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The List of India’s Top Colleges Is out, and We’ve Rounded up the Most Offbeat Courses They Offer!

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The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) that rates Indian higher educational institutes in India has published its ranking for institutes across the country. Approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, colleges and universities were ranked based on a detailed analysis of the data they had presented to the ministry.

In the second edition of these rankings, The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has been adjudged the best university in the country and Miranda House in Delhi has been declared best college. A total of seven Indian Institutes of Technology made it to the top 10 of best universities and Jamia Hamdard has been declared the best place to study Pharmacy in India.

While most of these institutes offer popular courses that nearly everyone knows about, some tread from the oft beaten path and offer branches of study that are definitely not your average fare.

We take a look at some of the most unique courses offered by universities and colleges that made the cut.

Image for representation. Photo source: Wikimedia 

Indian Institute of Science

While the study of humanities is not exactly offbeat by any standard or measure, the version offered by IISc, an institute renowned for its focus on science, is certainly something that stands out from standard degrees. Part of its Science-undergraduate programme, this looks to bridge the gap that exists between Human Sciences (social sciences), humanities and natural science. The course is part of the Bachelor of Science degree offered by the institute, which by itself is rather unique as it boasts a four-year undergraduate structure with students being trained to understand pure sciences with relationship to social sciences.

With courses like ‘Ways of Doing: Mapping Science-Society Relationship’ and ‘Journalism for Scientists,’ science has never quite been taught this way.

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Details can be found here

Tata Institute of Social Sciences 

While no one actively wishes for disasters, when it does strike, it requires deeply trained individuals who will be able to handle the situation at hand. And that’s what the post graduate course offered by TISS in Disaster Management aims to do. The Master of Arts/Master of Sciences (Disaster Management), offered by the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies (JTSDS) equips its students with a keen understanding of globalisation and economic and social injustices.

Details on the course can be found here

Shri Ram College of Commerce

The Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi offers a number of courses but none quite as offbeat as its degree in Global Business Operations. A degree geared towards students who wish to run global conglomerates (or work for one), it blends management studies with international relations and policy. Think subjects like Economics for Managers, Cross-cultural Buying Behaviour and International Trade-Blocks and Agreements.

More details can be found here

Anna University

Here is one engineering degree you probably didn’t even think existed. It is called B.Tech in Rubber and Plastic Technology and it is offered by Anna University in Tamil Nadu. Students who opt for this emerging field of study will learn about rubbers, polymers and plastics and have can expect a career in a field where such materials are used. Given that nearly everything from mobile phones to kitchen utensils are made from these materials, the prospects are high.


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Details on the course can be found here

Jadavpur University

Jadavpur University in West Bengal offers a one year course called Bachelor of Library & Information Science (B.Lib.Sc.), and it’s perfect for anyone looking to work at libraries, documentation centres or information centres. While it has been called a Bachelors’ degree, only students who have already completed at least one Bachelor’s course and have at least one year of experience working for a library can apply for this course.

Details on the course can be found here.

Institute of Chemical Technology

If you haven’t ever heard of a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Dyestuff Technology, then you aren’t alone. But the Department of Dyestuff Technology, under the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, is actually one of the flagship departments of the institute. Started in 1944, it has been training its students in the latest trends and technology involved in colour chemistry for decades now and offers everything from Bachelor’s to Doctoral studies in the subject.

Details can be found here.

Loyola College

Loyola College in Chennai, which was placed number 2 in the list of best colleges in the country, offers a specific vocational course for anyone who not only loves watching 3D animation but enjoys dabbling in it themselves. The B.Voc course in 3D Animation that the college offers walks students through clay modelling, character design, and even social awareness.

Details can be found here.

Jamia Millia Islamia

If you are among those who worry about the social structures in the society and want to address it, then perhaps you will like doing your Masters in Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi in Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy. The course provides insight on topics like social inclusion and discrimination with an additional focus on how it has shaped the Indian society in particular.


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Details can be found here.

Osmania University

If you love both art and geography equally and don’t want to choose between the two, the PG Diploma Course in  Geographical Cartography has been offered by the Department of Geography for over 30 years.

Details can be found here.

Banaras Hindu University

Some of the best museums in the country and the world are ones that employ staff that are able to understand the nuances of emerging trends to ensure history doesn’t get forgotten. And at Banaras Hindu University, anyone interested can walk away with a Master’s degree in Museology that teaches its students just that. Its curriculum prepares students to run, curate and create exhibits.

Details can be found here.

You can access the full list of rankings here.

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