Lucknow recently (April, 2012) had an education and career fair at Hotel Taj, where several educational institutions had taken part by showcasing their courses, and facilities they possess. I had a chance of visiting and meeting staff of some institutions. Though, I was looking primarily for courses in areas like biological sciences, health, environment, forestry and the like, I was not disappointed because a number of institutions did cover some of those disciplines.
India is advancing rapidly on the education front, and credit in good measure can be given to private institutions, some of which have created excellent infrastructure, facilities and even appointed top ranking teaching faculties. They have allowed development of courses providing creative opportunities to students, and inculcated among them pragmatism, openness, and even hand-holded not so good students to acquire better education and make them productive.
Some institutions which offered courses in Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Medical, Environment, Optometry, etc. were at the career event. There were also few foreign intitutions' India contact offices taking part in the event.
Australia is known for internationalisation, and is a vibrant and welcoming country. Education in Australia provides innovative, creative and independent thinking, similar to the best education in the Europe and the USA. Australia does offer very good education opportunities. La Trobe University, Melbourne Victoria, Australia is known for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Health Sciences, Sciences, Technology, besides Social, Business and Management courses.
A view of stall showcasing programmes from La Trobe University, Australia.
MeriTrain Education Society under Karnataka Government Open University provides courses in Food Science, Food Microbiology, Food Laws, Food Safety Management System. Food sciences have good demand of qualified personnel in these areas.
MeriTrain Education Society, Karnataka Government Open University
display their courses.
Sharda University at Greater Noida is an international university in outlook, infrastructure, and its staffing. It offers the widest range of courses from undergraduate to Ph.D, including MBBS, BDS, MBA, B.Tech, etc.
The working environment at the university is of international standards. The university offers flexible credit based courses, and opportunity to improve grades, a Wi-Fi campus with seamless wireless connectivity with over 1Gbps bandwidth. The university is built around the best modern learning practices of the UK and the USA. Besides students from India, the university also has students from other countries.
A galaxy of permanent international teaching faculty from over 18 countries can be called the USP of the university.
Showcasing of courses by Sharda University, Greater Noida, India.
The University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun, besides offering other B.Tech programmes, it offers M.Tech in Health, Safety & Environmental Engineering, the required qualification are B.Tech preferably in environmental sciences, with guaranteed 100 percent placements. The university is India's first energy university, and has excellent facilities.
IEC Group of Institutions, Greater Noida, offers B.Parm and M.pharm courses. M.Pharm are available in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, and Pharmacognosy. The group is known for quality education, in the field of Science, Technology, and Management.
Dr.D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune offers one year certificate courses in Hospital Administration & Health Management (ACHAHM), besides another course in Advance Certificate Maternal & Child Health (ACMCH). The Institute of Optometry and Visual Sciences provides both diploma and degree courses.
AMET University, situated at Kanathur, the outskirts of Chennai, is India's first University in maritime education. Beside other courses it offers postgraduate (M.Sc) programmes in Marine Biotechnology, and research programmes (M.Phil) in Marine Bio-Technology and Marine-Biology, and Ph.D programme. It is the only university of its kind in India that caters to the needs of Indian and global marine and shipping industry needs for trained manpower.
Though the list of institutions covered above may be few they may provide help and directions to aspiring students to select courses and universities of their choice.
According to a notification available at the fair, Global Education Interact-X, scheduled at several cities , offers an opportunity for UG and PG admissions to about 50 universities in six countries for intakes of July/September/october/November 2012. The event offers opportunity to meet delegates of universities and assessment for eligibility. Aspiring students can visit the website of The Chopras, and register.