5 Great Colleges To Study Law In India

Becoming a high profile lawyer means being paid big bucks to battle out long drawn court cases. Do you see yourself doing this? To become a high profile lawyer, you will first need excellent oratory skills, a sky high confidence level, and an education from a top law college. Here’s a quick look at 5 great colleges to study law in India.

Government Law College, Mumbai

The Government Law College needs no bragging because it is the oldest law school in Asia. In India, the college has played a key role in shaping the judicial, political and social system of India. This law college offers the usual array of law courses like B.L.S, L.L.B, L.L.M and other post-graduate courses in Law. With Alumni like Dr. B.R Ambedkar, L.K Advani, Pratibha Patil, Rahul Bajaj and much more, there is little more to say about this prestigious law college.

For more details, visit: Government Law College

ILS Law College, Pune

Considered to be one of the most prominent legal institutions in India, Indian Law Society’s Law College is a name to reckon with. The ILS Law College is renowned for superb placement facilities, affordable fees, professional teaching approach and a beautiful campus. The ILS Law College offers B.S.L L.L.B (for students with a 10+2 background) or a 3 year course (for graduate students) and other diplomas and distance learning courses.

For more details, visit: ILS Law College

National Law School of India University, Bengaluru

One of the founding principles of the National Law School of India was to increase the quality of the bar. That’s exactly what the NLSIU does through the regular courses on offer, in addition to a highly active student body. Students should note that admissions into NLSIU are on merit basis by giving the Common Law Admission Test. NLSIU offers B.A. L.L.B (Hons) as a 5 year integrated course on an undergraduate level and L.L.M (Master of Laws) on a post graduate level. It also offers various research degrees like L.L.D, Ph.D and M.Phil and distance learning programs.

For more details, visit: NLSIU

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

NLIU is probably the youngest law college on our list of law colleges. It was established just recently in 1997, but it deserves to be on here. Boasting highly activity student cells like the Moot Court Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution Cell, Jus Cultura (Debating and quizzing society), Athena (Cultural society), NLIU Law Review (six monthly journal), Sports Committee and much more, NLUI promotes a learning environment where students learn intellectual freedom. This university offers courses like B.A L.L.B, L.L.M, Ph.D and other diploma courses.

For more details, visit: NLIU

Symbiosis Law School

Ranked amongst the top 10 places to study law by both India Today and Outlook magazine, the Symbiosis Law School is a reputed institution to study law in India. Students can get admission into the Symbiosis Law School by appearing for the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) followed by a group interview and Personal Interview. Apart from the usual law courses like B.A L.L.B and L.L.M, the Symbiosis Law School offers many certificate programs like the Certificate in European Legal Studies.

For more details, visit: Symbiosis Law School

Doing a Law degree means spending at least 5 exhaustive years after Standard 12. But the options of specialization thereafter are endless. From cyber law to corporate law, from mercantile law to civil law, from IPR law to commercial and governance law, you would have a plethora of options to choose from.

5 great colleges to study criminology and forensic sciences in India

Yes we all love watching episodes of CBI on the television but have you ever imagined what real life investigators do on a daily basis? You too can train to be a criminologist, a forensic science expert or a legal advisor in the criminal and justice system. Here are highlights of 5 courses in criminology and forensic sciences by 5 great colleges in India.

University of Madras, Chennai

The University of Madras is in Chennai and one of the oldest universities in India. The UGC has given the University of Madras a status of University with potential for excellence. The department of criminology of the University of Madras offers the following courses in criminology and forensic sciences.

  • M.A (Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration)
  • M.Sc (Cyber Forensics and Information Security)
  • Ph.D (Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration)
  • Diploma in Cyber Crime and Information Security

For more details, visit: University of Madras

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar

Established recently in 2008, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University is a mecca for any student wishing to study forensic or behavioural sciences. The university has 3 institutes, namely, Institute of Forensic Science, Institute of Behavioral Science, Institute of Research and Development. Some of the programs that the university offers are as follows.

  • M.Sc. Forensic Science
  • M. S. in Forensic Pharmacy
  • M. S. in Forensic Nanotechnology
  • PG Diploma in Cyber Law
  • PG Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation & Computer Forensics
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology

For more details, visit: Gujarat Forensic Sciences University

Institute of Forensic Science, Mumbai

The Institute of Forensic Science in Mumbai is affiliated with the University of Mumbai. The institute aims to provide world class Forensic Science curriculum and also works along with crime detection agencies, corporate and banks. The Institute of Forensic Science offers the following courses.

  • B.Sc Forensic Science
  • Post-graduate diploma in Forensic Science and related laws
  • Post Graduate diploma in Digital and Cyber Forensic and related Law

For more details, visit: Institute of Forensic Science


National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science

NICFS was established with the view to fulfill the shortage of expert criminologists and forensic scientists in the country. Many public officers in the fields of policing, judiciary, medicine, defence and more have undergone training in this institute. NICFS offers a wide range of courses, workshops and seminars on criminology, forensic science and on crime and justice. More importantly, apart from students, the institute also offers ‘need-based’ courses to professionals already working in the forensic science industry. For the full list of training courses on offer, check out their website here.

For more details, visit: National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science

University of Pune, Pune

University of Pune was established in 1949 and is considered to be one of India’s best universities. Located on a 400 acre campus, the university has more than 45 departments. The Faculty of Law in University of Pune offers the following course on Criminology.

  • Diploma in Criminology

For more details, visit: University of Pune

Government Institute of Forensic Science, Aurangabad

Operating under The Higher and Technical Education Department of Government of Maharashtra, the GIFS aims to offer to students professionally formulated forensic science courses. GIFS has 6 departments, namely, forensic physics, forensic chemistry, forensic biology, forensic science, forensic psychology and digital and cyber forensics. The institute offers the following courses for forensic science.

  • B. Sc. (Forensic Science)
  • PG Diploma in Forensic Science & Related Law
  • PG Diploma in Digital and Cyber Forensic Science and Related Law

For more details, visit: Government Institute of Forensic Science

Top 5 Agriculture courses in India

Did you think that the practice of agriculture in India traditionally has been passed on from one generation to another? Think again, look around you.

There are many agriculture related courses that you can study in India. Here are 5 recognized universities that are dedicated to providing courses related to agriculture from where you can pursue your education in agriculture.

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B.Tech (Dairy Technology), Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat

Located in Anand, Gujarat, the Anand Agricultural University (AAU) provides students a semester style education system for under graduate and post graduate courses in Dairy Science. You can pursue exciting courses like B.Tech (Dairy Technology) from AAU which has the experience of providing education in this field since its inception in 1961.

For more details, visit: Anand Agricultural University

B.Sc (Agriculture), Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, AP

This university was inaugurated in 1965 and has been a pioneer in applying science and technology in the field of agriculture. You can pursue a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) which has a duration of 4 years. You can use this course as a base to pursue Masters/PhD in Agricultural sciences.

For more details, visit: Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University

B.Sc (Agriculture), Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan

If you decided to study Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from this university in Udaipur, you will have access to a modern technology network, a comprehensive library network with more than 150,000 books and a strong foundation of the university since it’s foundation in 1955.

For more details, visit: Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology

B.Tech (Agricultural Engineering), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

If agriculture and engineering are your passion, check out Punjab Agricultural University’s Bachelor in Technology (Agricultural Engineering). Jawahar Lal Nehru inaugurated the university in 1962 and it has never looked back since then. PAU has had many achievements under its belt including being the first producer of hybrid grain pearl millet in the world and also playing a significant role in reducing food shortages in the country.

For more details, visit: PAU

MBA (Agribusiness), Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat

If you already have a Bachelors or a UG degree in agriculture, an MBA in Agricultural Business Management may be the next big spark in your career. This program has a duration of 2 years and focuses on cultivating careers in management for students with an agricultural background. If you see yourself being the next big agricultural entrepreneur, you must check out this course.

For more details, visit: NAU

Pursue a career in Agriculture to contribute to the economy and bring in new developments in the field on which more than 70% of our country’s population survives.

Private Colleges in India: Travesty of education?

The current row on JEE and IIT has sparked a debate and has got the nation hooked on to the education scene, if only for a while. I would like to use this momentary public attention to advance my own cause. The one of private colleges mushrooming all over the place with substandard facilities and absolutely no focus on academics.

While the IITs have AIIFF, IIT senates, and their faculty fighting for them to ensure nobody walks over them, we students in private colleges are not so lucky. With no watchdog, and the monitoring agencies being corrupt to the core there is perhaps no place where the voice of students languishing in those colleges can be heard.

I am no researcher and hence will not attempt to generalize any issue. I will just talk about things I have experienced first-hand, things I can actually see, I will talk of a college located in the outskirts of lucknow. A dental college…

With the whole country going crazy about engineering, not many people are interested in reading about a dental college, but its not just about one college, it is a microcosm of private degree colleges mushrooming in every town of the country.

Charging an exorbitant amount of fee, one would expect the college to provide atleast the basic amenities, decent laboratories, staff and faculty. Far from it – showing the least concern for academics, the administration chose to appoint faculty with questionable credentials, probably saving a few lacs per annum in the process.

The least a teacher can do is be a role-model for the students to follow, be civilized and show some manners. The etiquettes of some of the faculty makes me doubt whether they were ever among the ‘good students’ of their class, or whether they ever attended a respectable school – their language abominable and a disrespecting attitude towards one and all. Their qualifications? Doubtful, very doubtful. The less said about it, the better.

Laboratories look like joke-houses with inadequate equipment and I will expect most of my readers to being able to relate to this scenario. It doesn’t need a Sherlock Holmes to figures out how they managed to obtain approval from the related authorities (the Dental Council of India in this case). The annual DCI inspection is a sort of festival in the college with temporary doctors in the hospital and fake patients.

Coming to the basic amenities in the hostels. The amount charged is so obscene that it makes me wonder why am I even living in the hostel instead of arranging for private accommodation. Poorly ventilated rooms with windows and doors which do not open on the outside, the college must have greased quite a few hands for obtaining the construction approval from the Lucknow Development Authority.

Coming to the sore point – the non-availability of electrical sockets in the hostel rooms. In an apparent bid to cut down on electricity consumption, the college has not only not bothered to provide the power outlets, they confiscate any electrical appliance as contraband in their routine inspections. Is this a hostel? Feels more like a prison.

The group running the college owns a private fleet of jets and a hangar and is acting miserly on electricity bills after charging Rs. 70000 per annum per student for twin sharing rooms in the hostels. Living approximately 20 kilometers out of the city, students are apparently not expected to own mobile phones (if they do, they cannot charge them), no table lamps, table fans nothing.

The worst part – home assignments. Our dental tools include motors which run on electricity – we are expected to use them and complete our assignments. Ask the professor how – Well, that’s not his business of course, he never stepped in the hostels. He just wants you to.

I know this article isn’t going to change anything. But it seemed a much better idea than sitting mum and bearing the injustice and not even make my voice heard.

[The student who wrote this piece wishes to remain anonymous for fear of academic backlash from college for speaking out. You could publish it under the name "anonymous".]

Do Online Degrees hold any value? [Infographic]

I just came across a very interesting infographic that gives interesting information on the value of Online Degrees.

According to the infographic created by folks at careerwithonlinedegrees.com, online degrees are not only on the rise, but many employers have started giving it equal importance as traditional degrees.

So if you are thinking about pursuing an Online Degree, now will be a very good time to go for it.

The Infographic reveals that employers are now starting to not only accept online degrees as valid and credible but are also hiring online grads. And that’s how it should be; the growing number of non-traditional students need newer, more flexible and easily accessible ways to complete (or advance) their education and pursue a financially viable career. And what could be a better way than online education?

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Tamil Nadu State Board Class 10 results on Airtel Mobile

Now, Airtel prepaid & postpaid mobile customers in Tamil Nadu will have access to Tamil Nadu state board results for Class 10 on their mobile phones. The board results for class 10th will be declared on June 4th, 2012.

For getting the State Board Results, Airtel mobile customer will have to dial 58888 where they can register their roll number well in advance and can get the results through an SMS as soon as the results are announced. The charge for the service will be Rs 7/min and Rs. 3 will be the delivery charges for the result sms.

To access results via SMS, Airtel mobile customers can also send the roll number to 58888 (for example TN10 <space> <Roll No>).  The charge for the SMS will be Rs 6 per result.

5 great diploma courses to pursue after Class X

We’ve observed that more and more students these days are getting clarity towards what they want to do in life. Many years back, doing a diploma after standard 12 (after standard 10 was even worse) was considered to be taboo. But now, it’s not.

In fact, if you start investing your academic years in the field of your choice rather than slugging away for board exams and other Dracula-like entrance tests, it’ll work out much better for you. Here are a few areas you can pursue your Diploma after Class 10:


Diploma in Hotel Management Catering Technology, Manipal University

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Manipal University is a well reputed and an old institute for hotel management training in India. You can pursue a Diploma in Hotel Management Catering Technology after Class 10 if you hold your interest in the vast and versatile Hotel and Hospitality Industry. What’s more, you’ll also end up holding a degree from a university that is famous for its association with Welcomgroup, the hotel division of ITC Ltd, and which is also recognized by the International Hotel Association, Paris.

For more details, visit: Manipal University


Diploma in Textile Design, Sophia Polytechnic

Sophia polytechnic courses are well known throughout India for the variety of courses they offer at the Class 10 level. If your interests lie in areas of fashion and textiles, you could pursue a Diploma in Textile Design. The only prerequisite for this course is that you should have completed a course in Foundation Art. You could chose printing or weaving as a major in this diploma.

For more details, visit: Sophia College

Diploma in Leather Technology, Karnataka Institute of Leather Technology

Would you have ever thought that a diploma course can be a detailed and exhaustive as to run over 3.5 years? We’re talking about the Diploma in Leather Technology from the famous Karnataka Institute of Leather Technology (KILT). If you want a strong industry focus, innovative teaching methods and quality faculty in your study program in the leather/tanning industry, a niche education at KILT is a must. They also offer many certificate programs in ancillary areas of leather technology.

For more details, visit: KILT

Diploma in Engineering (Any major), Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Technology

Located on the Pune Satara Road, Bharati Vidyapeeth University is the largest polytechnic institute in all of Maharashtra. If you are passionate about Engineering but are not cut out to do the 10+2+AIEEE routine, a 3 year diploma could be a great way for you to bypass the rigmarole and get into your favorite Engineering stream. All the courses are certified by the All India Council of Technical Education.

Diploma in Wine Studies, Christ College

Fancy studying about wine and then flying off abroad for a thriving career in wine making? Of course, it’s hardly as simple and glamorous as it sounds guys, but it’s definitely worth giving a thought if you even vaguely hold interest in it. Christ College, Banaglore, is one of the few places in India which offers a Diploma in Wine studies along with a wide range of post Class 10 certificate courses.

For more details, visit: Christ College

If you are very sure of how you want to shape your career in the future, you could also choose to do 6 month certificate courses in niche areas offered by these institutes. These vocational courses may or may not be recognized, but the important thing here is how passionate you are about your subject and how many hands-on experience you can gather.

Taking a year off after school or college? Is it worth it?

How will I explain it to my future employer?

Won’t I become a junior to my friends?

What if I can’t get back to academics later?

If you’re considering taking a year off after school or college and are stuck in this web of questions, it’s time you take a good look around you. Gone are the days when taking a year off after college was considered to be only for the failures.

Here are top 5 reasons we endorse taking a year off after college.

Take a year off to expose yourself to the world by traveling

Most students don’t even know the fields of education that exist in the world. We wonder how they are expected to decide their academic career path for the rest of their lives.

It’s a different story for those who are very clear about the career choices right from a tender age. But if you’re a person who’s still not sure, traveling and meeting people is the best way to get a clear mind, introspect and take a renewed look at what interests you.

Take a year off to do some research

There may be times when you have come down to two or three options of streams of education and universities that you want to pursue, but you’re still not sure. How can taking a year off help you with this cause? Identify professionals in the field of your choice, speak to them extensively about your career options and find a mentor.

You’ll be surprised to see how many people come forward willingly to help you out. Research on the future scope of your choice in India and abroad, the specializations within it and the kind of life your career will offer to you in the future.

Take a year off to do an internship

Taking up a paid or unpaid internship is a great way to constructively spend time when you take a year off from school or college. Taking an internship in the field of your choice is great but chances are that employers may or may not give you substantial work when you are interning.

We think that even a fly-on-the-wall experience of observing how a firm runs is a great way of learning in your year off.

Take a year off to do volunteering or social work

Did you know that having a year-long social work volunteering experience in your resume will earn you handsome brownie points when you apply to universities abroad?

This trend has still not caught up for selection procedures in India. But for foreign universities, social work is considered to arm a student with unmatched skills that no other certificate course can provide.


Take a year off to participate in an exchange program

There are many student portals, forums and community clubs out there that offer students a chance to visit a foreign country and learn about its local culture through an exchange program. Participation in such programs will help you meet new people, garner leadership and communication skills and learn about new cultures. This will also look great on your resume.

Take a call depending on what stream of education you are going to pursue. If your stream is such that it may require one year’s time just to clear its entrance exams, then taking one more year in addition to that is probably not a good idea. Otherwise, the benefits of taking a year off for the purpose of renewing yourself and garnering new skills, is an idea that we endorse.

Check out the resumes of some of the best students from Ivy League universities, see what they do when they take a year off after school to college, and you’ll see what we mean!

Top 5 Schools in India

Education in India is growing by leaps and bounds, and schooling is no different. Schools in India have adapted to growth in numbers, teaching methods, diversification and technology. Let’s look at the top 5 schools in India and why they are considered to be premier schooling institutions.

Doon School, Dehradun

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No list of top schools in India can start without the Doon School. The Doon School is a residential school in which the teacher to student ratio is reportedly 1:8. This boys-only school lays emphasis on premier learning, hobbies, sports and many other activities apart from excellence in academics. Being the top school in India, Doon School has many famous alumni like Rajiv Gandhi and many other notable personalities in the armed forces, corporate sector and media. It goes without saying that if you put your child in the Doon School, he will be mingling with the very best!

Delhi Public School R. K. Puram (DPS RKP), New Delhi

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DPS RKP has been consistently ranked as one of the best school in India since the last few years. What we find really impressive about this top school of India is that DPS RKP has been host to former President Abdul Kalam and to the recipients of recognition by the United Nations in 2007. DPS RKP is affiliated with CBSE, IPSC and the NPSC. And if you thought that this top school in India was all about academic excellence, be informed that this it also has excellent facilities of sports and other activities for students.

DAV Boys, Gopalapuram

We really don’t know where to start with this top school of India. Besides the fact that DAV Boys, Gopalapuram is known for extra ordinary academic results that it generates each year, many of its students have also been invited by the PM of India to witness the Republic Day parade. Believe it or not, an average of 12 students from this top school of India make it to the IITs every year! DAV Boys lays emphasis on the quality of students that pass out each year. It is definitely no surprise that DAV Boys Gopalapuram is ranked as one of the best in the country.

Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai

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Founded in 1847, the Bombay Scottish School is located on a 2 acre campus in the heart of Mumbai. This top school of India prides its teaching methods which involve informal to semi-formal teachings in primary schools. The curriculum gets formal during later stages of school with limited homework. Sounds like heaven for students, doesn’t it? Science club, Nature Club and Junior Rifle Club are some of the extracurricular activities on offer to students, which by the way, are given a lot of emphasis. The Bombay Scottish School is affiliated with ICSE.

The Mother’s International School, New Delhi

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From an in-house health centre to a 400m track to 4 music rooms to a Batik Lab for Batik print classes, Mother’s International School is definitely a great place for your child’s talents to bloom. This top school of India was founded in 1956 and operates on the belief of growth and unique potential. Besides the regular curriculum, the school also offers classes and work experience in Creative Drama, Tie and Die, Community Services, Gardening, Taekwondo and much more! The Mother’s International School is affiliated with CBSE.

A great foundation for life is surely secured for a child if he/she ends up going to any of these top schools in India.

Top 5 tips that every management trainee must use

Management trainees are in a wonderful place called ‘No Man’s Land’ when they are recruited in organizations. This is where all the trainees are at par and are equals – whether they are IIM-A graduates or products of not so famous self financed MBA colleges.

Wall Street Journal correctly observes that the performance of management trainees once they are recruited is a crucial determinant for how the rest of their career will shape up rather than what pedigree they are. So why not take advantage of being an equal and setting up a great foundation for the rest of your career?

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Here are tips that you as a management trainee must use to make a great first impression.


Do more than what you are given

The singular aim of management trainees should be to impress upon superiors or managers their zeal to learn and their ability to be moulded. Think about what’s going on in your manager’s mind – Is he/she flexible? Will he/she learn what I teach without unnecessary questioning? Does he/she have a problem solving attitude? Can I give him/her more work on a certain day and not get any whining? Put yourself in the shoes of your manager and try to be the answer to every question your manager may have. If your manager asks you to come up with a list of potential competitors for the company’s new product, come up with something more – like the histories of how those competitors have used market penetration strategies in the past. Not only is this a sure shot way to impress your manager but also to learn stuff that you’ve haven’t in your MBA textbooks!


Ditch your ego

Did your MBA textbook teach you a concept that is being practiced exactly the opposite way at your workplace? Well, get used to it and accept the fact that learning is actually about un-learning and re-learning what you’ve already learnt! Your management textbooks may have taught you that the in the model of Porter’s Five Forces, if the barriers to entry are low, competition is bound to be high. But you may be a part of an industry which may behave otherwise! Ditch your know-it-all attitude about what you’ve learnt in your classes and observe and assimilate from your environment. Why do you think most senior executives start saturating so soon? That’s because they lose their fresh set of eyes and become rigid enough to not accept their mistakes.


Don’t wait for the ‘big break’

Most management trainees wait for some kind of fictitious ‘big break’ where they will be given leadership of a certain project which they will be able to handle in their own way. Not only is that a distant dream but also a wrong learning attitude on the part of the trainee. Treat your recruitment itself as big break and see the learning happening in smaller daily tasks and errands rather than waiting for that big project which may never come. Wall Street Journal India aptly stats that management trainees can gain a ton of skills only by observing people. See how your manager handles a pesky customer, observe how a senior colleague deals with a tough client, manages teams and so on.

Show your individuality

If you have been recruited as a management trainee through campus placement, it is most likely that there may a bunch of you who have entered the organization together. Then comes the question of what you are going to do to distinguish yourself from others. No, you need to accomplish herculean tasks. It’s the small things that will make a difference. Believe it or not, things like knowing how much sugar your manager likes in his/her coffee to setting the correct air conditioning temperature before the team meeting starts will not only be noticed but will also distinguish you in the eyes of your manager. This is not to say that such menial tasks and errands are the only ways in which you can bring yourself to the forefront. Questioning a certain strategy that your manager has devised or being curious about client histories and talking about them with your manager will earn you significant brownie points, displaying your individuality and interests.

Be a listener

While showing your individuality is something that we just discussed, it remains obvious that you need to show restraint there and play that card with much care. Management trainees are in a phase of learning which means that they have to utilize their ability of listening to the fullest. Doing a Porter’s Five, SWOT Analysis, finding out the NPV and charting out recommendations for each investment project may be the routine channel that management trainees are taught to follow in management academia. But giving unnecessary suggestions and recommendations that may have already been discounted by senior management without your knowledge will make you look like a fool. As a management trainee, back off where you sense that you’re not being involved in decision making and contribute your two bits when the forum is thrown open for ideas. Keep your eyes and ears open.