The Confederation of Indian Industry and the Indira Gandhi National Open University have signed an MoU to impart skill-based learning. Around 12,900 students in 42 cities will be accommodated under the first phase of this programme. The courses to be offered under this project are travel and tourism; security and fire safety; and spoken English and personality development. CII will be offering domain knowledge for developing curriculum; provide industry experts as faculty; and assist in internship and placement of students. IGNOU will administer admission; facilitate student's enrolment; and generate publicity for courses to ensure maximum participation. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, said India has tremendous infrastructural facilities for conducting skills-based training across the nation. He urged for de-compartmentalisation of education curriculum starting from school, college and university level. CII's implementation partners for phase I-of this project are PremierShield for security and fire services, Kuoni Academy for travel and tourism and Educomp for spoken English and personality development.