Q I am keen to take up a course in ceramic design. Please suggest some institutes that offer this course? What are its job prospects?
— Gurjeet Kaur
A Ceramic design involves designing pottery, crockery, tableware, sanitaryware and other decorative pieces by moulding clay into different shapes, glazing, and firing it in a kiln.
Yet another option is to train under a professional studio potter.
The current fascination for decorative and utilitarian pottery has popularised this field considerably. Job opportunities for ceramic designers exist in large-scale, medium-scale and small-scale units involved in manufacturing ceramic products. State emporia and handicraft exporters also employ these designers. You can also work on assignments for interior decorators and handicraft boutiques. The ever-expanding domestic and exports market for designer ceramic and art objects offers good scope for entrepreneurs. After acquiring higher academic qualifications in this field, you can even hold faculty positions in colleges and institutions.
Avenues for women in the Army
Q I am a second year B.Sc (Medical) student. I want to know the opportunities in the Army for girls after graduation through the Combined Defence Services exam.
— Akritter Kad
A Although women have been traditionally recruited in the armed forces in the medical and nursing corps, today the Indian Army offers several other openings for women. There are a greater number of women in non-combatant areas in the Army. Women graduates are recruited only in the Short Service Commission for a period of seven years, which is extendable to 10 years. They are not granted permanent commissioned jobs.
The Women Special Entry Scheme inducts women as officers into the following branches of the Army:
Candidates must meet certain physical standards. Shortlisted candidates are called for interviews conducted by the SSB.
The selection procedure consists of two stages based on Psychological Aptitude Tests. After the interview, shortlisted candidates have to appear for a medical examination.
Upon selection, candidates undergo training for a period of six months before they are granted commission.
For the Law Cadre, the eligibility is a 3/5-year degree in Law with a minimum of 55 per cent (agg) marks. The age requirement is 21-27 years.
Women with an MBBS degree from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) can join the Army Medical Services while BDS degree-holders are inducted into the Army Dental Corps.
The notifications for entry into the Army are published from time to time in leading national dailies.
For further information, you may contact:
Additional Directorate General of Recruiting (Women Entry Section), West Block-III, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066. Or log on to: www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.
School administration skills
Q I have done B.Ed, M.Sc (Anthropology & Sociology) and have been in charge of school administration for a number of years. Is there any course that can hone my skills, preferably through correspondence?
— Avinash Kaur
A The phenomenal growth of secondary education in India has created a huge gap between demand and supply of principals, headmasters and teachers. To bridge this gap the following are some institutions that offer 1-year PG courses in educational administration/management:
Q I completed B.Com last year and now I want to do LLB. Since I am working, kindly suggest the names of universities that offer LLB through distance education?
— Md.Niyamathullah K
A Unfortunately, no university offers a full-fledged three-yr LLB through correspondence.
However, the following law courses can be done via distance mode:
Note: Unfortunately, due to statutory requirements, these courses are not recognised by the Bar Council of India and you will not be able to practice in a Court of Law with this qualification. Of course, the knowledge of law will always prove useful in any field.
Scope of Home Science
Q I have passed Class XII in the science stream. I am keen on doing a course in Home Science. What are the job prospects in this field?
— Swati Mehta
A Both a science as well as an art, and combining theoretical knowledge with extensive fieldwork, Home Science is an interdisciplinary field that gears students for employment as well as entrepreneurship. Contrary to belief, it has numerous applications outside the home as well.
To prepare for the four
basic areas of Home Science (Food & Nutrition, Clothing &
Textile, Human Development and Family Resource Management), you'll study
varied subjects spanning across biological and physical sciences i.e.
chemistry, biochemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, bacteriology,
microbiology, health & hygiene, economics, sociology, psychology and
perhaps a few more. However, each of these subjects is taught only to
the extent necessary to provide a grounding in the four major areas.