7 Interesting Offbeat Courses Offered By Indian Universities

Indian universities offer an array of unconventional courses which can suit the taste of those to wish to go pursue their dreams. Here’s a list of such programs.

7 Interesting Offbeat Courses Offered By Indian Universities
7 Interesting Offbeat Courses Offered By Indian Universities

The corporate environment is fast changing in the country as more and more graduates are looking to turn their passion into a profession. Youngsters are working hard to find their true calling and work a job that offers something more than just a stable monthly income. They are exploring careers that inspire and excite their creative zeal something that makes them look forward to work every day. Looking at this increasing trend of turning hobbies into careers many universities and institutions across the country have started offering courses in various off-beat career fields such as that of pet grooming, tea tasting etc. In this article, we have explored some of these offbeat courses that youngsters can take up to convert their passion into a full-time employment opportunity.

Tea Tasting

We Indian's love our tea. The tea gardens of Darjeeling are famous worldwide. In a country where tea can almost be termed as the elixir of life, becoming a tea taster seems like a great career opportunity. If you are a tea lover what better career could be there than tasting all kinds of tea and making a living out of it. If you are able to make a name for yourself in the field than working as a tea sommelier can pay you off in a great many ways. For starters, you can easily get a job at a five-star hotel with a starting salary of Rs. 50,000 per month. Which sadly is a lot more than what an average engineering graduate earns as a fresher. Moreover, as a tea sommelier, your job would be to taste the tea, give advice, do branding and most importantly have a good background knowledge of tea cultivation and manufacturing. Some of the institutions that offer a course in this field are -

  • Birla Institute of Futuristic Studies

  • Dipras Institute of Professional Studies

  • Assam Agricultural University

  • Indian Institute of Plantation Management Bangalore.

Brewing and Distilling

Yes, you read it right. Brewing and distilling is a very good career path for those who are interested in the alcohol business. Not to mention that it is one of the most popular off-beat career choice among youngsters in many metropolitan cities. The growing popularity of this career option has also increased the competition levels in the field. Getting a chance at drinking lots of alcohol might be a great perk of this career. But you also need to have a sound knowledge of the science of brewing process. There are a lot of institutes that offer diploma and certificate courses in this field. And the good news is that industry too is looking for youngsters with degrees and certifications. So, what's the wait for, go and enroll yourself at one of the institutions mentioned below-

  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

  • Gargi Agriculture Research And Training Institute, Pune

  • Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

  • Institute of Brewing & Distilling, London

  • Versuchs-und Lehranstalt für Brauerei, Berlin

Spa Management

Who doesn't enjoy a good spa and massage? A good spa visit can do wonders as it rejuvenates your mind and body. With the increasing number of spa parlous in the country, there is also an increased demand for professional masseurs and therapists.  Spa management and training though not widely known and heard of it is a great career opportunity.  Professional masseurs and therapists are people who have had training and certifications in this field. A good training institute teaches you all that there is to know about making a career in the field. As a professional masseur or therapist you can start your career at about 10,000 per month but as you gain experience your salary increases manifolds. Some of the institutes offering courses in this field are mentioned below -

  • Ananda spa institute, Hyderabad

  • Orient Spa Academy in Jaipur spa academies, Mumbai,

  • Delhi, Mangalore Annabel Spa Institute, Kerala


Pet Grooming

Do animals make you go weak in the knees? Are you one of those who prefer the company of their pets more than that of their friend then, we have the perfect career opportunity for you. Have you ever thought of having a job where you could work with the animals all day long? Well then this is a dream come true for you- how would you like to embark on a career where you get to enhance a pet's hygiene and looks? You'd be responsible for taking care of everything related to them.  As a pet groomer is someone who knows it all about the animals. Although a recent concept in India it's fast gaining popularity. Also, it offers job flexibility meaning you can take both part-time or full-time jobs depending upon your interest.  Some institutes that offer certifications in this field are -

  • Whiskers & Tails Franchise & Pet Grooming Academy, Mumbai

  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Professional Pet Grooming School, Bangalore

Ethical Hacking

Are you good at cracking passwords, bypassing computer systems firewalls, or breaching security systems then you might want to consider a career as a hacker. And yes you read that right, a career as a hacker. But what we are talking here about is ethical hacking. Not all forms of hacking are illegal there are many companies that are in need of the services of an ethical hacker. Your job is basically to assist the company with their security related issues. Not to mention ethical hackers are in great demand these days. If you are one of those people who exhibit a natural command over computer languages and enjoy coding then ethical hacking might be an optimal career choice for you. The average salary of an ethical hacker is between 2-5 lacs (as a fresher depending upon your skill set) for those with an experience f over 5-6 years you can easily earn about 10-12 lacks per annum. Mentioned below are some institutes that offer a course in ethical hacking -

  • Institutes like Indian School of Ethical Hacking

  • Institute of Information Security

  • Arizona Infotech in Pune offers a short term course of 15 days.



This is a field that deals in photons i.e. the elementary particles of light. The course is basically a mix of optics and electronics. For those with who have an interest in the field of scientific research and are interested in pursuing a career in the field optics this course is a great choice. As the course will help you understand the techniques of emission, detection, transmission and modulation of light. As a trained photonist you can easily find  a job as an engineer, scientist or researcher in both private and government organization. Also, there is a dearth of trained professionals in the field meaning less competition and increased demand.  Some of the institutes that offer a course in photonics are as follows -

  • International School of Photonics, Cochin

  • University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi and Chennai

  • Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

  • Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI), Pilani.


Gerontology focuses on the physical, mental and social changes that occur in people as we grow old. It's basically a study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. The starting salary is not very high in this field but for someone interested in making a career as a volunteer or work with NGO's and community service agencies then this is a very good course to pursue. There are a lot of private companies, healthcare agencies, nursing homes and even old age homes are looking for trained specialists in this field. Some of the popular institutes that offer a course in this field are -

  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Offers a diploma in gernotology

  • Institute of Home Economics, New Delhi

  • Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai

  • Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology also offers a one-year postgraduate diploma course in Gerontology and Age Management.


Who should take up these off-beat courses?

While engineering, medicine or even degree in economics might look as lucrative academic domains, they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some of us are cut from a different cloth and we need something different to do. It is for them that these off-beat courses have come as a boon. So, if you are someone who is looking to explore and step beyond the boundaries of conventional career opportunities and dream of turning your passion into your profession then this is the road to take for you. You might be surprised to know that some of these courses not just offer an exciting work life but also offer good sums of money.

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