UGC releases new guidelines, promotes internships

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities across the country to make sure that students have proper guidance while opting for online internships during this lockdown period.

While the its ‘Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar’ released last week provide a framework for internship etc, the UGC in a new notice said that the universities or colleges may also take following measures for internship and other related activities in view of current lockdown in the country due to COVID-19.

•    Allow the students to take up 'online internships/ activities' including the activities that can be carried out digitally or otherwise from home.

•    Engage them to work as interns on ongoing projects.

•    Delay the start date for internship.

•    Reduce the period of internship clubbing with assignments etc

In a letter to the Vice Chancellors of all Universities and the Principals of all Colleges in India on May 4, the UGC reiterated that the guidelines are advisory in nature and the Universities may accordingly plan their activities keeping in view the safety and interest of every stakeholder and giving highest priority to health of all concerned, while adopting and implementing the Guidelines.