Amidst rising unemployment and few job prospects for fresh graduates into the labour force, the Urban Affairs Ministry in partnership with Ministry of Human Resource Department has taken an initiative named TULIP (The Urban Learning Internship Programme) to provide internship opportunities with smart cities and urban local bodies for 25,000 fresh graduates, most of them from technical courses.
“Students come for internships for the purpose of gaining valuable experience. It makes them market-ready, after which they may go on to jobs in the private sector or elsewhere. It will give them multiple options,” asserted Hardeep Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Development (MoHUA), when he was asked regarding stipend and employment possibilities for these interns, reports, The Hindu.
TULIP platform has been envisaged by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to effectively create a repository of all participating interns and will facilitate their final placement and recruitment. The urban learning internship program will provide opportunities to students in various urban local bodies across the country for the development of smart cities. The web-based platform could also be used by the interns for obtaining a certificate of participation after completion of their internship as well.
While inaugurating the platform, Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, TULIP will mutually benefit all stakeholders, including the students, urban local bodies and the Industry in identifying young talents.
“Currently, there are 80 lakh students studying in various engineering colleges of India. These engineering graduates will get internship opportunities in various departments under the housing and urban development ministry. In near future, we will provide opportunities to over 1 crore students. I suggest other ministries also to come forward and collaborate with TULIP to provide internship in their departments,” asserted, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
Any graduate who have completed B. Tech, B. Arch, B. Plan, BSc etc. could apply within 18 months from the date of his/her graduation.
Useful links are as follows;
AICTE Internship: https://internship.aicte-india.org
TULIP Handbook: Handbook