Footwear is an important constituent of fashion world. They are the new fashion statements. Worldwide, there is a huge demand for footwear designers that can use efficient craftsmanship in designing wonderful footwear. Designing and making of shoes is not a simple process and that’s why demand for trained professionals with apt technical know-how is on constant rise. India, true to its rising reputation in international market, has managed to attract global footwear giants. These companies deal with production and export of footwear made from jute, leather, rubber, plastic and canvas. To handle such large operations and complicated techniques, industry requires skilled manpower.

There are three basic departments of footwear industry; design, manufacturing and marketing. As the name suggests, designing department is concerned with creating new patterns and designs keeping in mind customers needs and changing fashion trends. Those willing to make a career in this field, must have creative bent of mind and should be able to maintain the balance between utility and fashion. One can opt for degree courses in footwear design or can pursue diploma and certificate courses in this field.

Footwear design courses in India are available at undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and certificate levels. One must complete higher secondary for undergraduate diploma or certificate courses in footwear design whereas graduation is the minimum eligibility for a postgraduate diploma in footwear design. One can also pursue B.Tech and M.Tech programme in footwear design and technology career.

Additionally, there are footwear design certificate courses made available by reputed institutions:-
• Certificate in design & product development
• Certificate in basic design & pattern engineering
• Stitching supervisor certification
• Clicking operator certification
• Certification in leather products and footwear design
• Certification in fashion/accessory design
Some of the reputed institutions offering various courses in footwear design and technology are:-
• Footwear Design & Development Institute (Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India), A-10A, Sector 24, NOIDA-201301
• The Central Footwear Training Institute, Site- C, Industrial Area, Sikandara, Agra (U.P)- 282007
• entral Footwear Training Institute, 65/1, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)- 600032
• Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, UP
• National Institute of Fashion Technology, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Taramani, Chennai-600113
• Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Muzaffarpur-842003
• Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
• Priyadarshini Engineering College, Anna Salai, Konamedu, Vaniyambadi
• AVI School of Fashion & Shoe Technology, Chandigarh
• Bharath Institute of Science & Technology, Selaiyur P.O., Chennai-600073
• College of Leather Technology, Sector III, Salt Lake City, Calcutta
• Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Regional Engineering College, P.O.REC, Jalandhar

After completing the certificate and diploma courses in footwear design and technology, eligible candidates can find wonderful job opportunities in various departments in production and product development, marketing, planning, material sourcing, shop floor supervision, quality control, designing, finishing, purchase, cutting & stitching and merchandising. Footwear designers are responsible for developing innovative products and maintaining fashion trends. Most of the international buying houses, designing firms, export houses and other large footwear giants constantly seek talented footwear designer and technologists.

One of the emerging career choices is of food & nutrition experts. Credit for the popularity of food & nutrition courses in India goes to rising cases of health related ailments and increasing awareness of food, nutrition and diet among people. More and more people are getting health conscious and that has led to significant demand in qualified food & nutrition experts in India. Factors like pollution, lifestyle diseases, increasing stress, lack of exercise, poor eating habits and messed up office hours have affected millions of people living in urban India. Nutritionists help individuals in forming a good and balanced diet habit. They also promote good eating habits by considering various aspects of an individual such as age, work routine and sickness etc. Role of food and nutrition expert has acquired critical importance in our lives. They make us aware of different methods of preparation of food according to the principles of nutrition.

To make a career in food, nutrition and dietetics, one needs to join a food & nutrition course at degree, diploma or certificate levels. The minimum criterion to join these courses is passing of 10+2 from any recognized board. One can also go for courses in home science. Those interested in higher studies can opt for PhD and do Research in food and nutrition. Most of the certificate courses in food & nutrition are of 6 months to one year duration. Let’s have a look at different degree, diploma, certificate, and distance learning courses in food & nutrition.

Diploma and certificate courses offered in food & nutrition

J.D. Birla Institute, 11, Lower Rawdon Street, Kolkata – 700020

National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

International Life Sciences Institute, Y 40B, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016

Degree courses offered in food, nutrition and dietetics:-

University of Madras, Chennai
Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

Distance learning certificate courses:-

Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education,
Central College Campus, Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore University, Karnataka-560001

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University
Prof. G. Ram Reddy Marg, Road No. 46 Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra pradesh-500003

Indira Gandhi National Open University
IGNOU Regional Centre, 52, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi-110062
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Karnataka State Open University
Manasagangotri, Mysore – 570006
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Kota Open University
Rawatbhata Road, Kota, Rajasthan-324010
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U P Rajarshi Tandon Open University
17, Maharshi Dayanand Marg
(Thornhill Road),
Allahabad – 211001
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There are plenty of job opportunities in the food & nutrition field in India. One can find great job options in health and hospitality sectors, eateries, wellness spas, fitness centers, nursing homes and sports hostels. Many nutritionists and dieticians work with government hospitals, government’s health department, school, collages, factories and office cafeterias for planning nutritional regiment. Recreations clubs and restaurants also hire food and nutrition experts. Well-paid food & nutrition jobs are available in star hotels and food product manufacturing companies, mass media industry and colleges. One can also work as a private practitioner or consultant.

A noble profession like teaching is a great experience. If you have the art of expression and love students then teaching is the right career for you. Teaching has certainly changed from blackboard to whiteboard. This transformation is brought in by the various spheres in teaching and composition of syllabus. Teaching can be pursued as a part time option or full time career. The choice is entirely yours. While applying for a teaching course, check the eligibility criteria and find the options in upgrading the concepts. A teacher is regarded as a guide and instructor.

The general qualification for school teaching is B.Ed or the Bachelors certification. Doing a further post graduation, one can go up to M.Ed level. Along with the same, one can again look into the other courses offered in teaching. Being a B.A with a B.Ed qualification certainly allows you the explore your career in schools at primary and secondary levels. There are several schools for higher levels that insist on a post graduation degree. This is essential if you want to heighten your career aspects.

There are diploma courses too offered by reputed universities. You must check the validity of the online institutes and find out if there is a need to upgrade your basic level teaching certificate. For teaching pre primary kids, nursery level certificates are valid and given by private institutions. Montessori courses are in-depth and give you a fair idea about dealing with children. The PTT course or Primary teachers training course is valid in many states. You may need to check for the application of the same as per the rules of the state.

Basic teaching courses are available for junior levels too. The main eligibility is fifty percent marks in the 12th standard. This allows you to apply for various teaching courses. In case you need to certify yourself with special teaching courses like teaching blind or deaf and dumb students then you need to enable yourself with other soft skills too. These are children with special needs and you need to enhance your patience level in a big way. There are more courses for teaching students who are special and abled differently.

For any kind of teaching job, one must update themselves with technology and computer skills. This is a basic step. The communication skills are very essential as the teachers need to interact with Parents, other institutes and conduct seminars. Coaching students is easy if a teacher can learn new feats. There is special certification for Physical Training instructors. The academic curriculum for basic level courses also involves paper setting and correcting techniques which are vital for being a teacher.

For people who are keen, the diploma course or D.Ed in education is a good option. Basically whatever the choice you make, it is much about learning and making time to do the best. Experience makes a good teacher and constant updation about other areas apart from your liking or expertise will make you an all-rounder.