Several students in the city are beginning to use their spare time wisely by going beyond their regular degrees, to take up courses that will give them an added advantage in their careers.
Urvija Gayure, 19, wants to pursue Bachelor of Law (LLB) after graduating and feels the need for a base in economics and political science for it. While she is currently pursuing a double major in economics and literature from St. Xavier's College, Dhobi Talao, she is also doing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science (distance) from Indira Gandhi National Open University.
“I am trying to build a strong foundation for future studies,” said Gayure.
Many others, like Gayure, have also decided to use their free time to develop knowledge in areas of interest. Harshita Sharma, 19, a final year Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) student aspires to be a photographer. She feels that the BMM degree will not give her an in-depth knowledge of photography. So she decided to do a certificate course in photography from the Udaan School of Photography during the weekends.
Short college hours and the need for specific knowledge to help them in their career have prompted students to pursue such courses.
“I want to pursue a career in human resources,” said Juely Vidthal, 19, TYBMS student, SIES, Nerul.
“The college degree course takes up only a few hours of my day. So I thought of using the remaining time for a course that will help me in my career. The course is a self-study course and the exams are held online. The exams are in May so I used the college vacations (March to April) to prepare for the exams,” she said. Suchitra Sharma, 19, a BMM student is doing two correspondence courses apart from her regular degree. She is doing a diploma in creative writing from Symbiosis Institute of Distance Learning and a news-reporting course from St. Xavier's College.
“Both the courses will help enhance my language and writing skills and thus help me in my career as a journalist,” said Sharma.
There are also some who feel the need for back-up options for their careers. Yesha Kotak, 19, a TYBA student from St. Xavier’s College decided to do diploma in event management from the National Institute of Event Management for the same reason.
For some, hobbies have now become a career option. Shivangi Desai, 19, a TYBCom student, always had a passion for designing. Her diploma from in jewellery designing from the JB Institute of Fashion and Jewellery has now encouraged her to take up jewellery designing as a career.
Umang, Narsee Monjee college’s annual inter-collegiate cultural festival, will be based on the theme ‘The Mariner’s Saga’ this year. The four-day festival, which will begin on August 19, will be replete with pirates, mermaids, sailors and all things from the high seas.
The campus gates will have a submarine-like entrance, and students can walk through ships and lighthouses. At the information and registration desks, volunteers will be dressed as sailors and pirates.
“The theme is decided by the council members on the basis of its feasibility in execution and its uniqueness,” said Sohil Bhansali, the public relations head at Umang 2012. Last year, the theme of the festival was ‘The Samhain's Hallowed Dream’, and the events were based on Halloween.
In its 13th year, Umang 2012 is expected to bring in as many as 50,000 students from across the country. The webpage for the festival will be released next week.