Counsel queries

Dear readers, Many times you may have questions related to career guidance that you are not certain whom to ask. We now have a space here for your benefit. If  you have a question relating to a course, an entrance exam or the prospects and  requirements of any field, do write in to our counsellor at

To be a teacher

Teaching after BCom I am doing my BCom from Mumbai University. I want to become a teacher, since I am very good at math and have been teaching many school children informally. . Is there a way where I can get a qualification to teach in a school since I have not studied math at graduation level? Is there another way out?

            — Prerna Ghatta

Dear Prerna,

Counsel queries

It is unfortunate that you will not be able to do a Bed after your BCom, since to do a BEd you need to have at least one major at graduation level and that major has to be the subject you teach. Since you cannot major in math in BCom, that route is out. You could, however look into various options in early childhood care and join a school after your ECCE, if you are keen on joining a school only. Otherwise you could look into MCom, and options of teaching at college level thereafter.

Tapping the human capital

Counsel queries

I realise that in the future, whatever happens, people are always going to work, and therefore human resource management will never be out of fashion. Also, I think I like what it entails, from a short talk I had with my cousin. I am sure I want to pursue a career in human resources. What is the path I should adopt? I am going to appear for my HSC commerce exams.

— Mayur Rana

Dear Mayur,

Human resource management (HRM) focuses on people related activities such as training, recruitment, managing organisational resources and so forth. HR managers primarily interpret the organisational needs and direct the potential of individual employees towards a better work performance.

Good leadership and managerial skills, knack of reaching out to people, and the ability to work in a team are essential aspects to do well in this field. A course in HR can be done after any stream.

For the moment you can pursue a BMS or BBA (Bachelors in Management Studies/ Business Administration). After your bachelor’s, you can opt for a master’s programme in HR or an MBA in HR. After completing your course you can do an internship in a company in the HR department. This will help you in the future.

Physiotherapy after homoeopathy

I have completed a degree course in homoeopathy (BHMS) from Pune. Now, I wish to learn physiotherapy. Can you provide information about short courses in physiotherapy and the names of recognised institutes in Mumbai and Pune conducting such courses?

— Dr Radhika Chheda

Dear Radhika,

Counsel queries

Physiotherapy is a professional course in itself, and the subjects are entirely different from what you have studied in BHMS (except may be anatomy). Also, no college offers any short-term course in physiotherapy. You only have the choice of going for a Bachelor’s degree programme. I am giving you here a list of colleges in Pune and Mumbai offering courses in physiotherapy. That said, I would advise you to look into a career as a homoeopathic practitioner, since you have already invested yourself in training for it. It can be an equally good career option. The entry into a physiotherapy programme is quite competitive where as you already have a qualification to work with right now. Do think about the pros and cons and make a well-informed decision taking into consideration your aptitude, interests and the time and effort you have already invested.

Colleges in Pune

  • Dr DY Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pimpri
  • Sancheti Orthopaedic Research Institute, Shivaji Nagar
  • College of Physiotherapy, Nigdi

Colleges in Mumbai

  • Physical Therapy Teaching and Treatment Centre, Lokmanya Tilak Muncipal Medical, College, Sion
  • College of Physiotherapy, Seth l  GS Medical College, Parel
  • College of Physiotherapy, Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai Central

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