Paramedical courses as career options II

    26-May-2019
Ranjan K Baruah
In our last edition we had published about paramedics or para medical courses as a career options. Thanks for feedbacks from readers and I request our readers to keep sending feedbacks to improve this column. According to my experiences I have seen many students who do not get admission into medical or nursing in good institutes chose the para medical courses. In Assam, there are government medical colleges which offer different para medical courses. I have interacted with many students undergoing courses related to para medical and found that there is a challenge when it comes to government jobs in few states. Students must make a good planning once they take admission in different para medical courses.
There are medical colleges and other institutes under various governments that offer various courses in paramedics. This is a growing profession, so one can plan well to step into these professions. Remuneration would vary from place to place. But with experience one can earn more and can also go abroad if they have expertise and knowledge. Some can also start their own economic activities by providing health care to people who are in need. Interested people may also work with nongovernmental organizations which are working for the health welfare in various parts of the world apart from our own region.
The All India Institute of Speech and Hearing was established in the year 1965 as an autonomous institute fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India provides various courses like Certificate course on Communication disorders, M.Sc (Audiology), Diploma in Hearing Aid & Earmould Technology (DHA & ET), M.Sc (Speech - Language Pathology), Diploma in Training Young (Deaf and Hearing) (DTY-DHH), Bachelor/Master in Special Education, etc. There are other courses apart from above mentioned courses.
RIPANS: The Regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing Sciences (RIPANS) was established during 1994-95 under North Eastern Council (NEC) as an Autonomous body with due approval of the concerned Ministries of Government of India to cater the much needed Paramedical, Nursing and Pharmacy personnel of the North Eastern States viz, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. The Institute is situated at the outskirt of Aizawl, Mizoram in a secluded hilly slope of about 39.60 bighas. The Institute was transferred to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India from NEC w.e.f 1st April, 2007. It offers courses like B.Sc (MLT), Bachelor’s in Radiography & Imaging Technology (BRIT), Bachelor in Optometry (B.Optom), B Pharm, M Pharm , Nursing , etc . 
Apart from this there is Regional Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology (RIPSAT) based at Agartala which offers courses like B Pharm. In our next edition we shall publish details about optometry and career options related to same.
Scholarships Update:
Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship:  The Reliance Industries Limited along with Stanford Graduate School of Business invites applications for the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship 2019 from MBA applicants. The aim of the fellowship is to support meritorious students by assisting them financially to pursue an MBA degree from the Stanford Business School, USA. The scholarship awards a concession on 80% of the cost of tuition and associated fees to the scholars. Aspirants may apply before 28th May.
Italian Government Scholarships: Online applications are invited from Indian nationals for Italian Government Scholarships 2019-20. The scholarships are being offered for pursuing following programme / courses at Italian University / institute: Masters Degree Programme, Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance, Ph D Programme, research under Academic Supervision and Italian Language and Cultural Courses. Last date for the aspirants to apply is 30th May.
(Ranjan K Baruah is a career mentor, skill trainer and motivational speaker  and can be reached at [email protected] or 8473943734 for any career related queries)