Three engineering internships mandatory during course, institutes to be held responsible: HRD minister

The compulsion of summer internships have so far only been followed by reputed engineering colleges leaving many graduate engineers at a disadvantage due to lack of experience. According to AICTE data only 6.96 lakh students out of 15.87 lakh students at 10,328 technical institutions get jobs through placements.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 26, 2017 12:55 pm
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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 in the duration of their course during the academic year.

“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. Read | Only 40 per cent of engineering graduates get placements, says government, click here

The compulsion of summer internships has so far only been followed by reputed engineering colleges leaving many graduate engineers at a disadvantage due to lack of experience. According to AICTE data, the minister said, only 6.96 lakh students out of 15.87 lakh students at 10,328 technical institutions get jobs through placements. He added that this number would have been higher if students had not opted for start-ups and higher studies.

The minister had in late March announced that only 40 per cent of engineering graduates got placed after graduating from college. Falling demand in the industry and the lack of required skills among graduates have been pointed out as the reason for the low employability levels. The HRD Minister said their target is to increase the placement to 60 per cent

 

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    Alpha male 101
    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm
    Great step by the govenment, engineering with the good amount of internship is incomplete. This blog : /2vWcAG5helped me in finding the right internship online.
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      Om shukla
      Jul 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm
      It was an amazing experience working in RK Enterprises nasik. I learnt various techniques of metal designing sub parts designing of heavy machinery and sheet metal working
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        MyTake
        Jul 27, 2017 at 11:51 pm
        India needs more technicians than Engineers. India should be geared to put in place appropriate steps to meet India's real challenge. It is better to be a technician than remaining an unemployed Engineer.
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          NLS
          Jul 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm
          Lofty idea, but will be difficult to implement! However, it should definitely be tried out.
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            Manu USA
            Jul 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm
            Why Javadkar using all words borrowed from USA? That fellow copy all documents from USA when he was environment minister. Why can't he use the word apprentice? Shows brahmin dogs have no brain of their own. Already they are PARASITES OF SOCIETY. Wonder what all he would copy!
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              NLS
              Jul 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm
              You pig can't even draft proper sentence in English. Why do you bother posting here? Go to school and learn the language first.
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              Chakra
              Jul 27, 2017 at 9:57 am
              Internship on 1st year is Useless. SO a student must have such internship on 2nd, 3rd 4th year. That is every year !!! Do we have Good industries to provide such internship to every student ? I really doubt it. And many good industries do not provide internship to students from Pvt Engg colleges. Where would such students go ? Some theoretical guy has become an Education Minister.
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                Duddela Sai Prashanth
                Jul 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm
                1) It is never a useless thing. Gives Exposure 2) how many industries you need? Question is about how many students are eligible r having caliber to do an internship 3) I don't know what do you do !! which industry isn't hiring people from PVT ins utes 4) Students should to industries for internships 5) I would like to know what actually is the problem in making compulsory to do internship!
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                  NLS
                  Jul 27, 2017 at 10:03 pm
                  No, you are wrong. There are skills that students can learn right from Ist year internship too - e.g. communication skills, presentation skills, basic IT skills etc. From 2nd year onwards, they can learn more advanced topics.
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