main Road, Sector 1, HSR Layout, Bangalore 560 034.One or two years of experience and a postgraduation will surely help you to reach the top echelons of the world of apparels and fashion technology.

Changing course

I am a student of Hotel Management in Bangalore, studying in the third academic year. I want to move into Human Resource and make my career in it. In addition, I would like to know if Hotel Management students could be recruited in Facility Management. Joel D'MelloAs a hospitality professional you can work in Human Resources as well. In fact, you could work in a hotel and take care of the HR work. Besides this, you will surely succeed as a Facility Manager in any organisation. The best way to proceed to HR would be to pursue the MBA course in Human Resources from a reputed institute on completion of the Hotel Management qualification.Wish you all the best.SHAHEED KHAN

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