Humanities : Short Courses in India
Short certificate and diploma programs are today becoming the norm for enhancing skills that add to employability or just to pursue an interest beyond regular academics. Many academic institutes are conducting short programs both through on-campus and distance learning mode, which are more relevant to developing practical skills.
Media and Communication
KC College in Mumbai offers a 3-months certificate in Digital Media Marketing open to students from any discipline. The course curriculum is designed by the top digital marketers, developing skills and knowledge to meet basic industry requirements.
SVKM Institute of Communication offers courses in Creative writing and Journalism
IGNOU School of Journalism and New media offers the Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. The postgraduate diploma in audio production is aimed at developing a cadre of skilled professionals for the growing Radio medium. It will also be useful for those already engaged in the industry without a formal qualification.
Rk Film and Media Academy- New Delhi- has a number of media-related courses from a film, to print media, broadcast media and communication etc.
MASC College in Chennai has, Online courses of Diploma in Social Marketing & Diploma in Advertising and Journalism each with the duration of 12 months.
Symbiosis school of distance learning, IGNOU offers a popular Diploma in Creative Writing ( English ) which includes exercises of writing in different genres and forms, including poetry, screenwriting, and memoirs. It also offers Certificate programs in Cyber Law, Entrepreneurship;
IGNOU School of Humanities – One of the more interesting courses is in the school of humanities – a PG Diploma in Book Publishing is meant to provide an opportunity for self-employment to aspiring/practicing publishing professionals; Modules cover various areas of publishing, including specialized editing, copyediting and online proofreading, marketing, distribution, sales etc. The unique aspect of the programme is the month-long training/apprenticeship at a publishing house which carries a small stipend and the possibility of employment thereafter. The IGNOU school of Foreign Education offers a certificate course in Arabic languages as well as courses in French and Spanish.
Foreign Language Courses:
Foreign Language courses are offered at certificate, diploma and degree level. Job opportunities in this sector are available in government organizations, publishing houses, research institutes, industrial houses, and media houses. One can also pursue a career in government embassies as language translators. Instituto of Hispania has centers all across India like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai and offers various levels of Spanish teaching. This is similar to courses offered to study French by Alliance Francais.
SGTB Khalsa College, New Delhi has a certificate course in three foreign languages – Japanese, Korean and Chinese, besides German and French. Apart from this, the college offers certificate courses in sports marketing and economics and web journalism. Karnataka Lingyat Education society in affiliation to the University of Bangalore also offers courses in French and German. Flag Academy in Chennai offers French, German, Japanese & English through short-term courses.
There are many institutes and colleges which offer these animation courses which combines computer skills with creativity. Modules include 2D-3D animation, graphic designing, visual designing, visual effects, digital filmmaking and more. They can work in media houses, publishing houses, newspapers, production houses, advertising agencies and academic institutions. Delhi Open University has a buffet of short-term courses for the creatively inclined. They have courses ranging from 2 months to a year and covers topics from animation and web design to 3D animation to radio jokey and theater, acting, and photography. More details can be found on
Maac India has a short-term course in VFX animation, 3D animation, Graphic Design for a duration of 100days – 6 months in Chennai, Mumbai & Pune.
Short term designing courses are offered by many institutes like NIFT, Pearl Academic, BD Somani, and Sophia Poly-technique, SNDT fashion designing, jewelry designing, interior designing, apparel, textile and automobile designing courses. After completion of the course, students can make their career in the respective field and can set up their own business too.
Diploma in Philosophy
Christ college Bangalore –offers a one-year diploma in philosophy to support a culture of philosophy among the students and teachers in the college and provide a philosophical basis for Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Certificate course on women issues
Christ University Bangalore The Department of Sociology offers this Certificate Course in collaboration with Catherine of Siena Virtual College, USA. A unique computer-interactive course offered on a cloud campus.
Manipal University Bangalore and TISS in Mumbai offer Certificate courses on methods of social research. This course is primarily designed to introduce students from various disciplines to the various research methods used in social sciences. One of the primary objectives of this certificate course is to enable the students to conceptualize, formulate and conduct research projects.
Nutrition and child care
IGNOU Delhi, SNDT offer certificate courses in a range of subjects from early childhood development and nutrition and child care to food and nutrition. Jamia Millia University also offers a certificate course in early childhood development
Indian school of photography in Delhi also offers a one year dimple in photography and some interesting workshops on photojournalism etc.
International Institute of culinary arts offers a diploma course in culinary arts, baking and patisseries and even hobby chef courses for people who want to enhance their skill in this arena. This course is accredited by City & Guilds UK, upon successful completion of the program the student shall have the options available for him/her to further work or study overseas.
By Dr.Pratibha Jain