Harsh goes to bed at two am and wakes up at 11 in the morning. His room looks as if it has been subject to a particularly vicious attack by pirates. There are clothes strewn all over the floor and books that are stacked up like vegetables in a vendor's stall. Like many outstation students, Harsh has been unable to go home because he has to continue with his MBA entrance coaching classes. And instead of wasting time, Harsh and many others are using this time to do something constructive - such as a vocational training programme, a summer job, internships, pursuing their hobbies.
Institutes like the YMCA (New Delhi) have started with short-term certificate courses in print and electronic media with some courses of as little as three weeks' duration.
Sahil Arora, a student of Hansraj College, has enrolled with the institute which us providing short term certificate courses in web designing and media studies. "Today, a person with additional knowledge and skill has an edge over others and such courses certainly help," he says.
Shelza Khan, doing her BSc in applied science from Hindu College, is an amateur photographer, and wants to be a professional. She's at the moment making it a point to visit all the photography exhibitions held at the Indian Habitat Centre and elsewhere and attend workshops as well. "Cameras are like mirrors with memory and it gives me immense pleasure to capture a moment forever," she says.
Summer internship is another good option. It not only provides students with useful experience, but also gives them a chance to harness their potential before getting into a profession. Ravi Sharma, a student of Kirori Mal College, an intern with a media company, says "today due to the economic slowdown, when jobs are not easily available, companies hire interns as they don't have to sign any contract and one should grab such an opportunity with both hands."
Many students opt for summer jobs to make quick bucks. Event management companies and fast food joints like McDonald's, Subway look for undergraduates for summer jobs. "I didn't want to do a summer job but my parents have slashed my pocket money to nearly half so that I don't waste time at home. I had to join a fast food joint and it's not that bad," says a student.
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