The class moves outside
Teaching career abroad
S. S. Verma
efinition of a career has already changed a lot with time. There was a time when a job with higher promotion prospects, good salary benefits and social respect was considered the best. But due to growing unemployment in India and with changing scenario towards privatisation, "career" nowadays is related mostly to good perks and working conditions.

Illustration by Sandeep Joshi
Illustration by Sandeep Joshi


The class moves outside
Teaching career abroad
S. S. Verma

Definition of a career has already changed a lot with time. There was a time when a job (particularly government one) with higher promotion prospects, good salary benefits and social respect was considered the best. But due to growing unemployment particularly in a populated country like India and with changing scenario towards privatisation, "career" nowadays is related mostly to good perks and working conditions, with or without stable nature of the assignment.

Moreover, people themselves are switching over to better career opportunities. In the teaching sector, career opportunities abroad were rare earlier, but with the growing demand for education in developing and underdeveloped countries like Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Brunei, Libya and many more, the need of teaching professionals at all levels in schools, colleges (general and vocational) and universities is growing and the trend is expected to continue for a decade or two.

Many people at an early age are exploring these teaching avenues and are pursuing teaching career abroad for longer periods if needed, moving from one place/country to another. The number of Indian teachers in these countries is increasing fast; e.g., in Ethiopia only, there are nearly 900-1,000 Indian teachers in its about nine universities, and in many cases, there are nearly 100 Indian teachers in a single university. An equal number of Indian teachers is also working in schools and colleges.

Such opportunities were, earlier, limited to the people from particular parts of India like south, because the appointment contracts were given through contractors belonging to these states only. They generally used to encourage their own people. Moreover, people in these states are already active in exploring foreign assignments. Slowly, these avenues are expanding to all over India and most of these countries have also started to recruit candidates directly through their embassies in India.

The author himself has experienced teaching career in Ethiopia, and he has shared the experiences of his friends in other countries with others and found their life to be much better in all respects like money, food, climate and social respect.

Generally, the employer also provides family to-and-fro air tickets along with the candidate’s tickets. In these careers, people are able to save (tax free) in 10 years more than what one can expect to save in India even after working throughout his life.

These educations programmes whether through the UNDP or directly under the respective governments are worth trying for few years, if the candidate is without job or his job and family environment allows him to explore these opportunities.

Persons with Ph.D’s and long teaching experiences are not the only ones getting these opportunities; persons with simple postgraduation (PG) degrees and modest teaching experience are also getting these assignments. It all depends upon the demand for a particular subject expert in a particular country.

Educated people in north India are really missing the opportunity, as compared to their counterparts in south India. Self-confidence and determination will play a great role in motivating people in the north towards this.

Woman candidates could also come forward to explore these careers and already many married women are pursuing these careers successfully.

People are taking their families with them on these overseas assignments and families with working husband and wife are doing even better. People might feel that some of these countries are not good for living or the money is not sufficient, but they should still take a chance.

National newspapers do carry the information about these job opportunities and the Internet can be used to explore more vistas in this regard. There is no use in wasting time in job queues or in private institutes; instead, teaching career outside India should be explored.

(For queries write at


Admission Deadline

Armed Forces

Indian Air Force, No. 1, Airmen Selection Centre, 48, Mansfield Road, Ambala Cantt 133001

Airman in Group ‘X’ (Tech) & Group ‘Y’ Trades

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian males from specified Punjab distts
For 1: Cl. 10+2 (with Maths, Phys & Eng, 50%), 3-yr Dip in (Mech/Electron /Electri/ Auto/ Comp Sc/ Instru Tech) DoB: 1 Oct ’86—1 Jul Sept ’89
For 2: Matric (50%) with pass marks in Eng. DoB: 1 Aug ‘85-1 Jan ‘89

Selection: Written Test: Bet 22 Feb & 26 Feb /Physical Fitness Test/Interview/Medical Test

Details: Website

Art & Design

Apeejay Institute of Design, 54, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, New Delhi-110062
1) BDesign (4-yr)— May 8

2) BFA (4-yr)— May 18

3) B.Multimedia (4-yr)— May 15

4) PG Diploma (Comm Art, Interior Deco, Dress Des & Tailoring, Text Des) (1-yr)— May 21

Eligibility: For 1, 2 & 3: 10+2 (45%)
For 4: Bachelor’s (50%)

Application F: Send Rs. 550/- by DD fvg "Apeejay Institute of Design" payable at New Delhi to above add.


May 2
Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Longowal, Sangrur 148106 (Punj).
1) MTech (2 -yr)

2) Degree Programs (3-yr)

3) Diploma Programs (2 yr)

4) Certificate Programs (2-yr)

Eligibility: For 1: BE/BTech.

For 2: Dip holders from SLIET or polytechs affl with State Board of Tech Educn.
For 3: Cl 12 (PCM)/Cert holders of SLIET.
For 4: Cl 10 (Sc/Maths/Eng).

Selection: National Level Test: 11-12 Jun.
Application F: Send Rs 350/- by DD fvg "Director, SLIET" payable at Longowal/Sangrur to above add.
Details: Website.
March 15
University of Delhi, Fac/o Technology, Bawana Road, Delhi-110042
Common Entrance Exam (CEE) 2005-06

(For admission to BE Courses in Delhi College of Engineering & Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology)
Eligibility: 10+2 (60% with PCM) Age: 17 yrs
Exam: 29 May
Application F: Send Rs 475/- by DD fvg, "Registrar, Delhi University, Delhi" payable at SBI, Service Branch, New Delhi (Code 7687) to the Dean, Room No. HCFF-13, 1ST Floor (Health Centre) with 2 self-add slips at above add by 01 Mar. Write name, add, tel no behind DD.

Central Institute of Tool Design, Balanagar, Hyderabad 500037 (M/o SSI, GoI Society).

Master Certificate in CAD/ CAM/ Comp Aided Tool Engg (6 mth).

Eligibility: BE/ BTech/ Dip (Mech Engg).

Application F & Details: Employment News (5-11 Feb)/ Website.

Environmental Sciences

May 5
TERI School of Advanced Studies (Deemed Univ) , Darbari Seth Block, Habitat Place, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003;
1) PhD
2) MSc (Natural Resources, Environ Studies) (2-yr)
3) MA (Regulatory Studies/ Public Policy & Sustainable Dev)

Details: Website.


The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, ICSI House, 22, Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003;
February 28
1) Intermediate Course Exam (Dec ‘05)

March 31
2) Foundation Course Exam (Dec ‘05)

Eligibility: For 1: BSc/B Com
For 2: 10+2 (Arts/Comm/Sc)

Application F: Send Rs.150/- (For 1)/ Rs.110/- (For 2) by DD fvg ‘The Institute of Company Secretaries of India’ payable at New Delhi to above add.

Details: Website


International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (Deemed University)
Research (13 fields)
MTech / MS by Res (2-yr)
PG Dip (Computational linguistics) (1-yr)
PhD (3/5-yr)

Entrance Exam: PGEE 2005: 22 May

Application F: Website (by 31 Mar)

Details: Web.

Mass Communication

March 22
A J Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025;

1) MA (Mass Comm) (2 yr)

2) PG Dip (Dev Communication) (1-yr)

3) PG Dip (Maintenance & Operation of Broadcast Equip) (1-yr)

4) Adv Diploma in Journalism (1-yr)

Eligibility: For 1, 2 & 4: Bachelor’s deg (50%).
For 3: BSc/ BE/ BTech (Electron/ Communications/ Electric)/ BSc (Hons) Phys & Electron (50%)

Details: Website.


April 1
All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, 110, Chittaranjan Avenue, Kolkata-700073
1) Master of Veterinary Public Health (2-yr)

2) Diploma in Nursing Education & Admin (Community Health, 10 mnth)

Eligibility: For 1: MBBS, BVSc & AS, Central/ State Govt employees & 1-yr vet wk exp prefd.
For 2: Cert/ Dip in GNM. 2-yr wk exp prefd.

Application F: Send Application request to Director at above add.

March 31

Jawaharlal Institute of PG Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry 605006; MBBS 2005-’06

Eligibility: 10+2 Phys, Chem, Biol/ Bot & Zool & Eng. Age: 17 yrs (on/ before 31 Dec ’05)

Selectn: Entrance Exam: 29 May (at 7 centres)

Application F: Send Rs 250/- by DD fvg "Accounts Officer, JIPMER" payable at Bank of Baroda, Pondicherry branch with 2 add slips (2"x3") to the Registrar (Academic) at above add by 03 Mar.

Details: Website.


Indian Airlines Ltd, Airlines House, 113, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, New Delhi 110 001

February 15
Senior Trainee Pilots

February 22
Junior Trainee Pilots

Eligibility & Application F: Employment News (5-11 Feb)

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, 17, Jamshedji Tata Road, Mumbai 400 020

Recruitment of IT Professionals

Eligibility: BE/BTech with MCA/ MCS/ MBA/ MMS (IT/ Systems/ Comp Sc/)

Application F & Details: Employment News (5-11 February)/ Website

*Apply within 15 days from 5 February

— Pervin Malhotra