HindustanTimes Sat,29 Nov 2014

UGC to outsource NET exam to CBSE

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

Commonwealth scholarships 2014-15

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom is inviting applications for Commonwealth Scholarships for master’s and PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development.
My daughter is a Class 12 ­commerce student with 9.2 CGPA in Class 10. She has to appear for the chartered accountancy test in June 2015. She is also thinking of taking the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Please ­suggest which is a better option for her? —Sujata Sharma
-8/20/2014 2:45:00 PM
Both CA and law are excellent career options, but you also need to consider if they are suitable career options for your daughter. The CA programme is a very challenging and a strenuous course of study and suitable for those with good analytical and numerical skills and who enjoy accounting work. If she clears CPT, she would then be starting study for integrated professional competence course after Class 12, which includes practical training (articleship) with a practising chartered accountant for a period of three-and-a-half years and one-and-a-half years (42 months). This is like full-time work and is aimed at imparting practical knowledge to the students pursuing CA course along with the theoretical education. During this period, she will not be able to take up any other full-time degree programme in college.

If required, however, she can do BCom through distance learning/correspondence. She will also have to train in information technology for 100 hours during the first 15 months of her articleship with the institutes accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. After this, she will have to appear for the professional competence examination (PCE) conducted twice in a year, May and November. Level three is the final course which she will need to pass after undergoing a general management and communication skills course. If she is interested in pursuing CA, it is advisable that she also study BCom alongside through correspondence. BCom will not only add value to the CA study, but in case she does not complete CA, she is eligible for other options like CS or CWA and so on.

Law continues to offer excellent career prospects and is in fact becoming as popular a career choice for students as business management. With so many multinationals streaming into the country, lawyers dealing in corporate law and international collaborations are much sought after. To become a good lawyer you need to have above average intelligence, analytical abilities and excellent communication skills. There are other career options too, including banking, mass communication, business management. So she should really explore those that interest her and match her abilities.

Moreover, if she is still undecided after Class 12, it may be wiser to take up a good graduation course such as BCom, BA (economics) or BBA and defer the professional course to postgraduation, when she is more sure and confident about her future career goals. Both CA and law can be done after graduation in any subject. -------- Usha Albuquerque
I graduated from Delhi University with English honours. I want to pursue master’s degree in social work from Indira Gandhi National Open University’s. Is it a good idea to pursue social work through the distance learning mode as it requires practical experience? Does Ignou organise internships and field activities for students? What are the placement ­prospects after completing MA in social work? Is the degree awarded by Ignou recognised for further studies in MPhil or PhD in social work? —Aman Dubey
-8/20/2014 2:43:00 PM
The MSW programme from Ignou offers an opportunity to learners for higher studies in professional social work. Besides the core courses ­pertaining to the social ­work curriculum, the course also includes themes in some of the emerging areas in social work such as globalisation, ­migration, history of social work in India, and a course on HIV/AIDS. For the first time, a theory paper on ‘social work practicum’ has also been ­introduced as a compulsory paper. There are practical classes and field work for every semester. The ­practical ­components seek to provide learners hands-on training, which can help them find suitable ­placements within and ­outside the country, with NGOs, social welfare organisations, and ­community development projects ­pertaining to health, ­education, rural ­development, child, woman and tribal ­welfare etc. Ignou does not guarantee job ­placements but the degree is recognised if ­students want to pursue MPhil or PhD. ------ Usha Albuquerque
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
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 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 ( offers a three-year undergraduate diploma in furniture and spatial design; IILM School of Design, Gurgaon ( offers a four-year undergraduate programme in interior designing. Other institutes include Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning, Greater Noida (; Sushant School of Design, Gurgaon ( 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 ( 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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