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Dear Madam,

I am a BSc (Horticulture) graduate. Are there any opportunities to pursue my masters abroad, either in the stream of Horticulture or Agriculture? Kindly shed light on the details.

Jayashree M Belgaum

Dear Jayashree,

There are excellent universities in Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, UK, USA and New Zealand for Horticultural Sciences. The admission requirement would be a good percentage in your bachelors and an English language test like the IELTS. For USA, you would be required to also take the GRE. For more information on the admission process, please visit

Dear Madam,

My wife and I both are Indian citizens. But my son, who was born in the USA (a US passport holder) holds a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card, but has been studying in India right from Class one. I went through several university websites including those of NIT’s and IIT’s and it appears that students of PIO will not be eligible for admissions under ordinary Indian citizens quota.

They can instead apply under NRI quota and pay the NRI fees in dollars. Is this true? If it is true, it will prove to be very expensive. What are my alternatives for financing his studies in India?

Balraj Thuppalay

Dear Balraj,

If your son holds a PIO card, he is considered an international student for both admissions as well as fees. While it proves to be an advantage in getting admission under the reserved quota for international students, you do not benefit in the fee structure.

He would have to pay NRI /international student fees, which is way more than what an Indian student would pay. Sadly, this is the case in all universities here. If your son has good grades, he will qualify for scholarships.

Alternately, why don’t you consider sending him abroad for higher studies? Even if you can’t claim in state tuition fee in the US, it might work out cheaper than paying NRI fees here. You could also look at UK as an option, where the tuition fee is much lower and the entire engineering degree is for three years.

You also save on one year’s tuition fee and living expenses. If he is an academic achiever, Germany could be another option.

Dear Madam,

I am in my final year of computer science engineering and wish to pursue my masters in London. Kindly suggest a good university and the available course options. I would prefer a university that has links with companies.

A student

Dear Student,

Middlesex University is rated as a top modern university for computer science in London. Options for computer science students are: MSc in computer networks and network design, computer science, network management and cloud computing, network security and pen testing, business information systems management, telecommunications engineering and electronic security and digital forensics. The average starting salary for computer networks graduate is £26,000. Middlesex University has links with companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, a Xilinx university partner.

Dear Madam,

I am currently in the final year of my BCom course. I have chosen UK as the place to pursue my masters mostly because it accepts students into its PG programme without any work experience. But I am not aware of their post work visa rule. As I will be funding my education through student loan, it is highly important for me to get a job there. Could you please shed some light on this?

A student

Dear Student,

UK universities allow you to work up to 20 hours a week while you are studying and up to 40 hours a week during holidays. While all masters programmes in UK are for one year, some universities offer a two-year masters programme, where you pay tuition fee for the first year and the second year is a placement year when you get paid.

You get to stay back for four months after your course during which you are expected to find a job. Students who are keen on working in the UK should not wait until the completion of the course for campus recruitment. From the time you start your course, work with potential employers even if it is for free and gain experience and their trust in you.

When these same companies come to your university, they should want to give you the job because they like your work ethics. Don’t worry too much about post work visa rule. Instead, start working towards finding a job from the day you start studying there.

Dear Madam,

I am currently pursuing mechanical engineering course. My scores in Class 10 and 12 have been 96 and 95 per cent, respectively. I wish to pursue an MBA from a reputed college abroad. I got placed in TCS and they have offered me the business intelligence and analysis profile. Would you suggest I work for two-three years and then pursue MBA?  Which are the best colleges abroad and how can I get in?


Dear Sagar,

If you are currently pursuing your BE, is this an internship or part-time work that you are being offered? For MBA admissions, you need two-three years of post study full time work experience. We can select colleges once you decide which country you want to go to and have your GMAT and IELTS / TOEFL scores ready. For more information, please visit

Dear Madam,

I have completed my BE in Polymer Science and Technology in 2015. I aspire to pursue my masters in the same field in Europe. Could you suggest some good universities and also the scholarship opportunities?

Kishan K Y

Dear Kishan,

The universities that are known for Polymer Science and Technology are: Free University Berlin (FU), Humboldt University Berlin (HU), Technical University Berlin (TU) and the University of Potsdam (UP) in Germany, Manchester University, UK, Aalto University in Finland, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Technical University of Denmark, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Please write the IELTS exam.

The German universities will have no or very minimal fee, so you don’t have to worry about scholarships. If you have carried out any research work, have it published if possible. Prepare a strong statement of purpose and resume highlighting all your academic achievements and work experience.

You can apply for a scholarship in all these universities that I have listed out. Opportunities for research assistantship and graduate assistant ship are offered in these universities.

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