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

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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.

Stu­dents at FLAME, Pune

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