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Towards Excellence…Seminars, GD’s & Interviews

A Guide for Students, Teachers, Researchers & Executives

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Language:  English
This book-let is an outcome of the lectures delivered by the author on this topic to the final year engineering students as a part of their training programme to face the campus interviews.
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This book-let is an outcome of the lectures delivered by the author on this topic to the final year engineering students as a part of their training programme to face the campus interviews.

However, this book should also be useful to all students, academicians and researchers, Managers or company executives, and, in fact, to all professionals or job seekers.

Here, First section of the book deals with ‘Seminars’. Here, the subject is explained under the following headings: Purpose of the seminar, planning, preparation of subject and presentation, principles of public speaking etc.

In the second section, the topic of ‘Group Discussions (GD)’ is explained. Here, the purpose of conducting the GD, modality of conducting it, DO’s and DON’T’s while participating in a GD, Grading different aspects of candidate’s performance, Topics generally given in GD, Assessing a candidate in GD etc. are described.

Topic of Personal Interview is taken up in the third section. This topic is explained under the following headings: Purpose of conducting the personal interview, types of personal interviews, preparation for the interview, etiquettes to be followed, DO’s and DON’T’s during an interview, some common questions asked, pressure tactics followed by some interviewers, etc.

Appendix-I, II give a possible list of topics for a GD, and some hints on etiquettes to be followed at the Workplace, at a Party, on Telephone, at business meetings and about general manners, and Rules for a happy life.

Appendix-III lists some useful tips and advice to Management students given by Sri Sathya Sai Baba to the MBA students at the Sathya Sai University, Prasanthinilayam. In fact, these tips and advice are relevant to all students and professionals.

  1. Seminars
    1. Introduction
    2. Steps involved in giving a successful seminar
  2. Group Discussions (GD)
    1. Introduction
    2. Group Discussion (GD)
  3. Personal Interviews
    1. Introduction
    2. Purpose of Personal Interviews
    3. Types of Personal Interviews
    4. Getting ready – ‘Initial research’
    5. Getting ready – Initial preparations
    6. Etiquettes to be followed
    7. Some DOs and DON’Ts
    8. Some common questions
    9. Some ‘surprise’ questions
  4. References
About the Author

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, Karnataka, India, in the year 1965. He obtained M.Sc (cryogenis) from University of Southampton, U.K. and Ph.D. (cryogenics) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Life Member, Indian Society for Technical Education, and a Foundation Fellow of Indian Cryogenics Council.

He has worked in India and abroad on large projects in the areas involving heat transfer, fluid flow, vacuum system design, cryo-pumping etc.

He worked as Head of Cryogenics Dept. in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Bombay and Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT), Indore, from 1966 to 1992.

He worked as Guest Collaborator with Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory of Universities Research Association, in Dallas, USA from 1990 to 1993.

He also worked at the Institute of Cryogenics, Southampton, U.K. as a Visiting Research Fellow from 1993 to 1994.

He was Head of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues Institute of Technology, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India for eight years.

He also worked as Head of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, and then as Principal, Vivekananda College of Engineering and Technology, Puttur (D.K.), India.

He was Professor and coordinator of Post-graduate program in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in St. Joseph Engineering College, Vamanjoor, Mangalore, India.

A book entitled “Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer” authored by him and published by M/s Pearson Education, India (2006) has been adopted as a Text book for third year engineering students by the Visweswaraya Technological University (V.T.U.), Belgaum, India.

He has authored a free e-book entitled “Software Solutions to Problems on Heat Transfer” wherein problems are solved using 4 software viz. Mathcad, EES, FEHT and EXCEL. This book, containing about 2750 pages, is presented in 9 parts and all the 9 parts can be downloaded for free from

He has also authored free e-books on Thermodynamics entitled “Basic Thermodynamics: Software Solutions” and “Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions” wherein problems are solved using 3 software viz. Mathcad, EES, and TEST. Each of these titles is presented in 5 parts and all the books can be downloaded for free from

He has also written and published three booklets entitled as follows:

  1. Towards Excellence…How to Study (A Guide book to Students)
  2. Towards Excellence…How to teach (A guide book to Teachers)
  3. Towards Excellence…Seminars, GD’s and Personal Interviews (A guide book to Professional and Management students)

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar has attended several National and International conferences and has more than 50 publications to his credit.