Academic life at Delhi University (DU) for undergraduate students is hectic and the introduction of the semester system ensures that they are always kept busy with examinations and submissions. Amid all this, several “add-on” or short-term courses offered by the university are steadily gaining popularity.
Add-on courses are either certificate courses in foreign languages or specialised research programmes.
These give students an opportunity to pick up a job-oriented skill, and can be very different from the B.A. or B.Sc programmes they are enrolled with.
While cultural societies and clubs have always been a part of the “DU experience” and have broadened horizons of many students, add-on courses have also made their mark. The courses start around August and are conducted after college hours.
Boon during placements
These courses also give students an edge when they sit for placements at the end of three years and often open up avenues that could lead to further specialisation.
Faizan Qureshi, a DU graduate, says taking up a short-term course in Travel and Tourism Management gave him an added advantage when appearing for placements.
“After pursuing B.A.(Hons.) History, there were not many career opportunities, apart from further studies. Thanks to my add-on course, an online company that curates travel experiences offered me an internship that led to a permanent job,” says Mr. Qureshi.
Several students however, complain that since these courses are not subsidised by the university, they are very expensive.
Therefore, only those students who are absolutely sure about a career related to the programme should take it up.
“A six-month course is at priced at over ₹20,000. Therefore, you have to be very committed to the field. Unlike societies in colleges, this is not something that can be taken up as an experiment,” says Shreya Duggal, an aspiring actor.
Admission to the various short-term courses are done directly through the college offering them.
Several of the job-oriented courses are offered only to students enrolled in the college but the language courses are offered to students from other colleges as well.
Since the seats are limited, they often fill up as soon as they are announced. Details can be found on individual college websites.