Students walk in with parents to clear career doubts at TOI aspirations event

<p>By Sunday, the organisers hope to cater to around 6,000 students<br></p>

NEW DELHI: A total of 70 universities from across the country and abroad came under one roof at ‘The Times of India presents Aspirations 2019’ — the annual education exhibition that gives students an opportunity to understand their interest and choose their career path.
With on-the-spot counselling being provided, most schoolchildren said the exhibition helped them streamline their career decisions.

The majority of schoolchildren walked in with either of their parents, some with both, at the Ashok Hotel in Lutyens’ Delhi, where the exhibition is being held for two days. Saturday was the first day of the event and by Sunday, the organisers hope to have catered to the needs of around 6,000 students.
Aspirations 2019, with its free entry, enabled the students to walk up to the representatives of any university and enquire about the courses they wished to study.
The exhibition also had institutes, apart from the tradition universities, giving advice to students, for instance about a career in the aviation sector or the option of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). For culinary lovers, the Academy of Pastry Arts gave them an idea about their future, if they opted for a course at the institute.
Some of the students, who were confused with the plenty of choices on offer, were provided counselling by experts from Career Guidance India. The exhibition also offered scholarship opportunities, on the spot admissions, education loans, among others to the deserving candidates.
A seminar was also conducted at the venue for students and parents, where they could ask questions to career guidance counsellors and teachers from Delhi University and other private institutes.
“The best part about this exhibition is that students are coming here with parents, which means that the entire family is taking the decision regarding a child’s career. Here, students are learning about different courses and receiving advice on how to get loans, which means that direct admissions are also taking place. This is unlike other exhibitions, where students just pick up brochures of various universities and leave,” said Aditya Gupta, director, Archlights Events Network.
From questions on whether Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Council For Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) board was better to whether going abroad is a better choice for graduation or post-graduation, the panelists at the seminar were posed with several questions.

Pervin Malhotra, director, Career Guidance India, said: “There was confusion among parents and students. They had a wide variety of questions, from social sciences to engineering. To many I suggested that if the courses are available in India they should complete their graduation here.”
With a few panelists from Delhi University present, a large number of parents and students asked them about the admission schedule of the varsity.