UGC directs universities to promote internship programmes
- Institutions who are already offering the programmes are asked to submit the details by October 10, 2021
- In the budget announcement of 2020-21, UGC had released guidelines for internship
- Apprenticeship and internship can play a significant role in this context
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged to the universities and institutions to add apprentice, Internship degree programs in their curriculum. The educational institutions who are already offering these programmes are being asked to submit the details by October 10, 2021 through Google form by the commission.
Apprenticeship, internship embedded degree programmes are being asked to be promoted in the universities and affiliated colleges and institutions by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
By 10 October, 2021 the commission has also asked to submit the details via Google forms, from the institutions that are already providing these programmes.
The official notice reads, “As you are aware, in line with the Budget Announcement of 2020-21 and with the objective of making the fresh graduates employment ready with necessary knowledge, competencies and attitude, the UGC Guidelines form Higher Education Institutions to offer Apprentice/ Internship embedded Degree Programme for embedding apprenticeship/ internship in general degree programs offered by the Universities have been developed.”
In the budget announcement of 2020-21, UGC had released guidelines for internship, apprenticeship embedded degree programmes in line. With the aim of 9-making the fresh graduates employment ready.
The programmes emphasizes conceptual understanding of the course the students are doing and the subjects related to it.
In month of August, Ex-Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, had launched the UGC guidelines for Higher Education Institutes to offer internship-embedded Degree programs. In Union Budget 2020-21, Apprenticeship-embedded degree and diploma programmes were announced to improve the employability of students.
Internships and apprenticeships are essential apart from quality education to capitalise the country’s demographic dividend.-said by the commission, last year in December.
The UGC has also said that “The minimal linkage between the general degree curriculum and employer’s requirement calls for and effective remodelling of degree programmes, driven by changing needs of the industry and service sector. Apprenticeship and internship can play a significant role in this context.”