Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that a compulsion of summer internships will be levied on Engineering colleges. Till now only reputed engineering colleges had made internships mandatory. This in turn has been leaving many graduate engineers at a disadvantage due to lack of experience. AICTE data states that only 6.96 lakh students out of 15.87 lakh students at 10,328 technical institutions get jobs through placements. So to tackle the situation he said that the government is making three internships mandatory for all engineering courses.
Three Internships Mandatory for all Engineering Courses
Engineering students across the country needs to do at least three internships in the duration of their course.
“Every student in technical institute should undergo three internships each spanning four to eight weeks before completion of his/her under-graduation course. The responsibility will be on the institute to help students find a suitable industry for the internship,” Javadekar said.
Teachers of engineering courses will also 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,” the minister said
The minister said that the compulsion of summer internships was to lessen the number of students who don’t get exposure. According to him, only 6.96 lakh students out of 15.87 lakh students at 10,328 technical institutions get jobs through placements.
The number of students, placed in a job after graduation were just 40%. The lack of required skills among graduates was a major reason for this. The HRD Minister said their target is to increase the placement to 60 per cent