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Dear Sir,I am a third year engineering student. I am very passionate about teaching in primary and secondary level. I want to pursue my higher education in the field of education, abroad. So please guide me.

Vinayak R 
Dear Vinayak,

After engineering you need not go abroad to specialise in school teaching.  You may decide whether you would like to teach subjects like Computers, Maths or Science, etc or whether you would like to be a classroom teacher in which case you will have to add a BEd or DEd to your qualification.  You may go for higher studies abroad if you have specific areas of interest such as Environmental Science, children with special needs, study methodology, etc.  Ensure that you are clear in your goals and what you would like to make your career in, before you invest in a course abroad.
Dear Sir,

I am doing BE in VTU and I am interested in civil service exam I want to study economics. Can we do two degrees at same time in two different universities in India one from regular university and another from distance education. Please help me. I am in confusion.Sharath Kumar K
Dear Sharath,Some open universities do allow you to take up a degree through distance education while you are doing a classroom course, but if may put a strain on you since Economics is quite different from the engineering subjects you would be studying right now.  If your aim is to get into Civil Services, it would be better to use your spare time to sharpen your communication and presentation skills, improve your general knowledge, be abreast of current affairs, and by the time you come to final year, you may take coaching from a reliable institute to crack the CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test, conducted by UPSC ) (
Dear Sir,

I have completed my BCom successfully by securing 85% in my final exam. I am interested in doing some expert specialisation. Instead of doing traditional ones like MCom. Please suggest the available areas or courses where I can satisfy my interest. By doing full time course and also  doing distance learning together. I would like to tap the untapped areas of excellence. Josna Patil
Dear Josna,

Excellence lies not only in working hard, but also in knowing what path you are moving on,  Josna. Since you have already completed BCom with good marks, you should by now know where your interest lies, which you have not mentioned.  There are fields ranging from CA, CMA, CS, CFA in accounting areas, there are PG courses in banking, investments, stock markets, micro-finances, business process and foreign trade in the management sector. You could opt to become a project management professional (, a civil services officer. Teaching in the financial sector is getting more and more lucrative. Match your interest to your aptitude and then only take the next step.

Dear Sir,

I am looking for distance learning or weekend courses in ‘Psychological Counseling’ from Bangalore. I am currently working in the IT industry, but I have interest in this area. So I’m looking to change my domain. Kindly suggest any other courses (weekend/distance learning only) useful in this area and good institutes for the same.

Dear Manoj,

It is nice that you are looking into the world of behavioural sciences and counselling despite being a successful IT professional.  Many people have found immense satisfaction in human related careers, and the financial prospects also are steadily increasing. Starting from school and college counsellors, the demand for corporate, hospital and NGO counsellors is also quite significant.

Distance learning courses are offered by many open universities including: Kuvempu (, IGNOU (, Madras  (, Annamalai ( and weekend as well as on-line course is offered by BanjaraAcademy (
Dear Sir,

My Son Kiran M Jayasurya is a 12th standard student at present and has scored 98.4% in SSLC State Board. Also 90% in PCMB in 11th standard. He wants to pursue astrophysics. So please guide us about the basics we need to follow to reach this level.  Whether we have to go for undergraduation in astrophysics or at the master’s level. He has no other options other than astrophysics, Please helpN Manjunath
Dear Manjunath, 

It is good that your son is focused and clear about his career goals. If he has explored and understood the field, and the type of work he will be doing in it, he can start preparing for KVPY exam which he can give even before completing his 12th standard, and which is used for admission in Physics courses in reputed institutions like IISc, IISERs etc. ( He can also apply to IITs, BITS Pilani, NITS for integrated Masters course in Physics. Subsequently, he can specialise in astrophysics in institutions like IISc, Institute of Astrophysics, both in Bangalore ( etc.
Dear Sir,

I am an MCA post graduate. I am interested in doing a PG Diploma in Financial Management through correspondence. Also I want to know, if the course is done through correspondence. I need details of Indian institutes/ universities offering these courses. Which are the institutes recognised by AICTE. It is fine if any one at Bangalore.P Manohar.
Dear Manohar,Many recognised Universities all over India offer post graduate diplomas and degrees in Financial Management through correspondence. The course needs to be recognized by Distance Education Council ( Bangalore University, Directorate of Distance Education, Central College campus, is one of them (
Dear Sir,

I have Completed my BE (Civil) and M Tech (Structural engineering) in 2012, then I got an appointment in a reputed government organisation as assistant engineer. I have been working here till now. I want to do a PhD. So please guide me whether to quit this job and do a PhD or to take a guide and continue my job and pursue PhD simultaneously.Kavya K R
Dear Kavya,You need to take a decision based on your work pressure and your ability to study after full day’s work. If you are planning to get into academics, then it will be better for you to first prepare well and clear the NET exam (details on, then either quit your job or take study leave if rules permit. This way you will get a stipend, opportunity to teach, and better contacts in your field. Thus you will be able to judge your future plans and jobs better and make a good career.

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