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Dated 31th Oct, 2001

I have done my PG in Economics. Presently I'm working in a Central Government office as a clerk. My chances for promotion are small, so I want to take-up MCA through correspondence. Kindly let me know if the course will enhance my career. Will my age (I am 36 years-old) be a barrier in securing a job in the private sector?

Krishnamoorthy, Delhi

Most IT and software companies recruit young, dynamic and experienced software professionals for IT jobs. If you are keen on working in the software field you can pursue an MCA degree, though the present slump in the market may not really help you. You can consider pursuing MBA through correspondence, though your age may not really be a bar on new employment. This may prove to be more useful in helping you secure a good job in the private sector. Your economics degree will also be helpful in this. However, it is always wise not to quit the job you have in hand.

I am an M.Sc Bio-Physics student in Nizam College, Hyderabad. I would like to know what the future prospects of the course and which other courses can I opt for, after completing the degree?

Arun Kumar, Hyderabad

Biophysics is a discipline that includes both the biological and the physical sciences. Some typical job opportunities in the field include: Food irradiation, pharmaceutical testing and modelling, cell membrane physiology, biomedical research, research into the mechanics of muscle for R&D companies, etc. You can also apply for M.Tech in biotechnology, purue a PhD and another option could be to take-up bio- informatics.

I hold a B.Tech degree in metallurgy and I'm presently working with the central government. Please list the engineering colleges that offer M.Tech through correspondence (metallurgy or material sciences) in India.

Ramesh, Shillong

The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad offers an M.Tech degree in various fields through distance learning. The degree is open for in-service degree holders in engineering. Personal contact programmers also take place on Sundays. For further information write to:

Dr. R. Swaminathan,


School for Continuing and Distance Education,

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University,

Masab Tank,

Mahaveer Marg,


Andhra Pradesh-500 028.

I am a history graduate and want to hold a Masters degree in human rights. Please let me know the institute/universities offering the course through correspondence or the regular mode.

Vijaykumar Soni, Mumbai

An M.A. in Human Rights is available at Aligarh Muslim University on regular mode. The Indian Institute of Human Rights; New Delhi conducts a 2-year programme in the subject through correspondence. There are other universities also that offer a PG diploma in human rights- Periyar University, Tamil Nadu; University Of Mumbai, Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal and Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune.

I am doing my XII class and I'm interested in pursuing a career as an air traffic controller in airports. Please list the qualifications that I need to have in order to become one. Also list the colleges that offer the course in Tamil Nadu or any other state. Let me know too, the procedures followed by Airports Authority of India for selecting Air traffic controllers.

Melvin, Email

The Airport Authority of India is the deciding authority for entry into the cadre of: manager ATC (Air Traffic Controller). The eligibility criteria are as follows:

First class engineering degree in electronics/telecommunication/radio engineering from a recognised university; OR

Should have cleared sections A and B in the first division in the examination conducted by the Institution of Engineers in electronics/telecommunication/radio engineering; OR

Should have qualified through Graduate Membership Exams of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers in first class; OR

Passed Associate Membership Exam, parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India (Electronics/Avionics as a group) in first class; OR

First class in science with physics or mathematics as the main options in graduation.

Should be below 28 years.

In Tamil Nadu, Madras and Anna Universities offer engineering degrees. The Hindustan Engineering College in Madras also offers BE is aeronautical engineering. For more information, you can write to the Aeronautical Society of India:

Aeronautical Society of India

9, Suranjan Das Road, New Thippasandra Post,

Bangalore, India 560075.


My daughter is presently doing her the higher secondary schooling in Abu Dhabi and wants to pursue her career in astro sciences. I shall be grateful if you could kindly let me know the universities in India offering a graduate degree in the subject.

Lakshmi Gopal Kirshnan, UAE

Astrophysics is the study of the physical nature of stars, galaxies and the universe, and is a part or astronomy. A degree in astrophysics is available at the Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004; Madras University, Chennai; Lucknow University, Lucknow; and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. Students with mathematics, physics and chemistry at the intermediate level are eligible to apply.

If your daughter wants to get into research and development she can pursue her higher studies in the same followed by a doctorate degree.

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