Q: I am a bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS). I want to be a doctor of medicine (MD) in anaesthesia. Am I eligible for it?
— Moulsree Dutta
A: It will not be possible for you to branch off into MD anesthesia with a BAMS degree. However, BAMS too has good career prospects with an increased emphasis on alternative methods of treatment. BAMS graduates can find employment with ayurvedic hospitals (both private and government), in pharmaceutical companies manufacturing ayurvedic medicines and cosmetics, as tutors in colleges that impart education in ayurvedic medicine, in private practice, in health centres of hotels, health resorts or spas. Candidates who have passed BAMS can also apply for three-year post graduate (PG) programmes.
The PG programmes conducted by many recognised institutions lead to Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda (MD in Ayurveda) and Master of Surgery in Ayurveda (MS in Ayurveda). You can also do a postgraduate course in hospital management or administration. You can also pursue a course in clinical research that requires doctors with BAMS.
Dont worry about science
Q: I plan to take science in Class XI. I love maths and science and want to become a doctor. Does science get tougher in upper classes? Can I opt for a combination of subjects such as physics, chemistry and maths with biology in Plus Two?
— Sanjay Kar
A: Yes science does get considerably tougher in Classes XI and XII. But why worry? So many students opt for it. Besides, life is tough. And tough people get going when things get tough, right? So take it as a challenge, particularly since you like the subjects. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Opting for physics, chemistry and maths with biology is an excellent idea — provided you can manage it. Many of the research fields in biological sciences require maths at the higher level, so do fields like biomedical engineering and bioinformatics.
Pursue polymer technology
Q: I am pursuing MSc (final year) in organic chemistry. I want to specialise in polymer chemistry. Please tell me about related institutes in Delhi and future prospects of the course?
— Gaurav Ghosh
A: Polymer science is to chemistry what electronics is to physics. In a recent issue of the Journal of Chemistry Education Review that published a conference calendar for the year, 30 per cent of the conferences were related to polymers. Such is the importance of polymer science.
Plastic, polymer and synthetic rubber technologies are some of the fastest growing industries. Substances used to make these products are synthetic resins. Plastic technologists develop, adopt and supervise various processes for manufacturing plastics. Some of the processes that are involved are compression, heat moulding, lamination, calendaring, fabrication, and vacuum forming. Supervising these processes involves arranging materials, studying the specifications, installing and operating machines, tools, moulds and so on. Machine operation of moulding, injection and extrusion require operators working on laminating presses, table machines, and so on.
Globally, the plastics and polymer industry has emerged as a major sector of growth. Demands from a variety of industries such as the transport sector, household appliances and goods, packaging and electrical and telecom industry have in turn accelerated research and production generating employment in all sections of the industry. For instance, synthetic rubber is now in great demand. Opportunities exist in technological applications, research and development, production and marketing in industries that use these materials.
Almost everything we wear and almost everything we carry in our pockets or bags are made of polymers. Moreover, since 90 per cent of polymer goods are disposable, they have an unlimited replenishing market. Hence understandably, specialising in polymer and plastics will make an excellent career.
The Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (Cipet) Chennai, established under the ministry of petroleum and chemicals, Government of India, and assisted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is an autonomous institute that offers specialised and practical training in plastic technology, engineering and testing.
The courses are designed to address the practical problems involved in the relevant areas. Cipets courses are offered through eleven regional extension centres and is recognised by the University of Madras as a centre for conducting research leading to PhD in polymer science and technology and polymer engineering.
All the eleven centres conduct a variety of courses, but for chemistry students like you, the following courses are specifically suited:
(i) Postgraduate diploma in plastic processing technology
(ii) Postgraduate diploma in plastic testing and conversion technology
Courses at Cipet are of the level of IIT.
Court the right legal option
Q: Are bachelor of general law (BGL) and bachelor of law (LLB) the same? If I complete BGL, will I be eligible to practice as a lawyer?
— Avinash Bhowmick
A: BGL and LLB courses differ in their scope and duration. While BGL is a two-year course, LLB takes three years.
Eligibility for both BGL and LLB is a bachelor degree although you can pursue an integrated five-year BA LLB programme straight after Plus Two.
According to the Bar Council of India, you cannot practice in a court of law after BGL or BAL (bachelor of academic laws), though you can join a solicitors firm or give legal advice. Besides, your degree will be an asset in various jobs which require knowledge of law such as in company secretaryship, personnel management, industrial relations, consulting, and so on.
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