“Learn from experiences”- 14 August 2016.

Priyanka. D

Q. I am pursuing B.Sc in Chemistry, Botany & Zoology. I want to become Food officer. Please tell me what is the eligibility criteria for it? In which field I have to do masters? Which are the institutions for it? Will I be able to appear for IIT-JAM Examinations? Please help me out. Thanking You.

Ans. Even with a graduation you can become a food inspector in the government sector. There are state exams and central government exams like the UPSC. It is necessary to be a science graduate and chemistry is an essential subject that is required. You could google online for the dates for UPSC and state exams for the post of food inspector. If you are keen to do a post graduation then M.Sc Chemistry could be a good choice. The other preferred courses are food technology, dairy technology, biotechnology or medicine.


Q. My son is 12 years old. Lately he has been going slow in studies and remains irritated with me in special. He at times says that he does not want to go to school and then at times he is normal and looking forward to meeting his friends. He loves to play and is losing interest in his studies. It looks like this. Will counselling help him and how many times do I bring him? What should I tell him where we are going? Please help me.

Ans. Yes, counselling will help him and you can bring him by saying that we are going for advice in improvement for studies or to a teacher or tutor or something like that. We need to find out the reasons for his decline in studies and his growing irritation. He is ambivalent about going to school you mention. There could be some issues with the teacher or with his school mates. Find out if he is being bullied and teased by someone in school. Another factor could be a learning difficulty that is beginning to show up in middle school. He could be finding difficulty in a specific subject or many subjects or with reading and writing. Such learning problems mostly go unnoticed and the child can be blamed for it. His growing irritation could be a consequence of his learning problems. If that is the problem then it can be assessed and remedied. Do not delay too much. The earlier the better and easier.

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Q. I study in 12 Std and I like a girl in my class. I proposed her and she agreed. We are in the same coaching centre too and we used to bunk classes and go for movies and restaurants to eat. As a result I lost my attention in studies and am feeling distracted and emotionally imbalanced. I was always a good student and this has happened for the first time. Recently I saw my friend with some other boy and she was talking to him. I also saw them in a restaurant with the same boy but she said that they were in a group and he is part of the group. I want to leave her and concentrate on my studies and become a good student again. Please help me. I am very upset and keep cursing myself.

Ans. It is sad to know that the girl is not good and may be cheating on you. This is upsetting especially when you committed yourself to her. But the good side is that now you are emotionally free to concentrate on your studies and make a good career for yourself. You seem to have a strong and healthy mind that can revert back to its goal after a set-back. In a way it is good for you that she is gone and you can focus on a making a good career. Such friendships are a severe distraction and take away a lot of time. You have learnt a good lesson, cherish the good moments of the friendship and say good bye to her totally. Never regret an experience- you always learn many lessons from experience. They form your wisdom bank.


Q. I am in college, I have been scoring low and loosing focus how should I improve my learning skills?


Ans: The first step towards effective learning is to imbibe the qualities of an attentive listener. A person will only learn when her/his mind is ready to accept certain changes and wants to improve. During the course of learning one has to undergo situations which might not feel relevant in respective fields therefore the motto should be, “nothing goes waste”. A positive attitude and respecting teachers is a necessary prerequisite. Lastly to learn, no matter what and from whom, the personal ego and excessive self-esteem should be left at home.

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