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A bird in hand is better than two...

Career coach Sanjay Arora answers readers' queries

A bird in hand is better than two...

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Q. I have graduated from Delhi University recently. I was intending to take admission in master’s course for the 2020 academic session. I took many entrances but was targeting specially for an International Relations Course from JNU. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to JNU this time but I have managed to get my name in the merit list of Central University of Kerala for the same course. What should I do? Should I take admission in CUK or not?

Sakshi Sinha

A. First of all, it is extremely essential to understand that you should never be restricted and stubborn regarding any course or college in particular. And since you took many other entrances as well I suppose you are quite familiar with this idea.

Coming to your question, JNU is indeed an excellent university for international relations course in masters but CUK isn’t bad either. It features in the list of top 10 universities which offers MA in International Relations and therefore at this juncture when you have got an opportunity to take admission in CUK, you shouldn’t think twice. I would suggest you to take admission in CUK and meanwhile keep preparing for JNU entrance for the next year. This will not only give a backup even if you are not able to crack JNU this time too because of some unavoidable reasons, but will also ensure continuity in your studies.

Another reason for taking admission in CUK is that, it has very good faculty and the course structure is also so arranged that it covers a huge range of topics in the first year itself. These are the topics whose objective part will be the ones which you will need in your JNU preparation. The first year generally deals with courses such as History of International Relations, Theories of international relations, Indian foreign policy and Introduction to political theory among others. So a win-win situation. Isn’t it? 

And last but not the least, it is not the university that matters! What matters instead is your passion about the subject. So keep dreaming and working hard!

Sanjay Arora is a Panchkula-based Career Coach.




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