BUQUERQUE I am final-year BTech (electrical and communication engineering) student. After December, I will start my six-month training but I do not know whether to choose an institute or industry for training. I don’t know which is better for my future. Should I opt for electronics or communication for training?
—KS There is a vast scope in the area of electronics and communications. India is amongst the fastest growing telecom markets, which has been adding over nine million new subscribers each month in the immediate past. This creates a strong opportunity space for electronics and telecommunication engineers. India is emerging as a world class VLSI/embedded systems hub. Electronics and communication engineers of a high calibre can find jobs with entry level pack- ages of R3.5 lakh to R4 lakh per annum (with added specialisation in a large number of multinational corporations operating in India).
Many electronics and communication engineers can get jobs in government organisations like MTNL and BSNL, NPL, All India Radio, posts and telegraph department, the railways, Defence Research and Development Organisation and in civil aviation, among many others.
There are many private companies in India which offer excellent career opportunities for graduates (BTech) in electronics and communications. The communication, media and entertainment industry is the biggest employer of electronics and communication engineers. In India, the media industry and communication sector has grown rapidly after privatisation and there are many private firms, including some multinational giants like Vodafone, Star network etc who provide good career opportunities for these engineers.
Electronics and communication engineers can find jobs in the power sector, hardware manufacturing, electronic goods and home appliances companies, as well as in research and development organisations.
Is CIMA better?
I am a first-year BCom student. I have planned for an MBA abroad. Meanwhile, I am thinking of pursuing a CIMA course. Is it a better option or are there better courses related to my field?
—Sameer Mitra You should select a stream on the basis of your interest and aptitude. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is a leading membership body that offers an internationally recognised professional qualification in management accountancy, which focuses on accounting for business. CIMA graduates are in good demand in India in large business houses/companies. The courses offered are CIMA professional qualification; CIMA certificate in business accounting and CIMA advanced diploma in management accounting.
The MBA in finance or marketing specialisation, too, is a suitable higher study option for commerce graduates. Much also depends on the field of work you wish to pursue after graduation because there are many specialised areas of work in business- and commerce-related fields and you need to identify your particular interest and ability to pursue any one field of activity.
Apart from this, the master of financial control (MFC) course can be considered. This course offers excellent career opportunities in corporate finance, investment analysis and portfolio management, financial services, international finance, equity research, treasury management, insurance, mutual funds and related areas.
Other suitable higher study options are chartered accountancy, cost and works accountancy and company secretaryship. Other avenues for commerce graduates are e-commerce, computer applications, business finance, multimedia, tourism management, bank management, hospital administration, trade and services, etc at the postgraduate level.
Diploma in computerised financial accounting using tally is another 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.
If you are planning to do an MBA abroad, do keep in mind that most b-schools abroad require at least two years of relevant work experience for admission.
How to crack NEET
How should I prepare for NEET 2013 because I am doing a course in biotechnol- From 2013, aspiring doctors will have to appear for one test for admission to medical colleges across the country - the National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The paper pencil test, proposed to be conducted on May 5, 2013, will have 180 objective type questions, 45 each from physics, chemistry, botany and zoology based on the syllabus notified by the Medical Council of India (MCI). There will be 1/4th negative marking in the three-hour test. As the exam is being conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, you must read the NCERT textbooks thoroughly. Learn time management by writing mock tests and you can also go through the previous years’ AIPMT papers. Visit mciiindia.org and nbe.gov.in for more details.