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Q: I work in a private sector company in Siliguri and want to do an MBA in the distance education mode (or part-time). I would like to specialise in marketing and finance but I did not have maths either in Plus Two or in my graduation. Am I eligible? If not, what other specialisation can I choose? Also please suggest a good college where I can take admission and let me know its address and contact number if possible.

Avijit Mitra

A: You should shortlist some reputed organisations which offer MBA courses and go through their eligibility criteria. Depending on the track you choose there will be some pre-requisites / minimum qualifications criteria for you to qualify for admission.This will give you a clearer picture of what specialisation you are eligible for.

Q: I did my MBA in marketing and have a total of six years’ experience in sales and marketing. I now want to do a SAP course. Which module should I opt for and where should I do it from? Also, what sort of job am I likely to get after completing the course and in which companies?


A:You should go in for SAP (Sales and Distribution) module. It is preferable to do a SAP course through recognised SAP academies like Siemens and Genova. You can visit the website for further information on recognised institutes that offer SAP certification.

Once you complete this course you will be able to pursue a career with any of the top IT companies.

Q: I am a commerce graduate and work as an income tax, sales tax and banking finance consultant. I have working knowledge of Tally 4.5 to 7.3. I am thinking about doing a SAP course. Is it a good idea? Could you suggest which module should I go for and the best institute to do it from?

Amit Kumar Singh, Jamshedpur

A: You can do a course in SAP FI module. However it is strongly recommended that you check with the approved academies that offer SAP certification about the eligibility criteria before pursuing the course.

Q: I am a 31-year-old electrical engineer and have been working in a power generation company for the last five years. Now I want to do an MBA (full-time one-year executive programme) from a premier institute. Should I go in for a general MBA (finance, marketing, HR) or an MBA in energy management that is offered by MDI Gurgaon and other institutes? Which one is a better option for me? What are the prospects for an MBA in energy management? What kind of job and position would I get?

H.K. Singh, Bokaro

A: With global warming and other issues coming up, Escrow companies are big employers of experts in energy management. BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency), a unit under the Union ministry of power, offers energy managing and energy auditing courses that you can do even while you are employed full time.

Moreover, effective from 2008, the government of India has made it mandatory for companies using more than 1 MW power to employ an energy manager.

So, if you opt for an MBA in energy management you can choose between a niche career in energy management or become an energy management consultant.

Q: I have one-and-a-half years of experience in HR in an IT firm and I’m pursuing MBA with specialisation in HR and systems. I want to do a Sap HR course next. What are the requirements for becoming a SAP consultant? What is the difference between a technical and a non-technical SAP consultant?


A: Your profile is perfectly suitable for SAP HR. However, you must ensure that you take the course from an accredited institute.

A technical SAP consultant usually has a background in engineering and CA and works in programming and coding. Non-technical SAP consultants are from finance and HR background and help in business analysis.

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