Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “The university will go to schools to secure admissions of all those children who want to be involved in skill learning. DSEU will conduct aptitude tests for students in December-January and based on the tests, they will be admitted. DSEU will focus on conducting a 360-degree assessment. While most universities continue with their old practice of admitting students based on grade lists, DSEU will be the first university that will focus on the overall interest, talent, and mindset for entrepreneurship. Such practice is new in India but not unpopular abroad.”
Out of the 6,000 students, 4,500 will study diploma courses and 1,500 degree courses.
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Sisodia interacted with Delhi government school principals, the vice-chancellor of DESU, Neharika Vohra, and MLA Atishi through a webinar on Friday.
DESU will be offering 12 courses in digital media, business management, data analytics, aesthetics and beauty, and other subjects. Companies like HDFC Bank, Tata Consultancy, Tech Mahindra, and Hero are the industry partners.
“Universities like Oxford admit children based on conditions for them to complete courses and projects, not on their grades in Board exams. Similarly, our children now can be secure of the fact that they will get admitted into a university that will not stress on their grades but on their intent and their interest to study skills and become entrepreneurs,” said Sisodia.
He added that the mission of the university would be to encourage students to become entrepreneurs. “Generic undergraduate courses do not encourage our students to become entrepreneurs. We cannot think that our children will study generic and archaic courses to be future-ready…Universities do not recognise the importance of skill learning and provide preferential treatment to those who have studied generic courses.”