EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, July 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India
Pervin Malhotra, Tribune’s career expert, answers all your career queries.



Why do we say that?

Lesson in English
By W. L. Gordon



Pervin Malhotra, Tribune’s career expert, answers all your career queries.

Q I have completed Class XII this year (PCM). Please give me information on the status of DOEACC courses in computers. 

Manesh Ray.

A The DOEACC Society (an autonomous body of M/o Information Technology, GoI) conducts an established accreditation and certification programme in computer education. Under the DOEACC Scheme, computer training institutes in the non-formal, i.e. private sector are given accreditation for conducting specified levels of courses subject to meeting certain norms and criteria. Presently, over 600 institutes have been accredited.

Four levels of (AICTE-approved) courses are offered under this scheme:

The O-Level, or Foundation Course, certifies your competence as an assistant programmer or equivalent level for government jobs. Elig: 10+2/ITI Cert (1-yr) after Class X.

The A-Level, or Advanced Diploma Course, certifies your skill as a programmer for jobs in the government. Incidentally, "A" level qualifiers are now also eligible for working visas in Japan. Minimum duration: 1-yr. Elig: Level ‘O’/3-yr Engg Dip after Class X or XII/Bachelor’s degree.

The B-Level, or graduate level course, is equivalent to BE/BTech, MCA or MSc and attests to your proficiency to work as a systems analyst or software engineer. In a significant development, the government (MHRD) has recognised the exam for employment in the Central Government wherever MCA is the desired qualification. This makes B-level graduates eligible for government jobs in all departments of the Centre, States, UTs as well as in all PSUs.

Elig: Level ‘A’/PGDCA/3-yr Engg Dip/Bachelor’s degree.

The C-Level, or Master’s Level Course, is equivalent to MTech (although this is not formally notified by MHRD) and certifies you as being fit for the systems manager or equivalent posts.

Elig: Level ‘B’/ BTech/ BE/ MCA/ MSc/ Bachelor’s degree in Maths, Stats, Operations Res/ MBA with BSc/ BA (Maths/ Stats), GATE(Computers).

The ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level courses have been diversified and restructured to include recent state-of-the-art technologies. A number of additional subjects in the form of electives have been introduced, i.e. Internet and Web Page Designing, JAVA Programming, Client/ Server Computing and ERP Fundamentals.

Q I am studying in Class XI with non-medical subjects. I would like to sit for the NDA entrance. Could you please tell me in detail about the exam and the selection procedure?

Kanwar Preet Singh.

A You are eligible to take the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam provided you have passed Class XII and are below 18 1/2 years of age. With your science background you are eligible to join the Army, Navy or the Air Force on clearing the exam.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts this examination twice a year for admission of cadets to both the National Defence Academy, Pune, and the Naval Academy, Goa.

Selection is made on the basis of this written exam and is followed by tests and interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB), and a medical exam.

The written exam is held at examination centres all over the country and consists of two papers:




Max. Marks






Genl. Ability



Total 900.

Paper-I: consists of arithmetic, mensuration, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. The level is of Class X (matriculation).

Paper-II: has two parts. Part A of 200 marks, tests the candidate’s understanding of English and covers grammar, comprehension, vocabulary and usage. Part B of 400 marks deals with General Knowledge and covers subjects such as physics, chemistry, general science, history & civics, geography and current events.

All questions are in English and are of objective-type.

Be on the look out for the advertisements published in Employment News and other leading national dailies usually in the months of April/May and October/November each year.

Q Please give me information on Animation and Special Effects. Which are the institutes that offer courses in this field?

Sonali Kumar.

A India is truly set to witness a boom in the export of animation and digital special effects for Hollywood blockbusters.

With production costs being a fourth of that in the US, India is fast emerging as a mega-base for outsourcing animation production from global studios such as Disney, & Cartoon Network.

This is leading to skilled English-speaking Indian animation and design professionals, visualisers, ink-and-paint artists, compositors, scan-and-render artists, in-between artists, game developers, character developers and modeling artists to head westwards lured by attractive dollar salaries.

PentaMedia, Crest Communications, Unilazer, Toonz Animation India Ltd., Magic Shop, Universal Studios, UTV Toons, Western Outdoor, Digital Canvas, ZICA, Shri Adhikari Brothers and Heart Animation, Hyderabad are some of the big players in India. Some of these are acquiring or partnering animation houses abroad.

If you have loads of talent, i.e., if you have a flair for drawing, sketching or cartooning (if you have a bachelor’s in graphic/ applied/fine art), all you need is some professional training to handle the relevant animation and multimedia software like 3D Studio Max, Adobe After Effects and a good compositing software.

You could check out the following institutes:

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.

PIX Cell India Productions, S-176, G K-1, New Delhi-110048. Ph: 6422248, 6415821, and 6415836. Course :Animation.

Burr Brown (I) Ltd. have recently announced a course in animation and special effects. The 3-mth course comes at a steep price of Rs 45000/-. Although the advertisement guarantees a job with the organisation as a (2D or 3D) Special Effects or Multimedia professional, in actuality there are several caveats. Contact: Manager HR, Usha Bhavan, A-41 Mohan Co-op Estate, Mathura Rd, New Delhi 110044. Ph: 6950191.

Modi Entertainment Group has entered into a business alliance with the Vancouver Film School, US to set up professional training institutes in India. The first school in Mumbai will kick off with three full-time courses (10-11 mths) in 2D Classical Animation; 3D Animation; and New Media. While Class 12 is the minimum qualification, someone with an art school background would be ideal particularly for 2D.

But these are fairly expensive courses, so do check them out before enrolling.

Also insiders say that 2D animation has almost reached a plateau globally and is in a box-office slump. 3D animation is now the rage because it is much more realistic. The characters and objects can be made to have ‘real’ texture. So you would do well to focus on the latter.

Q I am in third year of graduation and would like to take up a diploma course in journalism through correspondence. Is it possible to do this along with graduation? Please provide me names and addresses of universities offering the diploma.

Gaurav Sharma

A Yes, Gaurav you can do the following courses through correspondence along side your graduation. The duration of the courses is 1 year and eligibility criteria requires you to have completed Class XII. The universities offering the courses are:

Karnataka State Open University, Manasagangotri, Mysore 570006, offers a Diploma course in Journalism.

Bharathidasan University, Centre for Distance Education, Tiruchirappalli 620024, also offers a Job Oriented Diploma Course in Journalism.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, offers a Creative Writing Course in Hindi and English.




Jul 30 Deptt of Biotechnology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat 785013.

MSc Agri (Agri Biotech)

Elig: BSc (Agri) with 6.70 grade pt on a 10 pt scale.

Selection: Written Test & Viva Voce: 30-31 July.

Stipend: Rs 800/- pm.

Appln F: At counter: Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Registrar AAU", payable at SBI, AAU Branch (Code 2003).

Details: See Employment News: 14-20 July.


Jul 27 National Institute of Fashion Technology, CE Department, NIFT Campus, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016.

Tel: 6850468, 6965080

Creative Photography; Advanced Technical Imaging; Professional People Photography; Professional Commercial & Advertising Photography (6 mth each)

Appln F: Send Rs 100/- by DD to the above address. At counter: Rs 100/-(cash).

Details: Pawan Kaushik, Proj Coordinator, Deptt. of Fashion Communication.

Distance Education

Jul 30 Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar 608002.

Tel: (011) 6087638


MBA Corresp (3 yrs)

Elig: Bachelor’s Degree pref with work exp.

Appln F: Send Rs 280/- by DD favouring the "Director DDE" to the above address or to any of the 16 study centers. At counter: Rs 250/-(cash).


Aug 17 SIES School of Packaging, Packaging Technology Centre, Plot 1-C, Sector V, Nerul, Navi Mumbai 400706.

Tel: 022-7713834,841


Graduate Technology Course in Packaging (1-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree in Sc, Tech, Engg or Dip in Engg.

Appln F: Rs 250/- from above add.

Jul 30 Academy of Maritime Education & Training, 3/4/5, Ambedkar Street, Gandhi Nagar, Saligramam, Chennai - 600093.

Tel: 4844568, 4847617


BS Marine Engg (4 yrs)

Elig: 10+2 (PCM), (60% agg) with English (50%). Age: below 20 yrs.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "AMET Chennai" to the above address.

Aug 06 Samrat Ashok Technological Institute, Vidisha 464001 (MP).

Tel: 50296/97

ME:Civil (Constr Tech & Mgt, PT/FT), Civil (Environ Engg, FT), Mech (Adv Prodn Syst, FT), Electrical (Power Electronics Engg, FT), Appl Sc: (Maths/Phy/Chem, FT)

Elig: Relevant Bachelor’s degree with GATE scores.

Appln F: Send Rs 250/- by DD favouring the "Director, SATI (Engg College)" payable at Vidisha, to the Dy.Registrar (Acad) at the above address. At counter: Rs 200/- (cash).

Details: See Employment News: 14-20 July.

Jul 25 Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra, 3, Mahapalika Marg, PO Box No. 1967, Mumbai-400001.

Tel: 011-3387285, 3385212


BE/BTech (4 yrs)

At the following universities in Maharashtra: Amravati Univ; Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada Univ; Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada Univ; Mumbai Univ; Nagpur Univ; Pune Univ; North Maharashtra Univ and Shivaji Univ.

Elig: (10+2), PCM with Eng (50% agg).

Details: See website.


Aug 04 Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, 8-Floor, Big Jo’s Tower, Netaji Subhash Place, Pitampura, Delhi-110034. (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi).

Tel: 7156747

PG Diploma in Cyber Law (1 yr)

Appln F: Send Rs 500/- by DD favouring "Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies" to the above address. At counter: Rs. 500/- (cash) or download from website.

Physical Education

Jul 31 Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Shaktinagar, Gwalior 474002 (MP).


(1) Bachelor of Physical Education (3 yrs)

(2) Master of Physical Education (2 yrs)

(3) M Phil (Physical Education) (1 yr)

(4) PhD (Regular/PT)

Appln F: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education" or download from website. (downloaded form must be accompanied by DD favouring "Registrar, LNIPE Gwalior").

For details see website.


Aug 14 HNB Garhwal University, UGC-SAP Deptt of Zoology, Srinagar, Garhwal 246174.

Tel: 01388-56427


MSc Biotech, MSc Biomedical Tech, (4 sem voc)

Elig: BSc Zool, Botany/Microbiol, Chem/ Biochem/ Biotech/ Lab Tech/ BPharma/ BVSc (55% agg).

Appln F: Send Rs 425/- by DD favouring "Finance Officer, HNBGU" payable at Srinagar, Garhwal to the Co-ordinator at the above address. At counter: Rs 400/- (cash).


Sep 01 Nehru Trust for Cambridge University, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110011.

Cambridge Nehru Scholarsips 2002 (8)

To pursue research upto PhD at the University of Cambridge (3 yrs)..

Elig: Honours Degree (1st Div), Master’s Degree (1st Div) preferred. Age: Below 28 yrs.

Selection: Interview: June 2002.

Appln F: Send stamped self-addressed envelope (25 x10 cm) with full academic details to the above address.

Aug 25 Rhodes Scholorships (India), C/o ICGEB, PO Box 10504, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi- 110067.


Rhodes Scholarships India 2002

For study leading to degree from University of Oxford

Elig: Honours Degree (1st Div) in Pure/Appl Sc; Humanities; Law; Medicine. Age: 19 - 25 yrs.

Appln F: Send stamped (Rs 4/-), self-addressed envelope (10 x 23 cm) to The Secretary, at the above address.

For details see website.

Aug 31 Rashtriya Jagriti Sansthan-NCTP PO Box 4081, New Delhi 110017.

Tel: 6866983.

Jagriti Independence Scholarships

Class XI & XII (Rs 8,400/- over 2 yrs)

Class IX & X (Rs 7,200/- over 2 yrs)

Class VII & VIII (Rs 6,000/- over 2 yrs)

Selection: Test: 11 Nov 2001 at 110 centres.

Appln F: Send stamped (Rs 8/-), self-addressed envelope (9" x 6") to the above address.

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

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi





1. Who has succeeded Juan Antonio Samaranch as the new President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)?

2. How many Indians have so far been appointed members of the Indian Olympic Committee?

3. Name the Chairman of the Unit Trust of India.

4. Expand NAV.

5. Where will be the 2008 summer Olympics held?

6. Name the NASA spacecraft, due to be launched on July 30, that will bring tiny samples of raw material from the sun to the earth.

7. Name the first Pakistan-made tank that recently rolled out of the Taxila Heavy Industries.

8. Who is the new US Ambassador to India?

9. What is the full form of CCEA?

10. Name the train whose trial run was recently conducted between India and Bangladesh.

11. Who has been elected the Prime Minister of Nepal?

12. Which is the world's most expensive city?

13. Expand NHAI.

14. Name the only player with a wild card entry to have won a tennis grandslam.

15. Where are the ninth World Swimming Championships being held?


School address.......................


Winners of quiz 135.Total entries received were 798. 675 entrants gave all correct answers. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Rajan Chauhan, XI(non-medical), Govt Senior Secondary School, Sanjauli, Shimla-171006.

Second: Aditya Bhatia,VIII-C, DAV Public School, Lawrence Road, Amritsar-143001. Third: Ankit Kumar,VIII, Navyug Model School, Majitha Road, Amritsar.

Answers to quiz 135: Goran Ivanisevic, Venus Williams, University of Louisille, Ang Lee, Vikas Singh, Mumbai, Ghana, Lakshya, Norway, Bangalore, 1997, Lusaka, Uzbekistan, Steve Waugh, Billie Jean King.

Cash awards of Rs 400, 300 and 200 are given to the first, second and third prize winners, respectively. These are sent at the school address.

Tarun SharmaTop

Why do we say that?

Soap opera

Anybody who has never heard of J.R. Ewing or Alexis Carrington must have been living on a different planet lately. They are, of course, characters from TV soap operas which attract millions of viewers each week.

The idea of serialised melodrama with a cliff-hanging finish to each episode is nothing new. They began in the United States when there were few television sets around and radio was at its popularity peak. At the time half a dozen or more serials were on the air each week. The link? They were nearly all sponsored by soap-makers. The phrase ‘soap opera’ was born.Top



Lesson in English
By W. L. Gordon


Do not say, "Do you ever expect to go?" You don’t really mean, "Do you EVER EXPECT." You mean "Do you expect EVER TO GO?


Artificer. Accent second syllable, not the first.


Connoisseur; observe the two "n’s" and two "s;s," also the "eur" ending.


Permission (noun) - allowance, authority, sanction, consent, leave, liberty, license, permit, authorisation.


"Use a word three times and it is yours." Let us increase our vocabulary by mastering one word each week.

Today’s word: COMMENSURATE (adj) — equal, in measure or extent; proportionate. Pronounce as ko-men-su-rit with accent on the second syllable. E.g. "He should volunteer for only those tasks which are commensurate with his ability."