Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: ‘No internship No Degree’- this is the new guideline brought in by the government to put a cap on the rising rate of ‘unemployable’ engineering students in the country.

The engineering students will now have to undergo three mandatory internships during their course from this academic year failing which they may not get their degrees.

Every student in a technical institute must undergo three internships each spanning four to eight weeks before completion of his/her under-graduation course. It will be the responsibility of colleges to ensure internship for students and find a suitable industry for the internship, said HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Citing a data of AICTE, Javadekar said only 6.96 lakh students got job through campus placements out of the 15.87 lakh students from 10,328 technical institutes in 2015-16.

It means 56% students engineering graduates remained unemployed in 2015-16.

The low-employability levels of students have been a major cause of concern. Even though companies are coming for campus selection, they are not getting students with the requisite skills, said an educationist.

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Meanwhile, to make the teachers well updated with all the advances in their field of study, the government has asked teachers of all the engineering institutes to take up online courses offered on its SWAYAM portal.