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It was decided to reduce the author fees for papers submitted up to 30 May 2015. The rate is only US$75 for all types of papers from all countries. For authors from under-developed countries, further reduced rate will be given depending on the country of origin of the corresponding author.
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Vol 2, No 2 (2015)


Table of Contents

Review Articles

O-glycosylation in plant and mammal cells: the use of chemical inhibitors to understand the biosynthesis and function of O-glycosylated proteinsPDF
Mewono Ludovic, Nguema-Ona Eric, Gotte Maxime, Koroney Abdoul-Salam, Marie-Laure Follet-Gueye, Driouich Azeddine, Vicré-Gibouin Maïté, Aboughe-Angone Sophie43-51
Ethnobotanical Importance and Phytochemical constituents of Parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus L.) – A ReviewPDF
Sarfaraz Khan Marwat, . Fazal-ur-Rehman, Imdad Ullah Khan77-81

Research Articles

Efficient organogenesis from the induced meristemoid of Anthurium andraeanum Linden cv. TinoraPDF
Chayanika Bhattacharya, Anandamoy Dam, Joydeep Karmakar, Tapas Kumar Bandyopadhyay82-86

Research communications

The aeration effect in pilot reed bed to phytoremediate water containing Lead (Pb)PDF
Bieby Voijant Tangahu, Siti Rozaimah Sheikh Abdullah, Hassan Basri, Mushrifah Idris, Nurina Anuar, Muhammad Mukhlisin52-55
Seedling development of nodulating and non-nodulating native legumes in soils from Brazilian Caatinga biomePDF
Kelly Alexsandra Souza Menezes, Gersika Fakirra de Oliveira Nunes, Aline Araujo Sampaio, Saulo de Tarso Aidar, Lindete Miria Vieira Martins, Paulo Ivan Fernandes-Júnior56-59
Biochemical response of three Vigna mungo varieties (T9, RBU38 and VM4) under drought stressPDF
Sonali Pandey, Dipjyoti Chakraborty60-64
Back to the future: Evidence of ancestral polymorphism in current populations of Anadenanthera colubrina var. cebil by means of Population GraphsPDF
María Eugenia Barrandeguy, María Victoria García65-68
Cytopathology, biology and molecular characterization of two Italian isolates of Malva vein clearing virusPDF
Giuseppe Parrella, Anna Giulia Nappo, Brigitte Delecolle69-73
Response of oranje Natal Folha Murcha (Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck) at different levels of irrigationPDF
Gabriel Costa Lima, Madlles Queiroz Martins, Ruimário Inácio Coelho


Automobile engineering: a high flying career

Engineering is a vast field having varied options for an aspiring engineer to choose from and make a career in it. One such option to choose is automobile engineering that is widely needed in the automobile industry. Presently, this industry is one of the fastest growing ones and offers a great chance for newcomers to get jobs and bring out something new to the industry. It is a specialized branch of mechanical engineering which intersects each other to offer better opportunity.

An engineer working in automobile industry will design as per the performance, comfort, maintenance, environmental impact and looks of the vehicle. Moreover, the engineer has to work closely with test drivers to understand the changes needed and to work on problem if any arises. Automobile industry works on innovation, and so is why automobile engineers have to think out of the box and bring something new. Many top car making companies look for young and innovative minds to manufacture cars with new feature that suits the buyer’s position and need.

Armed with good mathematics and design, the engineer must carry degree or specialized diploma in Automobile Engineering. A young engineer with innovative design and good mathematical mind can be game changer bringing fortune to the company. The role will be more of a trouble shooter.  It is more of a practical job, wherein you will be working with mechanics and designers to lead them for modification of the vehicle. Also being an engineer you need to take up the position of leading the team of designers and working practically in manufacturing the vehicle.

A Career in Automobile Engineering:

As mentioned, there is a huge scope in this engineering field. With more and more companies engaging into manufacturing of vehicles, the requirement for the same is increasing. A qualified candidate having all the required skills are hired by companies to join under different roles. Some of the job roles offered are- Automobile Engineering Techniques, Safety Engineering, Emissions Research, Performance Engineers, and Vehicle Dynamics Controllers etc.

An engineering who completed MBA or diploma in automobile engineering can start own business with opening of workshop or automobile garage. Also depending on the interest, one can even enter into marketing in any of the automobile company.  Aspirant carrying knowledge of CAD, CAM and ERP can get into the automobile designing role.

Similarly, individual having earned a degree in automobile engineering can take up different roles in the company. It is essential to complete your degree and other level of courses in automobile from a reputed college in engineering. This certainly will help in getting placed in a good automobile company.

Skills one should carry:

As in every engineering job, the aspirant has to carry some skills that allow them to provide new ideas and help in designing the vehicle. Company searching for a candidate looks for certain set of skills that can help in the coming up with new designs and in growth of the company.  Apart from being good in designing and mathematical skills, aspirant should also carry skills like:

  • Strong analytical and solving skills
  • Designing of machine, mechanical systems
  • Understanding electronically systems
  • Having knowledge of electronical system and interfacing with mechanics
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Good communication and presentation skills

Designing is the most important skill that one should carry that helps to design new age vehicles that meets the requirement for the company. There are certain roles or responsibilities the automobile engineer should carry. Some of these are mentioned below:

  • Designing and preparing a blue print of visual interpretation of automobiles for further process of developing.
  • Analyzing of data to developing new designs and various mechanical electronical components of system.
  • Development of systems and testing them. Also using of various software for physical testing.
  • Supervising the team and helping them in developing new mechanical system for automobile.
  • It also depend position offered by the company and how large the organization is.

Job Options for Automobile Engineers:

Presently, there is a huge job option for aspiring automobile engineers in India and also in abroad. There is a huge manpower requirement for this growing industry. In India, the market is expanding rapidly offering a good market job for aspirants. Right from designing to manufacturing, auto engineer has varied options to choose and apply for it.

However, it also depends on experience and even the educational qualification the aspirant carries. So based on this, engineers can take up the role and work accordingly. To add more, there are colleges in engineering offers various level of courses that help students to choose and take up the job. These courses in engineering allow students to gather practical and theoretical knowledge about the field. Moreover, engineering colleges also offer jobs after the completion of degree course. Students can select the company that offers a good package with good chance of growth in future.

Both private and public automobile company offers a good job in different roles. As mentioned above, there are various roles that can be considered to work on:

  • Designing automobile and parts
  • Automobile Engineering  Technician
  • Emission Research
  • Performance Engineer
  • Operations Research

Companies like Toyota, Volkswagen, TATA and other automobile companies look for young and innovative aspirants to work in.

An aspiring automobile engineer has to design his career according to the interest and market requirement.  As it comes under the branch of mechanical engineering, you can switch from mechanical to automobile once you are done with MBA or other similar specialized courses in engineering. Specializing in specific area helps you to be innovative and bring more ideas in solving the problems. If any problem arises in vehicle, be it in designing or internal, you can work accordingly, as you carry the knowledge of both mechanical and automotive section.
Thus, engineering gives a good scope to enter in both mechanical and technical field, as there is a requirement of both.

5 simple things you must do before appearing for your next interview

You must have given a lot of interviews, read and heard about lot of interview advice and tips and probably be an interview master by now. Or, you might be a fresher. Whoever you are, this post will interest you as it covers the simple things that we forget to do and ruin our chances of being the best possible candidate for a job. 

Interview tips are pervasive. You search the web, and there are zillions of articles that talk about perfecting interview skills. However, we still don’t get it right because most of these advices are too complex to follow in practice. Here we talk about simple changes that you can include in your run up to an interview, which can change the entire complexion of the outcome. Job opportunities have this habit of sneaking upon us. Someone from your professional network might just call you out from the blue and ask you to come over a round of an interview, for a position which he deems fit for your career growth. Either way, going for that big interview isn’t a very pleasant experience. If you do these five things, it will ensure you come across as a better prepared and more suitable candidate for that particular position. 

Read job description carefully

Job description is the most overlooked aspect of job hunting. Keep reminding yourself of its importance and the efforts that the person must have put into creating it. It is a vital tool which mostly goes unutilized. Wondering why? The job description of JD has the potential to give you deep insight into what’s important to the employer, and what are their expectations from the candidates they want to hire. Read each responsibility with care, and relate them with your competencies and how do they match. When you go through the skills section, pay special attention to the skills that you don’t yet posses or need to upgrade. 

Craft a creative story of your past experiences

Keeping in mind the job description, analyze through your past experiences and highlight your achievements. There must be things that you have done different from others, which impressed your boss and stood you out from the crowd. This is the time to highlight such situations through a well crafted story. Make sure to include all the important details that might be of interest to the employer and impacts your interview chances positively. 

Know your future employer’s business inside out

If you want to come across as a focused individual who takes on any new assignment with complete seriousness and sincerity, start right from your interview. While joining a new organization your first few days are spent learning about the working environment, people, and expectations of organization from you and how you yourself can be a match to those expectations.   To be in safe waters the only simplest thing that you can do is prepare well; research about the company, its business, its core mission, vision and values. Interviewer will expect that you know at least what businesses the company is engaged in and how can you be a value addition to the same.  Having your facts right isn’t the only important thing. In addition, you should have a strong perspective on why you want to work in that position and company.  This is one question that’s on every interviewer’s list and therefore having an answer a ready for the same is imperative for you.  Candidates which are able to express clearly and succinctly their usefulness and familiarity with the mission and vision of the organization where they are seeking a job, show their excitement about the prospect of getting that job are the ones who excite the interviewers most. 

Read the most commonly asked questions

While you are no magician or psychic who can accurately predict the questions that would be asked in the interview, it’s not that hard either. With some presence of mind and with a little assistance from the existing literature which is available in abundance on the web, you will certainly have a list ready of the most commonly asked questions in an interview.   The worst you can do is being clichéd while answering them. These questions have been asked a million of times and probably the interviewer has heard all the possible answers. But that isn’t an excuse for being unimaginative. Tell your own story instead of coming up with generic answers. 

Engage in a self-confidence building activity prior to the interview

Most wars are won and lost in mind.  As a Chinese strategist Sun Tzu puts it, “Every battle is won before it is ever fought.” Lack of self-confidence is one of the major reasons behind interview failures. Moreover, if you don’t have confidence going into an interview, you run the risk of underselling yourself. To ensure this doesn’t happen, practice a simple self-confidence building exercise. It could be anything, right from talking to you in the mirror to taking personality development classes, a self-confidence building activity is actually necessary. Optimism should reflect in your behavior as it helps your job hunting efforts. 

You can’t really expect the employer to have faith in your abilities until you yourself have faith in you, and this self-belief should reflect. 

Contributor: Saurabh Tyagi
Saurabh is a long-time online motivational writer and a social media evangelist. He provides various advices for jobseekers, from applying to jobs effectively to interview tips.  Individuals looking to rebuild their career or give it a fresh lease of life benefit the most from these posts.