After collaborating with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in the past for short-term professional courses, < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Delhi University's Campus of Open Learning (COL) has signed separate MoUs with five companies to start new professional and industry-oriented courses. The initiative was taken to 'fill the skill gap' between college education and industry needs. The MoU were signed between representatives of respective companies and the University registrar, in the presence of top DU officials, including vice-chancellor Deepak Pental, COL director Savita Datta and Students' Welfare dean S K Vij. 'We are very serious about this because the industry tells us that thousands of jobs go waste because of lack of properly trained and skilled workforce,' said Professor Pental, while interacting with industry representatives. He stressed on University's desire to ensure that students get the required skills for the market through the new courses.
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'The idea is not only to sign MoU but to work on the abilities of our students,' he said. He also mentioned DU's efforts in this regard, 'Our new SOL building will come up in a year or two and that will have skill development facilities.' Vij also appealed to the students of regular colleges to take up these courses. The five MoUs have been signed with Centum Learning for a course in telecom sales and service, HCL Infosystems for a course in IT and web designing, Bird Academy for courses in travel and tourism, Masscomedia for mass communication and RK Films for radio jockeying and broadcasting.