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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.iactchefa­ 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 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.goa­hos­pi­tal­i­ty­col­ ITM School of Culi­nary Arts in Mum­bai - it of­fers a two-year full­time di­ploma pro­gramme fo­cus­ing on ad­vanced culi­nary tech- niques and skills Red­car­pet In­sti­tute of Ho­tel Man­age­ment and Culi­nary Cour­ses In­dia at Pune - it spe­cialises in pro­vid­ing train­ing in culi­nary arts and food pro­duc­tion­car­peta­

Act­ing cour­ses

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.

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