Options in computer programming & robotics careercounselling
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.
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
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