Bored of watching films, playing video games or hanging out with friends while your wait for your Class 12 results? Taking up an add-on certificate or diploma course might be a good option, as it will not only add your skillsets, but also help you decide your career path.
“A graduation degree is just not enough. Students should opt for certificate or diploma programmes, which will give them an added advantage when they enter the professional world,” said Madhu Nair, dean of commerce, University of Mumbai (MU).
Some options for commerce students could be transport management, investment management, financial management, investment management and economics courses started by the university last year.
You can also study these subjects at a few colleges such as Hinduja College at Charni Road and Nirmala Memorial Foundation College of Commerce and Science, Kandivli. Undergraduate students interested in financial markets can apply for part-time courses at the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute.
The institute has recently introduced a global financial markets professional programme for undergraduates, which provides training for aggressive competition and fast-paced decision-making in financial markets. Students can complete the programme in one year, with classes over the weekend for six hours, or in two years, with classes thrice a week for two hours.
The university’s centre for extra-mural studies, too, introduced three new certificate courses – a course in gardening, farmhouse-building and garden craft – last year. The centre also offers a course on ornamental aquarium fish-keeping and breeding and the curriculum includes training to set up an aquarium, its maintenance, aquatic flora and types of freshwater ornamental fish.
Sindhu Swadhyay Sanstha, an institute started by the varsity for oceanography and marine sciences, is likely to come up with certificate and diploma courses in chemical oceanography and marine microbiology. An official from the zoology department said, “We are ready with the syllabus, but are awaiting an approval. The certificate courses will be based on subjects such as hydrological analysis, estimation of pollutants, atomic absorption. We plan to start these courses from 2015-16.”
Recently, the MU signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Railways to set up a first-of-its-kind Rail Innovation and Technology Centre to train students in railway technology.
Certificate courses in foreign languages, too, are gaining popularity. “The students can take up these language courses, along with their regular degree course. They can work as interpreters and translators,” Vibha Surana, head, German department, MU.