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Delhi University to launch skill-based courses

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Delhi University to launch skill-based courses

With an interest to improve the employment potential if students, the Delhi University is launching skill-based courses with the help of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). These new courses will be available in colleges affiliated with the DU as add-on short-term, compulsory, and long-term courses.

Skill-based training will be integrated with the graduation curriculum and will start from January in many DU colleges. The 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 industry.

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"Seventy per cent of all students under this programme shall be assured of receiving a placement through the NSDC for jobs or for becoming entrepreneurs in the above sectors," according to DU media coordinator Malay Neerav.

DU vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh and Dilip Chenoy, NSDC managing director and CEO, signed an MoU on Monday in this regard. "The 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 be give them jobs or make them job-giving entrepreneurs," said Prof. Singh.

The objective of the MoU is to improve the employment potential of the students with systematic training, certificates of competency, and placement assistance.

"The partnership will help students acquire special skills for jobs and entrepreneurship related to the knowledge that they will obtain in their regular courses," said Mr Neerav. According to the MoU, the DU will identify and provide the NSDC with a list of colleges/institutions where to consider the introduction of skill-based training. Colleges desirous of introducing the scheme will be responsible for providing the required infrastructure.

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