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UGC to outsource NET exam to CBSE

UGC
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to outsource the National Eligibility Test (NET)  for lecturers to CBSE.

National Institute of Virology, Pune

Eligibility: Candidate should have postgraduate degree in any branch of life sciences having at least 50% or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA). Students belonging to reserve category will be eligible for 5% relaxation for students of Maharashtra state only

Scholarships for school students

The Lore India Foundation Scholarship Trust, a social entrepreneurial venture initiated by the Lore India Foundation Pvt Ltd, has announced the launch of a scholarship programme that is open to school students from Classes 10, 11 and 12 across the country.
 
Q.
I am in Class 12 and I have opted for psychology with arts. Which colleges offer a ­bachelor’s degree in this field? - Mahima Singh Sodhi
-8/6/2014 12:43:00 PM
A.
Psychology is the study of human behaviour, where ­scientific principles and ­theories are applied to ­problems concerning people. After doing a bachelor’s course in psychology, you can do an MA in ­psychology to specialise. These fields include child ­psychology that involves study of emotional and behavioural ­disorders in children and work in special education schools, child guidance ­clinics, or even with individuals or groups.

One can also get into guidance and counselling for different age groups, or become a clinical psychologist who normally works in hospitals or medical clinics, rehabilitation centres or research institutions dealing with different kinds of patients. There are also social psychologists who study societal behaviour; occupational psychologists who study work habits, efficiency levels and so on; research psychologists who conduct experiments on different problems affecting society and suggest solutions, and industrial psychologists who work in industry. After graduation in psychology, you can also consider taking up an MBA and specialise in HR. Depending on your aptitude and interests, you can even get into roles in journalism, advertising or PR, sales, hospitality, customer care, etc. ----- Usha Albuquerque
Q.
I am a BCom graduate from SIES (2013). I am interested in a career in investment banking. I took a break from studies for a year due to money constraints. What are the career prospects in the field of ­investment banking? - Vishal
-8/6/2014 12:43:00 PM
A.
Investment banking involves advisory services, trading securities, selling and underwriting ­securities for companies, individuals and ­governments. Investment bankers are ­ ­responsible for financial advisory work, ­advising companies or ­individuals with ­financial transactions such as ­borrowing money in the bonds market, investing it in the stock ­market, or ­buying other companies. An ­investment bank’s markets division makes money by ­buying ­financial assets from one client, and then selling them to another.

A background in finance, economics, or math is essential for investment banking and you need an excellent grasp of economics and the ability to use analytical and ­numerical tools. MBA in finance is the best course for this career. If you get into a good MBA programme do not hesitate to take it up, even if you need a loan. There are excellent chances for pay-back after a good MBA programme. There are also PG diploma and degree ­programmes in investment banking and equity research, security analysis, portfolio management and investment banking, and other such ­courses for entry into this career. It also helps to have some work experience in banking; you could intern in a bank. ----- Usha Albuquerque
Q.
I have completed Class 12 (non-medical stream) with 72.5% in the ISC board. Now, I plan to pursue BTech IT from Amritsar Engineering College. Would I be eligible for it? —Sonia
-8/1/2014 1:33:00 PM
A.
As you have the marks and have got admission in an engineering college, it is clear that you can do BTech in IT. But is this the course you want to do and will it lead you to a career you want to pursue?

If you enjoy ­working with ­computers, have strong ­mathematical and logical skills, are ­technically sound in IT and abreast of the technological changes, then any course of study in the field of IT can open up exciting career opportunities. There are many job opportunities in various industries as well as in IT services and vendor companies, financial institutions, telecommunication companies, manufacturing and retail businesses. If this is the kind of work you would like to do, you can go ahead with the BTech course. ---- Usha Albuquerque
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