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About NUSSD Courses

NUSSD courses are designed on an integrated framework that pedagogically links academic course content, skill training and application for well-being as a “credit-bearing educational experience”.  In addition to imparting skills required for expertise in a vocation, the courses will also foster inner capacities of students, inculcating within them values of civic responsibility; and build their competencies to work effectively in complex, inter-related social and organizational environments.

Objective of NUSSD Courses


  • Impart career oriented employability skills along with degree and enable youth to gain Sustainable and Relevant job opportunities after graduation.
  • Awaken the full potential of Youth and prepare them to be responsible citizens and Agents of Social and Economic Transformation.
  • Inculcate a strong value of civic responsibility and concern towards the welfare of people.


NUSSD Course structure

NUSSD courses are structured in an integrated framework constituting of foundation course and domain courses. Each course is organized in a modular format, deliverable through modules and sessions that are independent with inter-related components. All modules have self-learning components that encourage students to learn the topic independently. Module comprises information and practice components, where the students can apply the knowledge learnt in a live context to serve the people. The Course modules are interlinked & iterative and help students in building knowledge, skills, and competencies.


Foundation courses

Basic proficiency in seven courses has been identified as foundational to all students. These include:

  1. Motivating Youth for Skill Building (School of Social Work,TISS)
  2. Digital Literacy (Homi Babha Centre for Science Education, TIFR)
  3. Financial Literacy (Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai)
  4. Legal Literacy (National Law University, Odisha)
  5. English Communication ( English and Foreign Languages University, EFLU and Delhi University )
  6. Youth Leadership & People skills ( Centre for Lifelong Learning, TISS )
  7. Working With Communities Leading to Field Practicum ( School of Social Work, TISS )


Domain Courses.

After completing the foundation courses, student can choose one of the Domain Courses as per the skill requirement and personal interest. These courses are also region specific to respond specific local needs.

The Major Domain Courses include

  1. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  2. Agriculture- Extension Services, Market Linkages and Entrepreneurship, Insurance
  3. Entrepreneurship in Minor Forest Produces (MFP) - Strengthening livelihoods
  4. Financial Management and Services
  5. Construction Management
  6. Health Care Services Access and Management; Physician Assistant, Dialysis Technicians; Geriatric Care; etc.
  7. Panchayat and Community Development Professionals; Community Resource Persons for Village Knowledge Centres. (to facilitate planning, linking and convergence of social security and well-being development programs)
  8. Travel and Tourism Management
  9. Fashion Designing- textile and garments

10. Food Processing – Technology, Processing, Entrepreneurship

11. Animal husbandry, Para-veterinary service, Entrepreneurship

12. Community Organization and Development Practices

13. Cyber and electronic security management

14. Banking and Financial service management

15. Mass Media- Journalism and Digital media

 More new courses are being developed and will be uploaded shortly.

Delivery Mechanism of NUSSD Courses

NUSSD Courses will be delivered through several, complementary cutting edge media. Theoretical part of the courses will be delivered in the Classroom by Volunteer Teachers, working professionals with expertise in the course subject.

To learn and practice professional skills, students will be placed in various field work and internship contexts in rural, urban and industry settings related to their domains; organized during vacations to gain hands on practical experience. In addition, students will be able to access an online digital online platform to learn new information, interact with teachers and peers, and access self learning modules such as taped lectures.


Credit Distribution of NUSSD Courses

NUSSD courses are spread over three years of graduation. Students will have an opportunity to gain a Certificate (20 Credits) or Diploma (40 Credits) after successful completion of required number of credits in any specific vocational skill domain. Students can also accumulate credits through levels of proficiency in specific sector trades depending on their ability and willingness to devote time for learning. Those students who want to diversify and sharpen their skills and competencies can collect credits (66 to 80 credits) by completing additional modules for a graduate or post-graduate degree (B. Sc. / M. Sc.) in specific skill domain).


Course Curriculum Development

Courses under the NUSSD are designed and developed by group of experts drawn from academia, government and industry in each of skill areas for the certificate, diploma and advanced courses. As part of the course development process, this group will evolve criteria for course delivery, students’ and teachers’ material, digitization of course content, translation into local languages, and assessment and accreditation. Once the curriculum is finalized by the Specialization Expert Group, it will be aligned with the requirements of sector specific councils and will be placed before the Academic Council of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for approval.


Course Teachers

A cohesive group of Expert teachers, Trainers, Mentors, Guides, Field Work Facilitators, and classroom teachers will teach each of the NUSSD courses. For this, the catchment area of the University and affiliated colleges will be scanned and impaneled to enroll a large pool of experts from academia, industry, government, autonomous bodies and civil society; who are willing to teach students through lectures, tutorials and field work on a voluntary basis.

In addition, NGOs and support agencies such as NGOs, businesses and industries are being impaneled to facilitate field work and internship.


Expected Outcomes

Students will get an opportunity to learn new vocational skills through this programme along with their current bachelor’s degree. After completing NUSSD courses, students will have a different worldview of work and life. The programme will enable students to lead a life full of dignity, be more enterprising and explore one’s potential in varied work spaces, seek opportunities to serve the present and future of a world that has shared universal values. They will be able to participate in the global process and gain access to more job opportunities.

Students will receive a certificate on completion of the course. In addition to the certificate, students will acquire a sense of involvement in community, societal well-being and increase their entrepreneurship capacity & employability for well-being.

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