Delhi: Sisodia inaugurates skills training center for disadvantaged youth

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday inaugurated the flagship centers of Delhi Skills and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) to provide skills-based courses and job opportunities to students in economically more sections weak.

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Le Phare will offer high quality short-term professional skills courses, including fashion design, hospitality and management, tourism and travel, makeup and beauty courses, Java, C++, personality development and spoken English.

“The Delhi government is bringing the university to the doorstep of the students. This beacon will provide a plethora of employment opportunities for young people…Delhi University of Skills and Entrepreneurship is the first in the country to roll out this unique program to equip young people from disadvantaged communities with skills of the new era in a university-level center in the slums,” said Sisodie. The Delhi government launched the university in collaboration with the Pune-based non-profit Lighthouse Communities Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to provide professional development and job-oriented training to help disadvantaged youth to earn their living.

“Students struggle to gain admission to colleges and when they do, they struggle to get adequate placement opportunities. But now they don’t have to worry because the government is bringing the university to their doorstep,” Sisodia said.

“My community members in Kalkaji had asked me to do something to improve the employment prospects of young people in Kalkaji. So the government, in an effort to appease their misfortunes, decided to install the first DSEU beacon here. This beacon will spread the light of education among the youth of Kalkaji by opening up new job opportunities,” said Kalkaji MLA Atishi. The government aims to train around 600 young people from the Bhoomein camp slum and neighboring communities. Students will receive core courses based on an art-themed curriculum as well as creative activities to develop workplace skills and mindfulness. The flagship DSEU in Kalkaji has four training rooms, a boardroom, a videoconference room, a self-learning space and a fully equipped technology hub with Wi-Fi and laptop computers. “Due to Covid, I couldn’t get admission to any college. My parents make daily bets, and they lost their jobs. Admission to Delhi University was not affordable, and I have had to register here last year and take a course in bookkeeping and financial accounting.After that, I plan to take a part-time job and go to university,” said Neha, a resident of Kalkaji .

The students said they have been taking classes online so far and will take classes offline from Thursday. Meanwhile, a group of anganwadi workers protesting outside the venue blocked the roads to prevent Sisodia from entering the event.

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