HindustanTimes Wed,09 Apr 2014

The balancing act

At a time when practical experience counts more than degrees, students are constantly looking out for opportunities that will fuel their passion. Here’s a look at aspirants who juggle studies with work and multiple projects.

Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Eligibility: Students with a ­bachelor’s degree in science with at least one of the subject botany, chemistry, geology, ­mathematics, physics, zoology are eligible to apply. Those with a bachelor’s degree in ­agriculture or forestry may also apply. Candidates who are in the final year of their BSc/MSc are also eligible.

KC Mahindra Scholarships 2014

KC Mahindra Education Trust will offer interest-free loan ­scholarships to Indian nationals for postgraduate studies abroad in various fields. The maximum amount for the scholarship will be Rs. 2 lakh per scholar, except for the three KC Mahindra fellow scholarships for which the ­maximum amount will be Rs. 8 lakhs per scholar.
I have completed my 3D animation course with specialisation in character animation. I am a graduate in arts and am looking for a job in a production house. How much salary should I expect as a fresher in this field? I also want to know what qualifications I must have to start my own production house. Will an MBA help me? — Rishi Singh
-2/7/2014 1:05:00 PM
Animation is a growing field that offers several career opportunities. Due to technological advances and the popularity of 3D animation and numerous applications that animation is used for, the industry is only expected to grow. Junior animators or trainees could get between Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 15,000 per month. With three to five years of experience, they can earn between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 40,000. An experienced animator with a good portfolio can easily earn Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 60,000 per month. There is an increasing demand for animation jobs in India mainly for production work from foreign companies and domestic TV channels.

As the size of the global animation industry is quite large, good animation artists can also look for jobs abroad. Some of the top companies that hire students after animation are: Toonz Animation India, Pentamedia Graphics, Maya Entertainment, UTV Toonz, Silvertoon Studio, Mumbai etc. There is no specific eligibility to start your own production house. You need to have experience in your field and should be good at managing people. You can do a generalised MBA or a specialisation in ­entrepreneurship. ---- Usha Albuquerque
I had appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test 2013 (NEET), and secured 12068 AIR, with the score being 442. I had also applied for the state quota. My NEET Delhi rank and DU merit list rank were 1591 and 961 respectively. I want to pursue MBBS from a government medical college. However, with this rank, I have not been called for an all India counselling yet. Are there any chances of me getting admission in DU considering my NEET Delhi rank (given above). I had also applied in Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and North Delhi Municipal Corporation Medical College), but haven’t been called there either. Where can I get admission on the basis of my NEET UG scores? Also, will it be advisable to drop a year and prepare again or should I take admission in some private university? — Varsha Prakash
-12/26/2013 1:16:00 PM
The six colleges in Delhi accepting the NEET scores have around 1,000 seats available. These include Lady Hardinge Medical College, (for girls only) Maulana Azad Medical College, University College of Medical Sciences, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, Army College of Medical Sciences, and Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, all in New Delhi.

If you are unable to qualify in these institutes, you can also try for colleges outside Delhi. Every state has many colleges accepting NEET scores so it is best to check them out on the NEET website. Your ranks look quite good so there’s a good chance you will be able to get into a suitable medical college. If not, I think it is worthwhile to try for admission to some private medical colleges if you are that keen on a career in medicine. Some private colleges such as Christian Medical College at Ludhiana and Vellore; Kasturba Medical College in Manipal; Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai; Grant Medical College, Mumbai; Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai; and Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi; are certainly worth trying for, and fees are not that high. You can certainly try again next year if you have the passion to become a doctor. --- Usha Albuquerque
I am pursuing a chartered accountancy course. I have passed my Common Proficiency Test (CPT) in June and I am currently preparing for Integrated Professional Competence Course Examination. I am also looking to ­pursue CS or CWA simultaneously. Please suggest as to which course should I pursue to have better career prospects in combination with chartered accountancy. Which of these can be done simultaneously with CA? — Amit Kumar Dwivedi
-12/26/2013 1:15:00 PM
The CA programme is a very challenging and a strenuous course and therefore I would not advise you to take up multiple courses alongside. The IPCC Professional Competence Course for CA, includes practical training (articleship) along with practice as a chartered accountant for a period of three-and-a-half years. There is a restriction for candidates taking up the professional accounting course of CA as they are allowed to pursue only one additional course in the related stream apart from CA while doing their articleship. If you are interested in studying for CA, it is advisable that you do BCom alongside through correspondence. --- Usha Albuquerque
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