Don't worry if you could not make it to Delhi University. Career counsellors are telling students there are several distance learning and vocational courses which offer good prospects.
Delhi University received 147,000 applications for 54,000 seats this year under various disciplines, which was much higher than 120,000 applications received for 49,000 seats last year.
With admission process almost over in majority of the colleges, thousands of students who could not make it to regular academic courses are going for off-beat courses like hotel management, travel and tourism, hospitality management, jewellery designing, journalism, publishing and language courses.
Many students have already started approaching career counsellors to know the best available option.
"I had opted for B.Com (Honours) in Sri Ram College of Commerce. I have scored 66 percent and the final cut-off was 87 percent. Now I am planning to go for some vocational course," Rohit Kashyap said.
Similarly, Ashish Shukla, who had applied for English (Honours) and could not make it to any college, is planning to continue studies through distance learning.
"I am exploring distance learning options and will take some part time job," he said.
According to career counsellors, choosing a vocational or distance learning course is surely the best bet for students as they can also earn while they learn.
"The students who could not get through admission in regular colleges and cannot even move out of the city can go for distance learning or get themselves enrolled in vocational courses," Tejender Pal Singh Gulati, a career counsellor at Time Educational and Immigration Consultants, told IANS.
"There are hundreds of options available and they just need to pick a right one for them," he added.
Career counsellor Manju Kumar said: "Students can opt for various vocational courses like hotel management, travel and tourism and jewellery designing."
She suggested evening classes for students wanting to do part time jobs.
"Many students prefer to work while they study so they can choose evening courses. Its a good choice as they will get hands-on experience also," said Kumar, a consultant with Yuva Counselling Centre here.