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Chance to add on to your skills

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2010 23:36 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh
Joyeeta Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Sherlock Holmes

Are you among those who are impressed by the thrill and mystery after reading a Sherlock Holmes or an Agatha Christie novel? Well, if unraveling such mysteries is what you would want as a vocation, then head to Rajdhani College which has a three-month certificate course in Forensic Science called Fingerprints and Document Examination.

Short-term courses, which are also known as ‘add-on courses’, in Delhi University colleges are very popular among students and provide value addition and life skills to them. These courses, some of them which are very unique, range from two weeks to six months generally and cost between Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000 depending on the duration. The number of seats vary from 20 to 50 depending on the course. The parent college gives preference to its students but those from other colleges can also apply.

"The courses are designed to empower students to handle the changes that are taking place in society and also enhances their knowledge," said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College, which offers as many as 28 short-term courses. Some of them offered this year are programmes in Conflict Resolution, Peace and Human Rights Studies, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Capital Market Programme, Nanoscience and Technology.

There are other unique courses on offer as well. If you want to contribute towards reducing the effects of global warming, you can start doing that in college by opting for Green Chemistry in Miranda House. "This three-month course teaches the need to adopt green practices in research and development, education and industry. This helps inculcate green habits among students," said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.

Bhasa-Setu, a three-month translation (English-Hindi-English) course is also one of the unique courses the college offers. For those who want to study History (Honours), a course in History Tourism will give fillip to their career prospects.

"This unique course gives the student an insight into the art and architecture of our country. We have experts from the Nalanda University who teach the students," said Meera Ramchandran, principal, Gargi College.

The Campus of Open Learning, Keshavpuram, offers a course in Medical Transcription. "Students hear the recorded diagnosis of the doctors and make prescriptions based on that. This is popular since as the market for trained candidates is huge," said Mamta Bhatia, officer on special duty at the institute.

Sports Journalism, offered by Lady Shri Ram College trains students in sports commentary and handle the technical aspects such as working with the camera. "Last year, we had tied up with ESPN that gave the students hands-on experience like shooting in a studio," said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator of Lady Shri Ram College.