"The objective of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) is to improve the employment potential of the students with systematic training, certificates of competency, and placement assistance," said Malay Neerav, DU's Media Coordinator and Joint Dean of Students' Welfare.

These courses shall be made available in colleges under DU as add-on short-term courses/compulsory courses/long-term courses for undergraduate students.

The agreement, which is expected to integrate skill-based training as part of the graduation curriculum, was signed today between DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh and Dilip Chenoy, Managing Director and CEO of NSDC.

"The partnership will help students acquire special skills for jobs and entrepreneurship related to the knowledge that they will obtain in their regular courses," Neerav added.

The training shall be in sectors such as banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), IT and IT-enabled services (ITES), healthcare, media and entertainment, tourism and hospitality and the automotive industry.

"Seventy percent of all students under this programme shall be assured of receiving a placement through NSDC for jobs or for becoming entrepreneurs in the above sectors," he added.

The implementation of the MoU will be taken care of by a Skill Development Advisory Committee (SDAC), which will include two members from each of the parties to the agreement.

According to the MoU, DU will identify and provide NSDC with a list of colleges/institutions where to consider the introduction of skill-based training. Colleges desirous of introducing the scheme will be responsible for providing the required infrastructure for the delivery of courses under it.

NSDC will provide the curriculum and accredit the one best suited for the students. It will provide training through its approved training partners, which will be shortlisted and selected through a joint process by NSDC and DU.

DU had earlier signed an MoU with NSDC in May this year for introduction of certain job-oriented courses under the controversial Four-Year Undergraduate Programme which was discontinued in June following pressure from UGC.

"The new MoU has been signed to facilitate introduction of skill-based courses in the traditional three-year undergraduate degree courses. There is no connection with the previous MoU," said Neerav.

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