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Students of Central Institute of Tool Design operating Roboform 54, a modern four-axis machine at the institute in Hyderabad.

Tool, die and mould design

Q. I am a final-year student of Mechanical Engineering. I would like to know in detail about institutes that offer tool and die design courses for fresh engineers. Please give me details of their selection procedure and job prospects.

Anand Mohan (by e-mail)

A. Professionally-qualified engineers in Tool Design or Tool Engineering are very much in demand in the industrial sector especially in machine and tool manufacturing industries. So, the prospects are bright for graduates in Mechanical and Production Engineering if they opt for Tool, Die and Mould Design or Tool Engineering for higher studies at the post-graduate level.

The Central Institute of Tool Design (CITD) is a premier institute in Asia, providing specialised training in Tool Engineering. Established in 1968 by the Government of India with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organisation, the institute aims at meeting the requirements of industry in the field of Tool Design and Manufacture and to train technical personnel in these fields. The Central Institute of Tool Design has a well-equipped Tool Room with sophisticated machines. It is equipped with a metrology laboratory and calibration centre to maintain quality control. In addition to the Tool Room, CITD has a Design Department, Automatic Process Control Unit, CAD / CAM centre with the latest hardware and software, and a library and documentation centre.

The institute has a post-graduate course in Tool, Die & Mould Design (PGTD) which is recognised by the Government of India as an advanced post-graduate qualification. The one-and-a-half year course is open to graduates in B.E./B.Tech. (Mechanical or Production Engineering) below the age of 30. Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes should not be older than 35. Students appearing for the final engineering degree examination could also apply. Of the 30 seats, 16 are filled through an entrance test and 14 seats are reserved for candidates sponsored by the industry. Applicants who have qualified for GATE should clear the entrance test conducted for the PGTD course in Hyderabad.

The fee for the course is Rs. 31,500 and sponsored candidates would have to pay Rs. 42,000. Admissions are usually in April. More details could be sought from the website: or the Training Department, Central Institute of Tool Design, Bala Nagar, Hyderabad, 500037. Telephone: 23776156, 23772747, 23772748 (Extension: 212). E-mail:

The CITD conducts a post-graduate diploma in CAD/CAM for Tool Engineering. The duration is one year (two semesters). Mechanical/ Production Engineering graduates, who are not above 30, (Five years relaxation is applicable for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes) are eligible for admission. There are 40 seats, five of which are reserved for sponsored candidates. The course fee is Rs. 30,000 per semester. Sponsored candidates would have to pay Rs. 40,000. Selection is through an entrance test. This course focuses on Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing. For more details visit

Graduates in Mechanical Engineering could choose M.Tech. with specialisation in Machine Design / Tool Engineering / Product Design and Manufacturing and so on.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi ( Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016) has an inter-disciplinary M.Tech. (three semesters) programme in Tool & Technology. Detailed information could be obtained from the Institute.

Central Institute of Plastics Engineering Technology (CIPET), in affiliation with Anna University, Chennai, offers M.Tech. in Plastics Technology. Graduates in Mechanical, Production, Chemical and Polymer Engineering could opt for this. CIPET conducts a post-graduate diploma in CAD/ CAM, related to Plastics Engineering. Eligibility is BE or B.Tech. in Mechanical, Production, Polymer or Tool Engineering. More details could be gathered from the website:

Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) offers a Post Diploma in Manufacturing Technology and Post Diploma in Quality Engineering and Management. Diploma-holders or graduates in Mechanical, Production, Automobile or Industrial Engineering are eligible for admission. For details contact NTTF Technical Training Centre, Nettur, Kerala, 670105. Telephone: 0490-2351423, 2351144. E-mail:

Options after M.Sc. Zoology

Q. I would like to know the scope of studying M.Sc. Zoology an<145,4>d related career options.

P.I. Fahim, Kozhikode

A. Those who have passed M.Sc. Zoology with 55 per cent marks could appear for the Junior Research Fellowship/ National Eligibility Test conducted annually by the University Grants Commission and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Those who qualify for the JRF examination could do research leading to a Ph.D., which is an essential qualification to become a scientist or research


In Kerala, one should qualify in the State Eligibility Test (SET) conducted by the State Government to become a lecturer for Plus Two.

Only post-graduates with 50 per cent marks and a B.Ed. degree in the relevant subject could appear for the SET.

Depending on the marks scored for B.Sc., you could also do B.Ed. or M.Ed. and try to get teaching posts in Navodaya Vidyalayas, Kendriya Vidyalayas and other high schools. Post-graduates in Zoology or Botany with 50 per cent marks could study post-graduate diploma courses in Plantation Technology and Bio Diversity Conservation, which are conducted by the Forest Research Institute in Dehra Dun.

Another option is the fellow programme in management (equivalent to Ph.D.) conducted by the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore. Only post-graduates with 55 per cent marks are eligible for these courses. Admission is on the basis of CAT scores.

Graduates in Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Agriculture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science who are between the ages of 21 and 30 could appear for the Indian Forest Service Examination conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission.

Q. Is there any private law college in Kerala that allows retired people to pursue LLB. If so, what are the procedures to join the college.

Suku (by e-mail)

A. At present, there is no age limit for admission to the three-year LLB course. Those who have retired from service could study this course in government or private law colleges. But the applicant should ensure that she is otherwise eligible for admission.

In Government Law Colleges in Kerala, admission for the three-year LLB course is on the basis of an entrance test conducted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations, Government of Kerala.

Graduates in any discipline with at least 40 per cent marks could appear for the entrance test for admission to the three-year LLB course. There is no age limit. There are Government Law Colleges in Thiruvannthapuram (Barton Hill), Ernakulam, Thrissur (Ayyanthole) and Kozhikode. Each college has 100 seats.

In the private sector, Kerala Law Academy Law College at Peroorkada in Thiruvananthapuram, has a three-year LLB course. There is no age limit or entrance test for admission to this course.

More details could be gathered from the Principal. Telephone: 0471-2436640, 2433166. E-mail: The list of colleges recognised by the Bar Council of India could be obtained from the website:

Gopakumar Karakonam
(Author and career consultant based in Thiruvananthapuram).

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