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Students opting for internships abroad to get edge over peers

Job internships,national or international,and summer school in foreign countries are not only a fad among students,these days,but are becoming imperative to survive the cut-throat competition.

Written by Mannat Jaspal | Chandigarh | Published: June 14, 2012 3:39:07 am

Job internships,national or international,and summer school in foreign countries are not only a fad among students,these days,but are becoming imperative to survive the cut-throat competition. Practical orientation,exposure,professional experience and enhancement in the curriculum vitae of students are some of its benefits.

Puneet Bedi,Principal of MCM DAV college,said,“There is a major flaw in the country’s education system. It is devoid of a pragmatic approach to studies. Internships and summer school provide students the exposure that the four walls of our classrooms fail to do. Students also gain knowledge and are directly involved in the field that they wish to pursue a future in.”

Ajay Sharma,Admissions Coordinator of GGDSD,said,“For courses such as BCom,BBA,MBE and MCom,practical exposure is essential. In our college,we offer a programme where students have to complete 35 hours of practical experience under a chartered accountant,every month. This helps them to relate to theoretical knowledge and perform better. For courses such as MSc Biotechnology and Bio informatics,a research orientation is required which we offer our students though training. We are also affiliated to a France-based Norwegian Business School,in an endeavour to provide international exposure.”

Sachi Khuranna,a student of Microbiology and Food Technology,MCM DAV College said: “I am interning with Little Bee,a Ludhiana-based organisation. I work in the laboratories and in the department of production and quality control. The internship has provided me a better understanding of the subject and strengthened my interest in it. It enables me to relate my theories with the experiments we perform on products,” Khuranna said.

Arsh Behel,a student of Post Graduate Government College,Sector 42 and a member of AIESEC,an organisation that offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships,said: “AIESEC sends students abroad for internships. Its objective is to give students cultural and international exposure. It covers four aspects — developmental,technical,managerial and educational. I will be going to Turkey,next year,as part of an international programme.”

Sahil Chabbra,student of BCom at GGDSD college,said “I went to London School of Economics for an eight-week programme. It inculcated in me a practical approach towards my studies. Interaction with foreign students provided me a global perspective about various issues concerning our country.”

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