Internship criteria unsettles students

May 24, 2019 09:09 pm | Updated 09:09 pm IST - TIRUCHI

Students of some of the city-based arts and science colleges who are enrolled in select programmes such as English Literature and Visual Communication find themselves in a piquant situation in the summer vacation as the institutions have asked them to undergo mandatory internship as part of the academic curriculum.

After the very first year in college, students, and in some cases, their teachers have been trying hard to reach out to organisations in the city to arrange for the internship. But not all are lucky. Many organisations turn them back stating that the written request had to come directly from the institutions. “Students find themselves stressed and are unable to enjoy the summer vacation,” a worried parent said.

While some of the college heads were of the view that the identity cards of the students would suffice to apply for internship, the students lose out on opportunities for internship as most of the established organisations in the private sector expect the institutions to address the request to the Human Resource Department for further action.

“A circular explaining modalities for internship will be brought out soon to ensure that the students are not put to inconvenience,” Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University P. Manisankar said.

Teachers say expecting the students to pursue internship at the local level is not practical as there are not as many organisations in and around the city. For internships to be meaningful, the institutions must take care to have quality teachers and a strong alumni network.

At the undergraduate level, it would be advisable to expose students in groups to practical aspects of their studies in the organisations under the guidance of the teachers, M. Selvam, Professor and Head, Department of Commerce and Financial Studies, and Dean, Faculty of Management, Bharathidasan University, said.

Students pursuing science programmes are able to fulfil internship by visiting the laboratories in the university and undertaking projects. Those in arts and commerce programmes are the ones facing the difficulty, it is learnt.

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