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Beyond engineering and medicine

This is the time when parents of Plus-Two students are more worried, anxious and confused than their wards. Students have to decide their future profession!

At the outset, one should determine the real inclination towards a particular stream of education. In the first place, the candidate should stick to interest, skill and talent. Students should realise that there are infinite number of courses other than engineering and medicine.

Engineering aspirants should know that there are branches other than conventional Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering being offered by specialised institutions. For instance, the School of Mines, Dhanbad, is an internationally known institute/university for Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (

Likewise, the Central Institute of Chemical Research Institute, Karaikudi (, is known for its unique course on Electrochemistry.

The Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology ( has created records in Plastics technology.

Indian Institute of Space science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram (, is the one and the only institute of its kind in the country to impart B.Tech. in Space Technology, and the subjects suit the high technology requirements of ISRO.

Cochin University of Science and Technology ( offers a programme in Safety Technology.

There is a college of fire technology in Ahmedabad (

Sree Chitra tirunal Institute for medical sciences and technology, Thiruvananthapuram (, is a centre of excellence in biomedical technology.

National Defence Academy ( ), Pune, is a well known institute to mould high-tech defence personnel.

Indian Maritime University at Chennai ( offers B.Sc. (Nautical Science).

The shipping department of government of India has facilitated courses in Marine Engineering. Details can be obtained from

Other non-conventional programmes of high value are petrochemical engineering, pharmaceutical engineering, food technology, geoinformatics, printing technology, agricultural engineering, aeronautical Engineering, astrophysics technology, mechatronics, paramedical technology and horticultural technology.

National Institute of Design ( is the only one of its kind in Design Technology and is among the best few in the world. There is a separate university for petroleum technology in Gujarat.

National Institute of Fashion Technology ( offers specialised job-oriented courses in fashion technology.

Avinashilingam University in Coimbatore ( offers the best programme in home science.

Centre for Advanced Research in Food Technology, Mysore (, offers innovative food technology courses.

Central Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore (, provides the best training in the sciences of hearing and speech. The job potential of these graduates is very high.

Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (, and their branches are exclusive institutes to offer degree course in statistics.

Centre for Advanced Studies in Marine Biology is an established institute at Portonova, Chidambaram.

Centre for Leather technology and Research Institute, Chennai (, is an ideal institute to study leather technology-related courses.

Centre for Nanotechnology is coming up in a big scale at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (

Centre for Textile Technology can be considered of for carrying out studies in textile science. At Karnal in Haryana there is a deemed university: National Dairy Research Institute ( ) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. This university imparts education from B.Tech. (Dairy Technology) to Ph.D.

There are universities for sports activities. Detailed information regarding the specialised courses of various institutes under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research can be obtained from the web site

Students can also think, plan, work hard and prepare well for the Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Services and Indian Police Services.

As regards medicine, there are well known colleges like AIIMS, Delhi (, JIPMER (, Puducherry, Post-Graduate Medical Research Institute, Chandigarh (, CMC, Vellore (, and armed Medical college, Pune (


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