Year after year, representatives of the industry have pointed out that the university graduates have to be trained in their jobs before they become ‘employable’. To fix the problem, University of Delhi (DU) has started a new programme in Global Business Foundation Skills (GBFS). This will bring the students closer to industry while they are studying in campus. “We are trying to bridge the gap between academia and industry. We always hear from the industry people that the fresh graduates are normally not employable,” says Prof AK Bakhshi, director, Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL), DU.
The programme will be run in collaboration with NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies), which has also designed the curriculum through contributions from the large BPO member companies like Genpact, Accenture, Convergys, Deloitte, Dell and IBM.
The curriculum, spread over 20 weeks, will enrich the students in five diverse aspects which are, industry awareness, business communication skills, customer management, computer skills and a module in campus-to-corporate. The two-hour-long classes would take place every alternate day after the college hours.
In its first run, the programme will begin in five colleges - Khalsa, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Maitreyi, Venkateswara and College of Business Studies. You
don't need to be a student of one of these colleges to apply. Any Delhi University student can apply but the number of seats would be restricted to 30-35 per centre.
To gain admission, a diagnostic test will be held before the start of the programme, which will assess their skill levels. Post training, the students will be required to take the final test - NAC (NASSCOM Assessment of Competence).
Faculty in this programme would come from DU who will be trained by the industry partners. The trained teachers, as master trainers, would train other faculty members in the varsity. The programme teachers, in keeping with the need of the curriculum, have been selected from the department of English of the centre colleges.
For research scholars
To ensure that the university's scholars carry out their research work fast, another programme, Information Literacy for Research Competency (ILRC), will be kick-started this August. It aims to familiarise the scholars with information technology which can help them in several ways such as accessing online journals, networking with fellow researchers in other parts of the world and keeping abreast with latest developments at the click of mouse among others.
This 60-hour programme designed in collaboration with library systems of the university will be run at the ILLL campus located opposite to SGTB Khalsa College, north campus. It will train students in blogs, reports and searching for relevant databases. “There is so much information available on Internet but many scholars don’t know how to retrieve it. This course aims to solve that problem,” adds Bakhshi.
The programme is primarily meant for science students who ought to keep abreast of latest updates in the field.
Advanced level of proficiency in English language
The university is set to start another programme known as the advanced level of proficiency in English language. The similar programmes run by the university were at the foundation and intermediate level.
“Programme on English proficiency was highly popular among students. No wonder, we started this programme at just five centres and this year, we will expand its reach to 25 colleges,” adds Bakhshi.