Engineering students can now intern with IAS officers

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  • The Indian government is also stepping up its efforts to hire interns so as to benefit from fresh ideas from engineering students.
  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), along with the Human Resource and Development Ministry (MHRD) has asked the district magistrates from over 700 districts in India to allow engineering students to intern with them.
  • The month-long internship, which will take place in June next year will roll in upto 15 students across 150 District Magistrate offices.
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With internship season at its peak, it’s not just private companies but the government is also stepping up its efforts to hire interns to get fresh ideas from engineering students.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) along with the Human Resource and Development Ministry (MHRD) asked the district magistrates from over 700 districts in India to allow engineering students to intern with them. The idea is to make the youth learn the on-ground implementation of government policies.

The month-long internship for June next year will enroll up to 15 students across 150 District Magistrate offices each. This includes offices in UP, Maharashtra and Haryana. However, their remuneration has not been specified yet.
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"Our vision is that this internship will expose the in-training engineers to how government departments function and in turn, DMs' offices could also benefit from the fresh inputs and ideas these students can bring," the New Indian Express reported citing officials from AICTE.

The initiative by the technical education council is aimed to improve the quality of education in the country. “We thought taking students to DM’s office, which is where most central and state policies touch people directly, will be a great venture.”

The Indian government is pushing on-the-job training at government offices as well. The MHRD recently announced its Internship scheme 2019 — for undergraduate and postgraduate students from India and overseas. The interns will assist the ministry with formulation of policies, implementation and reforms education sector.
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