The Indian government’s recently-launched Swachh Bharat internship programme helps college students earns awards, incentives and UGC credits while cleaning villages.
On October 2, 2014, the Modi government launched India’s most extensive cleanliness drive—the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The flagship cleanliness campaign aims to clean the roads and infrastructure of India’s cities, towns and villages and make India open defecation free (ODF) by 2019. Now, to promote the mission further, the government plans to rope in college/university students and offer them a Swachh Bharat summer internship where they can work for the campaign.
PM Modi made this announcement in the 43rd edition of his monthly radio broadcast, Mann Ki Baat.
According to the official internship website, the internship aims to develop the skills and orientation of youth for sanitation related work, give them an opportunity to work for the campaign and integrate the youth in community development work in rural areas in the run-up to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The 100 hours of Swachhata internship between May 1 and July 31, will be offered by the following ministries:
a) Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
b) Ministry of Human Resource Development
c) Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation.
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The interns who produce excellent results will be awarded a cash reward and recognition at the national level. To be eligible to win the prize, the candidate must adopt a village and work diligently towards improving the condition of rural sanitation in India.
Within 15 days of completing their fieldwork, the students need to submit a report on the Swachh Bharat Internship Portal. They will be helped by a supervisor assigned to them via the institutions who will also guide them throughout the internship period as per the guidelines.
Who can apply?
College and university students can apply through the enrolment form.
Important Dates: The registrations period is April 25-May 15.
How to apply?
• Visit the official internship website – https://sbsi.mygov.in/
• You can participate in the program only if your college is registered or you are registered with NYKS (Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan)
• Click on “Login here” after a new page opens
• Enter your Name, Mobile Number and Email to register
• Enter e-mail or mobile number and log in with the OTP
• Fill up the enrolment form
More information about the internship can be found on https://sbsi.mygov.in/about-internship/.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)