All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) announces a new policy on internship. According to AICTE New policy, Engineering Students will have to undertake a mandatory internship for a stipulated period to earn the required Activity Points, as reported by The New Indian Express. AICTE new policy report on internship says that Students can also earn credits for entrepreneurial activity/project work/seminar and inter/intra-institutional training.
AICTE has finalised its policy on the internship for engineering students, mandating 600-700 hours for BE/BTech and 450-500 hours for diploma courses. Those students enrolled in BE/B Tech/Diploma courses will have to complete above hours of internship. The technical education regulator of India, AICTE has also launched a separate website (www.aicteinternships.in) to help students get internships.
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) is India’s apex regulator for technical education. It works under the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (HRD).
AICTE New Policy on Internship
The AICTE new policy report on internship says that for a degree, 14-20 credits (1 credit is equivalent to 40-45 hours of work) should be earned through internship and for a diploma, 10-14 credits. Students can also earn credits for entrepreneurial activity/project work/seminar and inter/intra-institutional training.
AICTE has also made it mandatory for students to earn ‘Activity Points’, over and above their academic regular grades. It has also formulated a mechanism to earn them. While those doing regular four-year degree programmes should earn 100 Activity Points during the course, diploma students are expected to earn 75 of them during their three-year course.
This is being done to help them become successful professionals, which needs excellent soft skills, entrepreneurial and leadership abilities, team spirit and societal commitment, besides expertise in their chosen fields.
Internships have been mandated in the engineering courses to ensure that technical students get exposure to the industrial environment, current technology relevant to their subjects and opportunities to learn, understand and sharpen real-time technical and managerial skills. Internships are also expected to help create conditions conducive to the quest for knowledge and its applicability in work.
On November 20, AICTE launched a separate website to help students get internships. In addition, to help students find attractive placements and industries to get suitable candidates, it has also launched an AICTE job portal in association with the Chennai-based ICT Academy.
Mandatory Training and Placement Cell
All AICTE-approved institutions are also required to have a dedicated Training and Placement Cell (T&P Cell) headed by a Training and Placement Officer (TPO). They should allot one per cent of the total budget for the cell’s functioning.
It should arrange internships for students in industries or relevant organisations after the second, fourth and six or seventh semester, or according to guidelines of the AICTE/affiliating university. They can also create an online system to arrange and manage internships.
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