The duration of internship, weightage marks, modalities of training, orientation, capacity building, practice etc have been increased from the existing guidelines. The draft of the Model was published in July this year and it sought suggestions and complaints from all the stakeholders before notifying the final one.
According to AICTE, the rise in global competition prompted the Council to devise novel strategies for making a talented and innovative workforce for the industry and services sectors. The new strategy is based on an internship policy which envisages creation of a future talent pool for the industry and allied sectors. The guidelines clarify that the modified internship programme will not only help fresh pass-outs in gaining professional know-how, but also benefit the industry with future skilled personnel.
The model guidelines mandate strict training for skill development either during the course time or after completing the course period. What is different from the existing mode is that the training will give emphasize on both theory and practice, and the duration of the industrial training will be increased for each course. However, the students will have option to either go for a full-time internship or part time.
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