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‘I wanted to be a journalist’

Current occupation: freelance correspondent for communities and lifestyle in Bangalore

education Updated: Jun 01, 2011 09:34 IST
Hindustan Times

Name: Pooja Sharma
Course being pursued: MA (political science), 2006, SNDT Women’s University
Current occupation: freelance correspondent for communities and lifestyle in Bangalore
Previous qualification: BA in political science
Age: 29

Why did you choose to this course?
Firstly, I had always heard good things about SNDT University. I wanted to do my masters there but because of personal reasons, I could not go to college regularly. So I decided to go in for a correspondence course in political science since I wanted to become a journalist.

How was your experience of pursuing this course from SNDT?
Since I was quite busy working part-time at a call centre, I had a tough time studying. But I found the study material and the faculty quite approachable and helpful.

How was the study material, and teachers?
The study material was vast and self explanatory in many cases. However, when certain things were difficult to grasp or if I had doubt, I would contact the faculty. I didn’t get to build a rapport because we hardly met.

Did you face any challenges in studying on your own?
It was a challenge to study alone and not know how you are as compared to others studying the same subject. I longed for classroom discussions.

How did you manage your studies with your job/family responsibility (if any?)
I had some financial and family problems so had to really push myself to get used to studying on my own. I would take tuitions for English and mathematics in the afternoon and study in the day.

How does the degree/diploma and knowledge you got through this course help you?
The course content helped in understanding how the political system in India is and to date, I find it useful in getting into the depths of some current affairs.

Any wishlist for the authorities to improve/change anything in the open learning system?
They should find a point for discussions and debates. There can be virtual classrooms or online forums where all the students can interact. Though the library facilities were good, I hope they’ve made their library (collection) more exhaustive.

Interviewed by Sharanya Misra Sharma

First Published: May 31, 2011 12:17 IST