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Pursuing medicine and engineering is not the be all and end all
Beaten Path: Call it peer pressure or ignorance of parents hapless students continue to go through the hard grind.
It’s a bitter truth, an engineer earns less than a pharmacist and a call centre employee earns much more than a medical graduate. In the age of globalisation, job opportunities are plenty and they don’t necessarily come from just engineering or medical streams as majority parents still believe.
Call it peer pressure or ignorance of parents hapless students continue to go through the hard grind. If not these courses, what next is the question that haunts thousands of students who are in Intermediate? They neither have the inclination to pursue engineer nor the patience to go through the five year medical course. But unlike in the past, those students need not worry as a plethora of courses, which are a productive combination of regular and job-oriented professional programmes, are on the offer in various colleges. Thousands of smart students are reaping rich harvest pursuing these courses that have thrown up huge employment opportunities in the global era.
“Degree courses are not redundant as many perceive them to be. The innovative combinations introduced helped students made good careers,” says M. Srinivasa Rao of Avanthi Colleges, which offers several innovative courses at the degree level.
Students of these degree holders are not looked down upon as many feel and parents and students are realising it fast as they provide instant opportunities in various emerging fields with good pay packets and rapid career growth. “Campus placements are a proof of this,” he says.
Bio-Physics, Seed Technology, Nutrition & Food Technology, Food Science & Quality Control, Computer & Information Sciences, Electronics & Computer Sciences, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology and Bio Informatics, Industrial Chemistry, Agriculture Science & Rural Development, Food Technology Management, Chemical Technology, Farms & Rural Development, Computer Maintenance & Engineering, Applied Nutrition and Public Health, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic are some of the combinations available in different colleges in the city in the regular as well as vocational mode for the science stream students.
The College of Home Science, affiliated to the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University offers B.Sc (Home Science) course, which is quite different from the regular courses.
The four-year degree programme deals with subjects like resource management, consumer sciences, food and nutrition, human development and family studies, apparel and textiles, that are common in the first two-years.
In the following two years, students can specialise in subjects like interior designing, fashion designing, nutrition and dietetics, organisation and management of early childhood education and rural management studies.
B.Sc (Nursing) is one of the sought-after options these days. As former MCI member Dr. C.L. Venkat Rao puts, “It is the easiest route to the USA for the next one decade at leastFashion Designing courses have opened up a new avenue for Intermediate passed students. Apart from the NIFT centres several private institutes are offering one-year, two-year and three-year courses in this area.
R. RAVIKANTH REDDY
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