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Dear Sir,

I have scored 75% in PUC. I am interested in pursuing Electronics and want to take up research in the same. But I am confused between BSc and BE Electronics. Which one of the two is the better option for me, so that I can take up research?

A student

Dear student,

An engineering degree does give a stronger foundation even for a person wanting to take up research. This is because the four-year professional course sharpens analytical, sequential and decision making skills. However, if you can get into a pure sciences course in reputed institutions like IITs, NITs, BITS, IISERs or IISc, you may go ahead.

Dear Sir,

I have completed PUC II (Commerce) and a two-year diploma in Accounting. What kind of government jobs am I eligible for? Kindly help me with the kind of books I need to read and exams I need to write for such jobs. Since I live in Bengaluru, I would prefer getting a job here.

Salomi

Dear Salomi,

Unfortunately, a diploma does not entitle you for officer’s job (minimum qualification being degree in any subject), and you can only aspire for clerical job openings, which are announced from time to time by various departments and Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC).

The requirements vary depending on the job and department, hence the books you need to read up will also depend on the exam you are giving. It will help if you can complete your degree through open universities while you pursue either a government or a private job.

Dear Sir,

I am a student of Class 12 (PCMB). I am interested in doing BTech in Biomedical engineering. My seniors say that it is a research-oriented field and there is no scope for it in the country. Is this true? Kindly shed light upon its scope and job prospects.

Since I am also interested in Chemistry, Chemical engineering is my second option. So, should I do my undergraduation in Chemical engineering and then pursue postgraduate studies in Biomedical engineering? What colleges should I look at for Biomedical engineering?

A student

Dear student,

Biomedical engineering is not only research oriented, but is applicable in hospital and health sectors too. But since most of the sophisticated hospital equipment such as MRI machines etc, are imported, there are not many opportunities in India at present. Chemical engineering offers more opportunities in the corporate sector.

However, you can consider taking up a basic stream of engineering such as Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, etc, and then do your higher studies in India or abroad in the area of specialisation you are passionate about. You will be much better informed and your selection will be more meaningful at that stage.

Dear Sir,

I have completed my Masters in Finance and Accounting. I got married three years ago and now have a child. I want to do a correspondence course in a foreign language. Suggest some institutions that offer such courses and the language that has better job prospects.

Anonymous

Dear anonymous,

It is always better to first decide what career you would like to pursue, the kind of lifestyle you aspire for, and where your talents lie, before deciding which course to take up. Open universities offer distance learning courses in almost all subjects (including foreign languages), so that will not be a constraint.

There are also good part-time courses offered by Central College (Bangalore University) and other reputed institutions like Alliance Françoise (French), Max Mueller Bhavan (German) etc. Explore and see whether you would like to take up a career in translations, documentation, technical writing, guiding tourists, teaching and accordingly, you can select which language to learn.

Dear Sir,

I am a third year Electronics and Communication engineering student in a VTU-affiliated university. My average is above 75%. I come from a medium-income family. I am confused whether to pursue MS or MTech or MBA after graduation. How to identify my areas of interest career-wise? Is it wise to study in India or abroad? Also suggest the criteria to select a good college. What should be the method of study for competitive exams?

Sanjana

Dear Sanjana,

You are showing interest in a wide range of careers and that will not allow you to take the right decision. Your decision on what studies to take up should depend on whether you wish to be a hardcore technologist (then MS/MTech would be most suitable), administrator (then prepare for competitive exams of government), manager (then gain work experience and do not be in a hurry to take up MBA).

Studying abroad is beneficial only if you have narrowed down to specific domain specialisation and would like to go there to learn latest techniques, otherwise if you are willing to compete for entrance exams there are excellent higher studies opportunities in India itself. Selection of college in India will depend on your merit ranking in the respective exam.

Dear Sir,

I have just completed Class 12 and got into Electronics and Electrical engineering course in a good college. But people say that it is not a good choice as there are not many opportunities. Is it true?

A student

Dear student,

That is not true. For those who are committed to the subject, EEE is a promising field. Moreover, it is very important to select the best college, which thankfully you have already done. If the college and learning is good, you will get a very strong foundation, and you will be able to select your specific career by the time you come to final year, regardless of whether you wish to be in technology or any other field. Engineers from reputed colleges who study well are known to succeed in any field they move into eventually.

Dear Sir,

My daughter is studying in Class 10 (CBSE). I would like to know some good aptitude tests and counselling centres in Bengaluru which can help identify her passion so that she can pursue it in her future studies.

Vikram

Dear Vikram,

It is good that you wish to match your child’s interests with her talent and aptitude before she makes her career decision. It will ensure that not only she will do well, but will also enjoy the work she does in future. There are many testing and counselling centres in Bengaluru such as Promise Foundation, iDream Careers, Banjara Academy, Parivarthan, Cigma Foundation. You can get specific details from their websites.

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