The 9 most offbeat and interesting courses offered by Indian universities

Gone are the days when all you could think was being a doctor, engineer, or at the most a lawyer. Along with a massive increase in the scale of options available, the return such jobs offer is also at par or even more than the routine professions or services.

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In the section that follows, we give you a checklist of the 9 most popular non-conventional career choices you can make, provided they suit your ability as well as level of interest:

Spa Management

Spa Management
Spa management and training is something we haven’t heard many people doing. So, where do Spa companies get these awesome masseurs and therapists? A spa training institute will teach you everything you need to know about a good spa and how you can make a career at it. Colleges: Ananda spa institute in Hyderabad Orient Spa Academy in Jaipur spa academies in Mumbai, Delhi, Mangalore Annabel Spa Institute in Kerala Career prospect: A masseur or therapist can earn around Rs.10,000 as a fresher, and the income increases as you gain more experience. When you have a degree or a proper training, the pay scale can be higher than those without a certificate.

Tea tasting

Tea tasting
What could be better than tasting awesome teas and getting paid for it? Working as a tea sommelier can be high paying if you get the right opportunity. Colleges: 1) Birla Institute of Futuristic Studies 2) Dipras Institue of Professional Studies 3) Assam Agricultural University 4) Indian Institute of Plantation Management 5) The Tea Research Association 6) The Tea Tasters Academy 7) Indian Institute of Plantation Management Bangalore Career prospects: You can get a starting salary of Rs 50,000 per month in a five star hotel. The sommelier not only tastes the tea but also gives advice, does branding, and has a good knowledge of cultivation and manufacturing.
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Arts & Design

Arts & Design
Courses in arts and design have been there for a while now but it is also gaining momentum as demand is growing. If you are from humanity background and have passion for arts and designing then you could find many courses. Best Colleges: Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi St Stephen’s College, New Delhi St Xavier’s College, Mumbai Loyola College, Chennai St Xavier’s College, Kolkata Christ College, Bangalore Presidency College, Kolkata Hindu College, Delhi Madras Christian College Miranda House, New Delhi Course Duration: The course duration is normally 3 years. Eligibility: Courses are available for both graduates and undergraduates. Fees could be Rs 30,000/- to Rs 50,000/- per year. Job Opportunities: Hotels, schools, colleges, parks and other buildings are growing rapidly. You could only make these places look good if you have artist and designers. So people who are building new structures would definitely need them.

Cartography

Cartography
It deals with the science or practice of drawing maps used in Tourist’s navigation, mountaineering, bikers preparing their next ride, weather reports, making railway lines etc. Cartographers are working at the back-end to collect up-to-date information and display them on maps and computers to help a diverse range of users do an infinite number of things. Colleges: Osmania University University of Madras JamiaMilliaIslamia Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Institute of Geo-informatics and Remote Sensing Eligibility: Most of the colleges offer PG degree in cartography with the geography as a main subject in graduation. Career prospects: In the private sector, individuals are needed who are well versed in geographical and cartographic concepts but also feel comfortable working with the hardware and software that drive the applications.
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Puppetry

Puppetry
One of the oldest forms of entertainment, puppetry is much more than just playing with the puppets. It is also an important medium of education and many schools and institutes use puppets to teach students about various topics. Several stage shows and performances have helped in putting the spotlight on puppetry. Over a period of time, this art, which was in danger of getting lost, is again gaining recognition and appreciation. Colleges: 1) Mumbai University offers a Certificate Course in Puppetry 2) Calcutta Puppet Theatre

Art Restoration (FRESCO)

Art Restoration (FRESCO)
Art Restoration aka Art Conservation, mainly emphasis on returning the work to an earlier state by scrubbing it up and thereby further altering it from its novel state. Art restoration is vital to the survival of classical paintings and is part of the science field of chemistry. Art conservation entails examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care of the art object supported by research and education. Colleges 1. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana 2. University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 3. University of Mysore, Crawford Hall, Mysore 4. The Karnataka ChitrakalaParishat (CKP) College of Fine Arts, Karnataka 5. National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMIHACM) Eligibility: Vary from college to college. NMIHACM puts the eligibility bar only for graduates but some institutes offer these courses to all the youth possessing a basic degree with specialization in subjects like archaeology, ancient and medieval history, history of world art and so forth. Career prospects: Employment would be massive in Museums and Monuments. National Museum Centres situated in Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata offers vast employment for the youth pursuing ART RESTORATION. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi engages in art restoration and conservation and offers its services to both private owners as well as to state run galleries and museums.Even auction houses employ art restorers and art conservers for such jobs. Libraries also employ art restorers and conservers to restore and preserve their manuscripts as well as other art objects they may have.
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Anthropology

Anthropology
Anthropologists work mainly in projects taken up by museums and universities for archaeological investigations, biological evolutionary studies and other research areas including languages.
Colleges: University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (M.Sc. Anthropology) University of Delhi, Delhi (M.Sc. Anthropology and B.Sc. Anthropology) Kurukshetra University. (B.Sc. Anthropology) Punjab University.(M.Sc. Anthropology) Dibrugarh University, Assam. (M.Sc. Anthropology and B.Sc. Anthropology) Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.(M.Sc. Anthropology and B.Sc. Anthropology)
Eligibility: Humanities or science backgrounds. Most of the colleges ask only +2 and graduates for M.Sc. in Anthropology.
Career prospects: One can do research in universities like Archaeological Survey of India, the Planning Commission and the Commission for Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Other Backward Classes, the WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF. For non-research based jobs one can apply in Museums and libraries which pay a high salary as do corporate houses for jobs in the Human Resource Development sector.

Film & Television

Film & Television
Film and television can make you a celebrity overnight and are among highest paying jobs around the world. If you are good at acting only then you should go for this course otherwise it is difficult to find success in this line. Thus be serious when you opting for this course.
Best Colleges: 1. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune 2. Whistling Woods International, Mumbai 3. Zee Institute of Media Arts(ZIMA), Mumbai 4. Satyajit Ray Films and Television Institute, Kolkata 5. Center for Research in Art of Film and Television (CRAFT), Delhi/NCR 6. L V Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai 7. Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Video Editing, Bangalore 8. Asian Academy of Film & Television, Noida – Delhi/NCR Course Duration: Minimum duration of this course is 3 years.
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any field. Fees: These courses are very costly. It starts from Rs 600,000/- to Rs 15, 00, 000/- for entire course
Job Opportunities: As media and entertainment industry is growing hence career opportunities and courses for film and television is also growing. Money you can make is huge but it’s a very risky business because you have to struggle a lot. You may succeed or may not.
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Fashion Designing

 Fashion Designing
First such unconventional course in the list would be fashion designing. Although this course suits to females but even male students can excel. Few years back, fashion designing courses are still not in mainstream and only students who come from affluent background would go for fashion designing. But with the passage of time, this course has become favorite among the middle class population. Whether you are a male or female if you have passion for fashion designing then go for it.
Best Colleges: 1. Sir J J Institute of Applied Art (JJIAA), Mumbai 2. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi/NCR 3. Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore 4. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Mumbai 5. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kolkata 6. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bangalore 7. International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), Chandigarh 8. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bhopal 9. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Chennai 10. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Hyderabad Course Duration: The graduate course for a fashion designing course could be 4 years. Eligibility: Must be 10+2 or intermediate.Plus you might have to appear in entrance examination also. Fees: Anywhere from Rs 60,000/- per year to Rs 100,000/-