EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 19, 2000, Chandigarh, India
  Career Hotline
by Pervin Malhotra






Career Hotline
by Pervin Malhotra

I am interested in doing masters in statistics through correspondence. Could you suggest universities offering this course?

Sachin Nadkarni, Delhi

The following universities offer masterís in Statistics through correspondence.:

* University of Allahbad, Allahabad

* Nagpur University, Rabindranath Tagore Marg, Nagpur 440001

* Punjab University,Chandigarh

* Patna University, Patna

* University of Pune, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007.

After completing class XII (PCB) I want to do further studies from Oxford University. I want to know about the details of IELTS and ĎAí Level Examination, which are to be taken for getting admission in Oxford University.

Nikhil Sharma, Karnal

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is taken by many international applicants to British Educational institutes to assess their level of English.

This test is offered on demand at British Council Offices and other approved centres throughout the world. A grading of 5.5 to 7.0 in IELTS is sufficient for most higher educational institutions. Some others will accept lower grades on condition you attend their English courses conducted during summer.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores in region of 550-650 are also accepted. You could contact the British Council Office on Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001 or the recently opened centre in Chandigarh.

A-level (Advanced Level) courses are the most commonly used entry requirement to British Universities. Students generally take them in two or three subjects related to their intended degree course. A-Level courses normally take 2-years, but in some places you can study intensively for 1 year. While some colleges insist on A-Level courses as a pre-requisite, for admission to undergraduate degree courses, not all do.

Please tell me about the eligibility criteria and also the institutions conducting training programmes for flight stewards.

S. Vishal

A flight steward/purserís job is quite similar to that of an airhostess. Starting as an Asst. Flight Steward, you will work alongside the airhostess, while as a Sr Steward you will check the cargo, keep an account of occupancy, handle the duty-free items, serve alcoholic drinks on board, collect the money for in-flight purchases and help the hostess perform her duties efficiently.

Personal attributes like a friendly and helpful nature, ability to communicate, patience and good humour will hold you in good stead. You also need loads of stamina to walk up and down the aisle pushing trolleys and serving the passengers on board.

The typical eligibility criteria for a flight steward are as follows:

* Male candidates below 26 years

* Minimum height - 165 cm (barefoot)

* Weight - in proportion to height

* Education - Bachelorís degree or Class XII with 3-yr diploma in Hotel Management & Catering Technology

* Physically fit with a pleasing personality

* Fluency in English and Hindi

* Knowledge of foreign languages is desirable

* Vision - normal without glasses. Total power of contact lenses for correcting distance vision should not exceed -2D (minus two dioptres)

* Ability to communicate easily with people.

Assistant flight stewards are selected on the basis of performance in an objective-type written test to assess your general awareness and mental flexibility. Those who qualify in the written test are called for group discussion and interview to assess mental alertness and communication skills.

Training, similar to that for airhostesses, is provided but with less emphasis on personal grooming. With experience, a steward can rise to become the senior or chief steward. Your flying career can happily continue up to retirement unlike your female counterparts.

Candidates are taken in as Assistant Flight Stewards in government carriers as trainees on a monthly stipend. On confirmation, the remuneration package is fairly decent. Typically, private airlines tend to pay higher salaries. Flying allowances and other benefits like free travel etc. are additional in both cases. However, international carriers have begun to recruit flight pursers from India only recently.

It is not necessary to join a training programme to become a flight steward as most airlines provide extensive training upon recruitment.

Please suggest recognised paramedical courses in clinical neurophysiology technology.

Birendra Bandyopadhyaya, Delhi

The following institutions offer diploma courses in Clinical Neurophysiology Technology:

* National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), P.B. 2900, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560029. Duration: 1-yr. Eligibility: BSc (Phy/Electron/Comp Sc) with II Div OR Dip in Electronics/Electrical/Instrumentation/Comp OR PUC with 3-yrs work exp as EEG technician.

* Christian Medical College (Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University), Thorapudi Post Office, Vellore 632002. Duration: 2 yrs. Eligibility: Graduates and diploma-holders.

Does one need to take coaching in order to become a cartoonist? Could you tell me the prospects in this field.

Deepak Soni, Krishna Nagar

Cartoonists are usually hired by newspaper and publishing houses and various magazines. However, most of the newspapers already have a lead cartoonist with many years of experience (e.g. ToIís R. K. Lakshman who has become a house-hold name). It may be somewhat easier to start off doing illustrations and cartoons for the inside pages and gradually work your way up. Animation is another related offshoot. CDROM publishing and designing web pages on the internet also require cartoonists to liven up the text.

Cartooning is an in-born skill which can be polished with training and a keen power of observation. Coaching is not required if you have an inborn talent for sketching or caricaturing.

However, if you are keen on formal training, a diploma or a degree in Fine/Commercial Art will equip you with the necessary skills.

You could opt for the following courses at Visva-Bharati, PO Santiniketan 731235:

* Course: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFine). Duration: 5 years. Eligibility: Higher Secondary and an aptitude.

* Course: Diploma in Fine Arts & Crafts Design, Drawing & Painting and Graphic Art. Duration: 5 years. Eligibility: After Secondary School.

After dabbling in various styles, you will in time evolve your own `trademarkí style. A brief course in computer animation and graphics would be invaluable.

You could also do a diploma in Fine Arts from any of the local art colleges and polytechnic institutes.

Some knowledge of multimedia or Animation would also help if you want to work in the electronic media i.e. television, internet and CD ROMs.

Amongst several others, the following institutions are good places to learn Animation. But these are fairly expensive courses. Do check them out before enrolling. As yet, the scope for Animation Artists in India is at a low-key.

For further information contact:

* ZICA Studios, Essel World, Gorai Island, Borivali (W), Mumbai 400091.

Tel: 022-8684485/6704228

Course: Animation (1-yr)

* Heart Animation Academy: Annapurna Studios, Road # 2, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-500033

Course: Multimedia



Advt & Mass com

Nov 20 Mudra Instt of Communications (MICA), Shela, Ahmedabad 380058.

PG in Communications (2 yrs).

Elig: Bachelorís degree in any discipline. Scores in CAT-2000

Appln F: Send Rs. 870/- by crossed DD favouring "Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad", along with self-add, stamped (Rs. 30/-) envelope (12" x 10") to the Admission Office, or in cash at counter before Oct 30.

Also available from branches of Federal Bank Ltd., Residency Rd & Gandhinagar branches, Bangalore.

Armed Forces

Oct 14 Indian Air Force.

Recruitment of Engg students for Commission in the Technical Branch.

Elig: M/F Indian citizen, 18-28 yrs on Jul 1 2001 (unmarried if below 25-yrs).

Aeronautical Engineers (Electronics): BE/BTech in Electron/Telecom/Elect/ Elect Comm/Electron & Comm/Instrumentation/Comp Sc & Engg or a combination of these subjs OR BTech in Radio Phy & Electron from Cal Univ OR MSc (Phy) with Electron from Univ of Mumbai OR MSc (Electron) from Del, Bílore, Madras, Lucknow, Gujarat or Cal Univs (55% agg) OR BSc (PCM) and AMIE or equiv qual in Electron /Electl/ Telecom/ Radio & Radio Engg/ Avionics/Assoc Membership Exam of ASI with Avionics/ Comm with 2 yrs wk ex.

Aeronautical Engineers (Mech): BE/BTech in Aeronautical/Mech/Prod/ Industl Prod Engg OR BSc (PCM) & AMIE or equiv & Assoc Membership Exam Part II & III of ASI with Des & Prod or Group II with Maint/Repair & Overhaul engg) with 2 yrs wk ex.

Selectn: Engineering knowledge test followed by psychological tests, group tests and interview conducted by the Air Force Selection Board.

Appln Form: See Employment News and national dailies.


Nov 17 Indian Instt. of Technology, Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076.

Common Entrance Exam for Design - CEED-2000.

Course: 2-yr Master of Design Programme in Industrial Des at IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IISc-Bílore and Univ of Roorkee, Visual Comm at IIT-Bombay.

Exam: 4 Feb. 2001.

Elig: Bachelorís degree in Engg/Archi/GD Art appl/fine (5 yrs)/BFA (Professional Course)/NID Professional Dip

Appln F: Send Rs. 400/- (SC/ST: Rs. 200/-) by crossed DD favouring "Indian Instt. of Technology, Bombay" payable at Mumbai along with two self-add envelopes (16 x 23 cm), to the Chairman, GATE at the above add before Nov. 3.

Distance Education

Oct 31 Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, D/o Corresp Courses, Sagar-470003 (MP).

UG, PG & Post Dip (1-yr) courses in:

1) Master of Library & Info Sc

2) Bachelor of Library & Info Sc

3) Bachelor of Communication & Journalism

PG Dip (1-yr):

4) Environ Mgmt

5) Forestry Mgmt

6) Intnl Bus & Export Mgmt

7) Advtg & Sales Mgmt

8) Mktg Mgmt

9) Personnel Mgmt

10) Master of Communication & Journalism

Elig: (1) BLib.l.Sc

(2-9) Degree in any discipline,

(10) BCJ or Equiv Degree/Dip

Appln F: Send Rs. 125/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Dr. H.S. Gour Vishwavidyalaya", payable at Sagar along with self-add, stamped (Rs. 25/-) envelope (9" x 5") at the above add.


Nov 11 Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering-2001

For PG courses with MHRD Scholarship/Associateship in:


Elig: Bachelorís degree in Engg/Tech/Archi/Pharma; Masters in any branch of Sc/Maths/Stats or equiv; MCA with maths at Bachelorís.

Appln F: Send Rs. 1,000/- (SC/ST: Rs. 500/-) by DD favouring the Instt. in which admission is sought, along with two self-add slips, to The Chairman, Gate before Oct 30. Also available at following zones till Nov 11:

South: SBI branches: IISc, Bidar, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mysore & Tumkur.

North: Canara Bank branches: Amritsar, Chandigar, Hisar, Jalandhar, Jammu, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, New Delhi & IIT, Delhi.


Institute of Technology & Science, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad 201007

* PG Dip in Management (PGDM)

Elig: Scores in CAT-2000.

Selectn: GD/Interview

Appln F: Send Rs. 650/- favouring "I.T.S." payable at Ghaziabad before Dec 16.


Oct 30 Indian Instt. of Foreign Trade (IIFT), B-21, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016.

Email: [email protected]

Masters Programme in International Business (2-yrs)

Elig: Bachelorís Degree (50% agg).

Written Test: Jan 14, 2001 at 14 centers including Bílore, Chígarh & Delhi.

Appln Format: See leading national dailies.


Dec 09 Nirma Instt. of Management, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, PO: Chandlodia, Via Gota, Ahmedabad-382481.

Email: [email protected]

1. PG Diploma in Management (PGDM)

2. Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)


(1): Bachelorís degree (50%).

(2): Masterís degree (55% or 2.70 CGPA on a 4.0 scale)/Engineers (I Div) with 2 yrs wk ex.

Appln F: Send Rs. 750/- (for PGDM), Rs. 500/- (for FPM) by DD favouring "Nirma Institute of Management" payable at Ahmedabad, to the Administrative Manager at the above address.


Dec 15 Instt for Integrated Learning in Management (IILM), Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003.

PG Dip in Business Mgt (PGDBM) (2-yr, F/T).

Elig: Bachelorís degree in any discipline & CAT-2000 scores.

Appln F: Send Rs. 600/- by DD favouring "Instt. for Integrated Learning in Management" payable at New Delhi. At counter: Rs. 550/- (cash).

Also available at the foll IOB branches:

Delhi: GK-II; Karol Bagh, Gurdwara Rd; Janpath, Opp. Palika Bazaar; Janakpuri, 21-B1, Community Centre; Preet Vihar near DTC Bus Stop; Patparganj.

Chandigarh: Sector17;

Ludhiana: Main Branch (Near Clock Tower).

Bílore: Shanti Nagar.


Dec 16 University of Roorkee, D/o Management Studies, Roorkee 247667.

Email: [email protected]

Masters in Business Administration (2-yrs/FT)

Elig: 1) Bachelorís degree (60% agg) (SC/ST: 55%) and Scores in CAT to be held in Dec.

Appln F: Send Rs. 200/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Roorkee" payable at Punjab National Bank (Code No. 4044) to reach before Dec 16. Also at following PNB Branches: Sector 17, Chígarh or Parliament St, New Delhi for Rs. 150/- (cash), before Dec 16.

Dec 31 Icfaian Business School, 54, Nagarjuna Hills, Hyderabad 500082.

1. PG Dip in Business Admin (PGDBA)

2. Masters in Information Tech & Mgt (MITM)

Elig: Bachelorís degree (50%).

Selectn: IBS Admission Test, Case Analysis, Micro Presentations & Interviews. GMAT scores accepted.

Appln F: Send Rs. 650/- by DD favouring "IBS A/c ICFAI" payable at Hyderabad to the Admissions Officer at the above add.


Oct 16 Instt of Rural Management (IRMA), PB No. 60, Anand 388001.

PG in Rural Management (PRM) (2 yr, residential).

Elig: Bachelorís degree (50%) (SC/ST: 45%). Sponsored candidates preferred.

Written Test: 17 Dec at 26 centres followed by interviews in Feb.

Appln F: Send Rs. 50/- by DD (free for SC/ST & spons cands) favouring "Institute of Rural Management, Anand" payable at Anand with self-add stamped (Rs. 12/-)envelope (23 x 15 cm) to the Admissions Coordinator.


Oct 07 SCB Medical College, Cuttack753007, Orissa

* PG Courses in 3 Medical Colleges of Orissa

Elig: MBBS with 1 yr comp rotating housemanship/internship.

Entrance Exam: Nov 11

Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- by crossed DD favouring "Convenor, PG Selection Committee 2001 and Principal, SCB Medical College, Cuttack" payable at SBI (Branch Code: 5760) (retain DD photocopy for enclosing with completed appln form) along with request for Appln Form on plain paper along with self-add, stamped (Rs. 17/-), envelope (35cm x 13 cm) to the above address.


18 Sep M/o HRD, D/o Education, External Scholarship Division, ES-1, Section A-1/W.3, Curzon Road Barracks, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110003.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowships in:

Bio-Engg/Bio-Pharmacol/Metallurgy/Environ-Scs./Indl-Chem/Bio-Tech/ Agronomy/Horti/Vet Sc & Animal Husb

Elig: Masterís degree. 1st Div. at PG or Bachelorís level with 2 yrs teaching or research exp.

Appln Format: Employment News 9-15, Sept.

Science Talent Search

Oct 20 G/o National Capital Territory of Delhi, D/o Education, Science Branch, Behind Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi 110024.

* First Stage National Level Science Talent Search Exam 2000-2001

Elig: Students of Class X (60%) (SC/ST 55%), studying within the NCT of Delhi.

Appln F: To be collected by the principals of eligible schools from above add.


Sep 20 National Vocational Training Instt. for Women, (GoI, M/o Labour, DGE &T) Sector-1, Noida 201301. Jul 17 2K

* Advanced/Post Advanced Courses:

Dress Mkg (8-mth); Embroidery & Needle Craft (4-mth); Testing & Repairing of TV; Secretarial Practice (Eng); Beauty Culture & Hair Dressing; Instructor General/POT; Entrepreneurship Devp & Business Services.

Appln Format: Contact above add or:

1) Regnl Voc Trg Instt for Women, Hosur Rd, BíLORE 560029.

2) Regnl Voc Trg Instt for Women, Thandi Sarak, New Subzi Mandi, Hisar 125001.

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

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi

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