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Dear Sir,
I am a citizen of Nepal and pursued B.Tech (Civil Engineering) degree from Punjab, India. Sir, after graduation I am in a dilemma to chose a path. The options I have are: 1) Take coaching of GATE, IES and get a good score in order to study M.tech in IIT or do a govt. job.2) Do masters in of the govt. university of Nepal 3) Or should I start any civil related job?If I do in India, what should I do?Kindly, advice me something sir.
Prativa Mahato

Dear Partiva,
You can start off by setting your priorities. If earning money immediately is not very important and you would like to have a secure job, then you can try to clear the entrance exams like GATE etc.  At the same time it will certainly help if you take up a job, so that you get practical experience in the field of Civil Engineering, and you will also know which specializations you would be most suited for. Initially in India you may get a field job with a construction firm, and it is better if you focus on a company that gives opportunity to learn rather than getting a good salary.

Dear Sir,
I am studying 12th grade, PCMC stream. I wish to pick an area of study for my bachelor's degree. I am torn between electronics and mechanical engineering. Also, mechatronics has got my attention and I wish to know more about the prospects of this field. I wish to get into the automobile space and work on sustainable transport— alternative fuels. What could be a prospective education path for me? (UG and PG)
Thrivikram Mudunuri

Dear Thiruvikram,
I presume that you are quite clear that you will be taking up engineering as your career, and your only doubt is regarding the branch of study.  Since your primary interest is in the automobile sector, mechanical engineering would be a good foundation for you to further specialise later.

You can also consider mechatronics, but it is offered by very few colleges. Do give importance to the college, based on infrastructure, seniority and stability of Faculty, quality of students, library and computer facilities.  Once you finish your degree, you will be able to decide what specialisation and where you would like to study further. 

Dear Sir,
I'm an engineering graduate. I completed my BE in Telecommunication branch with a good aggregate . Now I have interest in doing mtech..so I need clarification about subjects and colleges.I have interest in VLSI design, Digital electronics and digital communications, but I'm in confusion so as which one to choose. Among these subjects I want to know which is the best and which subject has more scope in  IT domain. I want to work in IT domain. so please suggest which is good. Please suggest some 10 good colleges in Bangalore..please clear my doubts.
Manu

Dear Manu
Please keep in mind that your career should not be chosen on the basis of scope, which keeps changing every few years going up and down.  Your working life is likely to be for 40-50 years.

If you select a field you are genuinely interested in, and have a strong aptitude for, then regardless of the scope or recession, you will continue to do well in your career. Having spent 4 years in engineering college, you should be able to evaluate yourself which topic appeals to you and you do well in.

Also ask yourself whether you are genuinely interested in the IT domain or are getting attracted to it only because you feel you will get a higher starting salary.  If you do it for the second reason, you will lose your knowledge gained in telecommunication and may not be a very expert IT professional.

That may lead to your having setbacks later in life.  In fact at this juncture you should also explore whether you would like to go for higher technical studies, or whether you will do better in management, administration, marketing, communication etc. If you just cannot decide, then get some work experience and see the corporate world for yourself.  

Dear Sir,
I'm studying in class 12. I keep reading that the students doing JEE course get into MIT. I want to know whether writing JEE lead us to MIT. I want to know about SAT exams and also how to get into MIT and also I like to know about OLYMPIAD Exam and its benefits - Surya

Dear Surya,
If you are referring to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge USA, (website www. mit.edu), then you need to do the SAT exam, for which you can more information on www.sat.collegeboard.org. The JEE  (www.jeemain.nic.in) is an Indian examination for admission to IITs (for which you subsequently have to clear the JEE-Advanced), the NITs and various Central engineering colleges.

Admission to MIT USA and IITs in India is equally highly competitive and preparation has to be done systematically for a long time.  JEE exams outcome is based entirely on your ranking, but admission to MIT depends partly on your SAT scores and also on how you present yourself to the university and the Professors, your other skills and track record. However, good SAT scores can get you admission in other top colleges in USA even if you do not get into MIT.

Dear Sir,
I have completed my B.Com with an aggregate of 70% and I am willing to proceed further with a MBA degree. What i am really confused is whether to do the MBA course from an autonomous college or with a university affiliated college. Kindly clarify what are the benefits of joining either of the methods and whether the certificate from the autonomous campus holds any greater value compared to a university MBA. Also, kindly share the difference between the two: Autonomous campus education and a university MBA.
Javeed Ahmed

Dear Javeed,
Many colleges have been given ‘Autonomous’ status by their respective universities and because of that they can set their own syllabus, text books, exam papers and evaluation. Their activities are overseen by the University which then awards the degree.

Similarly, some colleges are referred to as autonomous because they award their own Diplomas which are approved by AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) and are considered equivalent to MBA, but are not university degrees.

Conferment of autonomous status does not automatically make the college better than others, hence you will need to select the college based on its reputation, caliber of teaching staff, type of students, study methodology, specialisations offered, industry interface etc.
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