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Lending wings to aspirations

HT Aspirations is a big hit with students

education Updated: Jun 01, 2011 09:36 IST
Gauri Kohli

An aspiration is the thirst to fulfill one’s dreams and visions. And when several aspirations get together, this thirst tends to intensify. This is how one can describe the 10th edition of HT Aspirations 2011 on May 28 and 29 as hundreds of students from across the Capital got together to seek guidance on their career paths at Ashok Hotel.

An annual education fair that aims to answer all career-related queries, HT Aspirations 2011 saw several institutes and universities put up their stalls to facilitate a smooth interaction with aspiring professionals and provide them admission-related information and counseling.

The fair was a one-stop-shop of conventional and non-conventional courses such as biotechnology, mass communication, rural management, law, fashion technology and film-making, among others. Stalls of national and international universities and colleges including Amity University; Manav Rachna University;

Institute of Management Studies; Sharda University; and Institute of Management Technology, Dubai; had information on the education scenario, visa norms, earn while you learn opportunities and career prospects in respective countries and sectors.

On-the-spot admissions and information about scholarship opportunities were provided to students, besides aptitude tests. Aspirants were happy to find so much information under one roof. “I want to pursue an MBA programme in finance or HR but am confused about which college to choose. The fair has helped me shortlist some universities where I will apply for admission,” said Neha Gogna, who just appeared for her BCom final exams at Delhi University.
Another student, Divya Sachdev, was content with the fact that she got to know about so many career choices. “I’m a bit confused about which career to opt for. I’m a commerce student but I don’t want to go for conventional courses. After attending the fair, I now know about more lucrative careers such as mass communication, animation and architecture,” she said.

Parents, too, were out in full force when it came to supporting their wards. “I just want my daughter to follow her heart and choose a career that she loves,” said Sarabjit Sachdev, Divya’s mother. The fair also had special Campus Calling sessions for students where queries were handled by experts from Delhi University. “We are here to give full support and guidance to our potential students by assessing their aptitude levels, finding their interests and future prospects of different courses and placement opportunities,” said Mansi Paul, a counsellor from Amity School of Rural Management. Most students were satisfied with the counselling and liked the idea of having representatives from several institutes under one roof. As one student said, “I walked in with a dream and I’m walking out with a career.”