By: Anamitra Roy
The concept of conferring a diploma started in the Greek civilization. In those days a diploma was considered as a piece of paper that gave the holder some rights to separate himself from others on certain grounds. A group of historians prefer to believe that the concept of diplomas is older than academic degrees but there are debates about this. This is because the Nalanda University of India which is thought of as the oldest university of the world use to confer academic degrees to students.
Today also we find a lot of universities and institutes conferring diplomas to successful students on disciplines like software, management, various branches of medical sciences, music, engineering, technology etc.
Although credibility of academic degrees is more yet, diplomas can give you some of the most priceless teachings of your life. 6 such advantages/ benefits of having diplomas are as follows:
- A particular area of discipline: Usually a diploma gives you lessons about a particular area of a discipline. So it gives the student specialized knowledge about that area. For example there are a lot of renowned IT training institutions in India having diploma programs on financial accounting. But such programs do not deal with financial accounting as a whole. After all financial accounting is a vast area. Instead they deal with accounting software like Tally, Generation Next, Ace, Accord etc. So it is very commonly seen in India that students who have completed their bachelor’s degree in business or are pursuing it, prefer to go for a diploma program in financial accounting that would give them knowledge of computerized accounting.
- Development of an edge: Most of the time diploma programs are designed in such a manner so that it gives a student the knowledge on areas that formal education will not be able to give. Thus, a diploma helps to develop an edge over others … something similar to the competitive edge that famous management experts like Jack Welsch talks about.
- Generation of Interest: A diploma program introduces you to the world of specialized knowledge in a particular discipline. When a student gets one such diploma program the student comes across many new concepts, ideas, thoughts and developments in that field. Thus, a new horizon of knowledge is opened in front of the eyes of that student. The student is taught, apart from those matters that are included in the syllabus, that there are more territories that can be conquered. This is how a diploma program aims at generation of interest to study more.
- Acts as a foundation: By upgrading and increasing the knowledge on a particular area of discipline, a student readies himself/ herself for higher level academic programs. In India this is particularly observed in the field of engineering and technology. When aspiring techies cannot crack the admission test of engineering colleges offering bachelor’s degrees, they tend to get admitted in colleges offering diplomas. After the completion of such diplomas these techies make themselves available to the bachelor’s degree programs and subsequently in the post graduate programs. Thus, diploma programs act as a foundation for further studies in that discipline.
- Thrust in a professional career: At times it is seen that people getting stuck in a career or people thriving for further development in professional life do not have the time to go for a higher level academic degree. So they get admitted to diploma programs which help them to develop the same level of acumen and same set of skills that a higher level university recognized academic degree in that field would have ideally given. Thus, diploma programs can be used to generate a thrust in professional careers.
- Depth of concepts: In case of certain disciplines of study the main purpose of going through a diploma program is achievement of depth of concepts. For example students completing a bachelor’s degree in medicine become eligible to study diploma programs in certain areas like treating of leprosy patients, usage of tropical medicine, treating patients suffering from psychological trauma etc. The main purpose of such diploma programs are reaching a new depth of concepts that are taught in the bachelor’s level.
At the end of this writing, as a reader you may have developed a question in your mind … whether to trust what has been written here or not. Well, let me clarify that the writer of this article (i.e. me and myself) has two diplomas to his credit. One is a diploma in financial accounting (DFA) and the other is a post graduate diploma in business finance (PGDBF). The writer has written this writing to a huge extent depending on his personal experiences … the way he was introduced to new ideas during his tenure as a student and particularly the fashion in which the writer got motivated to study more in future. So get ready to trust what has been written here.
Get ready to welcome a diploma in your life … an enriching, fascinating, absorbing and fabulous experience … something that you will cherish lifelong … something that has been a part of the education system for centuries and will carry on for many more centuries to come.