I am from Jalandhar. I took my plus two exams in the science stream recently. I want to know about the institutes offering company secretary courses in India and what is its scope?
- JATINDER JOT
There is only one institute that conducts the company secretary course. It is the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). You can log on to www.icsi.edu for further details. The institute has a tie-up with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) so that you could pursue BCom or MCom side by side while pursuing the company secretary (CS) qualification. This programme is in three stages - foundation programme examination, executive programme examination and professional programme examination.
The prospects ahead for a CS are very good. The credential makes the person competent for a wide range of responsible positions in the secretarial, legal, finance, accounts, personnel and administrative departments of companies in the private as well as the public sector.
I want to join a BTech programme. Should I go to a university which is not approved by AICTE but has a very good campus interview (placements) or another which is recognised by the regulator but does not have a good campus interview?
- T K Alagh
I do not suggest that you take up programme such as BTech in any institute which does not have recognised university affiliation or AICTE approval. Without such recognition, your degree will not be considered valid for further study. Moreover, placements too depend on recognised degrees, and while you may land a job through campus interviews for your first job, you will always be subject to vagaries of the market in terms of future career growth.
I want to pursue a correspondence MA programme in English from Panjab University, Chandigarh. But I am confused and want to know if distance-learning is considered equal to the regular education and if one will be eligible for lecturership in any college after clearing the UGC NET (National Eligibility Test).
- Mihir Rathee
The eligibility criterion for the NET does not mention anything for correspondence or regular programmes. As it says that candidates belonging to the general/ other backward classes (OBC) who have secured at least 55 per cent marks (without grace or rounding off in the Master's degree (or equivalent) examination in humanities (including languages) and social sciences, forensic science, environmental science, computer science and applications, electronic sciences etc. are eligible to take this test. A regular qualification, however, might get more preference for selection.
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