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DU helps hone your soft skills

The second batch of the personality development course begins at the Institute of Lifelong Learning Vimal Chander Josh Reports

education Updated: Sep 29, 2009 16:39 IST
Vimal Chander Josh

Students often find it hard to land a job even with a Delhi University degree.

Sometimes they are too nervous at the interview, at other times they cannot showcase their potential to the interviewer.

DU has come to the rescue of such students. Its Institute of Lifelong Learning has started a new short-term programme on personality development to help students improve their soft skills — and it is finding many takers. “We are running two batches simultaneously on alternate days and the same set of batches would be restarted in the winter,” says Professor AK Bakshi, director of the institute.

Course content
The curriculum is exhaustive and deals with topics such as stress management, group discussion, leadership and holistic wellness.

“These subjects won’t be taught purely in a classroom environment but will be taught through student-teacher interactions and practical studies. It will incorporate role-plays and experiential learning. Theory is only 25 per cent of the curriculum,” says Prof. NK Chadha, senior professor, Department of Psychology, DU.

On the first day of the programme, Dr Nayanjot Lahiri, dean (colleges), and Dr Deepak Pental, vice-chancellor, were also present to wish the students luck. “The goal of all personality development exercises is to improve the individuality of students. You should not let others’ noises or opinions drown your motivation at any cost,” Dr Lahiri emphasises.

Future perfect
Prof. Bakshi is hopeful of this course doing well, especially after the success of the English language proficiency course, which is now taught at 20 centres to 700 students. “We aren’t charging an exorbitant fee like private institutes,” he says. “We would even forego this fee (Rs 2,500 for the entire programme) for those students who are genuinely interested but can’t afford to pay it.”

The admission process for the current batch is over, but to apply for the next batch, which starts early next year, one can contact The Institute of Lifelong Learning, opposite Khalsa College, North Campus, University of Delhi.