HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 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

The Great Britain Scholarships

The UK has announced the Great Britain Scholarships – India 2015 and GREAT Scholarships Guide as part of the ‘Great Britain’ campaign. Launched in February 2012, GREAT is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide in order to enhance the country’s global reputation.
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
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
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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