Chandigarh,17.09.19-Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women in collaboration with Skills Anytime organised an orientation session for the launch of first of its kind online English language programme 'English for All'. Skills Anytime is an Indian arm of UK's no. 1 Online English Development Company. It is an award winning UK based language development and resource provider bksb.

The objective of the session was to educate students about the programme that endeavours to improve English language skillset in a self paced and interactive manner. Ms. Ritesh Vashisht, Director Education and Training, Skills Anytime and Ms.Pooja Chauhan, Business Development Manager, Skills Anytime conducted this session. Informing the students about the popularity of this programme, Ms.Vashisht and Ms.Chauhan said that this 20 year old module is being used by various institutions across UK, Australia, Libya, Nigeria and South Africa, and has also been used for staff development and apprenticeships by corporates like Mercedes Benz, TATA, McDonalds, Virgin Media and Mazda. In North India it is opted by Panjab University, Regional Institute of English, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, State Council of Education Research and Training, and few other professional colleges of Punjab.

They further informed that the course would focus on imparting functional and practical skills in English including listening, speaking, reading, writing skills, resume writing and interview preparation as well as practice sessions on IELTS which is customized individually as per learners' needs. It is a 100 hours online certificate program with weekly contact sessions with domain experts spread over 6 months. To begin with the course, College also offered Language Assessment Test apart from the said course whose level is mapped with IELTS, Common European Framework, and Cambridge Main Suite.

Around 200 students attended the orientation course. Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava said that for success in today's globalised world, it is pertinent that the students are adept in and equipped with requisite skills in a language that is used worldwide and this is what this course precisely aims to do. She added that such programmes are part of the vision of the college to impart skills to students that make them employable. It is the first MOOCS that college is launching on the digital platform in association with Skills Anytime.