Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Government to engage students in policy making in education sector

Serious about engaging with the youth in government, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has announced an internship programme, MHRD Internship Scheme 2014, for undergraduates, post graduates and research students. The programme will give interns an opportunity for active engagement with policymaking in the field of education.

The idea is to involve young talent in government, especially in the education sector where they are the most important stakeholders. For the government, it provides an opportunity to bring in a fresh perspective into policymaking and implementation of initiatives of the sector. For the young interns, this programme will give them a close view to the functioning of the government. The programme could lead to generating of useful empirical analysis, briefing reports and policy papers by the interns.

The programme is open to all Indian citizens, enrolled in a recognised university or institution in India or abroad. Undergraduate students should have completed at least two years of a three or four year programme, or three years of a five year integrated programme to be eligible to apply.

There will six batches of interns in a year. As of now, the ministry is offering six internship positions in each batch, each of two months duration, which could be extended up to six months, but only if required. A selection committee will constituted to review all the applications and make make the final list of students who make the cut. While students will be able to indicate their work area preference, the selection committee will have the final say. The interns will be attached to the bureaus dealing with their work area. The scheme will be rolled out from October 1.

Source: The Economic Times, August 6, 2014

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