New Delhi: In a landmark decision to improve skills of fresh graduates and to provide them educational and career development opportunities and get practical experience in a field or discipline, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made compulsory internship for engineering students.
"Internships are educational and career development opportunities, providing practical experience in a field or discipline. They are structured, short-term, supervised placements often focused around particular tasks or projects with defined timescales", the AICTE said in its Internship policy.
"An internship may be compensated, non-compensated or some time may be paid. The internship has to be meaningful and mutually beneficial to the intern and the organization. It is important that the objectives and the activities of the internship program are clearly defined and understood", it added.
Regarding the framework, the AICTE said, "A minimum of 14-20 credits of Internship/Entrepreneurial activities/Project work/ Seminar and Inter/Intra Institutional Training may be counted toward B. Tech. degree programme and 10-14 credits for three year diploma programme."
"Here, 1 credit is equivalent to minimum 40-45 hours of work. Therefore, a full-time intern is expected to spend 40 - 45 hours per week on Internship, Training, Project work, Seminar activities etc. This will result in about 600 to 700 hours of total internship duration for B. Tech and 450-500 hours for diploma", it said.
"Internships may be full-time or part-time; they are full-time in the summer vacation and part-time during the academic session. AICTE curriculum is flexible to adjust internship duration. Therefore, opportunities must be provided for experiences that cannot be anticipated when planning the course", it added.
"The institutes have the flexibility to schedule internship, Project work, Seminar etc. according to the availability of the opportunities", the AICTE said.
"During the summer vacation after 4th/ 6th semester, students are ready for industrial experience. Therefore, they may choose to undergo Internship / Innovation / Entrepreneurship related activities. Students may choose either to work on innovation or entrepreneurial activities resulting in start-up or undergo internship with industry/ NGO’s/ Government organizations/ Micro/ Small/ Medium enterprises to make themselves ready for the industry", it said.
"In case a student wants to pursue their family business and don’t want to undergo internship, a declaration by a parent may be submitted directly to the TPO", the AICTE said.
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