Delhi University wants to initiate skill-based courses for its open learning students, different from those conducted by institutes such as the College of Vocational Studies (CVS). It proposes to start add-on courses for regular students, as well, in keeping with industry requirements.
To ensure that the proposed effort hits the bull's eye, the university is "trying to learn" from what the industry requires in potential recruits. Says Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental, who insisted on calling it just an idea right now, "We were talking to the CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) about what the industry wants... in BPOs, Banking..."
Says Savita Dutta, Director, Campus of Open Learning (COL), a member of the three-person team involved in the exercise, “We are finalising the courses. These will be different from the CVS programme.”
The group, which also includes the Dean-Planning and Dean Research is working on identifying “interesting” job-oriented courses to “ease the academic pressure” in view of the impending 54 per cent rise in seats due to the other backward classes quota.
“We are in touch with the industry to know what kind of courses to offer,” said Dutta. With particular interest from the Vice-Chancellor, the group is identifying the areas in which to offer courses. The programmes maybe “particularly related to Commerce (B.Com.) and Economics.”
According to Dutta, the curricula will be designed to equip students with critical soft skills, too. “This is what we are trying to do. A student should develop a completely groomed personality.”