UGC had previously published guidelines for integrated internship and apprenticeship programs
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has called on universities to promote integrated learning and internship programs at universities and affiliated colleges and institutions.
The commission also asked establishments that already offer these programs to submit details by October 10 via a Google form.
The UGC had previously issued guidelines for integrated internship and apprenticeship programs, in line with the 2020-2021 budget announcement and with the aim of preparing new graduates for employment.
The curricula are in line with the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) and emphasize the conceptual understanding of the subject and the curriculum.
Degree and diploma programs integrated with learning were announced in the Union budget 2020-2021 to improve the employability of students. Former education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in August launched UGC guidelines for higher education institutes to offer degree programs integrated into internships.
The commission in December last year said internships and apprenticeships are essential apart from quality education to capitalize on the country’s demographic dividend.
âThe minimal link between the general curriculum and the requirements of the employer necessitates an effective overhaul of the curriculum, motivated by the changing needs of industry and the service sector. Apprenticeship and internship can play an important role in this context, the UGC said.