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Dear Madam,
I am doing my BE in EEE department. I'm a final year student and I’m planning to do my MS abroad. But my aggregate in BE is less.  I have got 62.28 but I will do well in GRE and IELTS. But I am really worried about my aggregate.

Please guide me whether I will get into a good college with this percentage and good marks in the entrance exam?
Shruthi A

Dear Shruthi,
Since there is not much you can do about your BE GPA, I suggest you prepare really well for your GRE and IELTS and get good scores. Fortunately for you, we have plenty of universities to choose from and your 62% will be accepted by many good universities.

So, don’t worry too much, stay focussed and perform well in your GRE and English test - IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE. Request 3 referees to write you a letter of recommendation. Write a strong personal statement and update your C.V with all your academic and extra curricular awards and achievements.

Universities will not just look at your Engineering results while processing your application. They will look for an all rounder who is multi faceted. Include internships and community service in your resume. Follow this advice and you will certainly get into a good university!

Dear Madam
I am currently working in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from past 10 months. I am interested in pursuing my masters in Electronics / Embedded Systems or Automation Domain from Germany. I have queries regarding the same:

1) Which season (WINTER or SUMMER) to study in Germany? I am asking this with placement point of view.
2) What is the estimated budget that I should have?
3) What are the scholarship opportunities?
Kindly help in the above mentioned aspects. I would be very grateful.
Akshay Deshpande

Dear Akshay,
Most German Universities offer Masters Program in Electrical / Embedded systems or Automation. Generally courses start in October.

You don’t have to plan a big budget since all public universities are either free or charge a nominal amount towards tuition. Please take the IELTS exam. This would be a requirement for all universities.

For complete information on German Universities, fees, scholarships, funding and working opportunities etc please visit   www.study-in.de/en and www.daaddelhi.org . The Bangalore DAAD information point is in the Cash pharmacy building on Residency road.

Also if you are keen on Germany, get in touch with the Goethe Institute to learn German.  Although the programs are taught in English, preference will be given to students who know German.

The Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan) in Indiranagar offers special courses for students who want to go to Germany for higher education. Here is a link to their website: www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag/enindex.htm

Dear Madam,
I have finished my board exams of class 12.I would like to do Mechanical Engineering and take up Astrophysics later during Post-graduation. But I have heard from many that I will be able to take up Astrophysics during Post-graduation only if I take up Electronics or related branches in Engineering in which I am not interested.

Is it true that I will be able to take up Astrophysics only if I take up Electronics in Engineering? If yes what are the other options available so that my dream of pursuing the degree in Astrophysics remains intact?

Is there any good colleges in India which provides good courses/programs for Astrophysics?
Does Germany provides a good opportunity for aspirants in Astrophysics? If yes please provide me with some details regarding the required grades/scores in UG and GRE/TOEFL etc and their fee structure.
Sunil Hosakoti

Dear Sunil,
If you wish to pursue Astrophysics at a post graduate level, I suggest you take Physics or Astrophysics or Astronomy or Meteorology or a related subject at your Bachelors level. Most Universities in all countries will offer Bachelors degree in Physics, Astronomy, Geo Sciences, and Astrophysics etc.

Your GPA at Bachelors should be high since this is a very competitive course. Since you plan to go abroad only at post graduate level, don’t worry about GRE or TOEFL at this point of time.

Focus on your Bachelors Program and carry out some research work outside the requirement of your regular course work. This will certainly strengthen your C.V and help in the admission process. During the start of your final year at Undergraduate level, you need to start applying to Universities for your Masters Program.

I hope this gives you some clarity to your plans for higher studies. All the best!

Dear Madam
I am a Chartered Accountant with 3.5+ years of work experience in the Big 4s. I have had a career break (of about 2 years) in between due to personal reasons.

I am considering pursuing an international MBA and would like to gather sufficient information on the same in order to take a well-informed decision.  Please let me know the reputed universities in the following countries (in order of preference) for a full-time MBA program - 1 Singapore, 2 USA, 3 UK.

Also, please let me know the websites/links from where I can source information on all the relevant information required to pursue an international MBA.
Ashwini

Dear Ashwini,
In Singapore, the top 3 Universities are National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU). All of them offer a 12 month full time MBA program.

In U.S you have all the Ivy leagues like Harvard, Stanford, Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, Brown and Columbia which offer excellent MBA programs.

Other than that you have the Kellogg’s Business school at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, MIT Sloan Business School, UC Berkeley, NYU Stern, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign among others.

In U.K, Cambridge, Oxford, Cass Business School City University, LSE, Imperial College, Warwick, Manchester, Kings College, University of Westminster, etc offer full time MBA. For a complete listing of all universities and web site links please visit www.umaaswani.com

Dear Madam,
I have completed my Diploma and BE in Electronics and communication then did a Cloud course which is of 3 Months and have a work experience of 18 Months as a server support Engineer.

I wanted to do MS or M Tech which is related to servers and Data center, please let me know the right course,place and university to do. Is abroad a right choice to do?  Please also let me know about IT Infrastructure course and future in all these fields of study.

In case if you have a different idea where I can enhance my knowledge in these above fields please do let me know.
N Santosh

Dear Santosh,
You will find a wide range of courses related to your subject in the U.S in Universities such as Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Arizona State University, University of Michigan, University of California etc.

You can pursue your masters in an area relating to computer science, Internet technology or facility management. Training in areas such as Microsoft applications, Linux or Unix may be helpful for data centres.

Familiarity with HVAC systems or other physical infrastructure is also an option. In U.K, Universities such as Middlesex University, Kings College, University of Manchester, Warwick University, University of Edinburgh etc offer a variety of MSc programs in subjects related to your field.

As far as the scope of these courses go, there is a huge demand. Companies such as CISCO, IBM, WIPRO, Infosys, Microsoft, HP etc are all into IT infrastructure, servers and data centres in a big way!

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