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Wedding engineering with medicine



I am in my second year Intermediate and wish to do bio-medical engineering. Please furnish the course details along with scope for further studies in the field and the job opportunities available.N. Rajeev KumarBiomedical engineering is the application of engineering techniques and analyses to solve problems in the field of medicine and biomedical sciences. A biomedical engineer will have expertise in engineering, biological sciences and medical sciences. Biomedical engineering is usually based on one of the traditional engineering disciplines, such as electrical or mechanical engineering. Today, biomedical engineering has forayed into areas such as medical electronics, clinical engineering, biomaterials and rehabilitation engineering. There are ME, MTech and PG Diploma Courses that can be pursued after graduation. The products biomedical engineers have invented have revolutionised the field of medicine. Some examples are the artificial heart and other organs, prosthetics (artificial limbs), laser surgery, cryosurgery, ultrasonic tests and the use of computers in diagnosis. As for career opportunities, you will find openings in hospitals and medical equipment manufacturing units. Medical equipment manufacturing industry is an attractive avenue for biomedical engineers interested in the application side of things. Here, one is involved in the design and manufacture of diagnostic or therapeutic instruments. In India, companies like BPL, Larsen & Toubro, Wipro Medical and Siemens have a large presence in this field. You can join the research and development (R&D) section or the sales and marketing divisions of such companies, depending on your skills and preferences. Food and nutritionI am in my BSc final year. I wish to do M.Sc. in food and nutrition. Please give me information of institutes offering the course, their respective selection procedures and employment opportunities in this field.DeviThe following universities offer MSc (Home Science) with specialisation in food and nutrition:Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore- 641043. Course: Food Science & Preservation;Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Nainital, Pantnagar-263145;Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005. Course: Food & Fermentation Technology;National Institute of Nutrition (Indian Council of Medical Research), Jamai Osmania, Hyderabad-500007. Ph: 701823 Fax: 7019074. Email: >icmr@nin.ren.nic.in. Course: MSc (applied Nutrition) (9 months). Elig: MBBS/MSc (Biochem/Physiology). Notification will be issued in February and the last date for submission of the application will be April 30;Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur-482001;Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, Mumbai- 400020. Course: Food Service Management;University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad-580005;University of Madras, Chennai-600005. Course: Food Science and Preservation; and University of Mysore, Mysore -570005. Course: Food Analysis and Quality Assurance.Graduates may join any of the major food manufacturers or retailers and work in quality control, distribution, marketing, product development or production management divisions. Alternatively, they can find similar employment opportunities with small to medium sized food companies. Graduates aiming to specialise in research may consider postgraduate courses leading to PhD or secure promising jobs within independent laboratories, universities, institutes or government departments. The course also provides an excellent base for entry into the health profession as a dietician, following postgraduate training. Finally, the teaching profession provides an outlet for those seeking rewarding careers in primary, secondary or higher education.* * * Best pay is not equal to best jobThe highest paying job is not necessarily the `best' job.In every campus, when placement fever begins, reason and logic take a back seat. Peer group pressure is so intense everyone chases the same job -- the highest paying one.Let me explain. On March 1 at IIMs every major corporate in India and overseas head for `Day 1' of the placement season.The student committee decides which company will be invited for `Day 1'. Many criteria are used, but the most common one is the compensation. How much does the company pay? Rs. 8 lakhs or is it Rs. 15 lakhs per annum? Every student's dream is to grab these `Day 1' jobs.I know of several cases - where the candidates get this kind of job and live to regret it. Because with the high compensation comes a lifestyle -- late nights, seven-day week, extensive travelling and intense work pressure. Ever wondered about the key issue? The problem is not getting the job but keeping it.Getting the `right' job that suits you -- your competence, your expectations on work life balance -- is far more important than getting the `best' or the `highest paid' jobs. Sometimes you are paid huge salaries because you are required to do `two' jobs not one. So ask questions about the employer - from your seniors or ex-employees of the company and get a feel of the work culture - before you accept the job offer.





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