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Changing career trends

M. Dinesh Varma

While hotel management and aeronautical engineering are the sought-after courses in recent times, animation and design, pilot and air-hostess training and marine engineering are also moving up the ladder of choice.



Broadening spectrum: The career preferences of students are rapidly changing. Photo: Satish H.

Hotel management and aeronautical engineering are emerging as most sought after disciplines in the broadening spectrum of career choices among Indian students.

Even though higher education preferences continue to be dictated by engineering, medical streams, IT and business administration, the areas of hotel management and aeronautics are earning increased patronage among Indian students, says Siddharth Jain, chief (marketing), Global Events and Expositions which organised a two-day Education Worldwide India in Chennai last week.

Animation and design, pilot and air-hostess training and marine engineering are also moving up the ladder of choice, trends indicate.

The education show fielded 45 participants, including 16 foreign institutions. The next edition of the India International Education Fair due in November, in Chennai, will have more participants, going by the success of the event, organisers said.

China has focused its gaze on outbound Indian students, mainly those pursuing medical education. An education fair held earlier in New Delhi attracted 23 Universities from China with the vigorous backing of its Education Ministry and Scholarship Council.

The fair had 130 Universities, including 45 forieng institutions. At a similar fair in Kolkata, Singapore Tourism Board's Education Division fielded six Universities offering a varity of higher learning choices. All this points to the growing overseas interest in netting out-bound Indian students, said Mr. Jain.

The Tianjin Medical University is offering four-and-a-half year MBBS programmes in clinical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, dentistry, medical laboratory science, medical imaging science, bio-medical engineering, optometry, anaesthesia, nursing and preventive medicine. The application prerequisites are under 30 years, high school diploma and excellent academic record and a pass in the entrance examination.

The registration period is in early September. The tuition fee for a Master's degree is around 3,000 US dollars. The rent of a single room shared by two students in the building for foreign students is 70 US dollars a month, single accomodation 140 US dollars and bath-attached private room 210 US dollars a month. Food costs around 50 US dollars a month.

More than 500 foreign students, most from South East Asia, are enrolled at Tianjin.

The liaison office is Growell Education Consultancy Services, O-12/B, 1st floor, Lajpat Nagar-II, New Delhi 110024 (Phones: 011-29840455, 289840456), e-mail growell9000@sify.com and website www.growellconsultancy.com

New Zealand's South Seas Film and Television School is looking to expand the number of foreign students undergoing the one-year hands-on programme in film and TV production. At the moment, atleast five of the 15-16 foreign students, is from India and representatives feel that the numbers could increase in the coming years.

The course covers all the main production skills, including video camera operating, lighting, sound recording, post-production editing, drama or documentary directing, script writing, on-screen acting and interviewing.

The School has set up a campus in Singapore and will bring high-end workshops to the campus. The annual course fee works out to around Rs. 6 lakhs at the Auckland campus and to around Rs. 5 lakhs in Singapore.

The establishment of the upscale Camperdown Studios, co-owned by Peter Jackson (`Lord of the Rings') is expected to transform Wellington into a hallowed hub of high-end film production, says Gerben Cath, Executive Director.

Inter College in Cyprus has a 10 per cent foreign student enrolment and is pushing to increase it. On offer are under graduate and post graduate programmes in business, computer engineering and sciences, multimedia, design and nursing.

While an undergraduate programme costs around 6,000 Euros annually, a post graduate programme costs around 10,000 Euros. "We are positioning Cyprus as a safe island which is virtually without crime", said Ian McRoy, Consultant, Training and Development.

The School of Aeronautics, under the Laxmi Narain Verma Memorial Society Group of Institutes, New Delhi, offers Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Avionics System), diploma engineering in mechanical electronics and communication and Bachelor of Technology courses in mechanical, aeronautical, electronics and telecommunication and biotechnology, the degree course in mechanical engineering, diploma in electronics and telecommunication, the AMIETE (BE equivalent) in electronics and telecommunication and AMAeSI in aeronautical engineering.

Animaster which has opened a training school in Anna Nagar, offers Animaster Foundation Program, Animaster Certified Professional, Animaya, Animax, Animaster Graduate Program, Animaster Interactive Designer, web designer, graphic designers and digital video professional. It also offers advanced diploma in animation in association with Algonquin College in Canada.

The course fee is around Rs. 3 lakhs. "The six-month paid internship on course completion which makes the candidate industry-ready is one of the attractions," said George Varghese, Head, Business Development.

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