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Professional Education & Part Time Courses

A professional education prepares students with the disciplined insight and expertise required beyond vocational or technical education to become Engineers, lawyers or other white collar professionals. It provides the students with up to the minute knowledge and cutting edge skills that will make them highly marketable and extremely valuable. With rapid change all around us and an evolving role for education and schools, finding time to update our knowledge, skills and professional thinking is vital.

Definition

Professional education is a scholastic system that prepares beginners for highly skilled occupations, such as Masters in Management and Engineering, through theory and practice. The learning process ultimately leads to become certified, licensed or receiving some other formal credential.

Misconceptions

Rather than ending upon graduation, professional education is a lifelong process for the professional to remain current in the latest techniques and research of his or her field. For example, physicians must regularly read medical journals and attend seminars.

Identification

Professional education must have at least four things in common: (1) A common body of knowledge based upon an organized system of learning and instruction. (2) A system that certifies individuals who possess such knowledge before being licensed or allowed to practice (3) Publicly avowing or professing to use specialized knowledge for the community. (4) A code of ethics, with substantial self-regulation.

Courses Structure

Professional education courses are designed for working professionals, offering interactive, online learning in a convenient, time-saving manner that fits into busy schedules. Courses typically run for just a few days to several weeks. Course content will be geared to a specific industry or skill set, with an emphasis on learning and hands-on scenarios from the field. All professional education courses are fee-based, with specific fees varying by course.

PART-TIME Education

In today’s fast paced world, excellence is defined not in terms of a singular domain, but in terms of multifarious knowledge. Part time education, due to its flexibility, makes it possible to acquire insight into a wide array of subjects, sometimes totally divergent, at the same time, leading to the growth of a wholesome personality. More importantly, for those who seek to study further, and yet find it difficult to do the same due to lack of time, economic constraints and resources, part time education is a blessing. Part-time education is a perfect synthesis between campus education and distance education. In this education there is a great interaction between the students & teachers. Classes are generally taken in the evening or the week-ends or any time suitable to students. Here students learn as much as students receiving in campus education through traditional face-to-face instruction. Though in part-time education teaching time is very much unusual but student-to-student interaction and timely teacher-to- student feedback made it more effective as traditional instruction. Part time education is offered in plenty of universities and institutes, and it covers a whole range of education, ranging from undergraduate courses to business management and language diplomas. Its main advantages are the affordable fee structure, flexibility of time and schedule. Part time education thus makes it possible to juggle learning with earning in the truest sense of the term.
This type of education is particularly popular among the urban youths, upper executives and professionals. In India all most all reputed educational institutes providing part-time courses to the students. The great IIMs, IITs, ISESs, Pilani Institutes of Technology, NIFT, TFIR, AIIMS and so many universities and institutes are also providing part-time courses. Even open universities are also front runner in this race. They are providing diploma to doctorate course through part-time course. Private and foreign educational institutions have also very good stake in this education.

Method

Part time Education is a unique device to help those people who want to pursue learning at a flexible schedule to avoid any interruption in their normal routine.

  • The method of teaching and learning in this part-time mode of education is more-or-less similar to that of Campus Education.
  • The only major difference between Campus education and Part-time education is the flexible timings of the conduction of classes. For example, Part-time education may be conducted in the form of several shifts, including evening or night schedules, weekend classes or classes conducted in selected days of the week.
  • Timings in part-time education are usually such that they do not clash with the day to day routine work of the students enrolled.

Advantages

The flexibility of time allows the student to devote his energies to other avenues as well. It also makes multiple learning possible and at the same time through fine balancing of priorities. Part time education also makes learning interesting and relaxing, thus enabling the student to learn more effectively in a tension free environment. Part-time education is affordable and flexible. These are the reasons that part time education is now increasingly becoming popular. In a nut shell the main advantages of part time learning are as follows:

  • Student is more active and self directed in learning environment.
  • Well planned instructional design and self-instructional material.
  • Easy schedule.
  • Students can engage course at home.
  • Economical and affordable for everyone.
  • Can pursue any job along with education.

Suitability

Due to its wonderful feature Flexible schedules and off beat timings, Part-time education especially helps those who are either employed or engaged in some full time activity. Housewives, drop outs, working professionals etc., all come within this ambit. It also takes care of those students who are busy preparing for some competitive exam and who cannot afford the luxury of taking up a full time course.

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