Make your own mark. Do not follow the herd !
Do you want to become an engineer or a doctor or do you want to do the much coveted MBA? Most students, right after completing high-school join the bandwagon and enroll themselves into coaching institutes that supposedly aid to crack the toughest medical/engineering entrances in the country. However, if we think deeply about it, how many of these youngsters pursue the stream simply because they are passionate about it? There are doubtlessly many of them who do nothing but follow the herd as they are not enterprising enough to do something out-of-the-box.
However, there are indeed quite a few other study options that can be taken up, that do not simply require skill and aptitude, but also guarantee a bright career. The following are some off-beat courses that girls can try out, that is, the ones that do not want to be goaded into something that parental/peer pressure demands out of them. It is good news for them that India does provide quality institutions and opportunities for such non-main stream courses.
a. Art Restoration or Art Conservation is a brilliant course that can be pursued by history-lovers. It emphasizes on returning historical remains, be it in any form, to an earlier state by scrubbing or by other means. This is increasingly being done to ensure the survival of India’s rich heritage in the form of antique paintings and other archaeological objects. Supported by research and examination, art conservation mainly comprises scrutiny, documentation, preservation and preventive care of art objects that are national treasures. Kurukshetra University in Haryana, University of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, University of Mysore as well as a couple of other colleges offer this course. There are National Museum Centres in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata etc., The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi, art galleries, museums etc. employ such students. Though the job prospects are much better in the west but India is also awakening to such employment necessities.
b. Cartography is the science or practice of drawing maps, which are used by tourists, navigators, mountaineers, bikers etc. They are also used for preparing weather reports and railway lines etc. Cartographers need to have updated information and then display them manually or technologically to help a number of users do diverse range of things. Osmania University in Andhra Pradesh, University of Madras, Jamia Millia University in New Delhi, IIT Bombay etc. offer this course as a full-fledged post-graduate or a diploma course. There are lucrative job prospects in the private as well as government sector.
c. Anthropology, the academic study of humanity, deals with topics related to human origin and evolution, physical traits and behavior of humans, the variations amongst different groups of Homo sapiens, and how its evolutionary past has influenced its culture etc. Biological, archaeological, socio-cultural and linguistic are its different sub-categories. University of Allahabad, University of Delhi, Kurukshetra University, Punjab University etc. offer courses on anthropology. After the completion of the course, one can do further research in the Archaeological Survey of India, the WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF etc., and for non-research-based jobs, museums and libraries, corporate houses, apart from the Human Resource Development Sector has good job options that also pay a hefty remuneration.
d. Cryogenics is the branch of science that deals with the study of the production of very low temperatures and the behaviors of different elements and compounds at such temperatures. It follows the Kelvin or absolute scale of temperature. IIT Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur, Gujarat Technological University, T.K.M.College of Engineering, Kerala etc. offer course on this. Many foreign universities including the University of California in Los Angeles, Florida International University (Miami, Florida), Cornell University (New York) also provides this course of study. Scholars in this field are offered placements in industries such as aerospace, defense research, etc., and are appointed by organizations such as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) etc.
e. Archaeology, that is concerned with the study of the human activity in the past, by means of recovering and analyzing material objects and environmental data, is also fast emerging as an unconventional stream of study. Benaras Hindu University, Nagpur University, University of Calcutta, Institute of Archaeology, New Delhi are some of the colleges offering course in archaeology. There is abundant scope for employment in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), National Museum, etc.
One need not therefore, confine themselves to the most commonly chosen fileds of study, and can rather decide to stand apart from the crowd by doing something unconventional and following her true calling.