Internships Compulsory for All Engineering Students: HRD Minister
In a much needed move, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said at the Lok Sabha that it will now be mandatory for engineering students across the country to be involved in at least three internships each spanning 4-8 weeks in the duration of their course during the academic year. The responsibility will be on the institute to help students find a suitable industry for the internship.
This comes in the wake of a huge number of IT professionals being laid off this year due to lack of ‘practical knowledge’. AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe, while talking about the need of such a move said, “They are not ‘unemployable’ but they are ‘underemployed’. We have made internships mandatory to fill the gap so that they become suitably employable. Each student is to undergo two summer internships with the industry of two months duration each.”
Further, while talking about ownership of such internships he added, “There are over 10,000 technical education institutions in the country. AICTE alone cannot monitor the implementation of the internships. We will ask the universities to make the internships mandatory and also to make provision for it in their academic calendar. Universities should also give grades or offer credits for the same, at least as qualifying.”
It is a breather for engineering students all over the country, especially VTU, which despite of its reputation doesn’t provide provisions for internships. Additionally, the quality of teachers has also been found lacking in engineering colleges, measures for which have been rightly suggested.
Teachers of engineering courses will now be required to appear for an annual refresher course. “Every teacher in each of the technical discipline shall mandatorily undergo an annual refresher course through SWAYAM portal (Massive open online course), encapsulating all advances in their field of study,” said Prakash Javadekar.