On Thursday, the government unveiled its plan of providing 10 million internships and opportunities for students across different government departments, smart cities and local bodies in a bid to alleviate the large-scale disruption in campus placement owing to COVID-19.
“In the present scenario, we don’t expect aggressive recruitment drives like previous years; and delays in graduation and the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions have led to job offers being withdrawn and job interviews getting delayed or cancelled.” Naveen Krishna Rai, business development manager at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore. As students stare at a difficult professional future with few job creation and extensive travel bans, the project of 10 million internships initiative could generate 30 times better apprenticeship schemes.
“India has a substantial pool of technical graduates who should be given a chance to be a part of the urban transformation of India. It is essential for graduates to possess real-life skills desired by the job market. There cannot be a better environment than a ULB (Urban Local Body) or a smart city for experiential learning,” commented Hardeep S Puri, housing and urban affairs minister.
The project aims to infuse practical learning within students by stimulating fresh and innovative ideas, indispensable to the growth of urban India. According to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, generation of such ideas would be beneficial to the functioning of smart cities and ULBs.
The smart cities, ULBs and government departments are keen on recruiting fresh graduates as interns for up to one year. Stipends and additional details will be decided by the students and their respective recruiters.
“We are creating an artificial intelligence-based platform to work as a match maker between urban local bodies, departments and institutions,” commented Anil D Sahasrabudhe, AICTE chairperson.