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Vocational courses in demand

The growing popularity of vocational courses offered by Delhi University is not without reason.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 11:06 IST

The growing popularity of vocational courses offered by Delhi University is not without reason. As many as 25 vocational subjects are offered in the BA programme, besides a number of certificate courses and a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education.

And almost all the colleges have excellent placement programmes for students pursuing vocational courses. “There is growing demand for vocational courses as they are skill-based and students get employed easily,” says Inder Jeet, principal, College of Vocational Studies.

Campus interviews

*College of Vocational Studies:  

  ICICI Bank, HP Pvt Ltd,  

 ,makemytrip.com, SIG  

  Systems, Kotak Mahindra,

  Open Online Securities

*Sri Venkateswara College:

  Spicejet, Jet Airways, Thomas  

  Cook, Sita Travels Corporate


*Gargi College: Springdales

  School, Amity School, 

  Cambridge School

*IP College: GE Capital, Wipro,

  Taj Hotels, Qutub Hotels

The popular courses here are tourism, insurance and human resource management. The prominent companies visiting the campus include Kotak Mahindra, ICICI Bank, makemytrip.com, HP Pvt. Ltd. The salary begins at Rs 10,000 a month. At Gargi College, graduates of Bachelor of Elementary Education are scouted by several private schools in Delhi.

“We offer specialisations in biology, chemistry, political science and English. Schools like Amity, Springdales and Cambridge offer employment to our trained teachers,” said principal Meera Ramachandran.

Vocational courses impart skill learning by exposing students to both theoretical and practical aspects of a given occupation. “The IRPM (industrial relations and personal management) subject in BA programme allows students to pursue an MBA as well,” said Manasvini Yogi, media coordinator, IP College.

Courses like travel and tourism management, entrepreneurship and small business and food technology are inter-disciplinary in nature allowing students to have the best of both worlds. “Students from almost all streams are interested in vocational courses as it involves specialisation. Fresh graduates employed as executive trainees start at Rs 1.45 lakh per annum,” said A.S.

Reddy, principal, Venkateswara College. The college offers 100 per cent placement to students for its travel and tourism management course.

Add-on courses like airfare, ticketing and global marketing too are on offer at Venkateswara College. Prominent companies visit regularly for campus placements.