CHENNAI: When D. Gayathri received her higher secondary results last week, she was not too happy with the marks. Though she has set her eyes on doing engineering, it did not stop her from exploring other courses, at a seminar on ‘Career guidance in various disciplines of science for higher education' here recently.
At the end of the seminar, at the Science City, she zeroed in on six non-engineering courses, while her friends' list was much longer. “We did not know that so many courses even exist. Some of the courses on Laboratory Technology and Chemical Sciences sound promising,” said the student of Government Higher Secondary School, Perambur.
Nearly 90 students from many schools were also happy to learn about various options that were in line with their area of interest.
Medical Sciences, for instance, goes beyond M.B.B.S., B.D.S., and nursing. A talk by Sudha Seshayyan, Registrar, Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical University, revealed that there were numerous undergraduate programmes in medical sciences, including heart pump technology, anaesthetics and dialysis technology.
“There are 20 new courses that have been recognised by the university this year. Keep your eyes open for such options,” she told the gathering. Courses such as physiotherapy, lab technology and occupational therapy will have high career demand, given the emergence of many private hospitals. R.Prabakaran, Dean, Madras Veterinary College, had a long list of programmes available in veterinary sciencesScience City vice-chairman P.Iyamperumal said similar career guidance programme would be organised in rural areas.