Premier Institutes Facilitating More Global Exposure
For students of premier institutes in the city, trips to
gain global exposure have become more frequent than ever.
International internships during the course of academic programmes have been a standard
feature for students of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A). Now, overseas
stints are becoming common for students of other institutes like National Institute
of Design (NID), Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA) and Dhirubhai
Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT).
The academic year began a few months back at DAIICT. In this short period, six students
have already visited Europe to take part in the Google Summer of Code 2011 (GSoC)
internship. Another student of the institute, Nikhil Marathe, is preparing to intern
with Mozilla Firefox in the US. In all the cases, the students are sponsored by
host companies. A student of DAIICT, Ankur Singhal, said: Students are very interested
in international exposure. Apart from opening up opportunities for jobs, such exposure
also helps us in pursuing higher studies.
The number of students visiting foreign destinations through student-exchange programmes
this year at MICA has almost doubled to around 15 students as compared to the previous
year. Many students of the institute also want to take part in competitions and
events that are held at foreign destinations. Two students of MICA have just returned
from Seoul in South Korea. Jayati Somani and Nitin Mohan went there to attend an
event called Harvard Conference on Asian and International Relations.
At NID, around 25 students visit countries like France, Germany and Australia every
year. For the last four to five years, we have been increasing the number of MoUs
with foreign institutes for students exchange, said NID registrar, Vijaya Deshmukh.
This is done in tune with students increasing keenness to get experience from institutes
in foreign countries.
The number of students visiting foreign destinations is the highest at IIM-A. While
around 90 to 100 students of the institutes flagship programme visit various foreign
destinations through students exchange programme, a large number of them also get
offers for international internships from companies.
Courtesy: Times of India