Op­tions in com­puter pro­gram­ming & ro­bot­ics ca­reer­coun­selling

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BUQUERQUE I scored 69% in my Class 12 ex­ams with com­puter sci­ence as one of the sub­jects this year. I have ap­plied for the im­prove­ment ex­am­i­na­tion. I wish to de­velop and cre­ate com­puter and mo­bile soft­ware and ap­pli­ca­tions and de­sign web­sites and in­ter­ac­tive ap­pli­ca­tions. I also have ideas and would like to make them hap­pen in the field of ro­bot­ics, cre­at­ing gad­gets and de­sign­ing new tech­nolo­gies. I am not that good at physics, chem­istry and maths. Which course should I do that would in­volve both com­puter pro­gram­ming and elec­tron­ics (ro­bot­ics)?

—Ka­mal To de­sign and de­velop com­puter soft­ware, you need to do a de­gree in com­put­ers or tech­nol­ogy such as a BE, a BTech or an MCA and hone pro­gram­ming skills, which would re­quire a strong base in sci­ence and maths.

The BCA is a good course to start with as it will pre­pare you to deal with de­vel­op­ment of ap­pli­ca­tions for dif­fer­ent oper­at­ing sys­tems, as well as for some of the new ar­eas such as e-com­merce. There is a fair amount of math­e­mat­i­cal work in­volved in the course, in­clud- ing al­go­rithms, pro­gram­ming and com­put­ing. If you are not too con­fi­dent about your abil­ity to han­dle such cour­ses, you may pur­sue diploma or cer­tifi­cate cour­ses at in­sti­tutes such as NIIT, Aptech and DOEACC (now called Na­tional In­sti­tute of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy)-cer­ti­fied in­sti­tutes which of­fer train­ing in a num­ber of com­puter lan­guages and tech­nolo­gies like C, C++, Java, Cobol, UNIX and many oth­ers, give you the flex­i­bil­ity to build on fu­ture tech­nolo­gies. DOEACC’s A and B level pro­grammes equiv­a­lent to grad­u­a­tion can pre­pare you to deal with de­vel­op­ment of ap­pli­ca­tions for dif­fer­ent oper­at­ing sys­tems, like Mi­crosoft Of­fice suite, web browsers like In­ter­net Ex­plorer, Paint­brush and Pho­to­shop. Each level of flu­ency makes you com­pe­tent enough to move into a higher and more so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy.

On the other hand, you could work in the field of in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies which is gain­ing in im­por­tance and op­por­tu­ni­ties. This is a field re­lated to the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of web­sites and servers where ba­sic pro­gram­ming skills such as HTML and Java script are re­quired and you can ad­vance ac­cord­ing to the ad­di­tional skills and pro­gram­ming lan­guages you are able to pick up. You can con­sider jobs as a web de­vel­oper, re­spon­si­ble for writ­ing of code con­tents for web­sites and work­ing with web de­sign­ers, pro­gram­mers and con­tent writ­ers a site de­signer, who de­signs im­ple­ments and main­tains the web­site and deals with clients, or a web ad­min­is­tra­tor en­sur­ing the smooth func­tion­ing of the web­site There are many train­ing pro­grammes of­fered by com­puter in­sti­tutes for learn­ing a va­ri­ety of in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing C++, Visual ba­sic and also net­work­ing skills. If you are cre­ative you could also get into web de­sign, han­dling the cre­ative as­pects of a web­site.

Eco­nom­ics with­out maths

I am a Class 12 stu­dent of com­merce (with­out maths). I wish to do my eco­nom­ics hon­ours in the Univer­sity of Delhi. How can I get ad­mis­sion?

—Rishav All Delhi Univer­sity (DU) col­leges re­quire you to have some min­i­mum per­cent­age in maths for ad­mis­sion to the BA (hons) eco­nom­ics course. So, if you have not taken maths in Class 12, you will not be el­i­gi­ble for ad­mis­sion to the eco­nom­ics hon­ours pro­gramme. You can, how­ever, do a BA pro­gramme with eco­nom­ics as a sub­ject at any of the DU col­leges of­fer­ing this sub­ject. In ad­di­tion, you can do a BA in eco­nom­ics at sev­eral other uni­ver­si­ties of­fer­ing this sub­ject in­clud­ing Univer­sity of Mum­bai, Univer­sity of Pune, Ban­ga­lore Univer­sity and so on.

Hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion

I have an MD. I am cur­rently do­ing se­nior res­i­dency in a Delhi gov­ern­ment hospi­tal. I want to do my masters in hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion (two years) by dis­tance learn­ing from a rep­utable col­lege. Is any for­eign univer­sity of­fer­ing the same (a reg­u­lar course)? Please guide me. Is there an op­tion for me to study law at this point?

— Ro­hit The two-year, post­grad­u­ate diploma pro­gramme in hospi­tal/health­care man­age­ment is avail­able to grad­u­ates of all dis­ci­plines, as well as to doc­tors, nurses and paramedics.

There are many in­sti­tutes of­fer­ing this pro­grammes in­clud­ing: Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences, Mum­bai www.tiss.edu Apollo In­sti­tute of Hospi­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tion www.apol­loiha.ac.in

The colum­nist is di­rec­tor of Ca­reers Smart, and au­thor of the Pen­guin In­dia Ca­reer Guides Vol 1 and 2. Ph: 011-40552321

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