Summer bonanza

None | ByRahat Bano
May 16, 2004 01:54 AM IST

From C++ and Advanced XML to mixing mocktails and nature painting, there is a wide range of courses available in the Capital for those of you who want to be occupied this summer.

From C++ and Advanced XML to mixing mocktails and nature painting, there is a wide range of courses available in the Capital for those of you who want to be occupied this summer.

The list of summer courses seems to be growing like the hot days of the season. You no longer have the usual recreational club wooing youngsters to learn backstroke swimming. Instead, there are a host of courses available to wizen you up. Apart from livening up your summer, the vacations can also be utilised fruitfully in acquiring a skill or two. Here’s what various ‘activity centres’ across the city are offering. 

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The tech way 
Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi’s part time course on C and C++ Object Oriented Programming is starting in June. The four-week programme is open to students pursuing B.Sc. with Maths or BE. Registration is on till May 25. The fee is Rs. 7,000. Another course from the computer science stable is the UNIX Internal Programming for those who have knowledge of the C language. The two-week part-time course is slated to begin on July 5. The fee is Rs. 5,000.

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Besides, there is a combo — the LCC++ (Linux, C, C++) course — from SSi Education. The institute also plans to start the Summer@SSi and Connect programmes. All the courses are of two to 12 week’s duration and cost between Rs. 500 and 5,500. Among other short-term professional programmes are the Smart Start, Java@SSi, Oracle 9i, Network Administration and Advanced XML.

Arena Multimedia has an array of courses in cartoon animation, Character Design and 3D Animation and Digital Graphic Animation. These certificate courses are of two to five month’s duration. Other programmes include fashion designing, graphic designing and digital art. 

Enrolment is on for various summer courses at NIIT. The course roster includes Swift Smart aimed at school students, Web Designing and C++, and Swift India for beginners. Then there is Talk Smart where you can brush up your vocabulary, presentation skills, etc. over a one-month period. The courses cost between Rs. 2,000 and 4,700.     

Aptech has come up with the Web Wizard programmes for teenagers aged 15 and 16 years. The course includes MS Office, Internet, HTML, Illustrator, Animator and Front Page 2000. It is of 40 to 80 hour’s duration. 

A dramatic option  
Dramatise your holidays with the National School of Drama’s (NSD’s) Children’s Theatre Workshop. It is open to children aged eight to 16 years. The month-long workshop will be conducted at select centres located at Lodi Estate, Vikas Puri, Pitam Pura, Darya Ganj and also in NOIDA and Ghaziabad, informs Vibha Chhibber, Chief, Theatre in Education Company, NSD. The participation fee is Rs. 500.

Or, 16 year olds and above can try the 25-day theatre workshop in English to be organised by the India Habitat Centre. Registration fee is Rs. 2,500.

Serve it hot, serve it cold 
Add a dash of lime to your holidays by learning how to fizz up mocktails. The Institute of Hotel Management (Pusa) is going to introduce a course in cocktails and mocktails. The programme is likely to start in the end of May or the first week of June, informs Principal, Alok Shivapuri. The duration would be five to 10 days, he says.

And here’s the icing on the cake. A 21-day course in Bakery and Cake Decoration is in the pipeline at Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women. Undergraduate students of Delhi University would be given preference for admission, informs college Principal, Dr. S. Lakshmi Devi. 

Learn a foreign tongue
Max Mueller Bhavan will run a summer intensive course in German for beginners. The seven-week course is slated to begin on May 28. The fee is Rs 7,200. And, if you wish to learn French, rush to Alliance Francaise, which has only a few seats left in its crash course that starts on May 31. It’s priced at Rs. 5,300. If you want to improve your English language skills, then head towards the British Council. It has a Summer Intensive 2004 programme to be held from May 17 to June 5. Selection is through a Placement Test costing Rs. 300. 

The green crusade
The National Museum of Natural History will organise a month-long course based on environmental issues from May 15. It plans to develop participants’ creative skills with activities like clay modelling and nature painting, says museum Director, S. K. Saraswat. The “package” includes a three or four day visit to a wildlife park or sanctuary, he adds. Selection will be through an entrance test and interview. The fee for children is Rs. 100 and that for teenagers, Rs. 200.          

The fun trivia
For students of Classes V to XII, the National Museum will hold four-day programmes on clay modelling and mask making from the first week of June. Art teachers can join these or another course on Madhubani painting. Admission is free of cost. The courses will be held over 25 days. 

YMCA plans to organise an adventure camp in Almora in the end of May for those aged between 12 to 16 years, says an official. Besides, its swimming, karate, art and craft, basketball, music (vocal) and western dance classes are scheduled to begin on May 12. Candidates should be between seven and 16 years old. The admission fee is Rs. 2,000. 

India Habitat Centre has a slew of programmes on glass painting, pottery, charcoal painting, creative writing, ‘fun Maths’, development of leadership potential, calligraphy, memory improvement and self-development, flower making and graphics and animation, to name a few.   

The National Bal Bhavan is offering a host of courses for five to 16 year olds. The programmes include football, badminton, clay modelling, drama, photography, dance, music and computers, among others. 

Get connected
National School of Drama: 23389054
National Museum of Natural History: 23314932
IIT Delhi: 659 1036
India Habitat Centre: 24682001-09
Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Pusa: 25841411
Arena multi-media: 516 466 45
Aptech: contact your nearest centre
NIIT: 9604604604
SSi Education: contact your nearest centre
National Museum : 23019272 extn 240
National Bal Bhavan: 23222175, 23237856
Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women: 22146024
British Council: 23711401
Alliance Française: 26251404 / 1408
Max Mueller Bhavan: 23329506 , 23329890

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