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The Careers Department’s ongoing visits to Indian colleges

As part of the department’s ongoing commitment to providing informative and up to date guidance to boys, parent and staff, Mrs Pandey Head of Department of the Careers Information, Education and Guidance Department has visited more universities and colleges in India. These have included NID which is the National Institute of Design, the top institute for design in India. National institute of design which offers four year courses on Animation Film Design, Ceramic and Glass Design, Exhibitions design, Film and Video Communication, Furniture and Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product design, Textile design. National Institute of Design is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design and is a matter of great pride for students to pass the entrance examination. They offer summer schools for the creatively inclined students.

Mrs Pandey also visited CEPT University, which takes its name from the ‘Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology’ (CEPT). The University Grants Commission recognized CEPT University under section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 in 2007. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Government of India recognizes the University as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO).
It offers bachelor courses in Architecture, Construction Technology, Interior design, and Planning. IB predicted scores are not considered for admission. They offer studio courses, workshop courses and lecture courses so that students have hands on experience of what they learn. The faculty student ratio in the studio courses is 1:10. A summer school is also available.

DAAD, the German academic exchange service which counsels students about education in Germany, was also visited on this trip. Germany is traditionally known as a country where education is ‘free’. Academic institutions in Germany can be divided into Universities (including Universities of Technology, abbr. TU) and Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH) TU’s are research-oriented and offer a wide variety of subjects and can award doctorate degrees. FH’s on the other hand, are work-oriented and offer courses mainly in engineering, business administration, social sciences and design. These have strong links to the industry and offer possibilities like joint supervision of the professor and a company for a master thesis. Fachhochschulen do not award doctorate degrees, however as a master degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is in principle eligible to apply for a doctoral position at a University.

The programmes offered only in English are called International Degree Programmes.( IDP) and are available at fees ranging from 0 to 10,000 euros. A database is available on the DAAD website.