Pradeep Kumar and Arun Agarwal interact with students of Graduate School College for Women on Tuesday. (Bhola Prasad)
Students of Kolhan University no longer need to rue their outdated syllabus. Very soon, they will study up-to-date courses designed by University of Delhi and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), thanks to the National University Student Skills Development (NUSSD) programme.
A two-member team comprising fellows from TISS — the Mumbai-based cradle implementing the project — visited Graduate School College for Women on Tuesday. Pradeep Kumar and Arun Agarwal will pay similar visits to other cradles under the varsity.
Representatives from TISS and Kolhan University will sign an MoU on September 11 with regard to the implementation of the project.
“These visits are for understanding the educational culture of cradles in the region and to assess the areas in which students lag behind. We have conducted similar tours at colleges of other universities selected under NUSSD,” said Pradeep Kumar.
Agarwal pointed out that the programme was aimed at making students from general streams job-ready.
“We found during our visit that students in this region need to work on communication skills. NUSSD will offer certificate, diploma and advanced diplomas to them. Also, the curriculum will be designed to lay more emphasis on practical instead of theoretical concepts,” said Agarwal.
NUSSD is an initiative taken by the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports. As part of the programme, students can choose from a wide range of job-oriented courses.
Regardless of the courses they take up, all students registered under the programme will have to study a foundation module comprising English communication, soft skills, IT literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy and legal literacy.
What’s more, the best minds in the field will prepare the curricula. For example, faculty members of University of Delhi will ready the modules on English communication and those of financial literacy will be designed by Bombay Stock Exchange.
The course also aims to make students aware of their social responsibilities. It is mandatory for students to be members of National Service Scheme to apply for the programme.