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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2018

Students not able to make it in BA Programme are eyeing add-on certificates and diploma courses in foreign languages in DU colleges, reports Utkarsh Rampal

As the admission season at DU began on June 19, students started enrolling themselves for various courses in different colleges. The languages remain one of the top choices of students at DU with most still opting for English and elite foreign languages including French, German, Spanish etc, as their first choice. Since cut-offs for BA in English and elite foreign languages remains high, students are looking at add-on diploma and certificate courses in the same along with the regular BA programme in any stream, as regular BA programmes generally have more number of seats to offer.

Several students resort to enrolling in a regular BA course and opt for diploma in any choice of language during the undergraduate course. This saves them time and helps them collect multiple certifications. Students can get a certificate, diploma and an advanced diploma in a language after pursuing the add-on course for one, two and three years respectively. In case of add-on courses, unlike the mainstream degree, students can have multiple certificate courses in different languages and switching between subjects is also easier.

Even for the add-on courses, elite foreign language remains the top choice of students across the university. In most colleges, the required marks for the diplomas are not as high, so the students can comfortably complete certificate, diploma, and advance course along with their regular degree.

The response for certificate and diploma courses in foreign language at Ramjas College was encouraging, as students had queued-up to submit their forms to pursue courses in languages including French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Interestingly, the college does not have online admission process, and the students have to fill in the forms manually.

Disha and Ruchika, who have completed the certificate course in French, are now going for diploma course. “When we had decided to go for certificate course, we had a basic knowledge about the language as we had studied it in our school. We are now enrolling for the diploma course and then would be going for the advanced diploma. After that, we are looking to become a lecturer or work as a translator in an embassy,” said Disha.

While most of the students aiming for languages have international relation, diplomatic roles or language-related career options such as translator or tutor in mind. Many students also opt for the add-ons to broaden their horizon and creative skills.

Saurav, who scored 83.2% in CBSE board exams applied for certificate in Spanish language at Ramjas College. “Spanish is one of the top three international languages spoken around the world. I want to do MBA in future but do not want to waste one year sitting at home. That is the reason I thought I should learn Spanish this year,” he said.

While, Jasmeet Kaur, who scored around 78% took admission in SGTB Khalsa College for BA (Hons) Punjabi is clear about her goals and says, “I studied Punjabi language in class XI-XII too as I find it interesting. I have opted for BA (Hons) in Punjabi as I want to be a lecturer.”

Ankit, who is eyeing an admission in SGTB Khalsa College for certificate in German language, says “I am very fond of German language as it is widely spoken across the globe. I would love to pursue a career in international trading. Considering India’s relations with Germany, I believe that the knowledge of the language would give a boost to my career.”

 

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