BUQUERQUE I am a hotel management graduate. I did my BA in international hospitality administration. After graduation I started working in customer service but I was always interested in the culinary department. I wish to know what postgraduate courses are available for culinary training (food production). Please guide me.
—Abhinandan These days cooking has stepped out of the traditional kitchen and become a high-flying career giving good chefs celebrity status. These chefs command high salaries and are amongst the highest paid professionals in the hospitality industry. So, this is a good career choice as the growth of the hospitality and catering business has indicated an enormous demand for trained people in this field. There are different kinds of courses – certificate, diploma and degree level – in culinary arts or food production, which you can do after your degree in hotel management. Your course in hotel management must have also included a specialisation in food service, or chef training, and many of the hotel management institutes also offer diploma courses in food and beverage service and bakery and confectionary. There are also shortterm courses of six months to one year’s duration - conducted by the government-run Food Craft Institutes in most state capitals. These courses in food and beverage service, cookery craft, bakery and confectionary are geared towards training candidates for direct entry into the industry.
In addition, there are private institutes which offer diplomas in culinary arts, as well as shorter courses in baking, pastry arts, and other related areas.
There are many more courses in culinary arts and specialised cuisines at institutes abroad, where fine dining and ‘haute cuisine’ has been perfected to a fine art. The Cordon Bleu Institute in France offers certification in this premium style of cuisine. Cornell University in the United States, and the Salzburg and Vienna Schools are among the most coveted in the world for specialist cuisines.
In India some of the institutes providing such training include: Culinary Academy of India in Hyderabad - it offers a postgraduate diploma in culinary arts, as also an 18-month craft certification course in food production www.iactchefacademy.com Indian Institute of Hotel Management and Culinary Arts, affiliated to Osmania University, also in Hyderabad - it offers a oneand-a-half year certificate course in food production and patisserie www.iihmca.org Goa College of Hospitality and Culinary Education, which offers a one-year postgraduate diploma in chef management as well as certificate courses in food production and F&B service at the popular Cidade de Goa hotel www.goahospitalitycollege.com ITM School of Culinary Arts in Mumbai - it offers a two-year fulltime diploma programme focusing on advanced culinary tech- niques and skills www.itm.edu Redcarpet Institute of Hotel Management and Culinary Courses India at Pune - it specialises in providing training in culinary arts and food production www.redcarpetacademy.edu.in
I am a class 12 student of commerce. I want to pursue a career as an actor. Which degree courses am I eligible for in foreign and Indian universities? Please help me.
—Ujjwal With the entertainment industry expanding in a big way, good actors and actresses can look forward to a bright future, if they are talented and hard-working. But there are very few actors who have been able to command attention and earn a substantial amount from the pursuit of their art as a full-time career. For drama artists, otherwise, employment opportunities are provided by professional theatre and opera companies and institutions like AIR, television studios, movie studios, films divisions, song and drama divisions, etc.
If you are interested in acting and dramatics, there are several institutions that offer professional courses in drama which provide a firm foundation for success in the field.
The Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) provides training in several disciplines of film and television, including motion picture photography, direction and production as well as a two-year postgraduate diploma in acting, for which you should have a bachelor’s degree in any subject.
The National School of Drama, New Delhi, also offers a three-year intensive course in dramatics, which has been the route to film acting for many well-known film personalities.
This course also requires you to have a bachelor’s degree. However, there are some institutes that provide undergraduate diplomas in acting/dramatics. These include: Andhra University University of Mysore College of Indian Music, Dance and Dramatics, MS University, Baroda University of Rajasthan, Jaipur BA (drama) courses are also offered at Marathwada University, Aurangabad and the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
There are also several private film acting and direction training institutes including the SubhashGhai-promoted Whistling Woods International Institute in Mumbai which offers a diploma in acting for screen. The Asian Academy of Film and TV (AAFT) at Noida offers short- and long- (one-year) diploma courses in acting for film and TV.
There are also several private film acting schools, set up and run mainly by ‘retired’ film actors and actresses, which train aspirants for acting in Indian films as well as in voice training, make-up, dress, diet, improvisation and dance. Prominent among these are Anupam Kher’s acting school and Asha Chandra’s new film acting course in Mumbai, and the Padmini Kolhapure Acting School in New Delhi and others.
However, while you may certainly have a great deal of acting talent, it is important to keep in mind that making a career in this field depends not only on talent and experience but also on several other factors such as marketing yourself, finding good opportunities and of course, luck. So, it is wise to have a backup career in case things do not work out the way you have planned for yourself. A good plan would be to do your bachelor’s with some career training in mind before you plunge into drama and acting.