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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.
 
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I am a BCom(P) graduate from Delhi University, School of Open Learning. Right now I’m employed with a hospital as a Patient Care Coordinator in Delhi NCR. I want to pursue further studies and do a post-graduation. I had recently taken up a PG programme in masters in business law from NLS Bangalore through distant education but dropped out in between because I was not able to clear the papers. I’ve been working from the time I passed out of Class 12 and had scored a percentage of 40 in my graduation. I’m looking for a very exciting career which involves travelling, client dealing, analytics etc. I’m not able to make a choice of the line which I’m supposed to take. I’m ready to give up my job for education. Can you please suggest me a line which I am best suited for and that can be satisfactory? I’m not happy with the kind of career moves that I’ve made, first BPO then healthcare. I want to be stable and be comfortable with one particular line ---Saurav Bose
-6/18/2014 1:48:00 PM
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I may not be able to guide you in selecting a career, or line of work best suited to you as I do not have sufficient information about you. However, I can suggest some career options and lines of job which can be explored. As you have completed B Com there are several commerce related jobs which you can consider if you are interested in pursuing this line of work. You can do diploma or certificate courses in banking and finance, capital markets, wealth management, insurance, risk management, ICWA, CS, CFP, CFA, as well as many computer related courses like Tally etc. Most of these are short-term or one-year courses are job-oriented programmes that teach you specific skills which can lead to jobs. If you are also good with computers you can also take up courses in e-commerce, computer applications, and accounting. A diploma in computerised financial accounting using Tally is a good option for commerce graduates to enter the accounting profession. E-commerce is an emerging area, which is best suited for commerce graduates with basic programming knowledge and a sound understanding of business transactions. So do check out options in bank management, hospital administration, etc. at the postgraduate level.

With the current growth of the tourism industry, tourism management, ticketing, tour guide and other travel related career are also careers you can consider. Tourism is a very wide field and the scope of employment includes government tourism departments, immigration and customs services, travel agencies, airlines, tour operators, hotels , airline catering, travel websites, guides, interpreters, tourism promotion and sales etc. You can also consider shorter courses which offer IATA-UFTAA ticketing with modules on computer reservation systems and industry regulations regarding travel.

Once you know which area you like to work in, you can take up the PG diploma in tourism management being offered by several institutes, including IGNOU. The Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management, Gwalior, with its chapters in Delhi, Mumbai, and some other cities also provides several training programmes in travel and tourism.

If you are good with picking up languages you can also learn a foreign language useful for jobs in the hospitality sector, in tourism, BPO sector, airlines and even as a teaching faculty in reputed schools. You can also look for an online job which requires language skills. Interpreters and language translators are also in good demand today. As you can see there are multiple options for you and you must choose the career that interests you and what you are capable of handling. ---- Usha Albuquerque
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I have just completed Class 12 and I wish to work in the civil services, Indian Foreign Services (IFS), in particular. I took commerce with mathematics in Class 12. I am also willing to do English Hons as my UG programme. Please advise me on how I can start preparing for my civil services exam now. --- Neha Kher
-6/18/2014 1:47:00 PM
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You can take any subject for graduation when appearing for the civil services exam. It is best to select subjects in which you can build detailed academic knowledge, so as to score high marks in the exam, and which also provides alternative career options should you be unable to qualify in the civil services exam. If you are an above average student, hard-working and persevering, you have a strong chance of getting into one of the civil services. However, due to the competitive nature of the entrance test it may be advisable to keep a strong back-up option. If you wish to take up B Com or BA economics in graduation, either subject can be one of your optional subjects for the Main exam, as it is a useful subject to take up -- whether you join the civil services or get into any other career. English is a good subject for graduation, but has limited options for civil services where English literature can be one of your optional papers, but you would also need to study Indian history, geography political science and so on. The study of English literature in college can lead to a number of careers where writing and reading skills are required such as advertising, public relations, journalism, editing, film making and production, creative writing, teaching, law, sales and marketing, human resource management, publishing, librarianship, hospitality and several others. If these are possible alternatives to a career in the civil services, a degree in English would be ideal.

You can prepare for the civil services exam while doing graduation, but this is a tough and highly competitive test keeping in mind that you require detailed academic knowledge of your subject, in addition to general studies, current affairs, English, an Indian language and so on. Most candidates like to take at least a year off to prepare s for this exam. However, if you are an above average student, hard-working and persevering, you can consider this option. Several websites provide guidance and study material. You must also read at least one newspaper from cover to cover every day, and a range of national and international magazines and periodicals to keep abreast of the latest developments in politics, international relations, science and technology and sports.---- Usha Albuquerque
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I have just come to class 12 and aim to get into one of the top colleges in Delhi University. I have opted for commerce with maths. While my teachers and some others urge that I must appear for the SAT and apply to colleges in the US (as a backup option), I am finding it difficult to balance my CBSE curriculum with SAT preparation. I’m writing SAT in less than a month. Please help. -Vinayak
-6/11/2014 2:17:00 PM
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If you are aiming for one of the commerce related courses in the top colleges of DU, you would need a score above 92%. However, your backup does not necessarily have to be a foreign university. There are equally reputed colleges in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata universities, as well as good new private institutes and universities. After commerce with maths, you could study banking accountancy, mass communication, law, hospitality, or any management specialisation. If you wish to study further immediately after graduation, you can think of options either in India or abroad, once you know the direction in which you are headed career-wise. There are excellent options abroad for study. If you get admission to one of the top universities abroad, and have the funds, you could take up the offer; but if not, either change your course or look for colleges which can accommodate you. ---- Usha Albuquerque
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