21062017-JC-01.qxd 6/20/2017 5:05 PM Page 1 c m y b CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 21 JUNE 2017 UG courses aplenty at Delhi’s other universities USHA ALBUQUERQUE Students in Delhi are spoilt for choice! Not only are there some of the country's best medical, engineering, fashion design, architecture and law institutes in Delhi, but it can also boast of some of the top universities for the sciences and social sciences. Besides, students have access to India's top Central University in the city, along with not just one, two or three - but six government universities, besides several private ones as well. So if you are unable to make it to the college or course of your choice in any one university you have options in at least five others. Let's see what is on offer JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY Jawaharlal Nehru University another central university draws students from every corner of the country and from every group and strata of society to its 10 Schools and four special centres covering subjects from computation, environment and physical sciences to social sciences, molecular medicine and law & governance. Several centres in these Schools have been declared by the UGC to be Centres of ‘Excellence’. These include the Centre for Historical Studies, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Centre for Political Studies, Centre for Economic GANESH KOHLI The career landscape is in a flux at the moment with several established choices virtually on the verge of extinction, and many new ones getting a foothold. It is estimated that 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. These changes are inevitable and students have to be prepared in order to excel in their careers and find sustained happiness as well. Here are some simple steps that will help students select a career of their choice and also build a strong link with jobs that will keep them happy in the long run: Experiment with subjects Studies and Planning, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, all in the School of Social Sciences, in addition to the School of Physical Sciences, School of Life Sciences and School of Environmental Sciences in the Science Schools which have also received the UGC recognition as Centers for Excellence. All the courses at JNU are at the post-graduate level except for the language courses open to undergraduate students. The School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies is the only institution of its kind in the country where facilities for teaching and research in most of the major foreign languages are available. Of interest to UG students ■ Undergraduate students can apply for the integrated five years master’s programme in the School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies of the university. These five-year integrated BA/MA programmes and part-time Certificate and Diploma courses are available in the major modern European languages French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Persian and Arabic, and focus on languages, literatures, translation, interpretation and culture studies. On successful completion of BA (Hons.), a student will be eligible to seek registration to the first year of the MA programme (i.e. fourth year of 5year MA) in the respective language, without having to go through the entrance examination again subject to his/her fulfilling minimum eligibility requirements. ■ Admission is on the basis on an entrance exam AMBEDKAR UNIVERSITY Ambedkar University is the new kid on the block, set up by the Government of the NCT of Delhi in 2007. It is a public university with a campus-based, unitary structure with research, postgraduate and undergraduate programmes catering exclusively to the study of humanities and social sciences. With its mission to play a pivotal role in improving understanding amongst cultures and to transform human CONTINUED ON P2 History does not seem to repeat itself with careers any more. It is not prudent to decide on your future by looking at the past. The herd mentality in terms of career selection (choosing based on history) is quite common and this often leads to wrong career choices. Often, employees don’t relate to their jobs, as it wasn’t their passion in the first place. This is an indication that education choices could have been better through right guidance in high school or even while studying at universities, which would enable the student to align their education with future careers and personal passion. Don’t be rigid Experimentation with a diverse set of subjects is a key to discovering one’s ‘true calling’. With changes afoot, the need is to pursue education that allows for the so-called Future-proof your career choices unconventional jobs — a music therapist or an athlete manager. Humanities, social sciences and arts have an increasingly significant role in most careers, including those in technology, engineering and medicine. Artificial intelligence (AI) and data management (DM) are no longer mere computer skills; they are now ‘universal skills’ that are needed in the new world. As you explore the future, know that through your education, you need to build these (AI and DM) and other transferable skills such as communication, writing, reasoning and analytical. Preparation — One step at a time In the process of selecting an education stream, students will need to research, meet experts and find their path of happiness. For instance, spending a day with an engineer, doctor, artist or a mobile app developer will give you an understanding of the job and prepare on what to expect in the future. You additionally need to evaluate the course fees, duration and cost of living if you choose to go abroad. Speaking to alumni of some of these colleges can help immensely in clarifying any doubts and pupils will be able to chalk a roadmap well in advance. Diversify and beyond Careers nowadays are intersecting and there’s a constant demand from employers for more than one skill. With technology and artificial intelligence seeping in the work arena, need for diversification of learning process has become a necessity. Authors of The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization? Carl Benedikt Freya and Michael A. Osborne found that nearly 99 per cent of telemarketing jobs are at stake as computerisation takes over. The survey also found that credit analysts, technical writers and even truck drivers are at risk of losing jobs if computer technology takes over these markets. Though this may paint a gloomy picture, there’s nothing to be disheartened and it requires only few amends to ensure that you have a satisfying work life ahead. The amends are to go beyond a certificate or a degree and look at a holistic approach that will be a value-add and make you jobready. Transferrable skills such as communication, technology and reasoning skills play a key role and you are well poised if a disruptive change is expected in the future. It is thus better for students to learn and imbibe these life skills that will serve them well regardless of the career choices they make. The writer is President & Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist and Former High School College Counselor. ISTOCK c m y b
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).