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Biomedical Engineering

I am in FYJC science. I want information about biomedical engineering. What should be the study route after class 12? What are the job prospects and which institutes offer biomedical engineering? — Aditya Natu

 Dear Aditya,

Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering techniques and principles to medicine and biology.

Biomedical engineers design life support apparatus, devices used in various medical procedures such as laser systems used in corrective eye surgery. They develop imaging systems such as ultrasound, or devices for controlling body functions.

Biomedical engineers are employed by hospitals or companies manufacturing, maintaining or marketing medical equipment.

In Mumbai, you can pursue BE/ BTech in biomedical engineering from the following colleges:

● Shri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal’s DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering,Vile Parle;

● Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra;

● MGM’s College of Engineering and Technology, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai; and

●Watumull Institute of Electronics Engineering and Computer Technology, Worli.

Visit www.dte.org.in for updates and additional information. You would be applying for the biomedical engineering programmes in the same way as you would for the other branches of engineering, through the CET.

Do I need JEE?

I’m a science student in FYJC. I wish to do a bachelor’s in computer science in India, and then a master’s degree abroad. I wanted to know whether or not I will have to take the JEE examination.  — Zaid Khan

 Dear Zaid,

The JEE exam is conducted in two parts now, the JEE-Main and the JEE-Advanced. The JEE-Main exam is to admission to National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Central Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs), and so on, and the JEE-Advanced is for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) and the Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad. You can find more information about the test on

http://jeemain.nic.in/jeemain2013/Welcome.aspx

Now, if you intend to pursue your bachelor’s in computer science as an engineering degree from any of the colleges that need a JEE score for admission, you will need to appear for the examination. In case you want to pursue a seat at the IITs, then you will have to take up both, the JEE-Main as well as the JEE-Advanced.

In case you want to pursue the engineering degree from any other institute or college, you will need to take the entrance exam required for that particular institute.

Requirements for US application

I have completed my bachelor’s in computer engineering in Mumbai, and have been working as a software programmer for a year now. I would like to pursue an MS from a US based university, in the field of computer science. Please can you let me know the admission criteria, and how I could look for scholarships and funding?  — Vidisha Jain

 Dear Vidisha,

Different universities in the US have different admission and eligibility criteria, and to begin with, you need to make a list of universities you would like to apply to. Accordingly, you will work out the other details. Generally, every university in the US requires you to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to check your eligibility, and they also require you to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), which would test your English proficiency.

Further to that, each university will ask you to write a statement of purpose (SOP) or a document on those lines, telling them your story – who you are, what you have done until now, and how you propose to further it by studying at that university. While writing this document, make sure that you have paid attention to the features of the programme at the university and are telling them that you will benefit from those features. This makes the application highly individualistic, and that helps.

Also, make sure that you note all your achievements and experiences till date in a crisp and succinct manner. Most admissions committees in the US work on these documents for admission.

A word of caution – the whole process of preparing for the two exams, taking the exams and the scores, and then the applications take almost a year. So make sure you work backwards, as in which year you want to apply for, and take the exams accordingly.

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