Q: I am a post-graduate in economics. I intend to pursue law. How good are the smaller courses in patents law, and which institutes are offering courses in other growing branches such as laws on forex management, cyber laws, piracy, etc?
Most law institutes offer specialisations in Intellectual Property and Patent Law. Hence, if you are pursuing a five-year programme or a post-graduation, universities or law institutes are your best bet. There are pg Diplomas in IP available if you want to take them up after your basic law training. If you want specialised training programmes, the Intellectual Property Training Institute of the Government of India offers short courses as do most of the major law schools. Check out http://ipmall.info/hosted_resources/ip_india/ip_india_educational_opportunities.asp.
Q: I am planning to do an MBA in finance. I would like to specialise in banking and insurance. Please advise.
If you want to specialise in banking, join a bank right after your MBA. Most banks have good rotational programmes and you will get an all-round experience. If you are keen on insurance, apply to insurance companies after post-graduation. You can simultaneously do short-term distance learning courses in allied subjects.