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As large numbers of students graduating from engineering colleges remain unemployed, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has now made it mandatory for engineering students to complete a minimum of 3 internships during their academic tenure at the concerned institute.
“Every student in technical institute should undergo three internships each spanning four to eight weeks before completion of his/her under-graduation course. The responsibility will be on the institute to help students find a suitable industry for the internship,” HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said.
From the year 2015-2016, nearly 56 percent of students graduating from engineering colleges remained unemployed. According to AICTE data from 10,328 technical institutes, from the total 15.87 lakh students passing out, only 6.96 lakh secured jobs.
Although some students do not take jobs as they wish to pursue further studies or launch their own start-ups, large numbers of engineering students are not able to secure jobs due to lack of employable skills.
Teachers of engineering institutes will now also have to update their knowledge by undergoing an annual refresher training course.
“Every teacher in each of the technical discipline shall mandatorily undergo an annual refresher course through SWAYAM portal (Massive open online course), encapsulating all advances in their field of study," said Javadekar.