Being native to India and Bangladesh, Bengali is spoken by 300 million people including native and non-native speakers. It is placed in fifth rank for being most spoken languages in the world. In India, Bengali is in the second place as most commonly spoken language. The language has deep bond with the nation that the National Anthem and the National Song are in the Bengali Language. Even the National Anthem of Bangladesh and National Anthem of Sri Lanka were first composed in the Bengali language.
Few of the courses are offered as distance learning courses by few universities.
Certificate course: Passing in Secondary School Certificate Examination i.e., class 10 or equivalent.
Diploma course: Certificate course in the language or equivalent
Graduation course: Passing in 10 + 2 with the language as 1st or 2nd language
Post Graduation Course: Graduation in the language or any other graduation degree from a recognized university with the language as one of the papers.
M.phil.: Post Graduation in the language
Ph.D.: Post Graduation in the language
The admission process of the courses ‘M.phil.’ and ‘Ph.D.’ include entrance test. Few colleges consider the entrance test for Graduation and Post Graduation also.
The major job roles are found in the following fields:
- Translation and other language services
- Print Media
- Advertising Companies or agencies
- T.V. Channels
Teacher/Lecturer/Professor: The field is one of the best options for many of the language proficient. The graduation in the language or equivalent with Bachelor degree in education (B.Ed.) enables one to become a teacher. Post Graduation and the passing score in National Eligibility Test (NET) are the required qualification for being a Lecturer or Assistant Professor. The higher degree Ph.D. enables one to be a professor. The opportunities are found in both government and private organizations. The salary in the private field depends on the experience. The basic salary for a fresh graduate in private organizations is around Rs. 7000/-per month and above and the government job offers more than Rs.10,000 per month including allowances. There is even a great scope in online teaching.
Poet/Story or Novel Writer/Article Writer: People who are confident of their language skills choose these kinds of job roles. They work either as freelancer/individual worker or under any reputed writer/ newspapers and magazines. Many like to take three of the job roles to be a versatile writer. One can expect around Rs.5000/- and above per month. Many experienced are taken as script writers for the television programs and serials with higher payment.
Journalist/Editor: These job roles require a certificate or a course in the journalism or equivalent besides the degree in the language. The job roles are found in mass media like news papers, t.v. channels. The pay for the fresher ranges around Rs. 6000/- and above per month.
Translator/content writers: Many servicing companies are recruiting the language experts for the works like translating, content writing etc. The online servicing companies are taking a lion’s share in providing the opportunities in the sector. The pay ranges around Rs.6000/- and above per month.
There are high prospective career options for the aspirant of the discipline which enables to take up more than one as career option, simultaneously.