Enabling undergraduate students to opt for skill-based courses, Delhi University signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on Monday.
“A large number of DU students would benefit from this… by attaining the skills and professional knowledge which would give them jobs or make them job-giving entrepreneurs. We have kept it flexible but it will be possible to earn and transfer credits for the students,” DU V-C Dinesh Singh said.
He further expressed hope that other universities will adopt this idea and implement it.
Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO of NSDC, said, “NSDC is honoured to partner with DU in this initiative. 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.”
According to DU officials, some colleges are likely to offer these courses in January next year. They will be offered either as a short-term/add-on or long-term courses NSDC will not just design the curriculum but also provide trainers for these courses.
Training will take place in sectors such as banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), IT and IT-enabled services (ITES), healthcare, media and entertainment, tourism and hospitality and the automotive industry.
Moreover, a skill development advisory committee will oversee the implementation of the MoU. NSDC will provide training in colleges identified by DU.
These colleges will ensure that they have the necessary infrastructure for these courses.