Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Career Hotline

Well-modulated voice must for newsreaders
Pervin Malhotra

Q I have completed my graduation in commerce stream. However, I am really interested in becoming a newsreader. I am good at communicating and have a deep-pitched and well-modulated voice. Do I need to pursue a course in news reading and does being a newsreader need any qualifications as such?

Ruhi Banerjee

A While itís an asset, itís not absolutely mandatory to do a course in newsreading. As a graduate with a clear diction, a pleasant well-modulated voice, you can appear for the written test (a background of the cultural traditions of the region and overall general awareness are important criteria for selection) conducted by radio/TV channels. If you manage to qualify the written test, you will be called for an audition followed by an interview.

While you are at it, do take a shot at the FM channels as well. The confidence and skills you gain while presenting the programmes will stand you in good stead.

Mechanical engg diploma prospects

Q I have passed three years diploma course in mechanical engineering with 59% marks. Now I am working as a service advisor. I want to pursue a degree course in engineering in a related field which will be helpful in enhancing my career prospects preferably through correspondence or part time? Can you please suggest some good options?

Kirpal Singh

A As a DME, you have the following options:

a) Since you are already employed, you can either do a part-time, 4-year BE from an engineering college or acquire a BS degree by distance mode from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Distance Learning Programme Division, Pilani (

(b) Enroll for a 1-1Ĺ-year Post-Diploma course in Computer Software, etc offered at various polytechnics.

(c) Opt for the Associateship of the Institution of Engineers (India) ( AMIE (Sections A & B taken together are equivalent to BE/BTech both for the purpose of employment as well as further study).

(d) If you are interested in industrial drafting and designing, you can take up a course in CAD/CAM. Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture, using high-end software will give an added edge to your knowledge of mechanical engineering.

(e) Alternatively, you could also opt for course in Tool Design (plastic moulds, press tools, jigs, fixtures and gauges) from a recognised institution.

(f) The M/o Labour (GoI) runs advanced training institutes in every state that offer short-term, job-oriented and skill enhancement courses in several branches of engineering.

(g) Several open universities offer a range of courses through distance learning for diploma-holders. 

Dental technicians in demand

Q Please inform me about the dental technicianís course and what are the opportunities after doing this course?


A Dental technologists or dental technicians make the dentures, bridges, crowns, and dental braces that improve the patientís appearance, speech and their ability to eat food.

Due to the rise in number of corporate hospitals and private clinics, there has been a proliferation in the job opportunities, particularly for paramedical staff like dental assistants, technicians, dental hygienists etc. who provide dental support services. With the emphasis shifting from corrective surgeries to preventive and cosmetic dental treatment, it is very important that the dentists and the technician work as a team.

Working with the dentistís prescription, technicians need to be familiar with different types of materials like gold, porcelain and plastic to design and construct appliances to meet the individual needs of the patients.

Since the eligibility for most of dental technicians courses is 10+2, you can join a good dental college that is recognised by the Dental Council of India straight after school. However, it has been felt that the course offered by most Indian dental colleges is a bit outdated and lacks practical laboratory experience. In the earlier days, the dental technicians work was considered arduous, monotonous and boring. Today, with the advent of electrical wax knives, computerised investing machines, milling machines, and induction casting machines, the work gets done a lot faster, so it is important that the course that you undertake keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments.

Depending on your interest you can opt for the following specialisations:

Prosthodontic technicians who design and make dentures. Conservation technicians specialise in crown and bridge work. Orthodontic technicians make braces to correct tooth positions. Maxillo-facial technicians usually work in hospitals and help to reconstruct the faces of patients damaged by accident or disease.

While the quality of courses in dental mechanics urgently needs to be upgraded, the demand for these professionals is on the rise.

Other than the Faculty of Dental Sciences, King Georgeís Medical University, Lucknow (UP), the bulk of such courses are offered by dental colleges affiliated to the following universities in the South e.g. NTR University of Health Sciences (AP), Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (Kar), Cochin University of Sc & Tech (Ker), Vinayak Mission Research Foundation (Deemed University) (TN)

Wildlife courses

Q I am a graduate in zoology. I wish to join the field of wildlife. Please give the details of institutes offering this course and their eligibility.

Chandan Rana

A You can check out the following courses:

Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248 001 (affliated to Saurashtra University) (

Course: M.Sc. in Wildlife Science (2-year) offered every alternate year. Eligibility: 15 years of formal education i.e. aggregate in BSc (55%) with a biology major.

Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh ( Course: MSc in Wildlife Science Eligibility: BSc Zoology /Botany (50%) Selection: Written test & Interview

Bharthidasan University, Tiruchirapalli 620024. Course: M.Sc Animal Biotechnology. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree in Zoology / Animal Sciences /Biotechnology / Biochemistry/ Fisheries Science and Veterinary Science.

Kuvempu University, Kuvempu Centenary Building, Jnana Sahyadri, Shankaraghatta - 577451, Shimoga Dist. ( Course: Postgraduate degree in Wildlife Management

Saurashtra University, Kalavad Road, Rajkot 360005.

Course: MSc in Wildlife Science Eligibility: BSc (55%); PG Diploma in Forestry.

Guru Ghasidas University, F/o of Natural Resources, P.O. Koni, Bilaspur 495009 (Chhatisgarh) ( Course: MSc Forestry, Wildlife & Ecology Development. Eligibility: Bachelors degree with Chemistry/ Botany or Forestry as one of the subjects (50%)

PhD in Forensic Biological Science

Q After doing my masters in biotechnology, I am doing PhD in Forensic Biological Science from CFSL, Kolkata. However, I want to be a lecturer but I am not NET qualified. Will qualifying GATE be useful to me to be a lecturer?

Gargi Saxena

A All GATE qualifiers (or IIT grads with 8 and above GPA) who wish to take up teaching as a career, can opt for AICTEís Early Faculty Induction Programme (EFIP) which offers some distinct incentives to bright young graduates pursuing PG programmes in engineering & tech, architecture or pharmacy). Details:

The GATE 2007 notification has appeared in prominent dailies. For syllabus and more information, please log on to: .

Incidentally, under the new UGC rules, those who have cleared MPhil are eligible for teaching at the undergraduate level and are not required to take the National Eligibility Test (NET).

Foreign language skills

Q Iím a graduate preparing for management entrances. Iím keen on learning a foreign language. Would it be beneficial for me? Please recommend some short term / correspondence courses in any foreign language.


A Some of the languages that are most in demand from the job point of view are French, Japanese and German. The level of language skills required is essentially of the practical sort: speaking, understanding and some reading. Your level of fluency in the language will determine the range of options open to you. A truly wide choice of facilities for learning foreign languages is available, especially in metro cities like Delhi. If the organisations you have short listed to work in after you complete your management degree have a tie-up with some foreign company or country, it would make sense to learn that particular language.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan offers part-time diploma courses in various languages. Moreover, almost all embassies or their cultural centres conduct classes for teaching their languages, e.g. French is taught at Alliance Francaise centres all over India (; German at Max Mueller Bhawan centres, Japanese at the Japanese Cultural Centre, 32 Ferozshah Road, Delhi, Spanish at Instituto Hispania centres, (; and Italian at the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, Delhi.

CIEFL, Hyderabad also offers courses through distance learning mode in German / Russian (3-year) and E-Masters Programme in French.

The writer is a noted career consultant

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