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Last Updated : 28 September 2016, 17:23 IST
Last Updated : 28 September 2016, 17:23 IST

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Dear Madam,
I am in the second year of Mechanical engineering. I am interested in pursuing my MS in Germany. Can you please suggest some of the top universities in Germany for the same? I would also like to know about GRE exam and its details.
Mukund Kini

Dear Mukund,
Some of the best universities for Mechanical engineering are Technical University of Munich, Technical University of Dortmund, Technical University of Berlin, RWTH Aachen, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, University of applied Sciences Esslingen and University of Stuttgart. To prepare for GRE, log on to www.ets.org. You can register for your test and practise on past papers. For complete information on German universities, fees, scholarships, funding, working opportunities etc, visit www.study-in.de/en and www.daaddelhi.org.
Also, if you are keen on Germany, get in touch with the Goethe Institute to learn German. Although the programmes are taught in English, preference will be given to students who know German. The Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan) offers special courses for students who want to go to Germany for higher education. You can take a look at their website for more information.

Dear Madam,
My daughter completed her BE (E&C) in 2015 and is working for an MNC. She wants to study MS in USA and wrote GRE last month. She scored 290, which I believe is not a very good score to get admission to a good university. Kindly advice.
H J Anand Kumar

Dear Anand,
I would like your daughter to retake her GRE. There is no need to be disheartened. I am sure she can better these scores and apply to good schools. We have enough time for a second attempt at the test. Please ask her to work on practice papers. Her work experience will also be an added advantage while applying to universities. While there are many universities that accept low GRE scores, she should get a score of 325 to get into top universities.

Dear Madam,
I am a seventh semester BE student. My interest lies in the field of Medical Biotechnology, Translational Medicine and allied fields. I have a CGPA of 9.7. This summer, my college gave me the opportunity to pursue a summer research programme at Arizona State University, USA. During this programme, I explored about options in higher studies. I was disappointed with the fact that MS in the US universities have to be self-funded as scholarships are limited due to the current economic condition.
I want to explore countries such as Canada, Australia, Singapore or New Zealand for higher studies. Kindly let me know if courses in these countries are funded through scholarships. Do also let me know the colleges where I can pursue Medical Biotechnology. Also, suggest some colleges in India, where I can pursue a related Medical Biotech course?
Ashok Jose

Dear Ashok,
MS in most countries is self-funded. While universities offer scholarships, graduate assistantships and research assistantships to academic achievers like you, complete funding of your studies is an option only for PhD students. German universities are free for all students and they also offer long stay visas.
I would recommend UK universities since you complete your masters in one year. Tuition fee is lower in the UK than in many countries and you also save on one year’s living expenses. The only exam you need to take to go to a UK university is the IELTS. Universities like Nottingham Trent in the UK offer MSc Sandwich courses in Biotechnology and Cancer Biology.
A ‘sandwich programme’ is basically a two-year programme where you study during the first year and work in the second year. Tuition fee is paid only for year one. Your study visa is for two years which makes sandwich programmes like these a huge success among the student community. Cost of living in cities like Nottingham, Leeds etc are very affordable.
In India, your best options are Indian Institute of Science, NCBS (National Centre for Biological sciences), BITS Pilani, University of Madras, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. For more information on affordable universities and courses, please visit www.umaaswani.com.
Dear Madam,
I am currently studying PUC (PCMC). I am interested in Computer Science. What are the courses that I can do along with BCA & MCA? Please suggest some foreign universities where I can do my MS.
Prerana Nimbalkar

Dear Prerana,
If you are looking at pursuing your masters abroad, your options are Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Games Technology, Information Security, Data Analytics, Computational Science, Embedded Systems, Algorithms & Theory, Artificial Intelligence, Architecture, Parallel Computing, and Systems, Database and Information Systems, Graphics, Visualisation and HCI, Systems and Networking, Programming Languages, Formal Systems and Scientific Computing among others.
If you want to study your MS in the United States, please keep in mind that they prefer students with a four-year degree like BE or BTech rather than a BCA for the above courses. However, countries like the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore will accept your three year degree.

Dear Madam,
I am doing my first year BSc (PCM). I wish to pursue my Masters degree abroad but I do not have any idea about what I should do! Since I want to do MSc in Mathematics, I would like to know if I can pursue it abroad. If so, then I would like to know the details of top universities. I would also like to know about the scholarships available and the exams that I would I have to write for this. Kindly guide.

Dear Priyanka,
I would recommend UK for your MSc since it is a one year programme. You will save on tuition as well as living expenses. The exam you need to take is the IELTS, which is a simple English language test. Merit-based scholarships are offered to all international students.
Apart from university scholarships, you could also explore scholarship options in India that fund meritorious students for higher education abroad. These are —
The Lore India Foundation Scholarship Trust (www.bit.ly/2dchF4q), The Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship for Higher Studies (www.bit.ly/1LR5oKl), Aga Khan Education Services (www.bit.ly/LK1hIE), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (www.bit.ly/2d5D2nU), and J N Tata Endowment for Higher Education (www.bit.ly/1j0qZ7x).

Published 28 September 2016, 15:53 IST

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