In a bid to boost students’ chances of getting jobs after finishing college, Delhi University (DU) has signed a landmark MoU with the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC).
Under the agreement, starting this July, approximately 60,000 students of the university will have the option to study additional applied courses, which will boost their chances in the job market.
The courses — in IT, banking, telecom, healthcare, media and automative sector offered to the university’s second- and third-year students — will make 70 per cent of them eligible for assured placements through NSDC or for becoming entrepreneurs.
While students would be free to pursue as many courses as they like, those who finish all semesters in a respective course would find more favour with the employers, the authorities said.
“Every year, several thousand students graduate from DU, but only a handful of them find good jobs. Through these courses, students will not just acquire skill-based knowledge, but also an avenue to find jobs in the skills of their choice,” Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, DU, said.
To pursue the course, students would be required to pay a fee of Rs 2,500 per semester. Students wishing to take up the course can also secure loans from nationalised banks that they can pay back after he/she gets a job.
The university has also signed another MoU with the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, whereby small business incubator centres would be put up in every college of the university for undergradute students.
“Students studying in the four-year undergraduate course are engaged in various projects in their respective colleges. If any student has a bright business idea, he or she would be able to present it to the government through Delhi University at these incubation centres. If an idea is approved by the authorities, a grant of Rs 12 lakh would be awarded for the individual idea,” Singh said.
Two colleges — Acharya Narendra Dev College and Atmaram Sanatan Dharma College — already have such centres in place.