It’s been over a decade now and the vogue of ‘add-on’ certificate courses offered at Delhi University’s Colleges and Centres still dominates. The trend started with just couple of course at S.G.T.B. Khalsa College and Miranda House around 2006. Today, more than half-a-dozen of DU Colleges offers vocational and skill-based certificate courses that are open to all (with no concerns over class 12th marks).

With limited seats available in full-time regular courses, the students aspiring to study in DU can also consider to enroll in these pocket-friendly certificate courses which hold market value. The classes for such certificate courses are usually held after regular college hours making it convenient for a full-time student from DU or other universities to pursue the certificate courses simultaneously.

From becoming an actor, filmmaker, photographer to a digital marketing expert, DU has got it all. Popular courses to enroll are at Hansraj College that offers add-on courses in Acting, Filmmaking, Mass Communication, Advertising, Radio Jockeying, Anchoring & Television Journalism.

Next in the league are Jesus & Mary College (JMC), Bharati College & Kalindi College that offers courses in Media Studies, Advertising & Marketing, Photography, Films & TV Production, Direction and Photojournalism. Except at JMC, all other colleges programs are co-educational in natures.

Other skill based programs offered by Campus of Open Learning includes Digital & Social Media Marketing, Theatre Acting, Fine Arts, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Animation (2D & 3D).

The admissions for 2018 session are now open and direct (on first-come-first-served basis). Forms and details can be obtained by visiting the respective campus or from their official websites. Students may also contact or WhatsApp their queries at helpline number 09312237583.

Information Sources:

Hansraj College (DU), North Campus, Malka Ganj, Delhi


Jesus & Mary College (DU), Chanakyapuri, Delhi


Kalindi College (DU), East Patel Nagar, Delhi


Campus of Open Learning (DU), Keshav Puram, Delhi


Bharati College (DU), Janak Puri, Delhi


There’s a lot more to learning than just endeavouring to excel within the realms of academics. Here’s a list of skills every graduate should possess, for the night is dark and full of terrors.

Be it a few weeks, months, or years, a wave of agreement splashes our hearts when we say college life is much more than just studying course books and attending lectures. It is a stage of learning and shaping oneself for the future. This stage needs to be propped with certain skills that can prove to be useful in the future. And for the same, here are a few skills that every graduate should seek to learn:

Public Speaking

This is one of those skills that should be seen as a prerequisite in today’s time. Being able to stand in front of a crowd and speak confidently is an absolute must. The need to do so can pop up from college events to business presentations in the future.

Microsoft Office

Knowing how to use Microsoft programs like MS Word and MS Excel is very important especially for commerce students. Having the knowledge of the tips and tricks will help one have good command resulting in increased efficiency. This might help one have an edge in the workplace.


The rise of computers and its emergence has made it necessary for students to have good knowledge in computers. And so, joining courses to learn some computer program is highly suggested. It might come in handy sometime.


Going far home to study and work is a common occurrence nowadays. The one thing that worries us all is the quality of food we’ll have wherever we go. This makes it absolutely necessary a learn how to cook at least a few basic things so that we can satisfy our insatiable stomachs whenever we miss home-cooked food.

Analytical Skills

Many of us ignore the importance of having the skill of analysing situations and problems. Analysing is not confined to just making those college assignment submissions, they help us with our personal lives as well. The importance of engaging our brains with problem-solving events and case study presentations cannot be overstated.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are the benchmark set of generic professional skills one should possess and hone to reach the starting point of success. It includes decision-making, self-motivation, and teamwork amongst other qualities. Possessing these skills can help one adapt into any organisation quicker and perform better. Everyone wants be appreciated by all, and growing through the ranks and these skills can certainly trigger the process.
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Karan Singhania
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