AICTE makes Internships Mandatory for Engineering Students – As per The New Indian Express report, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has unveiled the new policy for engineering students to undertake an internship for a stipulated period mandatorily, examination reform and the training of technical teachers
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).
As part of its recommendations, students pursuing bachelor’s degree in engineering will have to undergo at least 600 to 700 hours of internships and those pursuing Diploma courses are expected to intern for 450-500 hours which would earn them credits. The move to mandate compulsory internship is to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge acquired in classrooms and practical experience of working on real-life projects. It has also created 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 a job portal (www.ictacademy.in/aicteilp/) in association with the Chennai-based ICT Academy.
The Apex body has also suggested examinations to test a student’s ability to apply knowledge rather than ram facts and has also given the nod for open book exams.
On the other hand, technical teachers will have to undergo a training course at the time of joining and will also have to keep updating their skill set through in-service training programs.
As per the AICTE officials, the policies released by human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar, are focussed on improving employability. It said that these suggestions were not mandatory but can provide future direction for technical education. It has also prepared a model curriculum which will serve as a broad guideline.