Q: I want to learn about start-ups. I am in my second year of engineering (IT). Kindly advise.
A: Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur, and professor at Stanford, Berkeley, defines a start-up as “a temporary organisation designed to look for a business model that is repeatable and scalable. On the other hand, according to Eric Ries, a start-up is an organisation dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. To know about start-ups, start with books such as The Lean Startup by Eric Ries and Zero to One by Peter Thiel. These two books describe the start-up phenomena, business models, and processes to build successful businesses in great detail. In the Indian context, to learn about it, go through these websites: https:// inc42.com/, https://ajuniorvc.com/, and https://yourstory.com/. In Assam too, a start-up revolution is on the way with many government schemes targetted at young entrepreneurs. Please visit http://startup. assam.gov.in/ to know more about the start-up ecosystem in Assam.
The above are secondary resources, but to learn anything in-depth, one must be involved directly. One easy way to do it is to take up an internship with any start-up. Follow the start-ups on LinkedIn, look for internship opportunities, and connect with the founders.
Answered by: Kankan Thakuria, Consultant at Deloitte.
Q: What is the best place to study nursing? It would be great if you could provide me the list of government colleges. I am in Class XI (Science) now.
A: Nursing is regarded as one of the most respected services in the world. In the context of Assam, there are three different types of nursing courses available: ANM (Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery), GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) and BSc Nursing. There are many private and government institutes for nursing in Assam. ANM and GNM are diploma courses whereas BSc Nursing is a four-year degree course. As you are studying Science in Class XI, my suggestion is that you join a BSc Nursing course after you pass out of Class XII. In Assam, the Regional College of Nursing, Guwahati; BSc Nursing College, Dibrugarh and BSc Nursing College, Silchar are the best-known government colleges to undergo a BSc Nursing course. The Assam Oil College of Nursing, Digboi, also offers a BSc in Nursing course, under the Srimanta Sankardeva University of Health Sciences. Apart from the above, the Regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing (RIPANS), Aizawl, reserves BSc Nursing seats for students from Assam domicile.
Answered by: Dr Pranjal Kalita, Career Counsellor and Motivational Speaker.
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