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Outsourcing, or should we call it ?outcoursing??

india Updated: Jul 06, 2006 11:07 IST
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A number of colleges under Delhi University are starting add-on courses from this year, ranging from broadcast journalism to gemology, courses that will arm you with job skills. But do you know how they are going to teach these courses? By outsourcing them.

Whether it is a course in media studies or in computer application, colleges are tying up with private partners who are offering tailor-made programmes to meet the demands of the industry.

For example, for its certificate course in travel and tourism, IP College has tied up with Kuoni Academy of Travels. Gargi College has outsourced to NIIT its six-month course in business application of computers.

 “We also have tied up with the School of Convergance for a course in journalism and, for a course in banking, we are in talks with some leading banks,” said principal Dr Meera Ramachandran.

This is true of other colleges as well. Bharti College offers a six-month certificate course in broadcast journalism through the Studies and Professional Group of Delhi School of Media.

“Outsourcing is good as we get professionals to manage the entire course and the burden on colleges is less,” said principal Dr Pramodini Verma. Miranda House also offers short-term courses in collaboration with the School of Convergence in film appreciation, photography, print and television journalism.

“Unless the course is well conceptualised it is of no use and here the faculty of professional institutes come into the picture,” said Dr Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House. When private players are involved, then the fee too is going to be on the higher side.

Unlike the highly subsidised education provided by DU, the short-term courses are self-financing and command a fee ranging anything between Rs 300 and Rs 30,000. “The cost is always higher when you have private institutes. But again we curtail the fees according to the course,” said Dr Verma.

The fee for broadcast journalism at Bharti College is Rs 30,000, which can be paid in two installments. But a couple of colleges look into the affordability factor of students as well.

 “Affordability along with the skill-oriented courses related to a discipline should be the driving factor. There is no point involving professional institutes that charge large sums of money like a polytechnic,” said Dr Minouti Chatterji, principal, Kamal Nehru College.

The college offers a certificate course in classical music in association with Bhatkhande School Music for Rs 400. Since the colleges have the prerogative of choosing the course and fee, most of them charge as much as any polytechnic or private institute does.

Though the major portion of the fee goes into the private institute’s kitty, many colleges too keep some amount of the share. “Eighty per cent of the fee goes to the private partner while 20 per cent is kept by the college,” said Dr Verma.

At Gargi College the partners take 2/3rd of the fee while 1/3rd is utilised by the college.

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