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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.

King George’s Medical University, Lucknow

Eligibility: Graduation degree with 60% marks. For medical/dental candidates should have MD/MS/MDS degree with at least 60% marks in MBBS/BDS aggregate

Monash International Merit Scholarships in Australia, 2015

Monash University is awarding up to 31 merit scholarships for international students. These scholarships will be awarded to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate (coursework) degree at a Monash campus in Australia.
 
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I am a Class 10 student. I wish to pursue a career in interior designing, but I am not sure which stream to choose in Class 11. Is it necessary to study psychology and mathematics to make a career in this field? Which are the best colleges in India that offer courses in interior designing? --- Parul Singh
-8/13/2014 3:03:00 PM
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Interior design encompasses planning space and furnishing across private homes, public buildings, or commercial establishments such as offices, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls and showrooms. It implies the use of creative and technical ­solutions to a structure to achieve a built interior environment that solves the customer’s problems and links space to business strategies and goals, or ­personal needs.

The recent real estate boom has brought into focus the need not only for attractive and exotic structures, buildings, and innovative urban complexes – but also for professionally-designed interior spaces. To be successful in this field, you require basic aesthetic sense, creative sensibility and imagination coupled with a logical and analytical mind. You can get into this field from any subject stream and neither psychology nor maths is necessary as subjects. However, it is useful to have a working knowledge of computers and design specific applications. There are many institutes that offer degree and diploma programmes that range from one to four years, and can be pursued after Class 12 in any stream.

These include The School of Interior Design, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad www.cept.ac.in. The institute offers a five-year professional programme in interior design to students who have completed 10+2 with science, and a minimum of 50% marks; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad: a four-year undergraduate degree and two-and-a-half year PG programme in furniture and interior design; Shrishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore (www.shrishti.ac.in) offers a three-year undergraduate diploma in furniture and spatial design; IILM School of Design, Gurgaon (www.iilm.in) offers a four-year undergraduate programme in interior designing. Other institutes include Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning, Greater Noida (www.apeejay.edu); Sushant School of Design, Gurgaon (www.ansaluniversity.edu.in) that offers a diploma in interior design; Raffles Millenium International that allows you to pursue an advanced diploma in interior design; SRM University that offers an undergraduate degree in interior design; and Exterior-Interiors, New Delhi (www.exterior-interiors.com) that offers a one-year certificate course in interior design. Admission to most programmes is on the basis of an entrance test. ----- Usha Albuquerque
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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
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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
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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
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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
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