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‘Competence Enhancement Scheme’ in DU permits “Outsiders”

DU’s Competence Enhancement Scheme will allow people of all ages to study two courses in a semester from January 1, 2023.


The University of Delhi, as a part of a “social endeavour”, commented Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh to Indian Express, is all set to include ‘outsiders’ of all age-groups. As a part of DU’s Competence Enhancement Scheme (CES), senior citizens, mid-career professionals and students currently enrolled in other universities would be able to study up to two courses in a semester at DU along with its regular students. The scheme begins from January 1, 2023.

This would be applicable for all the courses offered by the University. Everyone would be eligible to apply, provided that they matched the criteria for the programme chosen. When registering, if the applicant is employed, or studying in another institution, they would be required to provide a “No Objection Certificate” from their place of study or work. 

If there are more applications than the number of seats, admissions would be on a merit basis, through class 12 grades for undergraduate programmes and undergraduate level grades for post-grad courses.

The VC remarked to Indian Express, “Now, the university is open for every citizen, if you want to study a course, please come, and register for a course. But you have to attend classes with the regular students, give exams with them. Upon completion of the course, the student would be given a certificate, and the credits earned would be added to the Academic Bank of Credits, which stores them digitally.

The VC continued, “The fee would be around Rs 5000 – Rs 10,000. This is more of a social service endeavour,” while assuring that the final fees would be nominal.

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Shiuli Sural is a third year history student at Hansraj College, Delhi University. She spends her time reading and writing, and is passionate about Greek mythology and menstrual equity. Her favourite Greek goddess is Athena.