BEYOND THE BLACKBOARD
Professional courses offer students plenty of hands-on learning and practical growth opportunities. From setting up a French patisserie to sound design and film production, Sonali Acharjee discovers some of the popular programmes available today
When Ankur Mathur, 19, decided to opt for a professional diploma course in baking from Delhi’s Institute of Baking and Cake Art, his parents were not the least bit surprised. “He was always interested in baking. Why should he waste three years on a hospitality degree when he can learn the same with a six month diploma course? You don’t need a conventional ‘ degree’ to work in the field that you are passionate about,” says Abhijit Mathur, Ankur’s father. Like him, many students are discovering the benefits of professional courses and customisable degrees. Today there are nearly 2,000 different kinds of degrees and specialisations available in India. So go ahead and take your pick.