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Dear Madam,
My son is studying final year Law (five-year course) in Christ College. He may finish with distinction. He wants to pursue LLM. What are his chances of getting in to best law universities in India? Which are the latest, greenfield areas? And is it better to do the same in any of the foreign universities? If yes, please suggest some affordable law colleges and approximate cost.
Kenjige Pradeep

Dear Parent,
Your son’s admission to one of the best Indian Universities will depend on his performance in CLAT (common law admission test). For LLM, I would recommend UK universities like Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, University College London, Kings College London, Durham University, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Warwick, Leeds, Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University, Middlesex University, York and Westminster Law School.

Criminal justice, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, International Trade Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Law, Banking Law, Health Law, Elders Law, Human Rights Law, Maritime Law, Sports Law and Tax Law are some of the areas of specialisation that are popular.

Cost of the programme will range from 10,000 to 20,000 GBP depending on the university. For more information, please visit

Dear Madam,
I am planning to do my engineering in Italy. Can you please provide me with more information about this course?
A student

Dear Student,
You have not specified the area of engineering or the level of study like undergraduate or graduate that you wish to pursue in Italy. Polytechnic University of Milan, Polytechnic University of Turin, University of Bologna, University of Ferrara, University of Cagliari, University of Florence, University of Trento and University of Padua are known for their Engineering courses.

Dear Madam,
I have two questions regarding my son,  who is studying BCom (4th semester).
* He wants to do MBA in Finance and Accounting abroad.  Please suggest which university is the best and what the approximate cost would be.

* We want him to do MBA in Finance and Accounts along with MCom, simultaneously in India.  Please let us know if this is possible, one in regular college and other through correspondence. Which institute/university is best for MBA regular and MCom correspondence and vice versa.
Vikram Anthony

Dear Parent,
If your son wants to do his MBA abroad, he should work for two to three years after his BCom. Perhaps while he is working, he can complete his MCom by correspondence. The duration of MBA in the UK is one year and in the US it is two years. The cost of study in the UK will be around Rs 10-15 lakh and in the US around Rs 35-50 lakh a year.

Dear Madam,
I am writing this mail on behalf of my daughter, who is currently doing PhD in  IIT  Madras. She is in the 7th semester. She is currently on field work. Her main areas of interest are Sociology, Anthropology, Conservation & Environment. She has around 10 years work experience. We want to know:

* If there are opportunities in the US /Canadian universities for postdoctoral studies and if financial assistance will be available.

* Alternatively, what are the job opportunities in academia or research fields. Any other advice will also be most welcome.

Dear Parent,
There are a lot of opportunities in Canada, USA and Europe for postdoctoral studies in the subjects that you have mentioned. Most of the well known universities seek postdoctoral students in academic as well as research areas.

What your daughter should do is communicate directly with all the top universities that are well known for research in Sociology, Anthropology, Conservation & Environment. Postdoctoral studies are fully funded everywhere and hence they would like to hear from the candidate directly.

Apart from individual universities, she could check out websites such as,

Dear Madam,
I am a final year BSc student (PCM). I have an aggregate of 64%. What are my chances of getting into a German university for MSc in Physics. How to make my application stronger as my GPA is low (I have no research papers published)? Please suggest some good universities and provide details about scholarships.

Dear Vishal,
Most German universities are free for all students. However, getting admission into one of their universities is highly competitive. You not only require a sound GPA but high GRE and TOEFL scores, a strong resume, research work, a clear and well written statement of purpose, work experience and knowledge of German language. For complete information on German universities, fees, scholarships, funding, working opportunities, visa etc, please visit and The Bengaluru DAAD information point is in the Cash Pharmacy building on Residency Road.

Dear Madam,
I will be completing my BE in E&C by August-2016. My average passing grade is 9.6 out of 10. I wish to pursue MS in the US. Kindly suggest the courses best suited for me. Further, please suggest the names of the top universities to which I can apply.

Dear Sameer,
The top universities in the US for your subject are MIT, Stanford, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of Washington, UT Austin, Georgia Tech, Cal Tech, Wisconsin Madison, Michigan Ann Arbor, Purdue, North Carolina Chapel hill and University of Southern California.
You could pursue your MS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

Dear Madam,
I am pursuing MSc in Environmental studies from Punjab University and want to do PhD abroad. Please guide me about the appropriate country and available scholarships.

Dear Ashish,
Environmental studies is of relevance in every country and is offered in all top universities across the world. I would suggest you research various universities in different countries, identify the right university for you, read up about the research carried out by other professors in your area of interest, write a research proposal and communicate with professors directly. Tell them why you are keen on doing your PhD under them. You need to convince the professors that you will be an asset to their department for them to want to fund you.

Dear Madam,
My son Narasimhan is studying Computer Science Engineering (7th semester). I shall be very much obliged if you could give me some guidance regarding pursuing MS in Computer Science in USA. We hail from a poor family background and do not have many resources for his higher education. On an average, he has 74% in all the semesters from VTU. Any university in the US with free boarding and study scholarships will be of much help.

Kindly let us know the details of applying for GRE and TOEFL. And what are the pass scores required for a university with free boarding and scholarship. Thank you.
K N Badarinath

Dear Parent,
Many Ivy leagues offer need blind scholarship which is need-based. These are for students with excellent academic record but weak financials. Apart from university scholarships, your son should also look at external scholarships including the one’s offered in India as an option.
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