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Counsel Queries


I am in HSC, and I am keen on taking up library science after I finish my class 12 exams. I want to know how to enter this field after graduating and what are the job options? Will it be better to just opt for a routine MBA?,  – Rajvi Shah

Dear Rajvi,

There is all kind of knowledge in the world, and often we are unable to distinguish knowledge from information. And that’s why storing and retrieving knowledge is of great importance today. Openings can be found in various establishments like corporate offices, government agencies and bodies, hospitals and medical centres, education institutions, and others.

Since you will have a background of library science, you might find it easier to work in this field. To sort any knowledge or material, it needs to be taken one chunk at a time. This knowledge could be the information relating to a particular drug, its effects, dosage and usage, and the research conducted on it, including harmful side effects. Or, it could also related to patient information and documented history in the field of medicine. The same idea can be applied to other fields as well. Those who work in this field can work for developing knowledge strategies, leveraging knowledge content, and promoting awareness of knowledge management. Today, undoubtedly, everything is mechanised and technology has to be used to manage knowledge. Although you might be trained for certain technologies, you will also have to keep up with the future changes.

The bachelor’s programme on library science can be pursued after graduation in any field, and is of one year duration. Many private organisations offer shortterm certificate courses in knowledge management for beginners and professionals. Distance learning programmes are also offered by Universities. This field is relatively new, so different courses ask for different kinds of eligibility. A few institutes are:

  • SNDT Women’s University
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology
  • University of Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Knowledge Management
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Although I know that this field is relatively less known, you do not really have to jump on the MBA bandwagon if you do not want to. Yes, this field might not pay as much as an MBA would earn, but the world needs all kinds of professionals.


I am in FYJC science, and I think I want to become a pathologist in the future. I am looking for job security with fixed hours and no emergencies or late nights. I think I will be good at this. How do I go about my higher education? Please advise.  – Brinda Kate

Dear Brinda,

I hope you know that every profession related to medicine will involve hard work, especially during the course. So, even if you have fixed hours and no late nights, it will still be a strenuous job. Other than that, I feel that you have decided on a good profession, since it will never go out of fashion, and there will be additional tests introduced in the future.

The health sector is advancing so rapidly that pathology as a field is growing by leaps and bounds in the country

For this field, after finishing your class 10 exams you need to take up the science stream for 11th and 12th with physics, chemistry and biology. Courses in the field of pathology are being offered by a number of medical colleges and universities in Mumbai. Most of them generally conduct courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels.

The admission to the undergraduate courses is based on the marks secured in the class 12 (HSC or equivalent) from a recognised board. Those who want to opt for a postgraduate programme, need to have completed the undergraduate degree in a related field.

The institutes in Mumbai include:

  • Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Parel
  • Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai Central
  • Padmashree Dr DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai
  • Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Navi Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Institute Of Medical Science & Technology, Byculla
  • NCRD’s Sterling Institute of Pharmacy, Nerul
  • Damyanti Institute, Bhayandar
  • MGM Institute of Health Sciences, Mumbai
  • Asian Institute of Health Sciences, Navi Mumbai


I am interested in automobile engineering and I have decided to take up the classes for the engineering entrance examinations. I want to know how the field is growing and what kinds of jobs are there.Will it be a problem if I cannot communicate well in English?. – Siddharth Bhure

Dear Siddharth,

Since there are new automobiles being launched, bought and sold as we read this, you can rest assured that this field is growing. The automobile industry in India is one of the largest, since there is tremendous potential. In fact, India is a hub where manufacturing of automobile parts is concerned. Apart from that the market for all kinds of vehicles has also gone up as the reach of the middle class expands. The financial sector provides further impetus with its easy to access vehicular loan facilities. Trained personnel are always needed.

After your class 12, you can enrol for a bachelor’s degree in automobile engineering (BE or BTech). You need a few personality traits, so try and check whether you have a tick mark on most of these. You need to have some of these among many others:

  • An interest in vehicles which will lead to in-depth knowledge of all the disciplines involved in the production of vehicles
  • Decent communication skills, especially verbal
  • Ability to think on your feet and solve problems
  • Thirst to update knowledge at any given time
  • Ability to adapt

As far as communication is concerned, you need to be good for any field that you choose. It is not exclusive to automobile engineering that you need to communicate well. You might be conscious of your abilities in English right now, but it is a universal language, so it is better that you start learning from now, which will make you more confident by the time you have to look for a job. You can also adopt a set routine to improve your spoken English. You should read a newspaper every day for at least 20 minutes. You should talk in English with someone for at least 20 minutes. If talking is now possible, then you need to read out loud in front of the mirror. And lastly, spend 20 minutes watching television programmes in English for at least 20 minutes so that you can learn how to frame sentences and the pronunciations of the words. I suggest you watch Indian television shows which are in English rather than watching American shows. This routine will definitely show positive results in a few months, but you need to do it regularly!


I am in class 12 commerce and I know that I have to manage my father’s shop after that. I am now sure I want to pursue a degree, since I do not see any use.What would you suggest? – Harshil Mehta

Dear Harshil,

If you have a chance to pursue any kind of education, you should take that chance. Even if you do not see the use now, an education never hurt anyone. Think about all the fun you will have hanging out with your friends in class and outside class, making plans with them and going out with them. You will make some good friends for life. Going to college for a basic degree is an experience, not just a piece of paper like a degree. You will also have exposure to what is going on in the world, which is necessary for everyone.

Also, for doing BCom, you need a few hours for class in the morning, and you can join your father in his shop by afternoon. This way, you will get the best of both worlds. You need to understand that any further education needs a basic graduation degree. There are also courses in family business management, which you can opt for to expand your father’s business, if you want to. That too, is possible only after you get a degree.

Original: http://www.freepressjournal.in/education/counsel-queries-43/975367
By: FPJ Bureau
Posted: November 21, 2016, 11:10 am