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Students often look for employment opportunities after graduation but are not found suitable for immediate engagement - they lack some soft skills and the right orientation. Recognizing this as critical, the Department of Finance and Management Studies under the umbrella of the 'Institute of Life Long Learning' explored possibilities of tie up with the industry to run some job-oriented courses. One successful collaboration led to a 3-month job oriented course on Foundations of Banking in association with ICICI Bank. Acharya Narendra Dev College is the only college that was selected to run the course among the University of Delhi colleges.
The 'Foundations in Banking' course includes 164 hours of e-learning coupled with 70 hours of classroom facilitation and 70 hours of Projects/Assignments. It also includes sessions on Business Etiquette, Personal Grooming, Gaming, Finacle (Banking Software), Role-plays and Group Discussions. The students are given exposure of how the bank works through branch visits. There is both continuous and final evaluation of students through multiple choice questions on the topics discussed in the class. Students are required to prepare projects/assignments in the form of scrap- book, charts, power point presentations, book review etc. The evaluation of these projects is done by the faculty who teaches the respective topic. In addition there is also project review which is done by representatives from ICICI Bank.
The course was started in the college on August 18, 2008. It is important to state here that all 24 students of our study centre successfully completed the course and were placed in various branches of ICICI Bank in NCR.
The world-wide economic recession has caused the course to be 'on hold'.