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Take up pharmacy, be an entrepreneur

MEDICINES GALORE: Pharmacists need to constantly update their stocks and knowledge. — Photo: AP

I have a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and am working in an automobile company. The company's Human Resources Department has asked me to pursue graduation and acquire a degree by the end of 2007 and is ready to sponsor it. Please give me a list of deemed universities where I can pursue the programme.

Jaiprakash Shetty

Pursuing higher studies after the three-year diploma is a good thing. The Human Resources Department of your company feels you are worthy for higher posts and hence the suggestion. Here is a list of deemed universities that are offering engineering programmes of quality:

The MGR Educational and Research Institute (Deemed University) ( , University office in Chennai: E.V.R. Periyar Salai (NH4 Highway), Maduravoyal, Chennai-600 095.

Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) ( , Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore.

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Vishwa Mahavidyalaya, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu ( .

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore ( . Bangalore Office: 26 & 27, Kasavanahalli, off Sarjapura Road, Bellandore (PO), Bangalore South-560 037. Ph: (080) 28439565/66.

Courses galore

I want to pursue the Diploma in Pharmacy. What are the requirements for this course? I will be passing out of Standard X (SSLC) in 2006.

Mahesh Kumar

There is a two-year Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm), four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), two-year Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) and Ph.d programmes. Admission to the Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) requires a pass in10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Maths or Biology.

Candidates who possess 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Maths (PCM) or Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) or Physics, Chemistry, Maths & Biology are admitted to the four-year bachelor's programme level (Bachelor of Pharmacy or B.Pharm).

At the Bachelor level, there is no specialisation. At the Master's level (M. Pharm) specialisation is available in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Engineering etc.

And after M.Pharm, candidates can go for Ph.D in Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management.

On completion of the programmes, you will be registered with the State Pharmacy Council, which will help you to start a career or even become an entrepreneur.

In Bangalore, you could contact the Government College of Pharmacy, Siddaiah Road, and the Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy, opposite Lal Bagh Gate, for information about the admissions and fee structure.

The right place

I am studying in second year of the science stream in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore. My optionals are PCMB. I am interested in pursuing research in nuclear sciences. Please provide information about this field.

Darshan K.

The Department of Nuclear and Atomic Physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai ( should be your destination. The TIFR's research activity is excellent and widely acclaimed. You should be part and parcel of such an organisation of repute.

You should come out successfully in the Plus Two examination and pursue the Bachelor in Science in the field of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. From there, you can plan your career.

I have completed graduation, and am interested in doing a professional course in Montessori training from a good college/institute in Bangalore.

Kindly guide me and provide the contact numbers and addresses of places offering this course.

Lorraine Nathan

"Help me to do it by myself!" was what Maria Montessori believed in when it came to the education of children. The Association of Montessori International (AMI) has created a paradigm change in the education of children.

There are three different levels of training for those interested in the Montessori way of education. The three are: infant (ages 0-3), primary (ages 3-6), and elementary (ages 6-12). AMI training courses last a minimum of one academic year and are full-time courses of study.

Some AMI courses are offered over a period of two or three consecutive summers, with interim work. One can take up the courses depending on one's need and time.

You could contact the AMI-affiliated Indian Montessori Training Course, 16A/20, Binny Crescent, Bangalore, for further details of the training programme.

If you pursue a B.Ed programme (Regular or Distance) besides the Montessori course, you would be better placed and would be in position to contribute to child development. Teachers with these qualifications are in demand not only in India but overseas as well.

IGNOU offer

I am a primary school teacher with a D.Ed qualification. I want to complete my Bachelor in Education. But I will not be permitted leave by the Department. Please advise me.


You do not have to worry about leaving your place of work in order to pursue the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) course. The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), after receiving permission from the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE), has launched the two-year Distance Mode B.Ed programme for in-service teachers.

You can pursue this programme from your place of functioning and without hampering your work.

The programme by the School of Education, IGNOU, New Delhi, would suit the interests of in-service teachers and help them in a career of their choice and also look for promotions.

You can contact B.P.R Narasimha Rao, Regional Director, IGNOU, Regional Centre, 293, 39th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore-560 0 82 for further information.



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