The University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged universities to promote apprenticeship, internship embedded degree programmes in universities and affiliated colleges and institutions.
The official notice reads, “As you are aware, in line with the Budget Announcement of 2020-21 and with the objective of making the fresh graduates employment ready with necessary knowledge, competencies and attitude, the UGC Guidelines form Higher Education Institutions to offer Apprentice/ Internship embedded Degree Programme for embedding apprenticeship/ internship in general degree programs offered by the Universities have been developed.”
The UGC also requested universities that have been already offering such apprenticeship, internship embedded degree programmes to share the relevant information by October 10.
The Apprenticeship-embedded degree and diploma programmes were announced in Union Budget 2020-21 to improve the employability of students. Ex-Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in August had launched the UGC guidelines to offer internship-embedded Degree programs.
The commission in December last year said internships and apprenticeships are essential apart from quality education to capitalise the country’s demographic dividend.
“The minimal linkage between the general degree curriculum and employer’s requirement calls for an effective remodeling of degree programmes, driven by changing needs of the industry and service sector. Apprenticeship and internship can play a significant role in this context, the UGC had said.
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