Pratik Kumar, New Delhi, Nov 25, 2014, DHNS:

The Delhi University on Monday signed an agreement with the National Skill Development Corporation to increase the content of vocational training in undergraduate courses.

The move is aimed at improving the employment potential of the students with systematic training, certificates of competency, and placement assistance.

As per the MoU between DU and NSDC, the skill-based training will be provided in sectors such as banking, financial services and insurance, IT and IT-enabled services, healthcare, media and entertainment, tourism and hospitality and the automotive industries.

All the DU-affiliated colleges will offer these courses as add-on short-term courses or long-term compulsory courses at the undergraduate level.
After signing the deal with NSDC chief Dilip Chenoy, vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh said,

“NSDC and DU have recognised the need of the hour. A large number of DU students would benefit from this by coming to terms with the real world by attaining the skills and professional knowledge which would give them jobs.”

The VC also expressed the hope that other universities would also adopt this idea and implement it.

According to the agreement, NSDC will design the curriculum and accredit the skill-based courses. It will also provide training through its approved training partners, which will be shortlisted and selected through a joint process by NSDC and DU.

Students opting for these skill-based programmes will be given flexibility in transfer of credits.

“This is a big opportunity for students who wish to supplement their theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training that will improve their employability in the increasingly competitive job market in the country and transform their lives,” Chenoy said.  

The university claimed that at least 70 per cent of students under this programme will get job placements or start-up assistance from NSDC.

DU had earlier signed an agreement with NSDC in May this year for introduction of some job-oriented courses under the now-scrapped four year undergraduate programme following pressure from UGC.

“This is entirely a new initiative which has nothing to do with the earlier MoU. It is a fresh bouquet entirely different from what was proposed earlier in May 2014,” said DU media coordinator Malay Neerav, said.

The programme will start in many colleges in January 2015, he added.

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