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Certificate Course


The University of Delhi (DU) offers part-time courses in collaboration with private partners. These add-on courses are great for students looking to learn new skills.

Amid the soaring cut-offs, striving to secure a seat in your dream college and dealing with the pervasive ‘college versus course’ debate, many aspirants vying for their place in one of the country’s best universities, are unable to keep up with the hopes of pursuing their dream path.

DU’s add-on and certificate courses are a great option for both enrolled students as well as outsiders (only in certain colleges and courses) to enhance their skill-set. These courses allow aspirants to be able to study and explore verticals that not only pique their interest but also provide them with industry-ready credentials and expertise.

Designed as job-oriented ‘add-on certificate courses’ beyond the DU curriculum, these courses are recommended for all students seeking to accelerate their professional growth, and are offered by numerous colleges of the varsity in various disciplines. The classes are held after regular college hours and enable students to gain vocational training along with their regular bachelor’s degree, giving them a head start in the highly competitive job market.

Admissions to these courses can be secured by directly visiting the colleges before the course commences for the months August-November.

Visits to colleges are entertained during the office hours from Monday to Friday. For a few of the courses in certain colleges, being a current student or recent graduate either of DU, or the DU School of Open Learning (SOL) is mandatory. However, many colleges also have courses that are open to all. Since these courses are all of certificate-level, students having qualified 10+2 from a recognised Board are eligible to take admission.

These courses are organised in collaboration with private ventures (such as the popular RK Films and Media Academy). The fee ranges from INR 10,000 to INR 20,000 for these programmes having a duration of 3 to 9 months. Classes for the programmes are held post 3 p.m. on college premises, two to three days a week. The application form and information brochure are available in colleges against payment of INR 100. The programme fee has to be deposited in full amount in cash at the time of admission, which is non-refundable in case of withdrawal from the programme.


Here are a few of the popular colleges that offer various vocational courses along with the fee for Indian students. More details and updated fees structure/ eligibility criteria for the same can be found on the respective college websites:


  1. Jesus and Mary College, South Campus


  • Theatre Acting & Dramatics (Fee: 15,000)
  • Media studies (Fee: 15,000)
  • Advertising and Marketing Communications (Fee: 15,000)
  • Camera and Photography (Fee: 15,000)


  1. Hansraj College, North Campus


  •  Acting and Filmmaking (Fee: 30,000)
  •  Radio Jockeying, TV Journalism, Anchoring (Fee: 20,000)
  •  Mass Communication, Advertising, Marketing (Fee: 30,000)


  1. SGTB Khalsa College, North Campus


  •  Web Journalism (Fee: 12,500)
  • Sports Economics and Marketing (Fee: 12,500)


  1. Gargi College, South Campus


  • Advertising & Marketing Communication (Fee: 15,000)
  • Banking & Financial Services (Fee: 15,000)
  • Mass Communication (Fee: 15,000)


  1. Sri Venkateswara College, South Campus


  • Travel and Tourism Management (Fee: 25,000)
  • Intellectual Property Rights (Fee: 18,000)
  • Ayur Biology (Fee: 3,500)


Whether you’re a Chemistry student who loves to capture moments with your lens or an English major interested in Web Journalism, the available add-on courses at DU promise to add to your skill-set and personality. So, get out there and make the most of these opportunities.


Feature Image Credits: ED Times

Bhavya Pandey

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“Where words fail, music speaks”- Hans Christian Andersen 

There are numerous certifications in music that are available in India and certification offered by Trinity College of London is one of them.Trinity College London is an international examination board for Performing Arts and English language since 1877. Every year, it conducts assessments across the world to support artists to equally learn music with defined syllabi for each instrument. The board conducts assessment for varied kind of music such as pop, jazz, classical and rock. There are nine grades for assessment that includes the initial level and goes up to Grade 8.

Certificate exams consist of a mini-recital of pieces, including the option to present own choice repertoire. There is no technical work and no supporting tests. After the graded examinations there are varied programmes/diplomas for musicians who plan to concentrate in their principal instrument.

Why should you take up the Trinity Exam? 

Well, it is a very simple answer. Say for instance you’ve recently started schooling. It is obvious the teacher is going to teach you the letters of the English alphabet. The teacher is definitely not going to jump levels and start your childhood by teaching you Shakespeare or Tennyson. Similarly, in a board like Trinity, as it is not “our” music as such, we get to learn the details from the very beginning with the defined syllabus and it keeps getting deeper and elaborate as one climbs up the grade ladder. Trinity works are strictly scrutinized by a number of regulatory boards worldwide. Additionally, if you plan to join an orchestra or apply to a music school, its always a ready qualification with you.

Support from Guildhall School of Music is a stand out. Due to this, the board appreciates diversity in music learning rather than constricting to the previous syllabus that was more restricted towards Classical approach. Some of the famous music schools in the NCR region that follow this board are – The Delhi School of Music, Theme, GMI and many more. These schools and many more in the NCR region, follow this curriculum and the student enrolled in these schools can choose their preferred board. If an applicant is not a part of these schools, he/she could apply to the Trinity Delhi office and request for an examination slot. Similar to our education system, there are many boards that give the opportunity to apply for certificated or diplomas in India, but one should clearly prioritize his/her direction before opting for any particular board.

Recognising that some candidates wish to take a recital-based assessment, Trinity’s certificate exams are designed to offer an alternative to grade exams by focusing on the performance of a complete mini recital. Specifically, certificate exams allow candidates to:  select from three levels of assessment representing three key stages of musical development — Foundation (equivalent to Grade 3), Intermediate (equivalent to Grade 5) and Advanced (equivalent to Grade 8)  programme their own mini recitals drawn from specially provided repertoire lists and their own repertoire choices  gain additional marks for programme planning, programme notes and presentation skills  receive precise and specific feedback to inform their continued musical development  prepare for Trinity’s recital diplomas, which follow the same format as certificate exams. As well as incorporating these innovative features, Trinity’s certificate exams are delivered by a panel of friendly examiners who are rigorously trained and standardised. This aims to create a positive and personalised experience for all candidates.


Solo certificates are currently available in the following subjects: 

Singing 
Piano 
Electronic keyboard (Foundation and Intermediate levels only) 
Flute 
Clarinet 
Saxophone 
Recorder 
French horn 
Trumpet/Cornet/Flugel horn 
Trombone (Intermediate and Advanced levels only)
Tuba 
Violin 
Viola 
Cello (Intermediate and Advanced levels only) 
Double bass 
Pedal harp 
Non-pedal harp (Intermediate and Advanced levels only) 
Guitar 
Drum kit 

Certificate exams are available for ensembles comprising any combination of instruments and/or voices, including Rock & Pop groups. Information on Rock & Pop group certificates can be found in the Rock & Pop syllabus, available at www.trinityrock.com/syllabus

For more information about application procedure, courses and syllabus, you can go to the following link:


You can also find your registered Trinity Centre with the following link :


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Sidhant R. Seth
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