Delhi University will soon offer paid internships to UG and PG students

Delhi University will start a paid internship scheme from this academic year for undergraduate and postgraduate students with the aim of imparting holistic education in line with the National Education Policy (NEP), according to officials.

The objective of the Vice-Chancellor Internship Program (VCIS) is to impart training in hard and soft skills by integrating cognitive knowledge with experiential learning, said VC Yogesh Singh.

All regular full-time students of Delhi University studying in any course at undergraduate and postgraduate levels will be eligible to apply for VCIS.

The placements will be available throughout the year based on the requirements of the departments, centers and institutes of Delhi University, according to official document.

“The program is a unique experience to help students expand their mental faculties by learning skills and instilling a sense of responsibility towards the university system.

“It is a method of interweaving holistic knowledge with innovative revenue streams while learning the most important of academics and administration,” Singh added.

The selection of students will be based on an interview and the proposed total number of scholars in both categories is 200.

The office of the Dean of Students Welfare has been entrusted with the responsibility of facilitating the VCIS at the University of Delhi.

The number of interns can be changed from time to time after DSW’s review and recommendation after the vice-chancellor’s approval, officials said.

“It will pave the way to achieve the goals of Samagra Shiksha (holistic education) under NEP 2020. It will enable young students to join the work of the university for mutual benefit. It will expose the undergraduates to the various departments, centers and institutes existing in Delhi University,” the document mentions.

Under VCIS, there would be two types of internships: a regular internship and a summer internship.

Summer internships will be offered during the summer vacation for eight weeks. Can contain a flexibility of 15-20 hours per week. Meanwhile, a (regular) internship during the academic session can contain between 8 and 10 flexible hours per week, he said.

“A student can use VCIS only once during a course of study at the University of Delhi. The maximum duration of the internship cannot in any case exceed six months from the time of joining,” the document mentions.

The regular intern will get Rs 5,000 per month while the summer intern will get Rs 10,000 per month. The budget will increase by five percent each fiscal year, he said.

A certificate from the DSW will be issued at the end of the duration of the internship and the assessment report of the corresponding contracting department, centers and institutes.

The document mentioned that interested applicants will have to apply online, and the duly submitted application will be valid for a maximum of six months.

Interested students should specify and indicate specific domains and areas of interest.

“Applicants can indicate three domain preferences/specific areas of interest while applying for VCIS. Applicants must upload a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) and No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their Head of department of the university while applying for internships,” the document mentions.

A student can only apply for an internship in one academic year under the prestigious VCIS and the selection will be strictly based on the interview and letter of recommendation, he added.

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