EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, October 24, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Course discontinued
From Chander Parkash
TALWANDI SABO: Dreams of students of the Ph.D “off campus programme” at the local University School of Management, Punjabi University, Guru Kashi campus to achieve a doctorate degree in Business Administration have been shattered following the decision of discontinuation of the course by the university authorities.

Career Hotline
by Pervin Malhotra




Course discontinued
From Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

TALWANDI SABO: Dreams of students of the Ph.D “off campus programme” at the local University School of Management, Punjabi University, Guru Kashi campus to achieve a doctorate degree in Business Administration have been shattered following the decision of discontinuation of the course by the university authorities.

At least 13 students, who have spent thousands of rupees and about two years on this course so far, were in for a rude shock when the Punjab University authorities asked them to get themselves re-registered at the Punjab School of Management Studies, Punjab University, Patiala, through a letter issued on July 12.

The students, who have registered themselves with the University School of Management, Punjabi University, Guru Kashi campus, Talwandi Sabo in 1998, as per the requirement mentioned in the handbook of information issued by the authorities concerned, have been finding it difficult of find a solution to their problem.

With registration letters in their hands and after passing two semesters, these students are on the road as the university authorities have failed to respond to their representation in this regard.

Interestingly, Mr B.S. Bhatia, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, who was Dean, Academic Affairs, when this course was introduced in the local University School of Management had inserted the advertisement in leading English dailies regarding the course under his signatures.

However, when Mr Bhatia was contacted, he said the university authorities were looking into the matter and at this stage he would not comment.

Sources said the university authorities has decided to ask the students to get themselves registered again as some courses introduced in the local University School of Management in 1998 are not in accordance with established rules and practices.

Following representations by students, the authorities had proposed a committee to sort out the matter. However, it is not known when the committee will meet to take a decision in this connection.

Sources pointed out that authorities concerned had introduced various courses in Business Management under the category of “off campus programme” in 1998 to make the local University School of Management an autonomous body.

Official sources said Ph.D in Business Administration under the “off campus programme” scheme ran into rough weather as no ordinance was passed by the Academic Council of Punjabi University, Patiala, when it was introduced in 1998.

The students have urged Punjabi University to continue the course as per the guidelines prescribed in the handbook of information issued in 1998 of the University School of Management, Talwandi Sabo, and nobody should be allowed to play a havoc with their future.


Career Hotline
by Pervin Malhotra

I am keen on doing postgraduation from Britain. Does one need to take a test to prove one’s proficiency in English.

Raja Chawla, Ferozepur

If you are planning to study at a college or university in the UK, the most suitable test is the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). You could even take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The average entry score for most university-level courses is around IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550. But some courses require higher English language qualifications than the others. Among those considered to be ‘exacting’ are courses in areas such as management, linguistics and journalism. Such courses will require IELTS scores in the range of 6.5-7.0 or TOEFL scores in the range of 575-600.

I am a class XII PCM student. I would like to graduate in Agriculture. Are there any universities admitting students without Biology in class XII to BSc (Agriculture).

Harmindar Kattar, Amritsar

The following universities conducting BSc Agriculture do not require Biology at 10+2 level:

* Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, Uttar Pradesh. Elig: 10+2 in Agri or Sc with 45% agg.

* Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar 125004, Haryana. Elig: 10+2 Sc & Eng with 60% agg.

* Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut 250005, Uttar Pradesh. Elig: 10+2 Sc.

* Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar (Garhwal) 246174, Uttar Pradesh. Elig:10+2 Sc.

* Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur 176062, Distt Kangra, Uttar pradesh. Elig:10+2 PCM/B & Eng with 50% agg.

* Narendra Deva University of Agricultural Technology, Narendranagar, P O Kumarganj, Faizabad 224229, Uttar Pradesh. Elig:10+2 Sc.

* Punjab Agricultural university, Ludhiana 141004, Punjab. Elig:10+2 PCM/B/Agri with 50% agg.

* Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Summer: Shalimar Campus, Srinagar 190121, Jammu & Kasmir. Winter: Camp Office, Railway Road, Jammu 180004, Jammu & Kasmir. Elig: 10+2 PCM/B & Eng with 50% agg.

I am in the final year of Geography (H). I would like to do a postgraduate degree or a diploma-level course in Population Studies. Could you tell me about the courses and prospects in this field?

Paramjit Kaur, Ludhiana

Population Studies offers opportunities to work with international aid agencies like USAID, Population Council, Ford Foundation, UNFPA, Care etc. Central Government offices like the Census Office, Registrar General and Census Commission and Ministry of Family Welfare also employ students specializing in Population Studies.

You could do your Masters in Population Studies from the following Universities:

* International Institute of Population Sciences, Govandi Station Road, Deonar, Mumbai 400088. Course:Master in Population Studies (MPS) (1-yr). Eligibility:Masters in Stat, Maths, Econ, Sociol, Anthro, Psy and Geog.

* Annamalai University, P O Annamalainagar 608002 ,Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu.

* Bharathiar University, Maruthamalai Road, Coimbatore 641046, Tamil Nadu.

* Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.

If you wish to do higher studies in the subject, you could opt for M Phil in Population Science from JNU. Eligibility for the programme is MA in Geography. The course will cover fields like Human Settlement, Methodology, Morality, Urbanization, Census and Vital Statistics etc. Besides these, there are around eight Universities offering diploma in the subject.

I am a BSc (Zoology) student. I wish to specialise in Microbiology at the postgraduate level. Please tell me about the job prospects in this field.

Harjeet Chaddha, Chandigarh

Microbiology, one of the frontier fields in Life Sciences, has varied applications in research & industry. Research-based jobs abound for those with a postgraduation in this subject. Of course, those with a doctorate in the subject are in greater demand.

Job opportunities in medicine for microbiologists exist in hospitals and pathological laboratories where they undertake microbiological testing of samples from patients as an aid to diagnosing and treating diseases. The pharmaceutical, food, beverage, swimming pools water processing and botteling industries and hotels also employ microbiologists.

In the pharmaceutical sector, microbiological work includes studying microbes and organisms that cause diseases (in humans, animals as well as plants), evaluating antibiotics and developing vaccines, manufacturing drugs by fermentation, etc. Agricultural microbiologists work in the area of plant development, plant disease and tissue culture.

You could also work with manufacturers of medical disposable goods, cosmetics and antiseptics. Some openings can be found in the sales and marketing departments of manufacturing companies in these fields as well.

If you work in municipal or public water departments, you will undertake routine testing of water supplied to industrial and domestic users. Other destinations include university departments, research councils and government-funded research institutes.

Similarly, openings for microbiologists exist in the R&D and scientific departments in industry, public sector labs, hospitals and universities. You can also take up teaching jobs in schools and colleges. Job avenues exist in the Civil Services as well.

I am an economics graduate. Can I appear for the Indian Statistical Services (ISS) examination?

Satinder Kaur, Ropar

Yes, you are eligible for the ISS examination.

This is a competitive examination which is conducted for the recruitment of grade IV officers of the Indian Statistical Service by the UPSC, New Delhi. Graduates of Stat/Math/Eco of a recognised university between 21-28-yrs (relaxable for SC/ST/OBC) can take the entrance examination which is followed by an interview. The exam consists of General English and General Studies each carrying 150 marks and 3 papers on statistics each carrying 200 marks. Selected candidates are put on a two-year probation which is basically a period of training and departmental examination. Detailed syllabus and plan of examination are advertised in Employment News from time to time.

I am a commerce graduate. I am keen on doing a course in Transport Management. Where can I study and what are the job prospects in this field?

Prem Chopra, Bathinda

The Andhra University offers a postgraduate diploma in Transport Management.

After doing this course, you can seek employment in airlines, railways, road transport authorities and merchant navy.

The Institute of Rail Transport, New Delhi, offers 1-year diploma courses in Multi- modal Transport (Containerisation) & Logistics Management, and Transport Economics & Management through correspondence. For further details, you may contact:

* Institute of Rail Transport, Room No. 17, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi 110001.

Please send in your query preferably on a postcard along with your name, complete address and academic qualifications to:

Editor, Career Hotline, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160020.




Feb 20 Symbiosis Instt. of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR), Senapati Bapat Marg, Pune-411004.

Master’s in Computer Mg

PG Dip in Computer Management (2-yrs, F/T).

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (45% & 50% respectively for(1) & (2)).

Selectn: Scores in ‘ATMA’ to be held on Jan 21 followed by GD &


Appln F: Send Rs. 550/- by DD favouring "The Director, Symbiosis Instt. of Computer Studies & Research". Also at counter Rs. 500/- (cash) between

Nov-15 Jan 20.

Distance Education

Nov 30 Indira Gandhi National Open Univ (IGNOU), Post Bag No. 2, Maidan

Garhi, New Delhi 110068.

1) MBA

3) Diploma in Mgmt

2) PG Dip in Mgmt/HRD/Financial Mgmt/Op Mgmt/Mktg Mgmt

Elig: Bachelor’s degree with 3 yrs work ex in supervisory capacity/managerial/prof OR BE/BTech/MBBS/BArch/LLB etc. OR Proff Qual in CA/CWA/CS etc. OR Master’s degree in any subject. Non-grads with 6 yrs work ex may apply for (2).


Appln F: Send Rs. 350/- by DD favouring "IGNOU" payable at the city from where it is required by post. Also at IGNOU Regional Centres: Rs. 300/-(cash):

1) 2, Azad Bhavan Road, IP Estate, New Delhi 110002

2) Old Govt. College Campus, Railway Rd, Opp Liberty, Karnal 132001

3) SPMR College of Commerce, Canal Rd, Jammu 180001

3) Mantoo House, Raj Bagh, Nr Masjid Al-Farooq, Srinagar 190008

4) Rain Basera Bldg., Khalini, Shimla 171002

5) For DefencePersonnel: Col. Edu, HQ: Northern Command, Jammu, J&K; Western Command, Chandimandir, Har; HQ WAC, IAF, Subarto Park, New Delhi 110010.


Nov 30 Birla Instt. of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani 333031 (Raj)

Off-Campus Distance Learning & Collaborative Programmes

BS Engg. Tech (ET) (Code: BZ)

BS Information Systems (IS) (Code: BZ)

MS Software Systems (SS) (Code: MZ)

MS Manufacturing Mgt (Code: MM)

Elig: (1 & 2): Dip/BSc with 2 yr work ex in ET or Comp S/H Ware for IS. (3): BITS Integrated BE (H)/MSc (H)/BS Info Sys with work exp in Software development or allied areas. (4): BITS Integrated 1st degree like BE (H)/BS Engg Tech with wk exp in Engg. Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- (for regd post parcel) or Rs. 600/- (for Regd. letter/speed post) by crossed DD favouring "Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS), Pilani" payable at UCO Bank (Code No. 0150) or State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (Code No. 1398) mentioning course code, your name & add, required despatch mode and DD details, to the above add.

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi.