The UGC has issued comprehensive guidelines for internships, specifically targeting undergraduates, with the aim of enhancing their employability skills.
In an effort to bridge the gap between academia and industry, the UGC has directed all higher education institutions (HEIs) to actively implement these guidelines. The focus is on making students job-ready and fostering a keen interest in research.
The guidelines encourage the use of Research and Development (R&D) Cells to coordinate and facilitate internships across various disciplines.
The UGC emphasized that adherence to these guidelines would assist students in developing competency, capability, professional working skills, expertise, and confidence.
In a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of universities and principals of colleges, the UGC highlighted the importance of internships in providing invaluable learning experiences aligned with students’ interests.
This initiative aligns with the transformative initiatives outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP), aiming to actively engage students in practical aspects to improve overall employability.
The UGC envisions a robust system at the HEI level, fostering opportunities for students to undertake internships with local industries, businesses, artists, craftspeople, and research internships with faculty and researchers.
This approach is expected to enhance the practical side of learning and contribute to the overall improvement of employability.
As part of the broader vision outlined in the NEP, the UGC will actively review the implementation of these internship guidelines by universities and colleges.
This review process underscores the UGC’s commitment to ensuring effective incorporation of internships into academic frameworks, aligning with the evolving landscape of higher education in India.