EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, July 25, 2000, Chandigarh, India
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SHIMLA: Sinking differences the Student Federation of India, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the National Student Union of India have launched a vigorous move to revive the cultural heritage of the state.



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I am a secretary with over 12 years of experience adept at typing, filing, taking dictation, fixing appointments, answering phone calls, making travel arrangements, car pick-ups and routine day-to-day jobs. I have a three-year-old daughter and we have moved to our own house in Mohali which makes commuting to Chandigarh difficult. Is there anything else I can do?

Rakesh Sharma, Shimla

With the increasing trend of companies moving to the Gurgaon and Faridabad from the more expensive central parts of the city, a degree of persistence should get you a job involving lesser commuting. You have an excellent job profile, and with your added maturity, companies should be happy to consider you. Instead of waiting for job ads, why not take the initiative and write to companies with offices in areas that suit you? Remember, not all vacancies are advertised. Alternately, you might like to consider working from home. Fax, internet and modem, permit instant transmission of documents. You are computer literate and if you have a computer at your home you may try your hand at word processing, web page designing, backroom documentation for large firms, creating databases, graphic designing, etc. Basing your main activity at home, you can choose to specialise in any of the following depending on your academic level, aptitude and skills, training and experience etc. Giving tuitions, running a catering service, boutique or infant care facility, beauty parlour, counselling, cookery classes, dance/music classes, fitness/aerobics, network marketing (Oriflame, Avon, Aviance, Tupperware, Modicare etc.) are some of the options for you. Another option is to take up direct or tele-marketing for marketing firms. You could even consider shift work at some of the large call centres coming up in Gurgaon. You could also take up editing or proof reading for publishing houses. If you have good contacts in the corporate sector, you could even run a successful placement service or travel agency from home. The options are endless, but you will need to weigh your resources and explore the requirement for your products or services before you begin.

I’m keen on doing MCA after graduation. Could you please tell me about the institutions offering MCA courses and also the job prospects. Also, please recommend books on this subject.

Parminder Kaur, Chandigarh

MCA is offered by a large number of universities including regional engineering colleges (RECs). The software industry offers the following job opportunities for MCAs as:

* Analyst Programmer

* Application Programmer

* CAD Designer

* CAD/CAM Technician

* Computer Consultant

* Computer Graphics Specialist

* Computer Operations Manager

* Computer Security Analyst

* Customer Engineer

* Data Communications Specialist

* Information Services Executive

* Inspection Supervisor

* Management Information Systems Analyst

* Operations Research Analyst

* Program Librarian

* Regional Manager

* Software Services Representative

* Systems Analyst

* Systems Design Specialist

* Systems Development Manager

* Systems Maintenance Analyst

* Technical Services Manager

* Technical Training Manager

A majority of the above-mentioned jobs require competence in systems analysis. The job of a Systems Analyst involves analysing the different sets of manual procedures in use in an organisation and design and develop computerised processes to replace them with. The Systems Analyst is a professional problem solver. The job involves analysing problems or informational needs of an organisation and fulfilling through the design of efficient patterns of information flows from the data sources to the computer. For complete information regarding MCA courses, eligibility criteria and job prospects in the field of computers, you may refer to Careers in Computers published by CARING.

My Maths is not so great. If I do BCom without Maths through correspondence, can I still enroll for professional courses such as CA, CS and MBA?

Amit Khandpal, Ludhiana

You could do a BCom (Pass) without Maths and still do your CA/CS alongside. Whether you do it through full-time study or through distance education is immaterial. While maths is not a statutory requirement for these professional courses, it is certainly an asset if taken at the graduation-level. For instance, you do need to be fairly comfortable with Maths to tackle the quantitative ability section of the MBA entrance test. Although knowledge of maths up to Class XII-level is sufficient, speed in solving the large number of questions is of the essence. So even if you decide to drop maths, make sure you keep in touch with the subject and have your fundas absolutely clear. If you were to seriously get down to revising your maths syllabus right from Class X upwards, you would realise that it’s not such a terrible subject after all. If you get a good aggregate, why not take BCom (Hons) - either regular or through correspondence in the first year? If you find it unmanageable, you can always switch over to BCom (Pass) the following year. All said and done, an Honours course is a more desirable option. So do give it a sincere try.

I am a Commerce graduate and I wish to become an Income Tax Officer or Central Excise Officer. Please let me know the selection procedure and maximum age limit for recruitment.

Vishwesh Gupta, Jammu

If you want to become an Income Tax Officer or Central Excise Officer, you should first take the Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC. In Civil Services, both the posts are that of a Group A officer. The maximum age limit for this examination (for general candidates) is 30 years, eligibility being graduation. Be on the look out for the UPSC advt. in Employment News in December. You could also take the examinations for Inspectors of Central Excise, Income Tax, etc. conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. For this the eligibility is graduation and the maximum age limit is 25 years.

I have been diagnosed to have juvenile hypertension and have been advised to opt for a non-stressful career. What are the fields open to me?

Rajiv Rai, Jalandhar

Although some jobs where you have to adhere to strict deadlines are inherently stressful and anxiety creating i.e. advertising, marketing, media, treasury and stock brokering, air traffic control etc. A lot also depends on your attitude and temperament. However, since you have a clinical problem it does make sense to avoid such jobs which are real time and mission critical. Of course, anything that you don’t enjoy doing can be equally stressful. This does not mean that all these fields are denied to you. Each area of work has a front end and a back end i.e., in hotels you have the front office which deals with clients who are checking in and checking out, billing and handling irate customers. And then you have the back-office jobs like HR, Accounts, F & B, maintenance etc. which are equally important but relatively less stressful. Similarly, in an airline the job of an air traffic controller is certainly more stressful than other ground jobs. As a matter of fact, there are a whole lot of such back-office jobs like editing, accounts, planning, designing which you could happily opt for depending on your interests and aptitude.





Jul 30 Punjabi University, Patiala 147002. 1. Dip in Comp App (DCA) 2. PG Dip in Comp App (PGDCA)

Elig: Residents of Jaito

Appln F: Send Rs. 150/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala" with a stamped (Rs. 50/-) self-addressed, envelope (12" x 9") to the Technical Advisor, Publication Bureau at the above add. Also at counter: Rs. 150/- in cash.

Punjab College of Info Tech, (Affiliated to Punjabi University), 137, Chhoti Bardari Complex, Lower Mall, Patiala 147001 Ph: 0175-304183 Aug 04 MCA Aug 07 BCA


Elig: (1): Bachelor’s degree (10+2+3) (50%) (45% for SC/ST/PH) & PU Entrance Test

(2): 10+2 (50%) (45% for SC/ST) (3): Bachelor’s degree from any discipline

Appln F: (For 1): Send DD for Rs. 500/-, (for 2 & 3): Rs. 350/- favouring "Punjab College of Information Technology" payable at Patiala to the Administrative Officer at the above add. Also at counter: Rs. 450/- & Rs. 300/- resp, in cash.


Aug 22 Madhav Instt of Tech & Sc, Gwalior 474005 (MP) * ME: Civil (Constr Tech & Mgt); Electl (Indstr Sys & Drives); Electronics (Constrr Control Networking)

Elig: BE in rel discipline/AMIE (55%).

Appln F: Send Rs. 250/- by DD favouring "Director, MITS, Gwalior". Also at counter: Rs. 200/- in cash before Aug 16.

Engineering - Marine

Aug 07 Institute of Maritime Studies, ISBT Complex, Bogda, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403802 Ph: 0832-520986 Pre-Sea Training Course in Marine Engg (1 yr)

Elig: BE Mech (55%). Age: Below 25 yr on Oct 1. Eye Sight: within (2.5, no colour blindness.

Test: Aug 26.

Fees: Rs. 1.20 lakh (excluding boarding & lodging)

Appln F: Send Rs. 750/- by DD favouring "The Director, Institute of Maritime Studies" payable at Vasco da Gama (Goa) mentioning your name & add on the reverse of the DD. Also at counter: Rs. 750/- cash.

Engineering (Lateral Entry)

Aug 02 Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Deemed University), Patiala 147 001. Admission to BE under Lateral Entry Scheme (2nd yr/3rd sem) Chem; Civ; Comp; Elect; Electron & Elect Comm; Electron (Instru & Control); Indst; Mech Engg.

Elig: Dip in Engg from Punj St B Tech Educn & Indstl Trg or SLIET- (60%) and socres in LEET, 2000.

Appln F: Send Rs. 525/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala". Also at counter: Rs. 500/- cash.

Film & Television

Aug 25 Technical Teachers’ Training Institute, Sector-26, Chandigarh 160019. Ph: 0172-771349/51/54 PG Cert in Video Film Production Techniques

Elig: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

Appln F: Send Rs. 225/- by DD favouring "Principal, TTTI, Chandigarh". Also at counter: Rs. 200/- cash.


Aug 16 Malout Instt of Mgt & Info Tech (MIMIT), Malout District, Mukatsar (Punj) 1. BTech (Comp Engg) (Info Tech) 2. MBA (Info Tech/Mktg/Fin/HRD) 3. Cert in Computer App & Internet Awareness (6 mts P/T) 4. Dip in Computer App (6 mts, P/T)

Appln F: Send Rs. 125/- by DD. At counter: Rs. 100/- cash.

Languages Jul 31 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067. Cert of Proficiency Prog in Modern Herbrew Aleph (2 sem P/T)

Elig: 10+2

Appln F: At counter, Office of the Asst. Registrar (Admissions), Rs. 70/- in cash.


Jul 31 The International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Trikoot 2, III Fl, Bhikaji Cama Place, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066. Ph: 6102805/6/7 Cert in Alternative Dispute Resolution (1 yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree.

Appln F: Send Rs. 200/- by DD favouring "ICADR" payable at New Delhi.

Jul 28 Centre for Environmental Law (CEL), World Wide Fund India, 172-B, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003. * Dip in Environ Law (5 mth)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree

Appln F: Send Rs. 175/- by DD favouring "WWF-India" payable at New Delhi at the above add. At counter: Rs. 150/- cash.

Life Sciences

Aug 12 Utkal University, School of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar 751004. * PG Dip in Clinical Biochem & Medical Biotech

Elig: Bachelor’s degree in Sc with Bio at+2/Hr Sec (55% in Hon & 60% agg) (50% in Hon & 55% agg for SC/ST).

Selectn: Entrance Test

Appln F: Send Rs. 325/- by DD favouring "Co-ordinator, ICABPS, Utkal University" payable at SBI, Utkal Univ Campus Br with a self-add envelope (23 x 10 cm).


Jul 24 Bhai Parmanand Institute of Business Studies, Opp. Madhuban, Shakarpur (Extn.), Nr Rly Cr, Delhi -110092. Ph: 2243891. PG-Diploma: (1) Marketing & Sales Mgt (2 yrs, P/T) (2) Business Admn & Computer Appl (11/2 yrs, F/T) Cert Courses: (3) Eng/Hin Stenography (1 yr, F/T)

Appln F: Rs. 50/- cash at counter.


Sep 06 Nehru Trust for Cambridge Univ, Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi 110011. * Cambridge Nehru Scholarships for research study leading to PhD at the Univ of Cambridge

Duration: 3 years.

Elig: Indians below 28 yrs on 1 Oct ‘2001, honours degree (1st Div). Master’s degree (1st Div) preferred.

Appln F: Send self-add envelope (25 x 10cm) with details of academic qual before 16 Aug.


Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 124001.

Aug 03 1) Bachelor of Info Tech (BIT) (4 yr) Aug 10 2) Dip in Communication Skills (1 yr)

3) Foundation Course in CA

4) Cert in Physical Educn (1 yr)

Elig: (1): 10+2 any stream (50%) with Maths as a subj.

(2): Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (3) & (4): 10+2

Appln F: (For 1) Send DD for Rs.450/-/(for 2 to 4) Rs. 150/- favouring "Principal, University College, Rohtak" payable at Rohtak. At counter: Rs. 400/- & Rs. 150/- resp, in cash.


Aug 10 Central Instt of Hand Tools (UNDP Project, GoI Soc), GT Rd By-pass, Near Maqsudan Chowk, Jalandhar 144008. Certificate in Tool & Die Maker (Dies & Moulds)

Elig: Matriculation or Equiv with Sc & Maths. Age: 14-25 yrs on Aug 1.

Appln F: Send Rs. 100/- by DD favouring "Principal Director, Central Institute of Hand Tools, Jalandhar". Also at counter: Rs. 75/-, by cash.


Unless otherwise specified, the dates mentioned above are deadlines for receipt of completed application forms.

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi



Campus scene
Joined by common heritage
By Ranjna Sharma

SHIMLA: Sinking differences the Student Federation of India, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the National Student Union of India have launched a vigorous move to revive the cultural heritage of the state.

The unions performed traditional dances and raised issues faced by the university students and society through plays and choreography.

"Kulluvi nati", Laholi nati", "Himachali nati", "Kannuri"and "Bhanta" were main attractions.

"Thoda" was a unique item by SFI. It depicted the art of archery in which dancers carrying bows and arrows exhibited their skills. It is the traditional art of Sirmaur, but now has extended to Chopal and Theog areas.

‘Anhadh’ the name given by the ABVP to their one-day cultural activities, fascinated everyone. ‘Mohna’ a true love story was heart rendering.

The NSUI regaled the audience with ‘Sham-e-Gazal.’

It was a 3 to 4 programme in the evening. Not only boys attended ‘Sham-e-Gazal’ but girls almost equalled them in numbers.

The university is busy in various other cultural programmes. Various departments are organising farewell functions.

The campus is agog with activity giving an opportunity to students to express their creativity in various art forms.

The entire atmosphere is that of festivity with academics taking a back seat for a while. Such programmes also help in bringing the students as well as teachers closer to one another.