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Prakash Javadekar introduces fresh reforms for Education, makes 3 internships mandatory for Engineering Graduates
In order to improve the employability of the engineering graduates, AICTE has planned to make three internships compulsory for undergraduate students.
In a move aimed at improving their employability prospects, engineering students across the country will have to undergo at least three mandatory internships during their course from this academic year. It will be the responsibility of colleges to ensure internship for students.
“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 was quoted as telling the Lok Sabha on Monday.
Javadekar’s statements come in the context of AICTE data from 2015-2016 which asserted that in 10,328 technical institutes, only 6.96 lakh students got campus placements out of a whopping 15.87 lakh students.
The low-employability levels are attributed as much to the lack of requisite skills as the falling demand in the industry.
Meanwhile, the teachers of engineering institutes will have to take up online courses offered on government’s SWAYAM portal. “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 meeting also derived that, in the technical institutions at least half of the programmes should be accredited through the NBA before the year 2022. A faculty member of Anna University said that “It will be difficult to find industries for lakhs of students who study engineering to do internship. Leading industries are not even allowing students for industrial visits because of the apprehension that their prototypes could be leaked. So, it will be difficult to convince such institutions to allow students to do internship with them for 4-8 weeks.”
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