At a time when there is a massive unemployment in the country and even 60 per cent engineering graduates are unable to find the right job, students need to re-think their area of interest that can help them achieve a successful career. Several private universities are now offering one-of-a-kind courses to lure students, like BA in Global Affairs and courses in Victimology and Psychological Studies by the OP Jindal Global University. While some are full-fledged programmes, many offer just certificate courses. We bring some of these offbeat courses which might pull your interest towards pursuing them. So the more out of the box ideas and concepts you possess, there are chances of more you earn and get established.
Check out the list of 5 offbeat careers and the institutes offering them.
Flavour Chemists make good food better. They make subtle use of taste, aromas and aesthetics to bring that ‘x-factor’ to your everyday food. The domain is closely related to chemistry and requires mixing ingredients to create new flavours or improve existing ones. Those with a degree in chemistry can opt for this course.
Indian Institute of Hospitality & Management, Mumbai
You can study food chemistry as a subject under M.Sc in Food Science.
SRM: Department of Food Process Engineering, Ghaziabad, UP
Cartography is the science or practice of drawing maps. You will be studying the history of map making, its’ techniques and methodology and about the tools required to make the same.
Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
— PG Diploma in Digital Cartography
No. of Seats: 20
Osmania University, Hyderabad
— PG Diploma in Geographical Cartography
You will be required to differentiate between different flavours of tea and grade them on the basis of their quality. He/she also gives an idea regarding enhancing the taste of the tea.
Dipras Institute of Professional Studies, Kolkata
— Certificate course in Tea management
Eligibility — Graduate or equivalent in any discipline from any recognised university in India or abroad with a good academic record. Should not be more than 25 years and should be physically fit.
It is the branch of technology concerned with the properties and transmission of photons, for example in fibre optics. Here one can work as an engineer, technician or a scientist in photonic companies. Moreover, they can join as officers in universities and the government offices. Here are some colleges that offer M.Tech and PhD programmes imparting excellent training in areas ranging from semiconductor opto-electronics to optical networks.
— Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Course: Research programme in photonics and theoretical physics
— Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Course: MTech/research programme in Opto-Electronics and Optical-Communication
— Periyar EVR College (Affiliated to Bharthidasan University), Tamil Nadu. Course: MSc Photonics
— Rajarshi Shahu Mahavidyalaya, Department of Photonics, Latur. Course: MSc Photonics, Modern Optics, laser technology, systems and applications, Optoelectronics and optical communications, Microprocessor and micro controllor, Fibre optics communication and sensor, Digital signal processing.
— The International School of Photonics, CUSAT, Kochi. Courses: MSc Photonics, MTech in Optoelectronics and Laser Technology, M Phil Photonics & PhD Programme
Gerontology means the study of ageing processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. It includes the study of physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age.
There are few institutes that offer this course:
TISS, Mumbai offers Diploma in Gerontology. The student should pass class 12. Here preference would be given to those who are working in social work organisations and have two years of work experience.
National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), Delhi also offers one-year PG diploma course in Geriatric care.