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Bridge School, Northwestern University tie up for courses

Bridge School, Northwestern University
Bridge School of Management, a part of HT Media Ltd, has entered into a joint venture with the US-based Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies to deliver innovative blended online and in-person professional certificate programmes in India.

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.
 
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I am a Class 11 science student. Though I like zoology, I have taken up physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics (PCBM) because I am not aware about my career options. I do not want to take up medicine and I also do not find mathematics interesting. I am interested in a career in teaching, at the college level. What are the career options in the fields of zoology, ­mathematics and biology? Are there government jobs available for zoology graduates? I would like to drop mathematics and take up physical education instead, but I’m worried if this will affect my ­overall ­percentage when I apply for BSc. Please guide me —Mrinalini
-12/18/2013 11:05:00 AM
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There are several areas you can pursue in the field of science, after ­graduation in ­zoology. After ­graduation in zoology you can get into fields such as environment science, ­biotechnology, forestry and wildlife science, forensic science, anthroplogy, microbiology, marine sciences, oceanography and so on. If you are interested in research work, some higher study options include environmental technology, oceanography, marine biotechnology, marine food technology, applied genetics, to name a few. You can apply for a teaching or research fellowship through the CSIR NET exam. Once you have qualified the NET exam, you can get permanent lecturership positions, with UGC perks. You can also take up an MBA after graduation in zoology for a management position in a corporate organisation.

If you are interested in working with animals, you could do courses in wildlife protection or zoological studies for a job with a zoological park or in wildlife protection organisations. You can take up a PG diploma in forest management offered by the Indian Forest Management Institute at Bhopal, or specialise in the area of ecological management or wildlife studies from the Salim Ali Institute of Ecology at Pondicherry, and the Wildlife Institute of India at Dehradun. Aligarh Muslim University and Madras University also offer M Sc programmes in wildlife studies.

Maths increases opportunities in fields like banking, financial services, insurance, statistics, ­bioinformatics, computer applications, etc. If you are looking for a science-based career, you can drop maths and take up physical ­education. You can also apply for the Indian Forest Service, a Central Government service for which the selection is conducted through the UPSC. It is a separate exam from the other Civil Service exam, and it is only open to science and engineering graduates. --- Usha Albuquerque
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I am keen on joining a liberal ­education varsity in India, like Ashoka University, for instance. I like the curriculum but I would like to know if a degree from such a university is as valuable as a degree from any other reputed ­college. Are there any advantages of joining such an institution? —Neha
-12/11/2013 1:30:00 PM
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Ashoka University at Sonepat Haryana is among the several new private universities being set up in the country to augment the demand for quality higher education in the country. What sets it apart, however, is that Ashoka University is promoted and supported by respected leaders of industry, entrepreneurs and professionals, concerned about the limitations of the present educational system.

The new university is being set up as a liberal arts university on the pattern of the top US universities and is being partnered by University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science and Carleton College (ranked among the top five liberal arts colleges in the US). The university, therefore, plans to focus on a broad-based liberal arts education at the undergraduate level which has, unfortunately, declined over the years in India. It will offer four-year degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences with greater focus on languages and social sciences and with interesting interdisciplinary majors and minors like environmental science, visual and performing arts and entrepreneurial leadership. What is likely to attract a lot of students is the idea of the liberal arts approach where instead of studying one ­subject in depth for three to four years, as is prevalent with the present university system, subjects across disciplines are taught here. So students will have the opportunity to explore a range of academic disciplines before deciding on their major ­subject of interest and focus.

The trust supporting the new university has also launched the Young India Fellowship, under which 58 students have been selected for a one-year programme (similar to a Rhodes scholarship) in coordination with the University of Pennsylvania. The YIF programme aims to groom emerging leaders from across the country. If you find this approach interesting, then you might consider applying to such universities. ----Usha Albuquerque
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I am a Class 12 science student. I am keen to become an astronaut or a scientist and I would like to know what courseds I should pursue to fulfill my dream. I am an average student but I want to score good marks in my board exams. Please offer me some advice. —Piyush
-11/20/2013 3:43:00 PM
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Astronauts are those who eventually go into space, live and work in space, but they are also scientists, engineers, technicians and specialists who all play a vital role in the ongoing space programmes, as well as in the construction process of the eventual habitat and operation of manned space stations. The most important subjects in school for getting into the field of astronomy and space sciences are physics and mathematics. After Class 12, you can either do BSc in physics or a degree in engineering, before taking up a master’s or PhD in a specialised field of astronomy or space science.

Depending on your interests, you can go in for aeronautical/electrical / electronics/communications engineering, if you want to do instrumentation/experimental astronomy. If you want to do theoretical astronomy or observations, it would be better to go through the science stream. You can then specialise in a specific aspect of space science at the master’s level.

Aeronautical or aerospace engineering deals with the development of new technology in the field of aviation, space exploration and defence systems. It specialises in the designing, construction, development, testing, operation and maintenance of both commercial and millitary aircraft, spacecraft and their components as well as satellites and missiles. It is a highly paid field; however, the work is very demanding. After graduation you can take up courses in space engineering, missile technology, rocketry and other interesting programmes.

You can also pursue the science route with a B Sc in physics, if you are academically oriented. There is an interesting BS-MS integrated programme in core sciences offered by the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) at Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. The programme is designed as a balanced blend of core science and interdisciplinary topics, to serve as a launching pad for research and doctoral studies in science and technology. For more details and admission requirements, log on to www.iiser-admissions.in ---Usha Albuquerque
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