The new semester of Delhi University has just started and especially for freshers this is crazy where there are a million things going on.
Add-on courses or certificate courses are one of them where students learn additional subjects apart from their main course.
Over the years, their importance has slowly increased because of various reasons and DU too now offers add-on courses and certificate courses on a variety of subjects.
The last date for the application to this year’s add-on and certificate courses is September 20th, 2018.
And if you want to know, here are some of the courses that the many colleges of DU offer:
#1. Jesus & Mary College (JMC)
The popular all-girls college JMC offers 3 certificate courses:
a. Certificate in Media Studies
b. Certificate in Advertising & Marketing Communications
c. Certificate in Camera & Photography
The fees for all these courses is Rs. 15,000/- and only females who are 12th passed can apply for them. There is no entrance exam for these courses and it is all based on a first-come-first-serve basis.
#2. Bharati College
Bharti college offers only 1 such kind of course called ‘Certificate in Mass Communication with specialization in Radio Jockeying & TV Journalism’.
The classes for this course are usually held on a Wednesday and Friday and again are a direct admission with no extra exam to clear. Students, boys and girls, who have passed 12th standard can apply.
There does exist a slight discount for students of the college itself, who only have to pay Rs. 15,000 as fees whereas outsiders have to pay Rs. 18,000.
#3. Kalindi College
Kalindi College that is in the East Patel Nagar of Delhi offers a variety of certificate courses in languages like French, Chinese along with Travel and Tourism.
But the 2 really interesting ones would be:
a. Certificate in Photojournalism: Fee Rs. 10,000 for students enrolled at Kalindi and Rs. 12,500 for outsiders.
b. Certificate in Films & TV Production, Direction: Fee Rs. 15,000 for Kalindi students and Rs.20,000 for outside applicants.
Both the courses are held in association with the RK Films and Media Academy and any student who is a 12th pass can apply for these courses.
#4. Campus of Open Learning (Keshav Puram, Delhi University)
The Campus of Open Learning also has a host of Certificate courses to choose from like Digital & Social Media Marketing, Theatre Acting, Fine Arts, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Animation (2D & 3D) and Radio Jockeying & TV News Presentation.
All the courses are in collaboration with the R K Films & Media Academy (RKFMA) with most of the courses being 6 months long and their fees being Rs. 20,000.
Only the Theatre Acting and Presentation course is for just 2 months and is priced at Rs. 10,000.
For almost all the above-mentioned courses, you can get more details and the application forms from the respective college itself or the official website.
Why Add-On/Certificate Courses?
Add-On or Certificate courses are a good and budget-friendly way to get some extra qualifications and knowledge apart from your regular course.
Since admission into these courses is not based on any examination or 12th standard marks and there is no cut-off, the pressure is lesser and students can choose the subjects that they really like.
During after-college afternoons, these courses are also a good way for the students to explore some hobby or passion of theirs without having to go through a full course on them.
These courses also hold market value these days, with language courses being especially a rage among future employers.
Colleges like Daulat Ram, Hindu, Miranda House, LSR, Sri Venkateswara offer a wide range of certificate/diploma/advanced diploma courses in languages like French, Italian, Korean, Spanish and more.
Certificate courses for languages like Urdu, Persian and Arabic are available at St. Stephen’s college.
A lot of these courses also prepare students for the workplace by familiarising them with what kind of work they will be doing, and also connecting them with industry insiders.
As per India Today, a former student Sanjana Prakash from JMC who was doing her English (Honours) programme and took up the media studies certificate course talks about their benefits.
She said that, “While studying the honours course, I also studied about journalism. I intend to pursue a career in this field and worked for a news organisation to gain practical experience.”
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