One of my friend is doing Engineering Amime [Associate Members Of Institute Of Mechanical Engg, Mumbai] by correspondence. Is that course equivalent to BE/B. Tech? What are the future job prospects? After the course he wants to join ISRO. Can he do so? Which colleges offer P.G in astronomy?
AMIME is equivalent to BE/B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering and job opportunities are same as those of any Mechanical Engineer. He can get a job as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in various industries right from Automobile to Engineering Consultancy. For joining Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), he should better have an ME/M. Tech after AMIME. ISRO mostly recruits engineers. It is very difficult to get into ISRO and only a few very good students get a chance. To do a PG in Astronomy and Astrophysics, your friend would need a B. Sc. in Physics. But he can straightaway do a Ph. D in Theoretical & Observational Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary, Atmospheric & Space Sciences. These programs are offered at Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore (www.iiap.ernet.in), Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune (www.iucaa.ernet.in), National Centre for Radio-Astrophysics, Pune (www.ncra.tifr.res.in), and at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (www.jncasr.ac.in). For enrollment in these programs, he will have to appear in the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) conducted by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.