Offbeat programs

As the competition for entry to the tried and tested educational programs accentuates by the day, an increasing number of students are on the lookout for interesting offbeat courses. These courses give you the opportunity to carve a unique career path that is untrammeled by competition. Here are some post graduate options you can opt for.

A Bouquet of Options

We start with our past which is fascinating and holds many lessons for our present and future. The School of Archival Studies, National Archives of India offers a Diploma in Archives and Records Management, which is open to postgraduates MA (History) with one optional paper in modern Indian history or MA in other streams of social sciences, such as anthropology, economics etc or M Sc in applied / Physical Sciences archivists maintain records to ensure the long term preservation and easy retrieval of documents and information. Museums historical sites, and similar institutions public and private educational services, the government defense services, libraries large corporations that have archives or record centers religious organizations professionals associations conservation organizations major private collectors and research firms employ archivists.

Though tried and tested profession journalism can extend to offbeat areas like arts journalism. Master in Arts Journalism by CEPT University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities is open to graduates from a recognized university with preference to graduates in journalism fine arts, architecture , design communication studies sociology anthropology and literature. The objective is to provide informed writing and reporting about the arts and artists for print, electronic visual and audio media.

The one year PG Diploma in media and Disability Communication (English medium) jointly conducted by All Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped , Mumbai and department of communication and Journalism, Mumbai University is open to candidates with a PG diploma or graduation in journalism / mass communication / mass media / public relations / advertising.

Another lucrative option in the field of sports is sports management. Formal courses are still rare. They are interdisciplinary and encompass elements of economics, accounting, marketing, psychology law and communications sports marketing, sports enterprise public relations sports media management facility management and event management IISWBM, Kolkata and Lakshmibai national University of physical Education Gwalior offer PG programs.

The PG Diploma Program in Acupuncture available to the medical graduates (allopathy, homeopathy, ayurveda, uani, siddha, yoga and naturopathy) is an online initiative of IGNOU which can be completed in one to three years.

M Tech (Green technology) full time is being introduced by institute of Chemical Technology , Mumbai to graduates in chemical engineering / chemical technology or pharmacy or the those with an M Phil / M Sc (Chem, Bio, Microbiology, Biotech, Biochem) with two years industrial experience in production of chemicals materials drugs intermediates etc or R&D of the said industries in case of sponsored candidates . In the part time mode, it is meant only for industry sponsored candidates.

Today, India is the fourth largest global market in commercial vehicles and the second largest two wheeler producer globally. According to experts, the demand for automotive designers in India expected to escalate significantly in the next few years. If you are a graduate in engineering architecture or interior design or any other discipline of design you could take up a PG Program In Transport Design at National Institute of design, Ahmedabad (Gandhinagar campus) Indian Institute of technology Bombay or the newly established DYP – DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies, Pune.

National institute of Design is a premier design institution and offers a number of unique specializations for graduates with a variety of backgrounds. Photography design is one example. This two year program is open to graduates in fine arts, architecture, design, literature, communication media film and television mass media or equivalent. However, graduates in any discipline with a year’s experience in a photography / relevant industry may also apply.

The one year advanced diploma course in child guidance and counseling at National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) Delhi is open to postgraduates in social work or psychology or child development or graduates in social work, psychology or child development with minimum five years of experience of working with children, or B Ed with minimum four years of experience. The program has been designed to bridge the gap of availability of trained professionals for undertaking counseling and guidance of children and families in different settings.

The six month certificate course for aspiring art directors, copywriters and television commercial makers at Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad is open to graduates of any discipline for Module A (crafting creative copywriting). Participants aspiring to pursue Module B (crafting creative art direction) require a diploma / degree in fine arts or applied arts.

The beauty of studying an offbeat program is the opportunity to chart out a unique career path for your self. The challenge is to choose such a program that sits your academic background abilities interests and personality. Don’t aim to do something different just to pique others but do so to fulfill your talents in exceptional ways.

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