EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, November 14, 2000, Chandigarh, India
CICST offers unique option

By R. S. Dhindsa
HE Canadian Institute of Computer Science and Technology (CICST) is a unique institution giving Indians the opportunity to study with the Georgian College, Canada, right here in India. This ultra-modern Canadian Institute of Computer Science and Technology in Mohali, SAS Nagar, is unique for practical teaching approach which includes cooperative education.

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CICST offers unique option
By R. S. Dhindsa

THE Canadian Institute of Computer Science and Technology (CICST) is a unique institution giving Indians the opportunity to study with the Georgian College, Canada, right here in India. This ultra-modern Canadian Institute of Computer Science and Technology in Mohali, SAS Nagar, is unique for practical teaching approach which includes cooperative education.

This extension campus of a Canadian college will redefine computer education in India. With CICST certification, students will have a definite edge professionally in the global IT job market as these degrees and diplomas have better recognition than Indian credentials. It will cater to a growing need and demand for internationally recognised IT education.

There is a major shortfall worldwide in demand for IT professionals, which is expected to grow for quite some time to come.

The campus located in SAS Nagar is close to some of India’s premier educational institutions, like Panjab University and Punjab Engineering College. CICST is ideally located in the middle of North India to help students from all over the country. The CICST uses state-of-the-art facilities and American teaching methods like those used in the USA and Canada.

The campus offers a wide range of modern facilities including well-equipped computer labs with the latest in software and hardware, Audio-video centres to support advanced teaching techniques, Modern spacious classrooms, comfortable student accommodation near the campus and clean, healthy environs conducive to serious study.

The CICST also provides counselling to help focus a student’s search and ensure that he/she makes the best possible choice for an education and a career.

In essence, you get the best possible faculty, facilities, learning environment and opportunities for a headstart in life.

The CICST students alternate a paid work term with two semesters of academic study. This unique mix of learning with working enables students to gain valuable experience, to apply their learning and to prepare for a full-time career. Students registered in cooperative programmes earn money, while they study. After two semesters, a student is eligible for co-op placement. Students who have co-op placement can transfer this option if and when they transfer to the Canadian campus. While CICST and Georgian College assist students in job search, it does not guarantee placement. A valid Student Authorisation to enroll in a co-op programme in Canada is required. The CICST offers Co-operative education. Georgian College has 25 co-operative education, (Co-op) programmes. Last year 93% per cent of all students obtained employment.

Graduates from Georgian College are making their mark in multinational corporate giants like IBM, Canada, Honda Motor Co and Toyota Motor Co., Canada, to name just a few. The CICST offers courses in all fields of the ever-growing and vital area of Information Technology.

Mr Tom Morrisey, a senior Georgian College faculty member, is the Programme Director. The faculty and staff are selected by Georgian College to ensure North American teaching standards.

The CICST offers a unique option to transfer to Canada after the final year of study and to continue studies in graduate or post-diploma programmes. Georgian College credits are recognised throughout the world by universities and colleges. The CICST’s three-year diploma is equivalent to a three-year Indian degree.

A British Council survey found that of Canada, USA, Australia and Britain at the post-secondary level, Canada provided the best education. At the CICST an education costs only a fraction of what it would in Canada and even less than that in private US institutions.

Canada offers low fees for students who wish to transfer to complete their studies in Canada. Fees are lower than competing countries like the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK while the quality of education is excellent. The cost of living is among the lowest in the industrialised world.

After the first year or the second of study, the CICST students have the option of completing their studies at Georgian College in Ontario. International Student Application forms are available with the CICST. The CICST Programme Director forwards applications to the International Centre at Georgian College which maintains a service international centre to provide support to international students as they make the transition to a new environment.

Georgian College is a modern community college close to Toronto. It has 5000 full-time and 25,000 part-time students studying in over 50 post secondary certificate and diploma programmes. These include Computer Studies, Tourism management, English as a second language, Mechanical Engineering, Technician, Tool & Die, Marine Technology, Navigation, Environmental Engineering Technology, Business, Automotive Marketing and Manufacturing, Post-diploma programmes include Cyber Space Security and Web Page Design.

Georgian College offers all amenities of a large city college. It provides a comfortable, clean, living and study environment. Barrie is a city of 100,000 located just north of Toronto. The environment is a natural wonderland dotted with lakes and parks. The college’s central location allows easy access to the famed Niagara Falls, museums, the CN Tower (world’s tallest building) and a host of sporting, cultural and social activities.

Canadians demand and get a high priority for their education programmes. Canada spends more per capita on education, a whopping 7.1% of the gross domestic product, whereas the average for the industrialised world is around 5%. A degree from a Canadian College is universally recognised and International students have successful careers wherever they go.

The United Nations has voted Canada the best nation to live in every year for the past seven years using 176 performance indicators, Canada is the second largest country with a very small population of just 30 million. The scenic environment is pollution-free. Canada is a multicultural country with almost a million people of Indian origin.

The CICST is sponsored in India by Worldwide Immigration and Consultancy Services, the world’s largest such business. The WWICS along with its subsidiary, Global Placement Services, has been in the forefront of helping thousands of professionals, business persons successfully emigrate to Canada.

The WWICS has a widespread network of 30 offices spread across India, with helping emigrants to Canada the uppermost priority.

Applicants are given a three-hour test on English reading, comprehension and sentence structure and Maths to the algebra level. A separate microprocessor test for basic word processing and spreadsheet skills is held prior to the commencement of classes.

For more information contact CICST at C-2 Phase 1, Industrial Area, Mohali, Punjab Ph: 0172-672363 Fax 0172-545491 Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Website:



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After completing my graduation, I drifted into a couple of jobs neither of which I found interesting. Now I am totally confused. How do I go about selecting the right occupation?

Charanjeet, SAS Nagar

First of all, believe in yourself and don’t lay store by what others say. Regardless of what people say, finding the right career is a full-time job in itself, and I shall briefly show you what it involves.

To select a suitable occupation, it is important to develop a clear idea of the sort of job that is possible for you to enter.

Sociologists and vocational psychologists have attempted to group occupations into different levels, according to the skill and knowledge required, the responsibilities involved and the level of education and experience necessary to enter the occupation.

It is helpful to think of jobs falling into one of these categories:

* Minimally skilled jobs

* Skilled jobs and trades

* Mid-level jobs

* Professional/managerial jobs

*Independent professional/senior managerial jobs.

To answer the question of which level of occupation suits you, it is important to consider:

* the level you believe best suits your abilities

* the level you can enter.

It is also important to consider the following:

* your achievements at school and college

* your success in other courses

* your successes at work

* your general life experiences

* your honest evaluation of your abilities.

How to determine the level of occupation you can enter depends on whether you are a school leaver or an adult.

Once you have entered the workforce it is often possible to progress to a higher level through achieving success at work or by completing additional courses.

I am interested in joining the civil services. I would like to do BA in English. After graduation, can I take the civil services exam? What are the subject combinations in humanities one should take if one is aiming for this exam?

Shamma Chaudhary, Patiala

The basic eligibility for appearing in the Civil Service examination which is conducted by UPSC is graduation in any stream.

As you may be aware, the examination pattern consists of 3 stages, Preliminary, Mains and lastly, the Interview. For the Preliminary examination, you need to choose the optional subject and for the Mains exam, two optional subjects.

If you do your graduation in English, the first hurdle you will encounter will be at the Preliminary stage. As per the UPSC rules you can’t opt for any language paper like English, you will have to choose a new subject either from the Humanities/Science/ Engineering/Medical Science streams.

However, for the Mains stage you can opt for English as one of your optional.

As for your secured question, choose any subject you feel comfortable with. Don’t go by trends based on what stream that year’s topper is from or hearsay that students opting for a particular combination of subjects are doing well. Pick a subject which you feel you can handle properly, and one which genuinely interests you.

Also, do keep your options open. There’s a lot else you can do after BA (Hon). All said and done, making it to the IAS is a bit of a lottery. Of the 1,20,000-odd candidates who took the exam this year, only about 600 finally managed to make it. Besides, the overall intake has been steadily shrinking over the years. So you can imagine the odds! By no means is this is meant to discourage you. But it always pays to be realistic. If you make it, great. If you don’t, it certainly helps to have another ace up your sleeve. Also, since not many are known to clear the exam at the first attempt, it may be wise to enrol for a postgraduate course so that you acquire a further qualification without wasting a precious year or two.

I am doing BSc in statistics. After graduation, I wish to join the computer industry. Could you please tell me about the computer courses that I can take up alongside graduation and also the job prospects in this field?

Lovely, Amritsar

Even before you select an institute, you must first chart out your future plans. You must be quite clear why you wish to take up a course in computers. Do you see yourself as a hard-core programmer, systems analyst or EDP manager? Or would you prefer to go into computer sales and marketing or service engineering or do you wish to be a knowledgeable computer user, regardless of the profession you pursue?

If you are not interested in a full-fledged career in computers, i.e., if you only need to use computers for business correspondence or accounting purposes, you don’t need to do a course in any of the programming languages. You just need to get the hang of some of the relevant word-processing or accounting software or data base management systems (DBMS), most of which are menu-driven and user-friendly. If you wish to use the computer as a designing tool, you could master the elements of a graphics or multimedia package for designing or graphic applications. The more adventurous can learn to use animation packages or web-page designing for the internet.

However, if you wish to focus on computers as a career avenue, that calls for serious preparation. Again depending on whether you wish to go into hardware or software, you will have to choose the appropriate course of study. While most ads for programming jobs ask for a BE/BTech/MCA, a good postgraduate diploma in Computer Applications from a reputed institute would come a close second.

A bewildering array of computer courses are on offer - both in the formal education sector as well as in the private sector. A great deal of care and caution is called for in selecting the right course. Before you enrol, do check out the institute’s credentials and track record.

I am a service personnel. I am interested in doing a diploma in automobile engineering, either part-time or through correspondence. Can you please suggest me some of the government or private institutes offering the same?

Kamaljeet, Beas

As per our records, there are neither part-time courses nor diploma courses in Automobile Engineering offered through correspondence. However, the Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalainagar 608002, offers a 1-year Certificate course in Automobile Technology through correspondence. It is a distance learning programme with contact classes. The eligibility is a pass in Class X.

I am doing graduation in English (H). Could you please tell me the future prospects in this subject after graduation and postgraduation? What are the language courses that I can pursue along with graduation?

Deeksha, Chandigarh

After graduation or postgraduation in English (H), you could either take up teaching in schools (after doing BEd) or join the print or electronic media as a journalist, web content creator, compere, announcer, newsreader, anchorperson, scriptwriter, copywriter in an advertising agency, technical writer, etc. Creative writing is yet another option. With the proliferation of the media, there is a growing demand for those who can communicate with style and competence.

An additional course in public relations, journalism, advertising or mass communications would give you the necessary professional edge.



Abroad Study (UK)

Jan 15 United World Colleges Committee (India), Mahindra Towers, Ground Floor, Rd. No. 13, Worli, Mumbai 400018.

Ph: 4974625/4961663-68 (Ext: 206)

United World Colleges Selections 2001.

Leading to International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (2 yr)

Elig: Indian Origin born bet 1st Sept ‘83 - 28th Feb ‘86, to complete Class X exams by Mar/Apr 2001.

Appln F: Send Rs. 250/- by DD/Chq payable in Mumbai favouring "The United World Colleges Committee (India)", with a self-add, stamped (Rs. 15/-) envelope (24x11cm) to the above add.


Dec 04 Birla Instt. of Technology, Mesra, (Ranchi), Extension Centre: 27, BISR, Malviya Industrial Area, Jaipur 302017.

Master of Computer Application (MCA) (3-yrs F/T)

MTech (Comp Sc) (21/2 yrs F/T)

MTech (Remote Sensing) (11/2 yrs F/T)

Elig: (1): Bachelor’s degree (50%) with Maths/Stats/Bus Maths/Comp Sc as a subj either at grad or +2 level.

(2): BE/BTech/PG in Physical Sc. Wk ex in comp field preferred.

(3): BE/BTech/Masters (1st class) in Geol / Geophysics /Physics/ Electrons/Maths/Environ Sc / Comp Sc/Comp Appln / Phy Sc/Stereoscopic .Eyesight: Normal colour vision

Appln F: Send Rs. 650/- by crossed DD/IPO favouring "Birla Instt. of Technology" payable at Jaipur to the Coordinator, BIT Extn Centre, at above add. At counter: Rs. 600/- by crossed DD/IPO.

IIT, Kanpur, D/o Atomic Energy, Kanpur-208016, (UP)

MTech (Nuclear Engg & Tech) (2 yr)


BE/BTech/BSc (Engg) in Mech/Electl/Electron/Chem Engg (60%). Age: Not less than 26 yrs on 1st Sept 2001.

Placement: Students have to undertake to serve after completion of course in any of the DAE units in the country for 3 yrs period on a starting emoluments of Rs. 16,000/- p.m.

Appln : This is an advance intimation. Look for detailed Advt in leading newspapers.

Fashion Technology

Jan 10 National Instt. of Fashion Technology, NIFT Campus, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016. Jan 07 99


Diploma & PG Diploma Programmes

Fashion Design (Del/Mbai/Cal/Chennai/H’bad/Gandhinagar/B’lore)

Accessory Design (Del/H’bad/Gandhi/B’lore/Chennai)

Knitwear Design & Tech (Del/Mbai/Cal/Chennai)

Leather Apparel Design & Tech (Del/Cal)

Textile Design & Development (Del/Cal/H’bad)

Fashion Design (Adv Prog) (Del)

Garment Mfg Tech (Del/Mbai/Cal/Chennai/H’bad/Gandhinagar/B’lore)

Apparel Mktg & Merchandising Mgmt (Del/B’lore/H’bad)

Fashion Communication (Del)


(1 & 2): 10+2 with 50% (SC/ST: 45%)

(3-5, 7-9): Bachelor’s Degree (50%) (SC/ST: 45%)/Dip in FD/AD from NIFT.

(6): Dip/PG Dip from NIFT or NID/Bachelor’s degree (50%) (SC/ST: 45%) & aptitude in relevant area of design.

Appln F: Send Rs. 200/- by DD favouring "NIFT, New Delhi" payable at New Delhi to the above add. At counter: Rs. 150/- (cash). Also from following centres:

NIFT, Co-Optex Bldg., 350, Pantheon Rd, Egmore, Chennai 600008.

NIFT, The Karnataka State Co-op. Mktg. Federation Bldg., 8, Cunningham Rd, Bangalore 560052. Ph: 2285240/2283733, Fax: 2284803.


Dec 09 Indian Institute of Quality Management, (In collab with: Birla Instt. of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani), M/o Info Tech, G/o India, STQC DTE, Malviya Indstl Area, Jaipur 302017 (Raj).

Ph: 0141-751506/75

MS Quality Management (Distance Learning)

Elig: Sponsored candidates with Integrated First Degree of BITS BE/MSc etc. or recog univs.

Appln F: Send Rs. 500/- (for Regd Parcel Post) or Rs. 600/- (for Regd Let/Speed Post) by crossed DD favouring "Birla Instt. of Technology & Science (BITS), PiIani" payable at UCO Bank (Br Code 0150) or State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, Pilani (Code: 1398) to the Dean, DLPD, BITS, Pilani 333031.

Dec 15 Icfaian Business School, 54, Nagarjuna Hills, Hyderabad 500082.

PG Dip in Business Admin (PGDBA)

Masters in Information Tech & Mgt (MITM)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (50%).

IBS Test: Dec 23 at 26 centres.

Selectn: Scores in IBS 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.

Jan 30 Symbiosis Instt. of Business Management, Senapati Bapat Rd, Pune-411004.


Master’s in Personnel Mgmt (MPM) (2-yrs, F/T).

Autonomous Masters Programme in Advertising & Communications Mgmt (MPACM) (2-yrs, F/T).

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (50%).

Written Test: 25 Feb at 7 centres including B’lore, Del & Hy’bad.

Selection GD, interview & self-assessment.

Appln F: Send Rs. 900/- by DD favouring "The Director, SIBM" payable at Pune. At counter: Rs. 800/- (cash).


Dec 15 Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Instt. of Medical Sciences, Rae Bareli Rd, Lucknow-226014.


MD/MS Training Programme in Medical Biotechnology

Elig: MD/MS recog by MCI.

Selectn: Dec 21, interview by Selection Committee.

Appln F: Send on plain paper appln form through proper channel listing exp in the above areas, available facilities in the dept with two pages explaining why you want to take up this course.


Nov 24 Tezpur University, Napaam: Tezpur 784028, Assam



D/o Physics; Energy; Mathematics; Business Administration

Elig: Master degree in the concerned subj (55%) or 6.0 on a 10 grade scale. BE (70%) or 7.5 on a 10 point scale also considered.

Appln F: Send your details (name, S/o, D/o birth & age, sex, academic qual (from HSLC onwards with names of boards, universities, percentage of marks/rank/grade/divn, photocopy of mark sheets/grade cards/certs/degrees; GATE/NET scores) on plain paper to the Academic Registrar at the above mentioned add.

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

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi.