AICTE Internship policy – Opportunities and Challenges
Unemployment has been talk of the town for long but the reasons are often ignored. The curriculum followed in our country unfortunately fails to meet industry demands yet followed blindly. One of the many reasons is lack of practical/industry experience. A degree without practical exposure is just a degree and this realization comes after stepping into the outside world. We learn but we often miss to implement, maybe we feel happy for doing less and sometime what we learn is never required to be implemented since it is outdated. A candidate having industry exposure gets more importance compared to the one who doesn’t. As per the Industry recruiters, theoretical knowledge is next to zero if not executed practically. It results in waste of time and money as the industry has to train the new hires thoroughly from scratch. On the other hand, if they get a resource practically nourished, with a little input it can be brought into utilization in turn saving time and money.
Internship can be a suitable solution, where a student can get hands-on experience while learning and can earn some credits too. Mr. Awanish Tiwari, Head of EV Training at Autobot India, thinks that the interns are usually very hard working and have quest for learning. They enroll for internship with a sole motive of learning and this turns fruitful for the company. “Interns working with Autobot India are very enthusiastic, they are young and dynamic who can be molded into efficient products according to our requirements”, says Mr. Awanish. Many organizations including Autobot India had already opened doors for the under graduates but there wasn’t any official enforcement from governing bodies; internships used to be just a matter of interest and eagerness to add an additional field in resume.
AICTE rolled out internship policy for the engineering as well as diploma students in view of increasing competency in the aspiring crowd. Making it mandatory, it has definitely raised some hope. ‘A minimum of 14-20 credits of internship/project work/seminar and inter/intra institutional training may be counted toward B.Tech and 10-14 credits for three-year diploma programme’, according to the proposed policy.
An intern doesn’t just work, he gets along with many other skills. Working at a place in any industry, one can closely observe the code of conduct, strategies applied to ensure smooth running of organization, maintaining equipment, maintaining team, managing people and several other. Machinery and equipment, which are either huge in size or cost an arm and a leg, you see only in books. Students get an opportunity to use them while interning. They will also get an exposure to the current technological developments. Basically, Internship is a fit for bridging the gap between academics and corporate culture. It helps in overall personal development.
Students of engineering will have to go through a total 600-700 hours of internship/training/project work/seminar activities etc whereas for diploma students the total internship duration will be 450-500 hours. Speaking in terms of credit, 1 credit is equivalent to 40-45 hours of work. Engineering as well as diploma students will go for training/internship just after their second semester during summer vacation for 3-4 weeks. Students will be involved in inter/intra institutional activities. This training will earn them 3-4 credits.
Second schedule of training is after fourth semester for 4-6 weeks earning them 4-6 credits. They will be involved in Industrial/Government/NGO/MSME/Rural internship innovation/ Entrepreneurship activities. Third schedule of training is after 6th semester for 4-6 weeks for engineering students and 3-4 weeks for diploma students earning them 4-6 credits and 3-4 credits respectively. Here also they will be involved in the activities like of second schedule. The last schedule for engineering students is after 8th semester which involves project work/seminar(excluding credits for advanced courses). Its duration should be 3-4 weeks and will fetch 3-4 credits.
All the AICTE approved colleges must have a training and placement cell and a dedicated training and placement officer who should be assisting students in fetching such offers.
A simple flow of the whole process would be – The training & placement cell of college should send a request letter/email to industry mentioning the objective, duration and other details. This will follow confirmation from company. Then students will be undergoing training after the completion of which they should submit reports on projects they worked on. At the end the industry will be allotting training completion certificate.
“Though there are many benefits, it is far from reality for students from tier-II and tier-III cities”, said Mr. Ashwini Tiwari, Founder Autobot India. He further added, “Many students are not able to crack those internships since they are very less in number. More companies should be roped in for this policy. One more challenge is to bring all the 12lakh+ engineers under this umbrella. Many students, even training and placement cell, from tier-II and tier-III cities are left behind due to lack of awareness. Autobot India is working on strategies to make knowledge of electric vehicles reach all possible crowd. Autobot India aims to explore all the options attached to electric vehicles and provides exposure to the students enrolling for its programs”.
To facilitate this policy, AICTE has signed up with many organizations/ministries in India and abroad. But looking at the total competing crowd in terms of numbers this won’t be sufficient. AICTE should expand its list of registered organizations so as to benefit more students. According to Mr. Ashwini Tiwary, there are certain methods which can be implemented to overcome these challenges. He summarizes them as,” first method can be a good interaction between College and Industry so that more companies participate as it is responsibility of both. Second method can be stand-alone platforms like IICP program devised by Autobot India as it is not possible to go to the industry campus when the enrolment is too high. IICP can help build industry like atmosphere and technologically equipped area in the college campus itself. Same standard and evaluation should be followed like industry so that within institution’s campus itself students can take training and get equivalent platform. Autobot India has already taken such initiatives and has been successfully implementing in colleges like GL Bajaj. Companies from other sectors should also come forward and adopt such efficient measures.”
This policy should be accepted and implemented widely. Every student undertaking training programs will have an edge over others.
- Written By: Komal Patro (Autobot India’s Inspiring Woman)