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‘What after Plus 2’ an online guide to Courses and Career options after Plus 2

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The Career Guidance cell of the Library of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom has launched an online guide consisting frequently updated information about courses and career options which can be selected by students after Class XII (Plus Two).

The website will act as an online window to verified and carefully curated information on courses and career options. It will also showcase news on the activities of the Career Guidance cell of the school.

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Civil Service Orientation & Talent Development Programme

The NSS Academy of Civil Services, Trivandrum is organizing a 10 Day Civil Service Orientation & Talent Development Programme from 11th to 20th October 2013 (during the Pooja Holidays) at the NSS Academy of Civil Service, Near MG College, Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum.

Students from Class VIII-XI may register their names for the Programme.


Date & Time : 11-20 October 2013; 09am-01pm (10 Days)

Course Fees : Rs 1000/-

Venue : NSS Academy of Civil Service (NACS), Near MG College, Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum



Phone: (0471) 254 0200,

94952 45727, 94004 75230

For registration and other details, contact Mr S. L. Faisal, Librarian/ Ms Rekha Rajan, I/C Career Guidance Cell, KV Pattom

Interested students shall submit the registration form (available from the study centre) and remit the course fee at the NSS Academy of Civil Service on or before 10th October 2013.

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How ready are you for CAT?


CAT is competitive and may be a tough nut to crack. But some strategies like studying the previous year’s question papers, taking mock tests and revisiting specific areas of weakness could help.

Karthi was like a cat on the wall a decade ago, when he saw the question paper for quantitative analysis in the Common Admission Test (CAT) for admissions to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) in the country. At best he managed to attempt 12 questions, but was clueless to the rest. Recalling that test, he looks bewildered even now.

“It is not rocket science. From the time I took the test in 1995, the exam has remained the same. Only the difficulty levels go up or down. It is the competition that makes it difficult,” says S. Balasubramanian, Director, T.I.M.E, Chennai Centre. Over two lakh aspirants appear in CAT for 2,500 seats, that is only one per cent enter the portals of the IIMs. With less than two months to go, the candidates should start writing a good number of mock tests.

Aspirants begin preparing for CAT, months or at times a year before the exam. This is not the time to start as it requires phenomenal effort, he says. By now, the aspirants should have completely learnt concepts and started testing their skills. T.I.M.E. conducts tests for those enrolling. Some amount of revisiting specific areas based on the results of the mock tests where they have weakness is necessary, he adds.

“Mock tests really help. I used to take tests every weekend,” says Brijesh Unnithan, a final-year student at IIM-Kolkata. In English, reading up to the mark will get you good scores. The general tendency to read from childhood is the key, he says. In maths, everyone may not be equally good in all areas. Aspirants should identify strong areas in their problem-solving skills and select the questions that can be finished in the quickest time. The score in logical reasoning also plays a pivotal role as each question has five sub-questions and a wrong answer could be a big setback to the final score, he points out.

This year, the CAT will start on October 27 and will go on till November 24, lasting almost a month. The testing window has been increased to 20 days, as the previous year there were glitches when the exam was introduced first time on computers. “Make it a point to go through the past CAT questions. The question papers till 2008 are available in the public domain,” says Vinod Iyer, Associate Vice-President, Career Launcher. Not everyone is in love with the CAT, though. A senior IAS officer, and an IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus, thinks that the CAT pattern is so elitist and skewed that only people educated in good schools in urban environs get to clear the test. Students from rural areas are able to crack IIT-JEE and Civil Services but not CAT to get into IIMs, he says to substantiate his point. The focus on English comprehension, vocabulary, and group discussions help mostly those students with a hold over the English language. CAT-2009 represented the largest format change in testing history (not just in India, but in the world), both in scope and scale. “For CAT2010, we have brought in significant improvements in all facets; be it the registration process, the sale of vouchers, the website and the test conditions” says Himanshu Rai, convenor, CAT 2010. “If you look at the CATIIM website it gives you all information including and not limited to a thorough and detailed registration guide, videos on all aspects of CAT, etc. If the candidates read this guide before getting into the registration process they will be able to do it in less than 15 minutes! The candidate helpline numbers are working for longer hours providing answers in both English and Hindi. We have a longer testing window (from 10 days to 20 days), to facilitate candidates by giving them a wider choice of dates. This year we will be taking control of the centres almost three weeks in advance thus ensuring thorough sanitisation of the labs and venues. Our actions are guided by three mantras: Thorough site readiness ensuring good testing experience, improved service to candidates, and overall enhancement of quality in all our processes.”


B. Aravind Kumar

The Hindu

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How to be a Data Journalist


The Guardian has a great story today about how to be a data journalist. It’s a timely post. The forces that drive online law enforcement are increasing. It’s affecting the world of cloud computing and the open Web.

The FBI is telling us that they need access to encrypted messages. They want peer-to-peer technology to be outlawed. It’s centralization that they desire, not the chaos of an increasingly fragmented world.

But who is responsible for watching the FBI?

It’s really all of us.

The counterforce is the increasing amount of data available and our ability to access it. Data journalists can shine more sunshine on government than ever before. By explaining and showing what the data means, we can help balance the increasing efforts by the FBI and the Obama Administration to push through technology legislation that would mean onerous requirements for service providers.

The Guardian is a leader in showing people how to do data journalism. The tools they use and the data itself are products of the cloud. The Guardian’s examples help illustrate the ways we can explain complex events such as the conflict in Afghanistan or in examining data from law enforcement organizations such as the FBI.

Wikileaks: Afghanistan

The Guardian put its data journalism techniques to work with the Wikileaks data they received. It included more than 92,000 rows of data.

They built a simple database to search for keywords or events. Through this they generated three key findings:

• Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks over time
• Where they happened by region
• Casualties data recorded in the database

This was the result:


How to Do Your Own Data Journalism

That’s international, data-driven reporting at its best. The Guardian is a leader in this field. They are also a leader to show how people can do the same world class work themselves.

Guardian data journalism teacher Paul Bradshaw makes a point that we all face. The amount of data out there is massive. But with the tools available, that data is easler to tackle.

In addition, we have seen over the past several years a convergence of investigative research, statistics, design and programming.

We can’t be experts in all these disciplines. But we can all play a role in what The Guardian outlines as four main parts:

Finding the data. Doing research through Twitter, aggregating RSS feeds or using progamming languages such as MySQL or Python to gather the data.

Interrogating the data. Knowing the jargon can be important to understanding the context of the data.

Visualizing the data. Bradshaw writes: "Visualising and mashing data has historically been the responsibility of designers and coders, but an increasing number of people with editorial backgrounds are trying their hand at both – partly because of a widening awareness of what is possible, and partly because of a lowering of the barriers to experimenting with them."

Mashing it up. Aggregating data from different sourcees and viusualizing it through applications like ManyEyes. Yahoo! Pipes is an application used to aggregate RSS feeds.

More Tools

The remainder of the post goes on to describe the ways tools can be used to do online journalism. We’ll follow up with another post about these tools and how they are being used.

Data journalism seems very relevant in this day and age. More than ever, we need ways to observe and illuminate what is happening, especially as concerns over security and safety have the potential to override the free flow of information that makes the Internet and the cloud so important to society.


By Alex Williams


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How to face a stress interview


By B.S. Warrier

A stress interview evaluates the ability of a candidate when he/she is deliberately put under severe tension.

A stress interview aims at testing the candidate’s behaviour while he is being deliberately put under severe tension. This evaluates his ability to work efficiently in an atmosphere in which he is tensed up. For example, a marketing professional may have to face offensive behaviour from a rude client. The professional should not misbehave even under such adverse circumstances.

In a stress interview, the interviewer may try to discomfort the candidate in different ways and watch his responses in different situations. It is an evaluation of the job-seeker’s behaviour and emotional stability when put under pressure. Some of the techniques for stress interviews are the following:

Posing a number of questions one after the other in the ‘rapid fire’ style thereby denying breathing time.

Putting a question before the answer to the previous one is finished.

Making irritating or offending remarks while the candidate is answering questions.

Upsetting his mental balance by asking irrelevant personal questions.

Hurling insults or by raising baseless allegations.

The interviewer may deliberately adopt certain irritating styles such as not asking you to sit down when you reach his table for the interview; retracting his hand when you stretch yours for a handshake initiated by him; remaining silent without asking you any question; keeping on poring over your resume without any reaction or comment; avoiding eye contact; constantly interrupting you; sighing when you give a right answer; initiating baseless arguments; using insulting phrases; making comments that unjustly belittles you; keeping a wooden face.

Yet another style may involve a panel of interviewers, asking you questions in a random manner on different subjects. Even before you complete an answer from one member, another member would shoot another question, creating confusion. They would grill you without giving you time for thinking or planning your answers. They may ask you stupid questions as well.

The interviewer may tell you that he does not believe what you have claimed as achievements in your resume, or that you scored high marks in the university examination only by cheating. He may pose a riddle that has nothing to do with your job.

See some samples of irritating questions that may upset you.

Are you not hiding some of you failures from us?

Why do you think that I am a poor interviewer?

You were sacked from your previous job. Are you not trying a cover-up?

How will you react when you are caught swindling out of company cash?

You are unfit for this kind of position. Why don’t you try for something lower?

You are a woman. Is it not a pipedream that you can take up this kind of heavy responsibilities?

Why do you lose your temper frequently?

Are you not too old for this job?

Why should there be stress interviews?

The prospective employer may have different reasons for holding a stress interview. This would help the employer to find out whether the candidate would

wilt under pressure

face adverse situations with courage

maintain high levels of confidence even under stress

handle adversity efficiently

manage difficult situations effectively, without buckling under pressure

keep his equanimity and do only what is right even under duress

speak logically even under pressure

lose his cool and react violently if insulted

You should realise that stress situations are a deliberately planned strategy to test you. If you can keep in mind that all these are in fact harmless tests to unearth your real temperament, you can undergo this exercise with a smile and respond well. The most vital thing is that you should never lose your mental equilibrium. You will be evaluated by the panel, knowing fully well that you are under severe tension artificially created for the trial. No board would announce that you are to face a stress interview. If you smell this possibility, plan your responses appropriately.

Never keep in mind a negative approach, under the impression that the stress interview is a vain and redundant exercise. You can take it as an opportunity to face an interesting challenge. A smile within you and a confident approach are sure to make you win. Never show your frustration. Act as if you take the exercise as a pleasant experience. Keep your sense of humour. Give short answers. Handle the questions with aplomb. Speak softly. Believe in yourself. Keep your confidence at its peak.

There should be nothing abnormal in your behaviour. Be cheerful even when provoked. You should never seem to be nervous. Do not try to win debating points. Do not argue. Do not overreact. Do not take any word or action of the interviewer as a personal insult. If you do not know something, confess your ignorance straightaway. Remember that often the interviewer is not checking the accuracy of your answers, but your behaviour under pressure.

The other view

There is a school of thought that the stress interview is an unnecessary tool for assessment. There is no need of the human resources professionals trying to embarrass or insult the candidates seeking a job. The tool is sometimes misused by some of the HR managers for satisfying their ego . The trauma of the stress interview may de-motivate some brilliant candidates. The stress interview atmosphere may create a master-servant situation that has lost its relevance in the modern employer-employer relationships. An interview may be considered as a two-way traffic where the job seeker is assessing the company, just as the company is assessing the job seeker. A candidate with a sparkling record of integrity and uprightness rightly expecting dignified treatment may be dissuaded by a demeaning approach from the interviewer.

What is given above is only one side of the picture. If you have to face a stress interview, you should know the right strategies to face it.


Courtesy: The Hindu

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Taiwan Plans to Roll out E-readers in Schools

Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service


Taiwan’s Ministry of Education plans to offer e-readers to schoolkids on the island next year as part of efforts to further digitize schools and promote reading.

The e-readers are part of a five-year, NT$50 billion (US$1.55 billion) budget earmarked for information technology in classrooms. Currently the ministry is reviewing designs for e-readers and doesn’t yet know how many it will purchase for next year, a representative said.

The only e-reader displayed at the Ministry of Education’s booth at the IT Month exhibition in Taipei on Monday was a color e-reader designed by Aiptek International for young children. The Aiptek inColor e-reader has an 8-inch color screen and 1GB of flash memory for storage. It comes with 20 multimedia e-books pre-installed and costs NT$6,900 (US$213) in Taiwan, according to Hsu Fang-chi, a media representative at Aiptek.

The company is planning a touchscreen version of the e-reader. There are already 108 e-books available for the inColor on Aiptek’s Web site. The company offers both English and Chinese-language books.

Currently the inColor is on sale in Taiwan and China, but it can be purchased via Aiptek’s Web site or through representative offices in Europe and the U.S., said Hsu.

This year, the ministry focused on putting digital chalkboards in math, science and language classrooms in Taiwan schools.

The HaBoard interactive whiteboard has an 82-inch touchscreen so teachers can write on them, make changes to images on the screen, or call up further information, said Ivan Huang, a representative of HaBook Information Technology, the maker of the device.

The classrooms making use of the HaBoard also provide touchscreen monitors to groups of kids in each class, usually one screen for every five or six kids, he said. The purpose of the touchscreen monitors is to make the class more interactive, so kids can look up additional information or answer questions about the subject the teacher is currently reviewing.

Each HaBoard costs NT$50,607 (US$1,565) alone, and other devices designed to work with it are also available. One useful device is the AverVision 300AF, an image-capture device that inputs images onto the HaBoard. It comes with a variety of attachable cameras, including a microscope, so kids can see science projects at the cellular level.

The education ministry’s representative said the HaBoard is already installed in schools throughout Taiwan.

Taiwan also has an NT$80 billion budget from a stimulus plan that is meant to battle the global recession and aimed at education. The Intelligent Taiwan budget is aimed at strengthening schools, including by eliminating the gap between rural and urban students as well as the digital divide, the term used to describe differences in learning based on accessibility to computers and the Internet.


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Nursing abroad as a career


Courtesy: The Hindu

The professional success of even the most competent specialist doctor often requires the support and assistance of skilled nurses and paramedical personnel. Nurses from India have made their mark at the global level in competence and dedication to duty.

There is a huge demand for good nurses in western countries, especially the U.S. The remuneration is handsome. However, those with a basic nursing qualification obtained in India cannot straightaway join the nursing service there.

In the U.S., you have to prove your competence by passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Then there is the CGFNS examination, modelled on the lines of NCLEX-RN. Both can now be taken in India.

An important factor is the need for proving your proficiency in the English language, through scores secured in globally accepted tests, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Though the medium of instruction in Indian nursing colleges and schools is English, many graduates cannot easily communicate in that language to people from countries such as the U.S. It is, therefore, imperative that nursing students who desire to practise in the West should plan ahead in developing their English language skills to meet the practical demands of working abroad.


The CGFNS International (formerly known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) is an authority on credentials evaluation pertaining to the education, registration and licensure of nurses and other health-care professionals worldwide. It conducts predictive testing and evaluation of nurses trained in various countries, for ensuring their competence and confirming their eligibility for licensure as registered nurses in the U.S.

The three elements for obtaining CGFNS certification are VisaScreen: Visa credentials assessment; certification programme; and credentials evaluation service.

Applicants must have completed Plus Two and passed a government-approved nursing programme of at least two years’ duration. The four-year B.Sc. nursing degree obtained through nursing colleges or the three-and-a-half-year GNM (general nursing and midwifery) diploma obtained through nursing schools and recognised hospitals in India is adequate nursing qualification for appearance in the CGFNS examination and the NCLEX-RN. Also, the candidates should have obtained registration from the nursing council.

The CGFNS requires the nursing diploma/certificate sent directly from the nursing college or school. So also, the registration details should go directly from the nursing council, and not through the candidate.

The qualifying examination measures an applicant’s nursing knowledge based on what nurses must know and do when they practise nursing in the U.S. The foundations of the qualifying examination are based on client (patient) needs. The traditional clinical areas of nursing practice — nursing care of the adult, nursing care of children, maternal and infant nursing, psychiatric and mental health nursing and community health nursing — are covered. The examination ensures that an applicant has the same level of understanding of nursing with various client groups, in various settings, as graduates of U.S. nursing schools have.


The International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP), a CGFNS division, administers the Visa Credentials Assessment Programme for registered nurses who are not U.S. citizens. This certification is essential for applying for a nurse’s visa.

The process comprises four elements: an education analysis; licensure validation; an English language proficiency assessment; and an examination of nursing knowledge.

For confirming nursing knowledge, you must pass the CGFNS qualifying examination or the NCLEX-RN.

You can prove your English language proficiency by securing the required score in TOEFL Internet-based version (iBT) with at least a score of 83 or the IELTS with at least a score of 6.5 in the academic module.

Application procedure

* You complete a Visa credentials assessment application form and submit it along with full payment and your full academic records to CGFNS/ICHP.

* CGFNS/ICHP sends you a permanent identification number.

* You prepare and send a “request for academic records” form to the nursing school where you studied.

* Your school completes the form and returns it by mail to CGFNS/ICHP with your full academic records.

* CGFNS/ICHP notifies your eligibility.

* You prepare and send a “request for validation of registration/license” form to the licensing authority that issued you a registration, including the U.S. Board of Nursing where you passed the NCLEX-RN.

* The licensing authority completes the “request” form and sends it by mail to CGFNS/ICHP.

* CGFNS/ICHP notifies you of insufficient or outstanding documentation, if any.

* You register for TOEFL or IELTS, indicate CGFNS/ICHP as the score recipient, and pass the English proficiency test.

* CGFNS/ICHP receives your TOEFL or IELTS scores and records it in your VisaScreen file, and reviews your eligibility.

All the application forms required are available on the CGFNS web site You can communicate with CGFNS/ICHP using the information provided in the ‘Contact Us’ link on the web site. For sending material by mail, use the address: CGFNS/ICHP VisaScreen: Visa Credentials Assessment, ICHP, 3600 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2665, USA.

You should note that your school and the licensing authority have to send your documents by mail to the CGFNS/ICHP and not you. It may be remembered that authorities in the U.S. will insist on the NCLEX-RN qualification for practising as a registered nurse. The CGFNS exam is modelled on the lines of NCLEX-RN. So those who have passed the CGFNS examination can reasonably expect to pass the NCLEX-RN. The conditions for licensure vary from State to State in the U.S. You have to contact the board of nursing in the State where you wish to become licensed.

Certification programme

As mentioned above, there are some differences among the States in the U.S., with regard to the licensure for registered nurses. In most of the States, internationally educated nurses should possess the CGFNS certificate for taking the NCLEX-RN. The application procedure for CGFNS Certification is as follows:

* You complete an application form for the CGFNS certification with appropriate fee.

* CGFNS sends you an identification number and CGFNS official study guide.

* You prepare and send request for validation of registration/license forms to the licensing authority (nursing council).

* You prepare and send a request for academic records form to your nursing college or school.

* CGFNS checks your documents and notifies your eligibility.

* You register for TOEFL or IELTS, indicate CGFNS as the score recipient, and pass the English proficiency test.

* Simultaneously prepare for the CGFNS qualifying examination.

* CGFNS notifies your eligibility and the date and location of the examination.

* You take the examination (administered three times a year in over 45 test sites worldwide), and once a year in select test sites. In India, the usual test centres are Bangalore, Kochi, Delhi and Mumbai.

* CGFNS notifies you of the qualifying examination results.

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Changing trends in Professional Education




Entrance exam season has begun. Plus two students are busy with entrance examinations for the professional courses. They have to write a series of examinations during this summer. There is a growing apprehension among the students and parents regarding the choice of professional courses. Questions like, which course is best , which course has more career potential  are often raised by them. Plus two students with Mathematics and Biology are in a dilemma regarding the choice of medical, engineering or agricultural courses. Moreover reports on impact of economic recession make the issue more complex.

Kerala entrance examinations for Medical, Agricultural and Engineering courses for the current year will be held from 25th to 28th May 2009. Students should not select a course based on the compulsion from the parents. It should not be based on existing vacancies available in the government sector. Try to dream about the research and development that will take place after 4-5 years.  Students’ aptitude and interest must be given adequate weightage.


Medical courses

In Kerala more number of parents are interested to admit their children to medical courses. But the number of medical seats available when compared to engineering are less than 10 percent. So competition is very high. As per WHO recommendations, 500-1000 number of population needs a doctor. But this ratio cannot be achieved easily in the state due to scarcity of doctors. In order to achieve the above status it will take, minimum a decade. Cuba’s achievement in this regard is really commendable in having a doctor per 500 number of population.  Thus it is clear that there is better employment potential for doctors in the state, hence Biology students can give first choice to MBBS course. Moreover potential of doctors in the state will further improve if the concept of family doctor is implemented in rural areas. There exist enough vacancies of doctors in the department of health services.

Dental graduates have only limited number of posts in the government sector. But they can start private clinic under self-employment venture. Recent decision to reduce the duration of the BDS course will affect the career prospects of Dental graduates within the country and abroad. As per the directions of Dental Council of India, the state Government has been compelled to reduce the duration of BDS course to five years with effect from 2008-09. Previously it was four and a half years of study period with one year of internship. With this decision, duration of BDS course will become five years without having internship. During the one-year internship period, the student acquires more skill and confidence to work independently. After completing internship he/she can practise with confidence. While overseas dental education is giving due importance to skill development and hands on training programme with internship and externship in leading hospitals, dental graduates under the new stream without internship will find it very difficult to adjust with the new situation. Recent decision taken by state government to retain internship programme in the state is a welcome suggestion in this regard.
Dentistry is one of the important professional courses having immense career potential in United States and Europe. In USA Dental surgeons are earning more income than any other professionals. In United States patient has to pay huge fee for dental ailments. Now a days more number of dental graduates from India are interested to pursue higher education from USA or UK. During their study period they are preparing for dental licensing examination.  In order to complete the licensing examination successfully, a student must be required to undergo externship in United States/UK under the guidance of a licensed dental practitioner. A student without undergoing internship will find it very difficult to successfully complete the required externship programme and licensing examination.
Ayurveda degree programme BAMS is acquiring momentum in the country and abroad. Now a days people are more interested to pursue ayurvedic treatment than modern medicine for chronic cases. Ayurveda doctors have enough potential in European countries, UK and United states. As part of health tourism this sector can exhibit spectacular growth within the country and abroad.
Homoeopathy is emerging as one of the promising areas in the health sector. Being cost effective, homeopathic treatment can be easily accessible to lower income groups. Government is making all efforts to popularize this system in the state. Homoeopathy is more prevalent in Canada, European countries and United States.

Even though Nursing, BPharm and BSc MLT have been excluded from entrance examination in Kerala this time , these courses have better career potential within the country and abroad. Globally nursing has emerged as one of the key areas generating more employment. Almost all countries are facing scarcity for nurses. Developed countries face difficulty in meeting the ever-growing demand for nurses. Since the demand gap is very high, Indian nursing schools can exploit this situation. International Council for Nurses (ICN) and Florence Nightingale International Foundation have revealed that developing countries can play a key role in reducing this global problem. Potential for nurses are more in USA, England, Canada, NewZeland, Ireland, Switzerland, Scotland, Australia, Wales and in certain African countries. BSc MLT students can start accredited laboratories under self-employment sector. They have umpteen opportunities in Middle East countries and abroad.


Agricultural courses

Basically compared to other courses, agricultural courses are also not free from unemployment. But there is enough potential for pursuing specialization and research abroad. They can choose MBA programme for better career options. They can also join for specialization in Agri business management, supply chain management and retail management at National Institute of Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad or Indian Institute of Managements where almost 100 percent placement is assured. Agricultural graduates can undertake research in agricultural universities. They can apply for agriculture research scientist examinations.

Among agricultural courses Veterinary science, Dairy science, Agriculture and  Forestry have more opportunities under government and private sector when compared to fisheries and agricultural engineering. Veterinary graduates have umpteen number of opportunities in Canada, European Union and United States. Moreover agricultural graduates can specialize in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, which are having immense potential within the country and abroad.
Engineering courses

In the engineering sector existing priorities must be redefined. Nano technology, Mechatronics and Bioinformatics are emerging as the future promising technological areas. Global economic recession has started affecting some of the potential employment sectors in the country. It has not even spared the IT industry.  In order to overcome this crisis, major IT companies are taking stringent economic measures like freezing of increments, allowances, etc. Moreover they have started retrenching employees with poor work efficiency. Their major objective is to reduce the number of work force. But recruitment will be reduced in the coming years.

During 2007, more than 65 percent recruitment in the IT industry was through campus recruitments. Now it has been reduced to less than 20 percent. As a sequele to retrenchment, IT industries are more interested to select experienced candidates rather than fresh graduates. Satyam scandal has made a black mark on Indian IT industry. It is clear that future may not be smooth for IT industry in the country – at least in the short run.
The major preferences for the students were to join IT; Computer science or related engineering courses till 2008. Of the 30000 Keralites passing out from the engineering colleges of the state or from nearby states, more than 40 percent is from IT related disciplines. Their sole objective is to get in to a pioneering IT company. But the situation is changing day by day. Major new generation courses like Mechatronics, Nano technology, Biomedical science; Bioinformatics, Electronics & Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Dairy technology, Environmental engineering, Maritime engineering and BTech in Fashion Technology are emerging as the major placement oriented courses.  Civil, architecture and Chemical engineering graduates can pursue post graduation abroad for better placements.
In order to overcome the major threats in the employment sector, engineering students should acquire better skills in their respective fields and knowledge on management principles. Recently more number of engineering graduates has started taking MBA from the best business schools within the country and abroad. Industries have started preferring engineering graduates with specialization in management for technical and managerial post.

Now in order to get better placements, students have to face tough competition. Only those with better skill, work experience and specialization can sustain in the job market. NASSCOM has revealed that, more than 75 percent of engineering graduates in the country have poor knowledge and skill. So in the emerging job market, engineering graduates may not get a mere walkover; but an assessment based on work efficiency and performance. So merely joining the course and passing out with low marks will land the students in tears. From the first semester itself they have to work hard and earn good marks.

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•Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET), Kochi, invites applications for admission to four-year Bachelor of Fisheries Science (Nautical Science).

Last date: May 22. ( Phone: 0484-2351610.

•CIFNET offers two-year Vessel Navigator and Marine Fitter Training Programme. Last date: May 29. (

•ER & DCI Institute of Technology has invited applications for admission to M.Tech. VLSI and embedded systems.

Last date: May 7. (

•Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS) offers training for tour guides.

Last date: April 15. ( Phone: 0471-2329539.

•ABV- IITM, Gwalior, invites applications for admission to MBA. Last date: April 9. (

•National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) invites applications for admission to MS (Pharm), M.Pharm., M.Tech. (Pharm) and MBA (Pharm). (

•Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research under the University of Delhi invites applications for admission to M.Sc.-Ph.D. combined degree in biomedical sciences; M.Sc. biomedical science; and Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. Last date: May 15. (

•Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for doctoral studies.

Last date: May 31. email-

•Avinashilingam University for Women invites applications for admission to M.Sc. biotechnology.

Last date: April 30. (

•Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, invites applications for admission to Master of Hospital Administration; M.Sc. in medical technology, pharmacology, biochemistry, medical biotechnology and anatomy.

Last date: April 20. (

•Apply for admission to five-year integrated Master of Science (MS) programmes conducted by IISERs at Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal , Kolkata, Mohali and Pune. (

•Management Aptitude Test conducted by All-India Management Association.

Last date: April 11. (

•Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Noida, invites application for admission to PG Diploma Management (footwear technology, creative designing, retail management, leather goods and accessories design and so on). (

Phone: + 91-120-4500195/196.

Courtesy: The Hindu

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