Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Career Hotline
Pervin Malhotra

Girls uninterrupted

Q My friends want to pursue postgraduation in Computer Applications, Archaeology and Ph. D in Geography. However, as they belong to a conservative Muslim family where co-education is not encouraged, their attempts at higher education are being curtailed. Can you please tell me about those universities which are meant exclusively for girl students?

— Meghna Rao

A There are several women’s colleges in almost every university, not to mention the large number of women’s polytechnics. However, the following are entirely women's universities:

lAvinashilingam Instt for Home Science & Hr Education for Women, Coimbatore (TN)

lBanasthali Vidyapith, PO Banasthali Vidyapith, 304022 (Raj) (

lBhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya at Khanpur Kalan in Sonepat Dtt. (Har)

lShreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, 1 Nathibai Thackersey Road, Bombay 400020 (Mah) (

lSri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Chittoor District, Tirupati 517502 (TN) (

lMother Teresa Women's University, Anandagiri 4th Street, Kodaikanal 624102 (TN) (

lWhile MCA courses are offered at all these universities, postgraduate course in Archaeology and PhD course in Geography are not conducted as per our records.

Incidentally, all these universities also offer an MBA or its equivalent. For further information, contact the respective universities.

Paying prospects

Q I am a B.Sc Chemistry graduate and am interested in pursuing my career in academics. But my parents are completely opposed to the idea because they believe that doing an IT or an MBA degree will fetch me a better job with a fat salary rather than academics. Please help.

— Kavita Sehgal

A As lucrative career options such as IT and Management continue to entice India’s brightest, pure sciences, unfortunately, are taking a back seat. This has become a great concern for academicians and scientists. However without science there can be no technology as all technological growth is based on science. The lack of science can affect the quality of our R & D as most industries are knowledge-based and need highly qualified people. Many industries are on the look out for professionals with a background in pure sciences. Even BSc students are being absorbed in the industry along with BE students simply because there aren’t enough MSc graduates. The number of ME/M.Techs and PhDs in China is ten times that in India which explains why there are so many products coming out of these countries and why they are accepted in the international market. If earning money at an early stage is the main reason for not pursuing higher studies, the situation is not as grim as it appears to be. So I would suggest that if you are very keen on pursuing your higher studies in chemistry, just go for it without thinking twice.

The writer is a noted career consultant

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