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February 15, 2021

Career counselling; questions and answers

Lahore

 
February 15, 2021

Q1: Sir, I have done with my HSSC exams under Agha Khan Board. For further studies I have my interest in Business Studies and at that point I am confused where to apply and in which subject. Kindly guide me what should I do next.

(Mubashara Ibrahim, Lahore)

Ans: Dear Ms Mubashara, first of all I would like to know where you would like to proceed for your higher studies here in Pakistan or abroad. If you wish to proceed here for your further studies, then there are certain business schools in Pakistan like IBA, Hailey College and LUMS etc. However, if you want to again choose from different destinations or have resources to study in a foreign country then you can go for UK, USA, Canada, Australia etc.

Q2: I passed my FSc (Pre-Medical) with 62% then I went to COMSATS Abbottabad and from there I did BS in Biotechnology with 3.32 CGPA and got 62 marks in GAT. Then I took 1.5 year gap. Now for MS I want to get admission. But COMSATS Islamabad doesn’t have this (Biotechnology) subject so which subject would you like to suggest me for MS. I am confused in the following: Biosciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics. My second question is can I get any scholarship? I look forward to your kind reply. (Mariya Usman, Karachi)

Ans: Dear Mariya, from the list of options that you have provided, I would prioritise them as follows: Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics. CGPA 3.32 is good enough for admission purposes abroad provided you do a good IELTS or TOEFL. However, it will not help you in getting a scholarship but perhaps a discount. So far as local universities are concerned, most universities in Pakistan should accept you which offer such degrees.

Q3: Respected sir, I would like to request you to please advise me regarding Hotel Management related information. (Mashkoor Tiwana, Okara)

Ans: Dear Mr Mashkoor, there are many courses certificate and degree courses being offered in private institutions here in Pakistan. But unfortunately there is only one public sector university which is offering degree programmes related to Hotel Management and that is university of Gujrat. However, there are several private institutions, including those offering courses accredited by foreign institutions like COTHM, Institute of Southern Punjab, etc. I think you should explore these opportunities and also decide on the several areas within the hotel industry that are available to you for example: Marketing and Sales, Banquet and Events, Management, Travel and Tourism etc. All these areas fall under this category. A range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in all above areas are also available worldwide. Most countries offer these degrees, including UK, USA, France, Malaysia etc. We can advise you further once you have done the above analysis. Q4: Respected sir, I want to get information about my field. Sir, I am student of FSc Pre-Engineering. Recently I have taken my 2nd year examination. I didn’t do well in part 1. I have got 55% in part-1. I am waiting for 2nd year’s result and I don’t know that how much percentage I am going to get in part-2. Sir, my target is to be an astronaut and I don’t know which subjects and university I should go with and what is scope of this in Pakistan? I was thinking of taking space sciences, will that be okay? As my percentage is very low to get any test of further studies, I am here to consult with someone who guides me in detail. I hope that you would reply me as soon as possible.

Regards (Ammara Syed, Rawalpindi)

Ans: Dear Miss Ammara, please don’t forget that your percentage in FSc Part-1, will impact your second year results too. I doubt a good university in Pakistan in the area of Aeronautical/ Aerospace will give you admission. Remember that you must achieve very high grades in Maths and Physics to do well in your degree that you are planning to pursue. There is scope of Aeronautics and Space Engineering in Pakistan as much as abroad. However, this all depends on how you do in your year-2 and your aggregate total of both years.

(Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi is a renowned educationist in Pakistan, with more than 20 years of experience as provider of education counselling services. He has represented Pakistan in over 100 national and international seminars, conferences and fora. He is a recipient of the most coveted civil award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz).