The School of Vocational Studies (SVS) was set up in 2016 as part of the university’s vision to reach out to the larger community of Delhi. Delhi’s changing demography and the resultant emergence of a large number of first-generation high school graduates who are keen to pursue full-time or part-time tertiary education for getting prepared to participate effectively in the fast- growing economy through acquisition of quality livelihood skills is the broad rationale for establishing the School of Vocational Studies (SVS) at AUD. The first academic programmes were launched in 2017 by offering three Bachelors of vocation programmes in (1) BVoc Early Childhood Centre Management and Entrepreneurship, (2) BVoc Retail Management and (3) BVoc Tourism and Hospitality. All the BVoc programmes offered in SVS have been approved by the University Grants Commission’s (UGC). SVS follows the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) guidelines in all its BVoc programmes with multiple entry and exit options that lead to Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Vocation (BVoc) degree.
Apart from the above 3 BVoc programmes, it is envisaged that the School will offer various other BVoc programmes and short duration certificate programmes on skill development for meeting the immediate requirement of the workforce. SVS has explored and developed programmes and courses that will provide students with the required skill-set and academic background for meaningful employment once they graduate from the programme. It is hoped that these programmes will enable many of them to become self-employed, entrepreneurs, creators and generators of job for themselves and for many more educated youth in the society.
The BVoc programmes offered by the SVS, AUD, Karampura Campus, are unique because all programmes have an option of multiple entry/ exit. The curriculum for each BVoc programme has been designed in close partnership with industry experts, industry associations, Sector Skill Councils, various Schools and Centres of the university and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as well as professionals and academics. The programmes have mandatory components of internship/ojt to provide students the opportunities to develop and enhance their practical skills in the chosen vertical. Each of the exit level has an identified matching job role by the industries as per the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) level which are recognized all over the country.