The University of Delhi has been striving to improve the lives of its students ever since its inception. With the onset of the pandemic, the varsity has further amplified its efforts. In a recent development, the University has launched a free of cost English course for special-need students.
The course revolves around the art of English communication and by extension, linguistic skill enhancement. The course is targeted at students from economically backward sections and reserved categories. These include SC, ST, OBC, and EWS categories. It will also cater to students from rural backgrounds, opening up new avenues for them through link language learning. The seats for the course will remain up for grabs for currently enrolled DU students.
More about the Course
The new course is aimed at empowering students by making them proficient in the use of English as a link language. The CEO of the Institute of Eminence (University of Delhi) M.K. Pandit had this to say about the short term course:
The proposal for the certificate course was put forth by professors itself. We found merit in it as a large number of students who come to University of Delhi are unable to communicate efficiently in English due to their background. Given the kind of job market currently, in several instances, it becomes difficult to get employed if one is unable to communicate properly.
Furthermore, to ensure a balance between existing core courses, this additional course will run for six weeks. By the end of that period, students will be familiar with the art of English communication. They will also be able to develop regular reading habits, presentation and communication skills. Students enrolled will work on improving their vocabulary and enriching their personality. Shyam Lal College in collaboration with the Institute of Eminence, will be facilitating the first round of the course.
According to officials, the first session of the English course will start from October 2, 2021, on Gandhi Jayanti. It is also worth mentioning that the course received hundreds of applications within the first few hours of its announcement. The course is free of cost, but students will be screened by personal interaction before being admitted.
Previously, DU had also brought in other similar measures to help students tide through tough times. These include distribution of scholarships to low-income students, and fee concessions for students who lost their parents/guardians to COVID-19.
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