Shriya Sood, a second-year English (Honours) student, says she’s more confident now than she was six months ago.
She credits her transformation to the four-month-long personality development course offered by Delhi University’s Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL).
“I am more sure of myself now. Even though I could understand English well earlier, I used to hesitate in speaking it. But all that has changed now,” said Sood, who is enrolled with the School of Open Learning.
The course has a total duration of 80 hours and each batch is divided into 35-40 students.
There are two batches, one from August to November and the other from December to March and it is being conducted in collaboration with the university’s Department of Psychology.
With this course, students can add to their academic skills and hone their personality.
The curriculum is divided into 11 modules, which focus on topics such as stress and time management, communication and motivation, holistic well-being, goal setting, group discussions and interview, among others.
Any student enrolled with Delhi University (DU) can avail the course, classes for which are held thrice a week for two hours.
“Being a correspondence student, I don’t get to meet the other students often,” added Sood.
“So, these classes, which are mainly activity-based, have been a great help. Discussing and debating with other students was a lot of fun,” she said.
A.K. Bakshi, director, Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) said, “There is a lot of emphasis on academics in the university but this kind of course helps polish students’ individuality and improves their all-round development.”
Pranav Agarwal, another student, said he joined the course thinking it will help him know more about dressing sense and style.
“But I was wrong, the course helps transform the personality of the students, which is more important than outer changes.,” Agarwal said.
“It teaches us things like social mannerisms, self-motivation and time management, which are really helpful.”
Besides being taught social skills, students also learn self-assessment.
“As the course progresses, students learn to figure out what they lack and work towards improving a particular trait,” said Payal Nagpal, Academic Secretary, Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL).