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Indraprastha varsity, NIS to start retail course

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Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and the NIS Academy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a three-month certificate course in retail.

The university has announced that it will launch the first batch of the new course by July 26, 2008. It will target the graduates and the working professionals, eager to make a mark in the booming retail industry.

The three-month short-term certificate course in retail will be offered as a weekend course to train students in the area of retail selling skills, customer service, soft skills, basics of retailing and retail store standard operational procedures (SOPs).

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The initiative is expected to ensure a steady supply of the 'floor ready' manpower for the retail industry to help bridge the manpower demand and supply gap that exists today, the varsity said.

This will also enable the retail organisations to attract efficient, effective and productive human talent, leading to savings on training costs.

Speaking on the MoU, the university Vice Chancellor KK Aggarwal said, 'Industry-Academia partnerships in creating certified manpower will not only contribute to the hugely growing demand for manpower, but also enable quality education through University certified programmes.'

Highlighting the significance of the partnership, NIS Sparta's Employability Solutions Group Head Manoj Chawla said that through this tie-up both the organisations hope to leverage on each others strengths to offer job oriented vocational training and empowerment programme.

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