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think you have what it takes to be suc­cess­ful in this field, you can take up a train­ing course in fash­ion de­sign, fash­ion styling, im­age con­sult­ing or fash­ion com­mu­ni­ca­tion. There are limited cour­ses in fash­ion styling, but most fash­ion de­sign and fash­ion com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­grammes have in­cor­po­rated styling into their course. Most fash­ion de­sign and com­mu­ni­ca­tion cour­ses in­clude train­ing in de­sign, ac­ces­sories, cos­tumes, pho­tog­ra­phy, hairstyle, makeup, and this can help you make an en­try into this pro­fes­sion. Ma­jor fash­ion in­sti­tutes such as National In­sti­tute of Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy (NIFT) and Pearl Acad­emy of Fash­ion, New Delhi and other fash­ion in­sti­tutes of­fer th­ese cour­ses. Get­ting into such a course does not re­quire coach­ing. It’s all about your own aes­thetic sense, a keen eye for clothes, colours and de­signs, as well as a broad knowl­edge of fash­ion in­dus­try trends. A good way to kick start your ca­reer is by as­sist­ing a se­nior stylist, even if you do not get paid. The ex­pe­ri­ence will give you the con­fi­dence to take up good as­sign­ments and will help you start out on your own. I have passed Class 12 this year with 75% (science stream). I feel de­mo­ti­vated as I have not se­cured ad­mis­sion to a BTech pro­gramme in any govern­ment col­lege. Due to fi­nan­cial rea­sons, I can­not skip a year as well, so I plan to ap­ply to some col­leges. I do not mind tak­ing up any other course through dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion. Please guide me.

—Su­mit You must not be­come dis­heart­ened. If you are keen on en­gi­neer­ing, there are plenty of op­tions. You can con­sider the three-year diploma pro­gramme in en­gi­neer­ing. Diploma cour­ses in en­gi­neer­ing are of­fered by vo­ca­tional and tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes across the coun­try and they of­fer a wide range of spe­cial­i­sa­tions. Once you fin­ish the course, you can ei­ther work or join the sec­ond year of BE/BTech in many uni­ver­si­ties, through the lat­eral en­try scheme. Diploma hold­ers from any branch of en­gi­neer­ing/tech­nol­ogy with a min­i­mum of 60% marks are el­i­gi­ble for en­try into any of the BTech pro­grammes. Some in­sti­tutes of­fer­ing the lat­eral en­try fa­cil­ity in BTech in­clude Guru Govind Singh In­draprastha Univer­sity (GGSIPU), Delhi, ( which of­fers me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and au­to­ma­tion en­gi­neer­ing, Pun­jab Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity I am a fi­nal year BTech (elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion) stu­dent and I am in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in the mer­chant navy. I wear glasses (my power is -2.25). How do I en­ter this

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