EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, January 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India
What are the career options which do not need a degree?

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NRI sets up institute



What are the career options which do not need a degree?


Lab Technology

Q. I have completed a vocational course in Medical Laboratory Technology. Could you please tell me if I can open my own medical laboratory?
Navin Yadav
A. As far as opening a pathology lab is concerned, I’m afraid that is out, unless of course you team up with a qualified specialist. Only a medical doctor with a post-MBBS specialisation - either a Post-Diploma or MD in Pathology, Radiology, etc. is allowed to sign a report after reading the investigation. 
A Lab Technician can only assist the doctor in taking the samples, centrifuging, making the slides, using specified stains, etc. under proper guidance.

Library Science

Q. I have failed in B Com. Will I be able to do Bachelor of Library Science through the distance education mode?

Yamini Sidhu

A. I am afraid you will have to clear your B Com first. The basic eligibility for any BLISc course is a Bachelor’s degree. Although nearly twenty universities offer BLISc (1-yr) through the distance education mode, most of them also ask for 1-2 years of work experience after graduation.

However, if you want to do a 1 year Diploma in Library & Information Science through distance education, you could contact the departments of Distance Education in any of the following universities:

Kota Open University, Kota

Barkatullah Vishvavidyalaya, Bhopal

Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli

Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

Punjabi University, Patiala

The basic qualification for this course is class 12 or equivalent, except for Kota Open University which also requires 5 years of work experience.

Women & Marketing

Q. I’m taking my MBA entrance tests this year. Being a woman, is it better to opt for softer options like Human Resources or Personnel Management rather than go in for highly competitive and demanding fields like marketing or finance?

Rohit Arora

A. Whichever way you look at it, management is by no means a ‘soft’ career option. It’s a highly tough and demanding profession, no matter what function you choose. Although HR and Personnel are commonly considered soft areas, believe me, the reality is quite otherwise.

For instance, even though most organizations claim to work from nine to five, the reality you will soon discover is that it’s only your pink collared colleagues like the receptionist and telephone operator who manage to leave on time. This does not apply to the managerial staff, which may be required to put in far longer hours (and at times, even weekends). And don’t expect exceptions to be made for you in any way simply because you are a woman - none will be. On the contrary, be prepared to work harder and smarter than your male colleagues. Sounds intimidating? No. Challenging? Certainly!


Q. I have passed Class X. Is it possible to do a course in engineering? Please advise.

Mukesh Nandan

A. You can take up a BE/BTech in Engineering only after completing Class XII in most engineering colleges in the country, with two exceptions.

The following engineering institutes admit students after Class X:

Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SLIET), Longowal 148106, Distt. Sangrur (Punj), is a national-level institution set up by the Govt. of India. It offers a unique modular pattern of education in various branches of engineering. Students who have passed Class X are admitted tor the 2-year Certificate programme (75% of the seats are reserved for students of Punjab). On completion of the Certificate course, you can apply for vertical entry to the 2 year Diploma programme (in which 50% seats are reserved for Certificate-holders of SLIET). Thereafter, you can enrol for the 2 year Advanced Course leading to a degree. Admission to the course is on the basis of an all-India entrance test.

North-Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, Itanagar 791109, Arunachal Pradesh similarly offers Diploma courses in Maintenance Engineering (Electronics & Telecommunication), Agricultural Engineering, Construction Technology, Forestry, Civil Draftsmanship, Secretarial Practice & Stenography and Handloom Technology.

You could also do a Diploma in Engineering (3-yr) at any government-recognised polytechnic.

IT Industry

Q. I am doing Masters in Info Tech. What is the future prospect in the IT industry?

Aditya Kaushal

A. Despite the current slowdown in the US and the dotcom crash, make no bones about it, IT is here to stay. The Indian software and services industry has posted a 33 per cent growth in the first half and looks forward to a full-year growth of 30 percent. And Nasscom is confident that India will achieve the $50 billion export target.

What you have to make sure is that what you are learning is of current relevance for the industry. Often university syllabi are somewhat outdated and not reflective of the current scenario. If this is the situation, you might like to take up some specialist course from a reputed private institute alongside and master the contemporary software.

Also, do try and pack in as much hands-on experience as possible through live projects or part-time work as possible; employers like to know that your knowledge is not merely "theoretical".


Q. I am a student of Class XII (Humanities). Please suggest some career options which do not require an academic degree.

Namrata Bhargava

A. There are a number of attractive options you can opt for. These include, desk-top publishing, beauty & hair care, fashion design, hotel management and catering, modelling, travel & tourism, photography, sales & marketing, secretarial work, insurance and IT-enabled services like call centres, medical transcription, etc.

However, it is always advisable to have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline of your choice, (albeit through correspondence) as most jobs today require graduation as the minimum eligibility at the entry-level.

Besides, should you wish to study further at any time in the future, your graduation will prove handy.


Q. After BSc Home Sc (with Nutrition & Dietetics), I am currently doing MSc in Bio-Chemistry. After this I want to do evening courses which will help me get a good job. Please advise.

Nita Rana

A. It appears from your question that you apprehend that the course (MSc-Bio-chemistry) which you are currently pursuing may not lead to a good job.

As regards doing an evening course simultaneously you would be aware that the universe of part-time courses is indeed very wide - ranging from languages to computers to fashion to engineering and IT! The important thing therefore is to select a course that builds on your existing academic knowledge or some other personal strengths.

You could consider building on your background in food and nutrition - since opportunities in this area are available in a number of fields such as hospitals, healthcare, hotels, industrial canteens, airlines and the processed food industry.

It is not very clear from your letter whether you are considering an evening course so that you can switch to a completely different field. If that is the case, I’d be happy to provide you information on specific courses in whatever field you may have shortlisted.

Law & Journalism

Q. I am doing BA in English Literature. I am keen on pursuing a career in law and journalism. Could you tell me whether it is possible for me to pursue these courses simultaneously?

Mandeep Bajaj

A. Though you are interested in both law and journalism, I don’t see why you can’t pursue courses in both the disciplines simultaneously. What you can do is to opt for a regular course in the field that interests you the most and enrol for a correspondence or part-time course in the other. However, most correspondence courses in Law have been banned and the few that are offered will not entitle you to argue in a court of law.

The only practical problem you may face is balancing clashing examination dates which could be a sticky proposition. So, if you can comfortably manage both courses simultaneously, then go ahead.

For details about each of these professions you may refer to Writing for the Media, and Careers in Law published by CARING, 24, Feroze Gandhi Rd, Lajpat Nagar-III, New Delhi 110024.



Admission deadline

Armed Forces

Jan 28 ‘02 Indian Army, Additional Directorate General of Recruiting (Women Entry Sec), West Block-III, R K Puram, New Delhi 110066.

Women Special Entry Scheme (Officers)

Elig: For All: Unmarried females/issueless widows/issueless divorcee. Age: 19-25 yrs (dob: 2 Sep ‘77-2 Sep ‘83).

Non-Technical Entry: BCom/BCA/BSc (PCM) (60% agg).

Technical Entry: BE/BTech (Civil/Elect/Mech/Arch/ Electron/Comp Sc/Telecomm Engg Remotesensing).

Specialist Entry: Master’s degree (Earth Sc/Comp Sc / Eng / Geog / Maths / Phys / MCA) / Bachelor’s degree (with Dip in Comm/Journalism/PR/Psychol)/BSc (with 1 yr dip in Comp Sc)/LLB. Physical standards as specified.

Selectn: Psychological & Group tests, Interview and Medical Exam.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to the above add.

Details: Employment News 22 - 28 Dec.

Feb 18 ‘02 Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune 411040.


Elig: Class 12 with Eng & PCB (1st attempt, 60% agg) and Maths in Class 10/BSc (with any two of PCB in Class 12). Age: For Class XII: 17-22 yr

(dob: 1 Jan ‘81-31 Dec ‘85). For BSc: Below 24 yrs (on 31 Dec ‘02).

Selectn: All-India written test (5 May) followed by interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 155/- by DD favouring "Commandant, AFMC, Pune" payable at Pune & appln of request with your particulars & add, 2 self-add slips (9 x 5 cm) and stamped (Rs 45/-), self-add envelope (11" x 13") by 25 Jan ‘02. Write your name & add on reverse of DD. At designated HPOs (also at B ‘lore GPO & Ch ‘grh HPO): Rs 155/- (cash).

Details: Employment News 22 - 28 Dec.


Jan 31 ‘02 University of Delhi, D/o Computer Science (North Campus), Arts Faculty Extn Bldg, Delhi 110007.

MCA (3-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree (50% agg) with one paper in Maths and one paper in Maths/Comp Sc/Stats/Operations.

Selectn: Written Test (17 Mar).

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by DD favouring "Registrar, University of Delhi", payable at New Delhi with a stamped (Rs 12/-), self-add envelope

(10" x 7") to Mr S K Soni, Office-in-charge, Room No 303, to the above add. At counter: Rs 300/- (by DD).

Distance Education

Jan 15 ‘02 Guru Ghasidas University, Institute of Distance Education, Bilaspur 495009 (Chhatt).

(1) BCA, BSc (IT) BBA (3-yr)

(2) BJMC, B Lib & I Sc (1-yr)

(3) PG Dip (IT, Comp Appln, e-Com; Software Engg; Bus Mgt; Mktg Mgt; Industrial Rel, LW&PM, 1-yr)

(4) M Lib & ISc (1-yr)

Elig: 1: 10+2.

2 & 3: Bachelor’s degree.

4: B Lib & ISc.

Appln F: Send Rs 160/- by DD favouring "Registrar, Guru Ghasidas University" to the above add.


Centre for Electronics Design & Technology of India, A-34, Phase-VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali 160059 (Ch ‘grh).

Ph: (0172) 254052-56

Email: [email protected]

Dec 31 ‘01 1) Advanced Course in Graphics & Multimedia (12 wk)

Jan 10 ‘02 Adv Dip:

2) Sys Maintenance Engg (26 wk)

3) CADD Engg (26 wk)

Jan 31 ‘02 4) Adv Dip in Hardware Electron & Sys Design (26 wk)

Feb 15 ‘02 5) Adv Dip in Enterprise Networking (26 wk)

March 8 ‘02 6) Adv Dip in Bio-Med Equip Tech & Maintenance (26 wk). Elig: 1: Matric/BFA/Bachelor’s degree.

2 & 4: Dip/BE (Electron / Elect/Instru/Comp Sc) or BSc/MSc (Electron).

3: BE/DME/ITI/Draftsman (Mech Engg).

5: BSc (Phy/Electron/Comp Sc)/Dip (Electron /Telecomm/ Instru/Elect/Comp Sc/Dip in PC Hardware Maintenance, CEDTI.

6: Dip/ITI (Electron / Elect/Instru)/BSc (Electron)

Details: Employment News 22 - 28 Dec.


Feb 25 ‘02 Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore 632014.

Ph: (0416) 249077, 243091


PG Courses

MBA, MCA, MSc (Comp Sc), MTech (CAD, Comp Sc & Engg, Power Electron, Mechatronics, Energy Sys Engg, Environ Engg, Adv Comm, Sensor Sys Tech, Pharma Chem & Chem Engg)

UG Courses

BBA, BCA, BCom, BSc (Comp Sc, Biotech, Microbiol, Biochem & Maths) Selectn: Entrance exam (10 March ‘02).

Appln F: Send Rs 600/- (for PG courses except MS Sw Engg & MSc Comp Sc) & Rs 250/- (for others) by DD favouring "Vellore Institute of Technology" payable at Vellore to the Director (Admissions), at the above add.

Mass Communication

Jan 10 ‘02 Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Shela, Ahmedabad 380058.


Certificate in Crafting Advertising (Copywriting/Art Direction, 4 & 6 mths) Elig: Bachelor’s degree. For AD: BFA/Bachelor’s in Applied Arts or equiv.

Selectn: Pre-admittance assignment.

Appln F: Send Rs 850/- by DD favouring "Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad" payable at Ah ‘bad with stamped (Rs 30/-), self-add (12" x 10") envelope, to the Programme Office (CDP) at the above add or see website.


Feb 05 ‘02 Regional Institute of Opthalmology, Eye Hospital, Sitapur 261001 (UP). (Affl: Chatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Univ)

Diploma in Opthalmic Med & Surg

Elig: MBBS (permanently regd with MCI).

Selectn: Entrance test.

Appln F: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Finance Officer, CSJM University, Kanpur" to the Director at the above add.

BGS Apollo Hospitals, Adichunchanagiri Rd, Kuvempunagar, Mysore 570023.

Ph: (0821) 566666, 8888

Dip in General Nursing & Midwifery (3-yr)

Elig: 10+2 (Eng & PCB, 50% agg).

Appln F: Send Rs 250/- by crossed DD favouring "BGS Academy for Nursing, Mysore" with stamped (Rs 10/-), self-add envelope (6" x 8.5") to the Principal, at the above add.


Jan 18 ‘02 Anna University, Chennai 600025.

1) BSc (Electron Media, 6 sem)

2) MSc (Electron Media, 4 sem)

3) MSc (Electronic Media Informatics, 4 sem)

Elig: 1: 10+2 with Maths/equiv Dip.

2 & 3: BSc (Electronic Media/Jour)/Bachelor’s degree with 2 yrs wk ex/DFT.

Selectn: Entrance exam (seprate for BSc & MSc) on 27 Jan ‘02 (at campus).

Appln F: Send Rs 600/- (for MSc) or Rs 400/- (for BSc) by DD favouring "Director (Admissions), Anna University, Chennai 600025" with stamped

(Rs 30/-), self-add envelope superscribing name of prog to the Dean (Entrance Examination & Admissions), to the above add by 18 Jan.

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



NRI sets up institute
K.S. Ahluwalia

KAPURTHALA: Non-resident Indians have set up an educational institute on the Kapurthala-Jalandhar road near the town affiliated with Cambridge University in the United Kingdom for quality education in computer.

According to Mr Partap Singh Lalwani, chairman, Lalwani Institute of Technology, the institute would start two courses in computer education in January, 2002. The students would take their examinations online and would be given certificates by Cambridge University.

Mr Partap Singh, a non-resident Indian has also opened a public school in the same complex. He said the institute had entered a liaison with big industrial houses of the country to provide jobs to its students after completion of their courses.

Mr Lalwani has set up a trust to run the institute.