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In a move to make its students employable, SNDT University is planning to introduce a compulsory internship programme for all its postgraduate students. It is probably the first university in the state to introduce such a programme for non-professional courses.
Most students in professional courses like engineering and business management have to do an internship as part of their course structure. Explaining that the project will help make the students employable, vice-chancellor of the university, Vasudha Kamat, said, Why should an MA English student not join a newspaper house as an intern Why cant a history student work with a travel firm or even in a museum It will only help them in getting work experience before they hit the (job) market after earning their degrees. I have made the proposal and the boards of studies for different subjects will be discussing it soon. According to the proposal, the internship and research projects will be introduced in the fourth semester of all Masters programmes offered by the university. Since SNDT follows the credit system, each semester carries 16 credits. As per the credit system, four credits are equal to 100 marks. The proposal, based on the suggestions made by the board of studies, is to either allow 10 credits for internship and six for research or vice-versa, or eight credits for each. The heads of departments will have to make a list of institutions and organizations where their students can go for internships. The professors will suggest job opportunities in their respective subjects and they might even help students in their search, added Kamat. While this will be a novel project for the varsity, the department of human development has already made the internship programme mandatory. The internship programme has been successful for students from our department. It not only helps students gain experience but also helps them in getting jobs after the completion of their course. Many of our students have been placed in the same companies where they have interned. Even prospective employers will know the students and their skills, said Reeta Sonawat, professor and head of the department.
Courtesy: Times of India
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