In the beginning
Deepak Wasule, Professor and Head, Department of Cosmetic Technology, Coated Amritbai Daga (LAD) College for Women, Nagpur, said that LAD was the first Indian institution to introduce a Bachelor in Cosmetic Technology in 1980. It was launched in 1997 when students were able to opt for doctoral programs from 2010, ”he says.
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Initially, the course was introduced as part of the Home Science department. Ketki Misar, an assistant professor and head of the Department of Cosmetic Technology at Kamala Nehru College in Nagpur, said about five years ago, undergraduate (cosmetic technology) students started getting degrees from the institute’s science and technology department.
Wasule says students who have completed their twelfth grade in a combination of physics, chemistry and math / biology are eligible to apply for the undergraduate course. “We have merit-based admissions to the four-year course. LAD takes Bachelors and 15 Masters students every year.
Misra said there are 40 seats for the Kamala Nehru Bachelor course and 15 for the Masters course. “Getting a master’s degree is a popular option for students. This year, we have received 36 applications for admission to our Masters course, which were filled on the first day of admission, ”he added.
Farhat Dawood, former faculty member, Department of Cosmetic Technology, LAD, said there are several short-term courses available for students of cosmetic technology. “We are still not as advanced as in the western world, where students have the opportunity to take specialized courses like perfumes, etc. A number of short-term courses help interested candidates to become experts in their chosen field,” he said.
Wasule said since only one girl introduced the course at the beginning of college, the idea was that the subject was women-oriented. “From a field that was believed to work only with beauty, today cosmetology is more about healthcare, science and technology. Many co-educational colleges have also started offering the course, gradually more and more boys are becoming interested in it,” he added.
Indian men have suddenly woken up to the use of cosmetics and personal makeup, which has made men interested in the subject. “Previously, cosmetic products were unisex, but cosmetologists have identified unique requirements for men and women. Thus, there is an additional requirement for professionals to work in different product ranges. This has led to a growing interest in the field among a mixed group of students, ”he added. “The average ratio of male and female students in BTech batch is 25-75%. In the last five years, the number of male students has been steadily increasing, ”he said.
Under the Bachelor in Cosmetic Technology course, students receive training in anatomy, natural sciences, nutrition and diet, skin therapy, entrepreneurial development and personality development.
In a polluted world, the growing demand for skin care is bringing job opportunities to the fore, Wasule said.
“Numerous pharmaceutical industries, as well as the top cosmetics industry, are a part of our annual placement process. They come to recruit for both managerial and officer level positions, including quality control and assurance, research and development, production, marketing and much more, ”says Misra. He added that while many girls choose careers in research and development, David adds, manufacturing, applications (how to use products), marketing, engineering, technical marketing, legal and clinical trials.
Another popular option is to become an entrepreneur. “Students are turning to opening their own industrial units, where they have their say on the formulas of cosmetics, raw materials (synthetics, natural materials, etc.) and even the manufacturing process,” Wasule said.
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