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Reaping rewards through diplomas


Diplomas offer a wide range of employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, besides enhancing one’s skills in the chosen field.

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Fashion designing is another flourishing industry with diploma courses on offer.

In the changing Indian education scenario, diploma courses are seeing a revival with a boom in the number of new and innovative programmes on offer. An assortment of courses are available to suit a variety of career opportunities after getting the required school education qualifications. These courses, which are candidates’ major plus, are basically to sharpen one’s skill in one’s chosen profession.

Some diploma courses are now so popular that aspirants have to write an entrance test before joining them. A variety of diploma courses offered includes Business Management, Catering, Airlines, fashion designing, Fine Arts, Computer management. Traditional courses like astrology, palmistry, languages and yoga are also progressing and attracting several students to take these courses.

“I did a one-year diploma course, executive postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management at LIBA. It was very useful and I gained an in-depth knowledge in the field of HR after completing my course. Though the fee structure was high, it was worth it. Now I’m a HRO in one of the most reputed hotels,” narrates Aswathi V.

Apart from newer institutions, traditional universities are expanding the scope of their diploma courses. This year, the University of Madras introduced new diploma programmes in enterprise systems management, and air crew training. “We have a lot of applicants for our diploma courses. The admissions are open till 31st July,” says a senior official from the University of Madras.

The MGR Government Film and Technology Institute at Taramani offers a three-year diploma in film technology and TV production, while the MGR Medical University has introduced a one-year PG diploma course in learning disability among children (dyslexia). A diploma course on security practices for those in the supervisory cadre in hotels, malls and cinemas is being offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Fashion designing is another flourishing industry with diploma courses where students are taught drawing, designing, garment and textile techniques, embroidery, weaving and surface knitting. “I completed a diploma in fashion designing and garment manufacture as I was more interested in this field. After completing it, I got placed in a reputed organisation and I earn a decent pay,” says Neethu R.

NIFT has started short summer evening programmes, especially for working professionals. The courses, six months to one-year duration, will run from August to September and the forms will be available in July.

An assortment of vocational courses in subjects such as Creative Writing in English, Journalism, Youth Development Work, Communicative English, Library & Information Science, Tourism and Hotel Management and Tourism Studies are also offered through distant education programmes. With the emergence of distance learning, students can pursue a full-time diploma course from their own homes.

Most of the reputed institutes conduct entrance exams and personal interviews for admission. “Diploma courses from reputed institutes are really worthwhile. They are of great supplementary value. A certificate course can take you places,” she adds.

Diploma courses are no longer a poor cousin with only second-option employment opportunities. Instead, they can lead to exciting and richly-rewarding entrepreneurial ambitions. “Since engineering courses are cliched, I wanted to try my hands at a multimedia course. This course is demanding as one can earn more than Rs. 50,000 per month. In the future, I can start a photo shop of my own,” exclaims Seenoando, a student.

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