|EDUCATION TRIBUNE||Tuesday, December 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India|
|CAREER QUERIES HOTLINE
Please guide me on management jobs
‘Learning never stops’ their motto
CAREER QUERIES HOTLINE
Q: I have done B.Com (H) and I am now in CA Final. I am bored of audit and accounts. I would rather join the IT industry or go in for MIS or management instead. Please advice a suitable course.
A: If you are interested in management jobs – of which MIS is one type – the obvious route to take is a good B-School. With a top-rated MBA under your belt, you can get jobs in various industries, including IT.
On the other hand, if you are interested in becoming a software professional you will have to follow an entirely different route: starting with a good specialist course – perhaps an MCA plus a course on contemporary application software. However that may be a long haul, considering that you will have to start from scratch.
I am not clear from your query which of the above options you have in mind. In any event, I would urge you to complete your CA considering how close you are to doing so. It is a good stand-alone professional qualification with multiple possibilities to build on.
Q: I am a farmer keen on investing in sericulture. Could you please tell me more about this industry?
A: Sericulture, which involves rearing of silk worms for manufacture of silk, is labour-intensive and provides gainful occupation to the rural masses. The plantation and gathering of mulberry leaves are important phases of the industry. The rearing part comes next, consisting of two-thirds of the activity followed by reeling, spinning, throwing and manufacturing of the silk fabric.
About four million people are occupied in sericulture activities in India, besides about 1.5 lakh in silk weaving and its connected ancillaries. The handloom sector alone consumes about 80% of the total production of silk, the rest 20% is used by about 6,000 powerlooms in the silk-rich states.
The essential conditions for the development of the industry are:
· a suitable climate
· abundant growth of hosts and plants, and
· availability of agricultural and semi-agricultural labour.
In many parts, farmers go in for sericulture as a side or part-time occupation that is pursued when the family is free from agricultural activities. So also is silk weaving, barring in certain places, where it is a full-time occupation.
Sericulture has several advantages: it requires least investment and capital, and fetches a regular source of earning. Three or four crops can be harvested in a year without interference with regular agricultural activities.
The following institutions offer courses in Sericulture:
· University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra, Bangalore. Duration: 4 yrs. Eligibility: Class XII with PCM/B or any three of the following: Phy, Chem, Maths, Bot, Biol, Zool, Home Science, Agri (50% agg).
· Gulbarga University, ‘Jnana Ganga’, Gulbarga 585106 (Kar).
· University of Chennai, Centenary Buildings Chepauk, Triplicane PO, Chennai 600005.
· Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal 795003, Manipur.
· University of Mysore, Crawford Hall, Mysore 570005.
· Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupati 517502, Chittoor (Distt), AP. Eligibility: Class XII with Biol (50% agg).
· Vikram University, Kothi Road, Ujjain 456010, MP.
Courses in sericulture are also offered at MSc and Diploma-levels.
In Delhi, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Govindpuri, Kalkaji, New Delhi-19, offers BSc (Gen) (Sericulture).
For further information, you may also contact:
· Central Silk Board, B-36, Pusa Road, Delhi.
Q: Could you please tell me about the selection procedure for NIFT’s courses?
A: Admission to the full-length professional courses both at the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate level at National Institute of Fashion Technology is on the basis of an entrance exam.
Firstly you have to clear the General Ability Test which is designed to test your English comprehension, communication, quantitative, and analytical abilities.
For the design-oriented courses, you have to take a Creative Ability Test to evaluate your creativity, colour sensitivity, eye for detail and originality. It includes fashion sketching and thematic colour arrangement involving pencil drawing/illustration.
For the AMM (Apparel Marketing & Merchandising Management) and GMT (Garment Manufacturing Technology) courses, there is a Managerial Ability Test which includes sections like Vikalpa (choosing the best option), Environment Awareness Test and Logical Ability Test.
And that’s just the beginning. On the basis of these tests, a merit list is prepared to shortlist candidates for the next set of tests — Situation Test, Group Discussion (for managerial-level courses) and an Aptitude Test. Finally, you have to appear for an Interview. Here, what they are really looking at is your confidence, communication skills and visualisation skills. The scores of all the tests are totalled to draw up the final merit list.
Besides these, NIFT also offers a slew of short and medium-term courses throughout the year. These courses are essentially meant for those who are already working in the industry who would like to enhance and upgrade their skills. Admission to most of these courses does not involve an entrance test. But then neither is campus placement actively offered at the end of such courses.
Q: I am student of B.Sc. Chemistry, (II). I would be grateful if you could tell me where MSc in Nuclear Chemistry is taught in India and also its prospects?
A: Nuclear Chemistry deals with research, development, and application of nuclear technologies in industry, environmental protection, medicine (e.g. radiation, sterilization of equipment, organ transplant), and in agriculture. Future prospects are bright in the field.
For more information you could log on to the website of the Nuclear Chemistry Group, Indiana University, USA: .
Similarly, do also check out the website of the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry & Technology, Poland: .
In India, I only know of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 530003, (AP), which offers MSc (Nuclear Chemistry). The duration of the course is 3 years and the eligibility is BSc.
CAT SCORES & IIMs
Q: I am keen on doing MBA from a good institute. What can be considered a sufficient score in the CAT paper to get an interview call from the IIMs?
A: Going by previous records, a CAT score above 100 (after deducting negative marks for wrong answers) could be considered ‘safe’ enough to get a call. So make sure you attempt atleast 130-140 in the allotted 2 hours so that you hit the magic figure! Remember, the keywords are speed, understanding (you have an average of just 45 seconds to read and understand the question, make a quick calculation and tick the answer) and accuracy.
Q: Could you please tell me about recognised courses in human rights and the prospects in this field?
A: Human Rights is the study of a person’s basic rights irrespective of all man-made classifications like caste, creed, sex, nationality etc. These rights are the basic rights of a person to survive i.e. the right for good, healthy food, right for clean water, freedom of movement and speech, freedom from slavery and discrimination.
Although in India, Human Rights is still in its budding stage there are many avenues open for a student of Human Rights.
Many international organisations and NGOs are on a constant look out for Human Rights students. These include United Nations (UNIFEM, ILO, UNESCO, UNDCP, UNFPA, WHO, etc) CRY, the Red Cross, DANIDA, YMCA, YWCA and many more.
Many social service organisations, Government bodies, NGOs too are on a look out for students of Human Rights.
There are plans to make Human Rights education mandatory in all schools and colleges in a few years. This would create demand for Human Rights lecturers, teachers and counsellors in future.
Only a handful of universities offer degree or diploma level courses in Human Rights:
BA in Human Rights
· Bundelkhand University, Jhansi 284128 (UP).
Postgraduate Courses in Human Rights
· Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (UP)
· Indian Institute of Human Rights, (Corresp) (In collaboration with Pondicherry University, Directorate of Distance Education, Pondicherry), Green Gate, A 14-15-16, Paryavaran Complex, Maidan Garhi Marg, New Delhi110030 E-mail: .
Indian Law Institute, Bhagwan Das Road, New Delhi (. Course: PG Diploma in Human Rights Law. The course is sponsored by the National Human Rights Commission.
Indian Institute of Human Rights, Green Gate, A 14-15-16 Paryavaran Complex, South of Saket, Maidangarhi Marg, New Delhi 110030 Ph: 6858609. Course: PG Distance Learning Programme in Human Rights (2-yr). Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree.
Human Rights Centre, Rural Litigation & Entitlement Kendra, Dehra Dun (Utt) offers a PG Diploma in Human Rights in affiliation with Viswa Bharati University (Santiniketan).
‘Learning never stops’ their motto
The Institute of Management Technology (IMT) in Ghaziabad is in the top 10 institutes in the country. As the saying goes, "learning never stops". For all those working executives who have felt the need for continual education and the lack of a structured course in management at various points in time, the institute offers a 15-month programme. PGDEM as it is called for executive managers gives comprehensive experience rather than limiting education to classrooms.
The business environment of the future requires a new kind of leadership globalisation of markets, instantaneous communication, changing demographics, technology transformation, mergers and consolidations being reasons for the dynamic nature of business.
This calls for upgradation of skills. The PGDEM has been designed having these factors in mind. To serve the needs of today’s executives, who need to re-skill themselves with the latest subjects and tools of contemporary management. A postgraduate programme, which has been approved by Vishwa Bharti University, fits the needs of working executives perfectly.
Lodged at a hostel, which has plush facilities within the campus, these executive student managers go through a frantic pace of learning against time, which has now become a costly commodity. The academic curriculum of this programme has been designed at a higher level than the normal two-year postgraduate programme, excluding basic courses and including more advanced issues.
The faculty is handpicked for the course, which includes visiting faculty from premier institutions in India and abroad and eminent personalities from the industry.
The course is divided into four terms. The first two terms concentrates on basic subjects and principles on economics, quantitative and qualitative analysis for decision-making marketing strategies, principles of finance, operations management and behavioural aspects.
The last two terms focuses on specialisation of subjects. The executive are offered specialisation in marketing and finance majors. There is also an option for doing a minor on operations, HR and systems. The pedagogy includes lectures, case studies, seminars, group discussions, business games and role-playing, simulations and field visits. Being a fully residential programme, the contact session lasts up to 10 hours in a day and the schedule runs on a six-day week. All holidays, except national holidays, have been excluded excluded for this purpose.
A unique feature of exposing student managers to International Marketing and Derivative trading by means of a fortnight long orientation in a Southeast Asian country was incorporated this year.
Also, the students were exposed to professors from the renowned Nanyang Business School with Prof Francis Piron from Singapore paying a visit to the institute to interact with the students on international marketing. He is a specialist on diverse consumer behaviour.
Dec 31 Dockyard Apprentice School, Naval Dockyard, Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd, Mumbai 400023.
Recruitment of Apprentices
Elig: Class 10 (50% agg) & qualified ITI Exam in relevant trade (65% agg in Practicals & Theory excluding Social Studies) + physical stds (as specified). Age: Born between 31 March ’81 — 1 April ’88.
Candidates undergoing/undergone Apprenticeship under the Apprentice Act not eligible.
Stipend: Rs 780/- to Rs 1020/- pm.
Selectn: Preliminary Selection (marks in 10th & ITI) followed by Written Test/Interview.
Appln F: Send in prescribed format alongwith stamped (Rs 4/-), self-add envelope (22 x 10 cm), 2 pp pics & copies of 10th & ITI certs.
Details: See Employment News 1 — 7 Dec.
Combined Entrance TestJan 12 ’02 CAT – 2002, #1215, Chandra Layout, Vijayanagar, Bangalore 560040.
Combined Aptitude Test (2002)
Elig: BE: PUC (+2) (50% in PCM) & Eng BDS: PUC (+2) (50% in PCB) & Eng. Age: 17 yrs (on 31 Dec ‘02); MCA: Bachelor’s degree (50% in Maths in 10+2).
Appln F: Send Rs. 750/- favouring "A/C No 010 5003 5040" payable at SBI, CLO (code: 4051), B ’lore with self-add envelope (25 x 30 cm) to the Coordinator at the above add before 15 Dec. Superscribe envelope with "Request for Application Form for BE/BDS/MCA".
20 VLSI Design & Research Centre, D/o Electronic Science,
University of Pune, Pune 411007. Ph: (020) 5690836/0837
Certificate in VLSI Design (24 weeks, FT)
Elig: Engg degree (Electron/Elect/
Comp/E & TC/Instru/MSc (Electron)/equiv.
Selectn: Written Test (23 Dec) followed by Tech/Personal Interview based on home & spot assignment & acad records (10 — 12 Jan).
Course Fee: Rs 50,000/-.
Appln F: Send Rs 600/- by DD favouring "ICIT Pvt Ltd, Pune" payable at Pune to the above add. Mention your name & add on reverse of DD. At counter: Rs 500/- (cash/DD).
Details: See Employment News 1 — 7 Dec.
Jan 5 ’02 Advanced Computer Training School, PO Bag No 35, Pune University Compus, Pune 411007.
Dip in Very Large Scale Integration (21 weeks)
Elig: Engg degree (Electron/Elect/E & TC/Instru Comp)/MSc (Electron)/Electronic designers, developers & sys integrators. Wkg knowledge of DOS/Windows/Unix.
Selectn: 3 stage admission process.
Course Fees: Rs40,000/-.
Appln F: Send Rs 500/- by DD favouring "C-DAC, ACTS" payable at Pune to the Programme Cordinator at the above add. Write name of course ("VLSI"), your name, full add on reverse of DD. At counter: Rs 400/- (cash).
Feb 2 ’02 Indian Institute of Information Technology, 1st Fl, "INNOVATOR", International Tech Park, Whitefield Rd, Bangalore 560066. Ph: (080) 8410627-35Website: www.iiitb.ac.in
PG Program in IT (3 sems)
Elig: BE/BTech/BSc (Engg)/MSc/
MCA (1st class).
Selectn: Test (10 Mar ’02) at 8 centres followed by Interview.
Appln F: Send Rs 1000/- by DD favouring "Indian Institute of Information Technology" payable at B ‘lore, along with self-add envelope (9" x 12") to the Registrar at the above add.
Jan 8 ’02 University of Delhi, F/o Medical Sciences, 6th Flr, VP Chest Institute Bldg, Delhi-110007.
1) Post-Doctoral Courses
2) PG Degree Courses
3) PG Diploma Courses
Selectn: Written Screening Test at Delhi. Post Doctoral: 9 Feb ’02; PG Degree/Dip: 10 Feb ’02.
Appln F: Send Rs. 125/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi" payable at SBI, Service Br (code: 7687) to the above add by31 Dec. Separate appln forms for different courses of DM/MCh.
Apr 9 ’02 Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi 110024.
BSc (H) Nursing (4-yr)
Elig: SSC/ICSE (50% agg in Eng & PCB). Age: 17 yrs (on 7 Oct ’02).
Selectn: Test (21 Jun ’02).
Appln F: Send Rs 150/- by DD favouring "Principal, RAK College of Nursing" payable at Delhi to the above add before 20 March ’02.
1. Name the Pashtun tribal chief who has been chosen to head the post-Taliban administration following UN-sponsored talks.
2. Which city in Germany recently hosted talks featuring a range of Afghanistan’s ethnic groups and regions, aimed at restoring peace and stability in the war-ravaged nation?
3. Name the former member of world renowned pop group Beatle who died recently.
4. Which country recently made the lowest-ever score in a one-day international cricket match?
5. Name the bowler who holds the record for maximum number of wickets in a one-day international cricket match.
6. Name the main architect of the Northern Ireland peace process who was recently chosen for the prestigious Rs 1-crore Gandhi Peace Prize for 2001.
7. Name the constellation in which a planet was recently detected outside our solar system by NASA through the Hubble space telescope.
8.Which event in 1941 led to America’s entry into the World War II?
9. Who was recently appointed the Director of the CBI?
10. Name the newly elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka?
11. Name the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
12. Which country recently recorded its first-ever 3-0 series win in its 20-year Test cricket history?
13. Name the first player from Kerala to play Test cricket.
14. Name the only Sri Lankan bowler to have performed a hat-trick in one-day international cricket.
15. Which state won the maximum number of medals in the recently concluded National Games?
Winners of quiz 145. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Dron Awasthi,VIII, APJ School, Jalandhar City, Punjab.
Second: Abhinav Bector, XII, DN Model Senior Secondary School, Moga-142001. Third: Shruti Puri, 8-A, St Stephen’s School, Sector 45-B, Chandigarh.
Answers to quiz 145: Mike Denness; Abdullah Abdullah; Fairy Queen; Nigeria; West Bengal; Mary Robinson ; Gerhard Schroeder; Bridgestone Corporation ; Copenhagen, Prof A.Q.M. Badruddoza Chowdhury; Jordan; Punjab; Lennox Lewis; Sri Lanka; Lleyton Hewitt.
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 Sharma