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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 on 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 and society well-being and increase their entrepreneurship capacity and employability for well-being.


The NUSSD Vocational Education courses build student capacity to address key regional challenges and opportunities in the nine states of the project.

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 organisational environments.

The NUSSD Vocational Education courses build on the existing college and NSS Structures and add elements to enhance employability and build capacity to respond to key regional challenges and opportunities for equal employment and well-being.

All NUSSD courses are developed in collaboration of key specialist individuals and organisations.

NUSSD Foundation Courses

Basic proficiency six courses have been identified as foundational to all 50000 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 ( School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance,TISS )
  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 )

Modules on computer literacy will be started and competency in use of computer would be integral part of gaining competency in other modules; and subsequent skill development process.

 Domain Courses.

After completing the Foundation courses, students can choose one of the Domain Courses. These courses are also region specific to respond to specific local needs. The 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; 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. Service Sector: Hospitality, Tourism & BPO,
  9. Fashion Designing
  10. Food Processing – Technology, Processing, Entrepreneurship
  11. Animal husbandry, Para-veterinary service, Entrepreneurship
  12. Community Organisation and Development Practice


NUSSD Courses are organised in a modular manner, deliverable through topic modules and sessions that are independent with inter-related components. All modules have a self-learning component that encourages the student to learn the topics independently also to successfully complete the course. Modules will comprise of information and practice components, where the student applies the knowledge learnt in a live context to serve and learn. The Course modules are interlinked and iterative; cumulatively building knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Medium of NUSSD course delivery

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

To learn and practice professional skills, students will be placed in various field work and internship contexts in rural, urban, office and industry settings related to their domains; organised 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.

NUSSD courses credits

Students have three years to gain a Diploma (40 Credits) or a Certificate (20 Credits);. During the three year graduation period; students can earn a Certificate (20 credits) or Diploma (40 credits) in any specific vocational skill domain; depending on their ability and willingness to devote time for learning. Students can accumulate credits through levels of proficiency in specific sector trades. Those students who want to diversify and sharpen their skills and competencies,  can collect credits by (66 to 80 credits) by completing additional modules for a graduate or post-graduate degree (B. Sc. / M. Sc. in specific skill domain).

Credit distribution through three years of student engagement

The course credits will be spread over three years of graduation. During the 1st semester / term, students will be introduced to the idea of National University Students Skill Development Programme through a series of interactive sessions at the colleges.

After this, students can opt for specific domain areas offered in each college either to gain a Certificate or a Diploma. The Programme will start from the second semester / term of the under-graduate programme. In each subsequent semester, the student will gain 2 to 4 credits of taught courses (lectures and tutorials) followed by 15 to 30 days of Field work / Internship in appropriate work location (for 4 credits).

Job Opportunity

The NUSSD Domain Courses have been listed based on employment opportunities in key sectors in different regions. More will be added as the programme progresses, depending on emerging needs.

Further, all NUSSD Domain Courses will have entrepreneurship and livelihood modules; that maximise regional opportunities, so that youth not only get employment, but also can generate / expand their own entrepreneurship and existing livelihoods; through introduction of appropriate information and technology.

The NUSSD programme is seeded on creating an enabling eco-system that supports student well-being and employability that will be actively linked to placement mechanisms and networks- local and regional- to support the employment of course graduates.

Course Accreditation

NUSSD Course are accredited by the Academic Council of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), a centrally funded public university; and certified by School of Vocational Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Tata Institute of Social Sciences has established School of Vocation Education (SVE) with support from MHRD, GoI and AICTE.

These courses are also being submitted to AICTE, UGC, individual Universities, Central and Specific Sectoral Certifying Bodies from industry, NGOs and government.

TISS and with the other certifying bodies approached are recognized by industry for building capacities, and their accreditation enhances employability of the graduates both locally and nationally.


  • Awaken the full potential of the Youth to be responsible citizens
  • Position the Youth as Agents of Social and Economic Transformation
  • Enable youth to gain Sustainable and Relevant Employable Skills along with their degree to find work after graduation



Each NUSSD skill course specialisation brings together a group Skill Area Specialization Experts drawn from academia, government and industry who will develop the Course. As part of the course development process, this group will evolve criteria for course delivery, student and teacher material, digitisation of course content, translation into local languages, and assessment and accreditation. Once the curriculum is finalized by the Specialization Expert Group, it will be placed before the Academic Council of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for approval.


A cohesive group of Expert teachers, Trainers, Mentors and 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 is being 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.

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