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Dr Ali Khwaja

Dear Sir,

I have completed my Xth (ICSE). I am very keen in pursuing a career in aeronautical engineering. I have heard that there are institutes offering diploma in aeronautical engineering. Where do I apply for that? I also would like to know whether I have chosen the right option by opting for a Diploma or should I prefer +2 and then think about this? Also furnish me with the details of the institutes where I can apply for the diploma.


Dear Suryakiran,

Diploma in aeronautical engineering will only get you lower level jobs as a technician. If you are a good student and are ambitious, you can take up Aeronautical engineering for your BE (however, it is not offered in Karnataka), or you may take up a BE in Mechanical, electronics, instrumentation etc and then specialise in aeronautics at the PG level.

The aerospace sector in India is opening up slowly but steadily.

Alternatively, you may get into the Indian Air Force, either at the Airman’s level immediately after your 12th with Physics and Maths, or write the NDA exam after your 12th wherein you are eligible to join in the officer’s cadre.

Dear Sir,

I have done my BCom. I have a great passion for languages. Can I get into journalism?

Shafiya Shaikh

Dear Shafiya,

Journalism is offered at the postgraduate level by many universities and autonomous institutes. Also, there are many courses in Mass Communication, which include both print (newspapers, magazines, publications) and electronic (TV, internet, CDs) journalism. Today there is scope in both these areas, and some people switch between the two also. Some of the well known institutes are Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in various cities, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai (, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore (, Manorama Institute of Communication, Kottayam( Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, Symbiosis, Pune, (

Dear Sir

I did my 10+2 seven years ago. I am now working in a private company and would like to do B.Com in one sitting.


Dear Raj,

No recognised Indian University offers a degree in one sitting any more. There are various people advertising such courses, please do not be misled by them. You will have to enrol in IGNOU, KSOU or any other university and appear for annual exams to complete your B.Com

Dear Sir,

I am a student of Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as the major subjects. Which colleges offer B.Sc in biotechnology?

Vishal, Ranchi

Dear Vishal,

B.Sc in Biotechnology is being offered by hundreds of colleges affiliated to many universities all over the country. One can also do a B.Sc in individual subjects like Microbiology, Biochemistry or Genetics. However, please be aware that there has been a sudden increase in the number of colleges, hence there is likely to be a glut in the job market for some time. Jobs in biotechnology currently are not expanding at the rate colleges are putting out successful candidates. The situation is the same for B.Sc in Nursing.

Dear Sir,

I have done my ICSE. Can I study Law after 10th?

Appabrita Saha

Dear Appabrita,

One cannot study Law in India after tenth standard. You are required to do your 10+2, with any optionals and only then you are eligible for the five year integrated BA, LLB course. Some of the popular institutions with all-India repute are the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) (, Jnanabharathi, Bangalore, NALSAR University (, Symbiosis ( You may get further details on

Dear Sir,

I am now in the 12th standard doing Commerce (ISC) with a combination of Commerce, Economics, Accounts, and Business Mathematics. I would like to know the difference between B.Com and BBM. Also, which would be preferred if I wish to do my MBA in the future? Which are the best Universities in India offering courses after the 12th standard? Could you please give me some information regarding the best commerce schools in India (after the 12th Std)? Could you also suggest some Law Schools?

Amritha Ram, Bangalore

Dear Amritha Ram,

Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) takes you through most subjects related to business and management, but does not make you a professional. On the other hand B.Com focuses on accountancy and business studies, with a few subjects of management. There is no evidence to show which is better for MBA. Your choice should depend on whether you are more oriented towards accountancy or management. Almost all the general universities in the country offer both B.Com and BBM, and most of them are good. Law is an entirely different field. Do not explore a wide variety of fields blindly without matching your strengths, aptitude and interest.

Dear Sir,

I am a IInd PUC student and want to do medical course and serve in the military. Which are the books that I have to refer to and also the exams which I have to take up for this.


Dear Anonymous,

The military trains doctors at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC, Pune) where admission is through the entrance exam. You can get details at Also, you can qualify as a doctor from any recognised Indian University, and then apply for a Commission in the Army Medical Corps through UPSC selection. There are many private guides and coaching centres in different cities to guide you through the entrance procedure, or contact the Army Recruiting Office and seek information.

Dr Ali Khwaja

A counsellor, training and life skills coach, Dr Khwaja trains students in career and emotional issues. He is the chairman of Banjara Academy and Honorary Director of Helping Hand .

You may send in your questions on studying in India to The Education Desk, c/o Deccan Herald, MG Road, Bangalore - 560 001 or e-mail to

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