India has always been an academic-oriented nation, and the focus has always been on traditional courses. But in the last few years, a sizable population of students has been venturing into offbeat careers. Engineering and medicine might still be considered lucrative, but there are many more courses in India that not just help you gain innovative skills but also offer a decent income. Besides, these degree or diploma courses also aid in job-specific skills that lead to better employment opportunities.
Here are some interesting courses that students can go for:
Certificate in Archives Keeping
The Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, offers a certificate course in Archives Keeping. Through the course, you can learn the principles and methods of description of archival materials. This one year course is offered to candidates who have a degree in History or Archaeology. After completion of this certificate course, students can find employment as Lecturers, Archivists, Information Managers, Librarians, Public Relations officers and Records Managers in conservation, reprography and other related fields of Archival Science.
Diploma and Certificate Courses in Tea-tasting
As retail and hospitality industries are booming across the world, tea-tasting has evolved into a discipline in India. Tea tasters are an essential part of not just tea plantation-companies but also multi-brand retail chains. Courses offered by Indian Institute of Plantation Management (Bangalore), Darjeeling Tea Research and Management Association, and Birla Institute of Management and Futuristic Studies (Kolkata) enable you to be but connoisseurs of the beverage with vast knowledge on the various categories of tea, its plantations, different types of preparation etc.
Certificate course/degree in sound engineering
Whether it’s films, television shows or documentaries, Sound and Music Technology are central to the making of an artistic masterpiece. If you’re someone who has a keen interest in sound engineering, you could go for a degree in Sound and Music Technology that is offered by Seamedu, Pune. IIFA Multimedia, Bangalore and Government Polytechnic, Mumbai, also offer Diploma and Certificate in Sound Engineering respectively. These courses will not just help you with theoretical knowledge but also give you hands-on training.
Degree in Environmental Science
This degree course in Environmental Science integrates physical and biological sciences with the study of the environment, and aims to find solutions to environmental problems. Those who study this course are in demand at the Forest and Environment Department, Pollution Control Board, waste treatment industries, agriculture industry, refineries, mines, fertiliser plants, urban planning commission, distilleries, and food processing industries. Some of the Institutes offering this course include Sikkim Manipal University and The National Law School of Indian University, Bangalore.
Diploma in Paithani Handicraft & Modern Garments
Tradition never goes out of fashion – especially in textile industry. Paithani weaving, intrinsic to the culture of Maharashtra, is one such underrated traditional technique. You can learn how to systematically preserve and develop this art by pursuing a Diploma course in Paithani Handicraft and Modern Garments. This one year course covers Silk work and Paithani Weaving assistance, Paithani Handicraft Theory and Modern Garment Design. This course is offered by the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University. The instruction medium is bilingual, with Marathi being the predominant language.
Add-on course in Actuarial Sciences
This add-on course jointly offered by Delhi University and MetLife India Insurance targets students who want to pursue a career in Actuarial Sciences. The programme is held over nine weeks of classes followed by one month of on-job training. The best-performers in the course are most likely to be hired by MetLife. The course also imparts training in life skills, including the transition from Campus to Corporate (Grooming and Communication skills). Acharya Narendra Dev College is the only college in the University offering this module.
PG Diploma in Automative Clay Modelling
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and MAEER’s MIT Institute of Design offers two-year long post graduate diploma course in Automotive Clay and Digital Sculpting in their Pune campus. According to the institute, automotive clay sculpting help release designer’s vision, and clay modelling is commonly used in automotive and product design industry. It claims that this is a way to for pre-visualise concepts, which help in decision making before taking the products further for manufacturing.
(Edited by Athira Nair)