Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad

Dear Madam

I am studying in engineering second year in Bangalore. My average cgpa is 9.0 (instrumentation technology engineering). I would like to pursue my postgraduation in arms and ammunition. Could you suggest to me the best university abroad and the exams that I have to take to pursue my field of interest. What is the scope in this field? I would also like to go on with my PhD in this subject.Ramya
Dear Ramya

In pursuing any  nation’s defence objectives, the Department of Defence seeks to safely and securely manage, store, transport, and handle arms, ammunition, and explosives throughout the world. Each military service remains responsible for maintaining a highly trained and qualified military and civilian ammunition workforce. Many challenges are associated  with this goal. 

Presently you are yet at a stage when you still have time to decide on your specialization and higher studies.  It is commendable that you are scoring well, so do work towards bettering /maintaining your academic record. Slowly think in terms of what would be the area of specialization you want to pursue by knowing your aptitude and whether it matches your interest/passion. Arms and ammunition being a very specialized field has limited employment opportunities.  However, you can consider joining the Indian Army Engineering branch and then opt for Ordinance, which deals with ammunition.Good Luck!
Dear Madam

I am planning for MS in US for fall-2014. But, I am not aware of any scholarship/fellowship giving institutions/firm/trusts to students who want to pursue Masters degree in foreign university. I am looking such institutions in India/USA that provide scholarship  up to full tuition or half tuition costs. Could you please let me know if there are any such institutions in India or US? Prajwal Sapare
Dear Prajwal,

Start your search with a visit to your college or university’s financial aid office, as it may be able to connect you with resources that specifically target non-US residents. First of all find out if the university in which you are intending to gain entry for your MS has any assistance-ship.  If there are any the amount of assistantship/scholarship offered they may differ according to your academic  profile. Website  http://grantspace­.org/Tools/Knowledge-Base/Individual-Grantseekers/Students/Funding-for-international-students could be of use to you. If not , try  the special Scholarships to Indian Students.Some trusts or organizations offer financial assistance to Indian students who are planning to study abroad. The scholarships provided by these trusts are very course specific. Get in touch with the below mentioned institutes to confirm if you are eligible for the scholarship program offered by them. Indian Organizations: Inlaks Foundation, ITC Scholarships, J N Tata Endowment, KC Mahindra Scholarship, Mariwala Trust, Nehru Trust for Cambridge University and Trinity College, Rhodes Scholarship, Rotary Ambassadorial ScholarshipsAs scholarship options are extremely competitive, several banks offer loans to students to study abroad. Indian banks offer student loans for studying abroad on a confirmed admission to a foreign university for full-time courses (that is, loans are not offered for correspondence courses), with each bank following  its own scheme.Best Wishes!
Dear Madam,

My son has completed his PUC in Science and joined a 3 year Degree course in Animation and Visual Effects. I would like to know the following: Does this education make him eligible for higher education in this field abroad? What other course would you recommend along with this for value addition. Will learning foreign languages in addition be beneficial.Jaya Shankar
Dear Mrs Jaya Shankar,

Your son  can study abroad for a certification/diploma course. Its important to remember that Its only worth joining them if he is  extremely talented and not otherwise. At this juncture let your son understand the ground work in animation and visual effects with his ideas, efforts and the skills to pursue them at least till end of 2nd year or so and later  he himself will identify/ take help in knowing where his aptitude lies and specialize  in that area. 

Learning foreign languages is always an added colour to the resume but it is important to know its usage.

Best bet would be to work on his overall personality development like EQ,  communication and Interpersonal  skills. Let him do the SWOT analysis with respect to his creative skills in his course at present and work on his weakness.Best wishes to you both!

Dr Malini works as a career counsellor and has a PhD in Human Development.Send in your queries to Education, Deccan Herald, 75, MG Road, Bangalore-560001or email us at dheducation@deccanherald.co.in

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