AICTE makes 6 months internship compulsory for engineering students, details here

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has introduced new rules of internship for engineering students in which they have to complete 600-700 hours of Internship / Entrepreneurial activities / Project work / Seminar and Inter or Intra Institutional Training in order to earn 14-20 credits allotted for the same in their engineering degree.

Published On: Dec 3, 2018 08:55 IST

AICTE makes 6 months internship compulsory for engineering students, details here

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has introduced new rules of internship for engineering students in which they have to complete 600-700 hours of Internship / Entrepreneurial activities / Project work / Seminar and Inter or Intra Institutional Training in order to earn 14-20 credits allotted for the same in their engineering degree. Similarly, it has been mentioned by AICTE that the diploma students need to do 450-500 hours of internship equivalent to 10-14 credits.

It has been mentioned on the website that each credit is worth 40-45 hours of work. Till now, there were no specific rules governing internship for engineering students. However most top engineering colleges in India encouraged them to let their students have better industry experience, exposure to market practices, and get an opportunity to develop soft skills – all of which play a crucial role in bagging good job offers at the end of engineering degree.

It has been mentioned on the website that full time as well as pat time internship is allowed. AICTE has mentioned in their Internship Policy says, ‘AICTE has taken various initiatives to connect AICTE approved institutions located in a particular district with nearby villages for technological intervention and networking for holistic transformation of the rural population by identifying the possibilities of localized employment, convergence, cost reduction, Youth and Women empowerment etc. Keeping this in view, AICTE Rural/ Social Internship Programme has been proposed. It is proposed that if a student chooses any of the suggestive activity under AICTE Activity Programme, devotes 6 months (required Internship duration) and achieve significant goals, during his degree programme, his credit requirement for the internship will be considered fulfilled.’.

It has been mentioned on the website that internships may be full-time or part-time; they are full-time in the summer vacation and part-time during the academic session. AICTE curriculum is flexible to adjust internship duration. Therefore, opportunities must be provided for experiences that cannot be anticipated when planning the course. The institutes have the flexibility to schedule internship, Project work, Seminar etc. according to the availability of the opportunities.

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