EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, July 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India



Lesson in English




Pervin Malhotra

Q I am planning to do my Masterís in the UK. Can you please tell me if my wife and I can take up jobs while I am studying there to offset the costs?

Brijender Singhal

A As part of Tony Blairís initiative to boost their economy, British education is being aggressively marketed as a Ďbrandí. In an attempt to woo at least 50,000 additional overseas students (the target being to double the enrolment by 2005), a host of attractive Ďluresí are being offered. Foreign students are now permitted to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic term and full-time in the holidays. Another welcome introduction is the Training & Work Experience Scheme (TWES) that enables some categories of Postgraduates to work in the UK for 1-3 years on completion of the course. Since you have not mentioned the course you wish to pursue, I am not sure whether this will apply in your case.

However, it is not always easy to find suitable work, so donít expect to finance your studies in the UK by working. The visa rules have been tightened considerably and in any case, you are required to convince the immigration officers that you can fund your studies without relying on working alongside.

As far as I am aware, PG students can undertake teaching and lab demonstration work as long as it does not exceed six hours a week.

In most cases, an international studentís wife is allowed to work, part-time or full-time, without obtaining permission. If your partner accompanies you as your dependant and you are admitted to a 1-year course, your spouse may be able to work without a work permit. Interestingly, the converse does not apply. If a female studentís husband is admitted to the UK as her dependant, he would not be permitted to work.

Q I am in Class X and would like to become a Video Editor. What subjects should I take in Class XI? Also, could you please tell me about the institutions offering courses in this field.

Monu Kapri

A A good Video Editor combines technical knowledge and multimedia skills with aesthetic awareness and a sense of rhythm. Although opting for the Science stream with computers would help you in the long run, it is not mandatory.

The following institutions offer courses in Film & Video Editing:

Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune Course: Diploma in Film & TV Editing. Duration: 3 years. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree.

Film & Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. Course: Diploma in Film Editing. Duration: 3 years. Eligibility: Class XII.

Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Course: MA in Mass Communication. Duration: 2 years. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree (50%).

National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Course: Diploma in Video Programmes. Duration: 4 years. Eligibility: Class XII. Competence in maths, science, social studies, drawing, technical and related subjects preferred. Age: Below 22 years.

Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata. Course: Diploma in Editing (Film & Video). Duration: 2 years. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree.

Bihar Institute of Film & Television (BIFT), Patna. Course: Diploma in Film Editing.

Xavierís Institute of Communications, St. Xavierís College, Mumbai 400001. Course: Diploma in Film & Video Production. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree Experience in media preferred.

University of Pune, Department of Communication Studies, Pune. Course: Master of Communication Studies. Duration: 2 years. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree.

Delhi University is one of the few universities that offers a Bachelors in Mass Media & Mass Communications (IP College for Women). The basics of video editing are covered in the course.

Besides these, some private institutes offer short-term (3-6 month) courses in the subject. Please check out their credentials thoroughly before enrolling.

For detailed information on various courses and career options in this field, you may like to refer to CARINGís Guide to Careers in Television & Broadcasting.

Q I am an Economics graduate. Could you please tell me about the job prospects if I pursue my Masterís in this field?

Nutan Singhania

A To begin with, straight after your Masterís in Economics, you can take the Indian Economic Service or the Indian Statistical Service Exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) almost every year.

If selected, you will be absorbed in the various economic and statistical departments of the Central Government such as the Planning Commission, the National Sample Survey, Central Statistical Organisation, Indian Statistical Institute and state Bureau of Statistics and Economics, National Employment Service, M/o Labour, M/o Agriculture and other government departments.

You could also take the Civil Services Examination which is also conducted by the UPSC or other competitive examinations held by the State Service Commissions, Life and General Insurance Corporations, nationalised banks, etc., where economics is permitted as one of the subjects and eligibility is graduation. The Probationary Officers Examinations are conducted by various Recruitment Boards of various banks.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) attracts young and dynamic postgrads in economics with its high pay scale and good working conditions. Besides inducting personnel at the general administration level, RBI has a Planning Division which recruits research officers in its D/o Economic Analysis & Policy (DEAP).

Large private companies also employ business economists to plan strategy and operations, assess and analyse market factors, costs and sales, labour and productivity, raw materials, equipment and customer demand. As a business economist, you may also specialise in market research, international trade or exports & imports.

There are well paying jobs in other banking and financial institutions as well. As a matter of fact, several recruitment ads for Management Trainees ask for MBA/MA (Eco) as the desired qualification. Business Economists can also enhance their job prospects by doing an MBA or postgraduate degree in Finance, International Business (MIB).

Economists also work for leading international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Down the line, you could also work as consultant or financial analyst for business and industry. The growth of the derivatives market will generate several openings in the financial sector.

Teaching is another evergreen option. And if you have a flair for writing, you could also venture into journalism-(television or print). In fact, business journalists are amongst the best-paid journalists today.




Jul 31 Indian Navy, Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment, Naval HQ, R & R Section, Room No. 204, "C" Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi 110011. Website:

Recruitment of Short Service Commissioned Officers (Engineers) in the Submarine Cadre- Feb 2003 Course

Elig: Unmarried male Indian citizen. BE/BTech (55%) in Mech, Elect or Electron, Telecom, Comp Sc or Control Engg.

Age: Born bet: 2 Feb í78-1 Aug í83.

Selectn: Interview, test.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with attested documents, 2 self-add envelope. Superscribe on the envelope "Application for SSC Submarine Cadre Engineering - Feb 2003 or SSC Submarine Cadre Electrical Feb 2003" to the add above.

Details: See Employment News (29 Jun - 5 Jul).

Jul 31 Indian Army, Additional Directorate General of Recruiting (Women Entry Sec), West Block-III, R K Puram, New Delhi 110066. Website:

Women Special Entry Scheme (Officers)

(A) Non Technial Entry

(B) Technical Entry

(C) Specialist Entry

Elig: Unmarried females/ issueless widows/ issueless divorcee/ widows of defence personnel.

For A: BCom, BCA, BSc (PCM), BA, BSc (60% agg).

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

For C: Specialist Entry: Masterís degree (Earth Sc, Comp Sc, Eng, Geog, Maths, Phys, Comp Appln, Bot, Zool, Biochem, Org Chem, Stats), Bachelorís degree (with Dip in Comm, Journalism, PR, Psychol), BSc (with 1 yr dip in Comp Sc), BE (Remote Sensing) (all with 50% agg).

Age: 1) 19-25 yrs (Born bet: Mar 2,í78 - Mar 1, í84).

(2) 21-27 yrs (for PG in Comp Sc, Comp Appln, Bot, Zool, Biochem, Organic Chem, Earth Sc, Eng, Geog, Maths, Phys, Stats; Born bet: Mar 02, Ď76 - Mar 01, Ď82).

(3) Widows of Service Personnel who have died in harness - 4 yrs age relaxation in upper age limit.

Selectn: Psychological tests, medical exam and interview.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to the above add. Superscribe envelope in red ink "Application for Women Special Entry Scheme (Officer) Course Ser No.22 (Non Tech) or (Tech Entry) or (Specialist Entry)". Details: Employment News (29 Jun - 5 Jul).

Jul 14 Director (HRD), Recruitment Cell, Coast Guard Headquarters, National Stadium Complex, Purana Quila Road, New Delhi 110001.

Recruitment of

(1) Asst Comdt (General Duty)

(2) Asst Comdt (General Duty Pilot)

(3) Asst Comdt (Tech)

Elig: For 1: Bachelorís degree (Maths & Phys in Class 12 ). Age: 21-25 yrs (on 1 July í03). For 2: BSc (Phys & Maths) cleared PABT.

Age: 19-27 yrs (on 1 July í03). For 3: Degree in Naval Arch, Mech, Marine, Design, Prodn, Control Engg, Elect, Telecomm & Electron or IE recog. equiv qualification in any of above disciplines or Marine Engg (IMET, Kol).

Selectn: Tests, Interview at Chíai/ Del / Kol/Míbai.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format with unstamped, self-add envelope (25 x 10 cm) and attested copies of certs of age, educn quals, NCC/Sports to the above add by UPC only. Superscribe envelope "Appln For The Post of ASST COMDT [GD/ GD (P/Tech)] 1/ 2003 Batch".

Details: See Employment News (29 Jun-5 Jul).


Imago Acting School, Casting Agency & Theatre Group, Sudhan Bhavan First Floor, 37, Saidulajab Village, Opp. CISF Camp, Saket, Mehrauli - Badarpur Road, New Delhi 110030. Ph: 9811 309008, 9810234267.Website:

Dip (FT), Certificate Course (PT)

Details: See website or contact above add.


Jul 16 Commercial & Secretarial Institute, Amberkar Polytechnic, ĎEí Block, 1st Floor, (Opp. Madhuban), Shakarpur, Delhi 110092 (Direct of Trgn & Tech. Educn, Govt of NCT of Del).

(1) Commercial & Secretarial Practice (1-yr, FT)

(2) Salesmanship & Mktg, Book-keeping & Accountancy, Store-keeping & Purchasing (1-yr, PT)

Elig: Class 11/12 (with Eng).

Appln F: At the above add on payment of Rs 10/- per course.

Details: See prospectus.



1. Who is the new Foreign Secretary of India?

2. Name the new Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.

3. Expand MEA.

4. Who was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India?

5. Which temple at Bodhgaya in Bihar was recently included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, taking the total number of Indiaís monuments and sites in the list to 23?

6. What is the full form of ARMEX?

7. In which years did Brazil win the football World Cup?

8. Which is Asiaís top football team according to latest FIFA rankings?

9. Who won the Golden Ball Award (meant for the outstanding individual player) in the recently concluded football World Cup?

10. Who won the Golden Boot Award for scoring maximum goals in football World Cup 2002?

11. Which countries have won the football World Cup thrice?

12. Which country will host the 2006 football World Cup?

13. Which country recently recorded its first-ever cricket Test series victory in the West Indies?

14. Name the winner of this yearís womenís Wimbledon singles title.

15. Who won this yearís menís Wimbledon singles title?




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

Winners of quiz 160. The first prize by draw of lots goes to Shakti Singh, Class XI (commerce), Himalayan International School, Chharabara, Shimla-171012.

Second: Varinder Singh,VIII, Police Public School, Police Lines, Amritsar.

Third: Hansdeep Kaur, X-A, Sacred Heart High School, Amritsar.

Answers to quiz 160: Loya Jirga; Hamid Karzai; Capt Lakshmi Sahgal; Chogori/Shahgori; Inamul Haq; Organisation of Islamic Conference; Civil Procedure Code; Dakar; Sanjeev Padhye; Gurvinder Chadda; 1930; France; China, Saudi Arabia & France; Senegal; South Korea.

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.

ó Tarun Sharma


Lesson in English
W.L. Gordon

Words often misused:

Do not say, "The acoustics of the auditorium make it difficult to understand the speakerís words."

Say, "The acoustics of the auditorium MAKES it difficult to understand..."

Often mispronounced:

Gaucherie (Awkwardness). Pronounce as go-sheh-ree with accent on the final syllable.

Often misspelled:

Clique ó exclusive set of persons.

Click ó sharp noice


Enlarge (verb) ó increase, extend, expand, augment, amplify, magnify, swell, dilate, broaden.

Word study:

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

Todayís word: AMNESTY (noun) ó forgetfulness; a general pardon for a past offence. Pronounce as em-nes-tee with accent on the first syllable. E.g. "The repentant manís subsequent behaviour eventually gained him amnesty."