Delhi University students can now try their hands at acting, radio jockeying, journalism and a host of other media related activities.
DU colleges are offering a plethora of add-on courses in the field of media and communication.
‘Add-on’ courses give students an edge in the intensely competitive job market by equipping them with skills that they may not get with just an honours degree or an integrated programme. The short duration of the programme and the wide variety of options has made such courses extremely popular among students.
The most popular courses such as journalism and media studies/mass communication are offered by Bharti College, Maiteyri, Janki Devi Memorial College, Maharaja Agrasen, Jesus and Mary, Hindu and Kamla Nehru College.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh College offers journalism course in both languages, English and Hindi.
Indraprastha College offers a range of interesting media-centric three month courses such as anchoring, broadcast reporting, news reading, camera and linear editing.
IP also offers a course in corporate communication and public relations. The three month certificate course in advertising is relatively younger, launched only last year.
“We also provide internships at the end of the course so that students gain hands-on experience. Thirty seats are available per course and the intake is on first come basis followed by an informal interview,” said Manasvini Yogi, Media coordinator, IP College.
Jesus and Mary College has a three month course in new reading and anchoring. Miranda House offers two short-term certificate courses on radio jockeying and television patrakarita, which includes camera training, news reading, reporting, weather anchoring, make up skills, pronunciation, voice modulation and outdoor shootings.
“The advantage of such courses is that along with a degree you are picking up skills. There is so much competition today that just being a graduate is not enough,” said Khusboo Begwani, second year Sociology (Hons) student.
A first-of-its-kind course in acting is provided by Hindu College. The course has already trained more than 30 students since its introduction.