A huge rush was witnessed at Delhi University in the past two weeks for limited seats available in popular programmes such as BA English honours, which saw 9,240 students appearing in CATE (Common Aptitude Test for English) for 500-odd seats. More than 1.43 lakh forms were submitted for 54,000 seats until June 11 — the last day to apply for undergraduate programmes.
Many students, in the madness to join the “over-hyped” courses, might have overlooked a number of interesting, job-oriented programmes. HT Horizons lists some attractive alternatives.
. BA (honours) social work
It is run at two colleges — Aditi Mahavidyala and Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
Eligibility: 55 per cent in 10+2. Admission is offered after an entrance test and interview
What’s so special about it? It opens doors to jobs in NGOs right after graduation
Who should opt for it? Those keen to make career in social work/ human-rights activism or related areas. It calls for unflinching passion
. BA vocational studies
Run only in Kamla Nehru College
Eligibility: 10+2, merit based
What’s so special about it? This is again a job-oriented programme that equips you with skills and knowledge related to advertising, sales management and sales
Who should opt for it? Those wanting to go in for sales and advertising jobs
. BA office administration and secretarial practice and other vocational courses
These courses are offered by the College of Vocational Studies
Eligibility: 10+2, merit
What’s so special about it? Unlike other DU programmes, these teach you everything you need to know about the corporate world, such as marketing,
insurance, materials management, office administration, retail management, working for small and medium enterprises
Who should opt for it? Those who want to get into a routine 9-to-5 job job after they graduate
. BSc in physical education
This is offered by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences
Eligibility: 10+2, an aptitude for sports and should have been a player in one game at the state level
What’s so special about it? This is the only DU college that prepares you for a career as a physical education teacher/coach
Who should opt for it? Those who are crazy about sports
. Bachelor of mass media and mass communication
It is run at Indraprastha College
Eligibility: 10+2, admission happens on the basis of an entrance test, to be held on June 26
What’s so special about it? You can get into the media - news channel, production house or advertising or PR agency
Who should opt for it? Anyone wanting to take up a career as a journalist Science programmes
. BSc occupational therapy
It is run at Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute for the physically handicapped
Eligibility: 10+2 with atleast 50 per cent in best four (science subjects only). Entrance test has already taken place on June 13
What’s so special about it? You can become a paramedical professional after successfully completing this four-and-a-half-year programme at this
autonomous institute run by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Who should opt for it? Anyone seeking a career in healthcare
. PG diploma in forensic science
It is run only at the Khalsa College
Eligibility: BSc with 55 per cent, merit
What’s so special about it? It gives you an opportunity to go to the University of Fraser Valley, Canada and finish an MA in criminal justice. The college may
start a BSc in forensic science this year
Who should opt for it: Those interested in a career in forensic science
PG diploma in cosmetology in Shyam Lal College
After BSc, most students fail to get admission to MSc. And a graduation in basic sciences normally doesn’t get one a job. For such students, Shyam Lal College runs a postgraduate diploma in cosmetology. This is the only college that runs this short-term and job-oriented programme. It has 40 seats and any science graduate who has studied chemistry as one of the subjects at the 10+2 level can apply for the programme.
The course was started in 2007. Admission for the 2010-11 session is currently on and will continue until the BSc results are out. “Though some students join companies, the programme also prepares you to start your own beauty clinic. It opens several self-employment opportunities, especially for female students,” says
Dr MK Razdan, principal, Shyam Lal College.
Razdan had applied to University Grants Commission (UGC) for the commencement of programme four years ago, under the scheme “Innovation Programme in Emerging Areas”. The programme was eventually given approval alongwith a generous funding of Rs 36 lakh from the UGC and later from the University of Delhi.
The students share a laboratory with the chemistry department and get adjunct faculty from companies as well as from the university’s medical colleges — Maulana Azad Medical College and University College of Medical Sciences.
“Essentially, students are taught three things — how cosmetic products are manufactured, their chemical composition and their effects on health. We also tell them about cosmetic dentistry,” adds Razdan.