Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Career Hotline
Put your skills to test
Pervin Malhotra

Q I am keen to start my career as a software tester. What is the scope and could you also give a list of the institutes offering this course?

ó Prakash Jain

A Software testing is used to evaluate a system, by manual or automatic means, to test the specifications and coding of software developed by the programmer in order to remove the bug or defect in the software. These tests play a critical strategic role in moving product quality upstream in the software development process while keeping the customerís needs in mind. All products must get test sign-off on product quality before intermediate and final releases.

ST professionals work closely with software design engineers and program managers to understand product requirements and functionality, design appropriate test plans to verify features and functionalities.

Software testing is a growing industry in the computer field. According to experts there will be a demand for 25,000 software testing professionals in 2006. The software testing business in India is set to hit the $700 million - $1 billion in 2007.

The demand for quality software testers is on the threshold of opening up in a big way as Indian companies offer testing facilities at very low cost as compared to their global counterparts. However, do remember that software testing is quite different from software development. Testing today has emerged from the shadow of programming and can be treated as a separate career path. Professional training is required to start a career in software testing

  • International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB): (

The ISTQB Certified Tester programme provides an internationally recognised certification for software testers. There are currently two levels of certification: The Foundation Level and the Advanced Level

  • Anna University, Chennai ( offers software testing and quality assurance as one of the elective subjects in the ME Software Engineering degree course

  • STC Technologies, 12, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, Bangalore- 560038 . Courses: Certified Software Test Professional and Adv Diploma in Software Testing

  • Quality Assurance India (Q A I) (

  • Vyom SQTL Labs (SQTL): Nachiket Park, Baner Road, Pune 411045 (

  • DOEACC (

  • Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) ( )

Clues to career in forensics

Q I want to know about M. Sc Forensic Science courses for my daughter who is studying B.Sc Biotechnology (Final Semester). What is the eligibility and selection process and prospects?

ó Jayant Sinha

A Forensic experts are independent professionals with degrees or their equivalents in a wide range of scientific disciplines. They work closely with the police to provide scientific evidence that is admissible in court.

The following universities offer MSc in Forensic Science and/or Criminology which will qualify your daughter for working in any of the four Central and 24 State-run forensic labs in the country besides police departments, prison administrations, detective and private security agencies and NGOs.

Forensic Scientists are appointed by the Union and State Public Service Commissions.

Each forensic lab has a separate physics, chemistry, toxicology, ballistic, serology, documentation, fingerprinting, photography, Polygraphy (lie detection) division where lab tests are run on trace evidence collected from dead/live people.

Because of the heavy backlog of cases, there is a proposal to introduce mobile forensic units in some states, which would further boost the demand for forensic scientists.

The following offer MSc and MA courses:

  • Osmania University, Hyderabad (AP) Course: MSc Forensic Sc. Eligibility: BSc (45% in optional subjs).

  • Karnatak University, Dharwad (Kar). Course: MA in Criminology & Forensic Sc.

Eligibility: Bachelorís degree (45%)

  • University of Mysore, Mysore (Kar) Course: MA (Criminology & Forensic Sc). Eligibility: Bachelorís degree.

  • University of Madras, Chennai (TN). ( Courses: MSc (Forensic Sc); MSc (Forensic Toxicology).

Eligibility: BSc/MBBS/ BDS/ BPharm/BVSc;

MA (Criminology). Eligibility: BA / BSc / BCom.

Counting the options

Q I would like to do my masterís in mathematics. I completed a two-year B. Sc pass course in pure science with distinction in maths and an aggregate of 52 per cent in 1984. I have also qualified ICWA Inter. Will I be eligible for doing masterís in maths? Please let me know which university offers such courses. I have no time to attend college classes to do a bridge course under Calcutta University.

ó M. Hasnain

A Whereas over 30 universities offer MA/MSc (Math) via distance learning, you could check with Annamalai University, Annamalainagar ( or some of the Open Universities like M P Bhoj Open Univ, Bhopal ( or Tamil Nadu Open University, Guindy, Chennai ( which may be somewhat more liberal.

The writer is a noted@@career consultant

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