Monday, July 19, 2010

Test your analytical abilities: Sociology, Philosophy, Geology...more Explore courses which will enhance communication and writing skils - English lit

FROM Economics to Tamil literature, these are the staple options for nearly 90% of the students in the country. Barring a few like Economics and Fine Arts, which do offer job possibilities which are related to what you study, most of the other programmes equip you with certain critical analytical and conceptual capabilities. But identifying the right job for the skills you have is left to your imagination and ability.

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Listing of select programmes
224 Academic Law 244 Hindi 264 Oriental Studies 284 Sociology
225 Anthropology 245 Hindustani Music 265 Oriya 285 Speech Therapy
226 Applied Arts 246 History and Archaeology 266 Performing Arts 286 Statistics
227 Arabic 247 Home Science 267 Persian 287 Statistics and
228 Ayurveda 248 Human Rights 268 Pharmacy 288 Tamil Literature
229 Behavioural Science 249 Indian Administration 269 Philosophy 289 Telugu
230 Bengali 250 Indian Culture 270 Physics 290 Turkish
231 Botany 251 Indian Languages 271 Police Administration 291 Urdu
232 Chinese Language 252 Indian Philosophy 272 Political Science 292 Urdu & Islamic Studies
233 Christian Studies 253 Indo-Tibetan Studies 273 Politics 293 Vaishnavism
234 Comparative Religion 254 Islamic Studies 274 Population Studies 294 Vedanga Jyotish
235 Divinity 255 Japanese Studies 275 Professional Studies 295 Vedic Astrology
236 Economics 256 Karnatak Music 276 Psychology 296 Vedic Studies
237 English 257 Kirtanshastra 277 Punjabi 297 Visharad
238 Fine Arts 258 Malayalam 278 Religions of India 298 Vyavasaik
239 Gandhian Social Work 259 Mathematics 279 Rural Development 299 West Asian Studies
240 Gemnology 260 Medical Sociology 280 Rural Services 300 Yoga
241 General Law 261 Music (Flute, Hindustani, Miruthangam, Veena, Violin
and Vocal) 281 Russian 301 Yoga & Nisargopachar
242 Geography 262 Musicology 282 Sanskrit 302 Yogashastra
243 Geology 263 Naturopathy and Yogic Science 283 Social Legislation 303 Zoology

Indian Languages

Duration: 3 years; Eligibility:10+2. Some colleges have entrance exam; Job Profiles: Writer, Translator, Teacher

One of the most misunderstood degree programmes, languages still remain the least popular choice. But with increasing usage of vernacular languages in media, entertainment and even commerce, the potential for a good career exists if you equip yourself with language skills.

Course overview
Apart from learning the language you will study literature and masterpieces in the chosen language to strengthen your base and understanding of the language. You would need to study the history of the language as well as understand the changes in the application of the language, over the years.

Job opportunities
Translation, journalism and teaching are some fields, which recruit professionals with a language skill. From a copy writer to editor, good language skills are most essential for success. Advertising is another field that increasingly looks at language experts. Copywriting in Indian languages is a very lucrative option. Yet anther niche job, is act as micro finance facilitators. The cultural insights that a language degree provides you, coupled with a diploma in micro finance, would give you a headstart as a loan officer for the innumerable firms that are entering this field. Nachiket Mor, President of ICICI Foundation predicts that nearly a million jobs would be available in the coming decade in this domain. The pay is largely dependent on your area of work, initial range for fresh graduates would be between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000


Duration: 3 years; Eligibility: 10+2 (Science) for a BSc in Anthropology. Some colleges also accept Commerce and Arts students; Job Profiles: Anthropologist, Researcher, Project Officer

First introduced by Calcutta University in 1920, it is the study of the evolution of man from primitive times to the present, along with the physical and cultural diversity of human beings based on living environments is part of the territory.

Course overview
An interdisciplinary field, you will study Socio-cultural Anthropology, Prehistoric anthropology, Physical or Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Applied Anthropology. Field work is also part of the course.

Job opportunities
Anthropologists basically provide staff function. They provide inputs on a particular race of society to other professionals. In other words, their expertise would enable archaeologists, medical doctors and social sector specialists perform their job better. So job opportunities are minimal but well paying. Some of the experts, with doctoral degrees also advise large developmental organizations like WHO, UNDP, etc.


Duration: 3 years; Eligibility: 10+2, cut-offs vary from college to college; Job Profiles: Junior Project Fellow (Rs. 8,000 per month for a fresher) Sociologist, Community Worker, Researcher, Project Officer

Human-social relationships is the focus. Being interdisciplinary, it includes fields such as demography, criminology and environmental sociology. In addition, you will delve into the depths of society and religion. Understanding economic, cultural and political aspects of countries is also required.

Course overview
The discipline will help you to understand social structures and processes. Not only will you learn about human society, but you will also develop the ability to classify human social behaviour. You will learn about kinship, religion, politics, economics and the society along with its impact on everyday life.

Job opportunities
Research and related aspects find the most takers. A sociology graduate will work largely in the social sector with various NGO’s and organisations. Though government jobs are also available, postgraduates have an edge. Many graduates continue to do their postgraduation and work on projects alongside. Community work takes in a lot of the students. The pay is largely dependent on the project and place of work.

English Literature

Duration: 3 years; Eligibility: 10+2, some colleges hold entrance tests; Job Profiles: Journalist (as a fresher, you can expect Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 depending on your grasp of grammar and writing skills) Scriptwriter, English Teacher, Storyteller, Freelance Writer

If you have the creative bent, there is no other better option than a course in English literature. You will delve into the world of literature, right from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy.’ If you complete your programmes from a good colleges, you will strengthen your English communication skills, writing techniques and analysis of literature. Creative skills and an interest in reading all kinds of literature come with the territory. In addition, you will need to understand historical, political, psychological and spiritual aspects as well.

Course overview
You will study a range of literature, from classics to modern novels, and poetry. Understanding their implied meanings is part of the territory. Similes, metaphors and interpretations will be part of the course. If you don’t enjoy reading, you will face a tough time. Your writing skills and reading of literature will widen your perspectives as you do the course.

Job opportunities
You can choose from a number of jobs, such as teaching, publishing, writing, advertising, research or translation. Becoming a scriptwriter or author is another possibility. Publishing houses also commission you to author books. You can become an English teacher, too. Salary will vary according to the place where you join.


Duration: 3 years; Eligibility: 10+2 with science; Job Profiles: Geologist – A fresher can expect a starting salary of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month- Meteorologist, Geographer, Oceanographer

This science branch deals with the study of the earth, environment, history and minerals. A career in this field is gaining popularity; explore different branches such as structural geology, mineralogy, planetology and geomorphology as well.

Course overview
Delves into assessment of natural disasters and effects on the environment. Study about under-water resources, oil, natural gas and minerals. Get acquainted with activities like construction of bridges, roads, buildings and laying railway lines, with respect to natural resources. You will be taught to assess quality of soil through geo-chemical and geo-physical tests, too.

Job opportunities
You can become a geologist, meteorologist, geographer or oceanographer. Explore careers in petrology, paleontology, geophysics, mining or field study. Good employment opportunities exist in the public and private sector. Apply for jobs with Central Government agencies through exam by UPSC. Explore Defense and Paramilitary forces and firms like Reliance, Essar that have stakes in Indian mining space.


Duration: 3 years; Eligibility: 10+2 in science; Job Profiles: Research Scientist (fresh graduates can expect Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 35,000 per month) Botanist, Ecologist, Taxonomist, Conservationist, Plant Explorer

Botany by definition is the scientific study of plants, including algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants. An understanding of ecology and interaction between organisms and the environment is part of the field.

Course overview
A combination of theory and practicals, you will study Ecology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Physiology and Taxonomy. Be ready to memorise a lot!

Job opportunities:
Some outdoor positions to consider include that of ecologist, taxonomist, conservationist, forester or plant explorer. A person with an inclination towards mathematics can opt for the field of biophysics, developmental botany, genetics or systems ecology. An interest in chemistry can provide you with the opportunity to become a plant biochemist, molecular biologist or plant physiologist. Biotechnology is a big field to enter as well.

Home Science

Duration: 3 years; Eligibility: 10+2, some require science background and hold entrance exams; Job Profiles: Nutritionist (Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 for a fresh graduate), Dietician, Food Technologist, Nutrition Consultant, Research Analyst, School Teacher

Home Science has been in existence for many years, an option that most think is only available to women. The curriculum and course is also being altered to keep up with the current scenario. Focus on health and nutrition forms a large chunk of the course. The field of home science has an interdisciplinary nature to it.

Course overview
The course is interdisciplinary in nature, you are required to learn the basics of Physics, Chemistry and Biology as part of the curriculum. A balance between the scientific approach and practicality is provided. Focus on betterment of family and community is part of the course as well. You will learn subjects such as nutrition and dietetics, rural community extension, child development, and interior decoration as part of the course.

Job opportunities
The opportunities for employment are growing, you can take up jobs in the production industry, tourism, service industry or healthcare as well. In addition, you can work as a nutrition consultant or a research analyst. Most opportunities lie in the non-governmental organisations for graduates. Teaching is another lucrative option available. A degree also opens up vistas for self-employment like starting their own school, crèche, interior design and fashion boutiques.

Part 1: Acturial Science, Hospitality, Graphic Design...more

Part 2: Pharmacy, Physical Education, Speech & Hearing..more

Part 3: Architecture, Performing Arts, Fine Arts...more

Part 4: Forestry, BBA, BMM (media), Agriculture, Social Work...more