India’s youth can be instrumental when it comes to implementing schemes on the ground. They have the energy and passion for learning new information, and in most cases, their enthusiasm is also fuelled by a strong sense of patriotism, and the need to better the conditions in the country.
It is equally essential for these youngsters to step out of their comfort zone, explore new environments and take up some social responsibility.
By opening up opportunities for a new internship programme dedicated to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan started by the Central Government in 2014, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has devised the perfect way to channel this energy and social responsibility.
The internship promises great incentives to the students who undertake it. Here are all the details you need to know:
1. Students are required to apply for this internship by completing the application form online. They can request the authorities of their respective colleges to guide them.
2. The students need to undertake work in one or more villages in either their home state or the state where the parent institute is located. Candidates can make this decision with the help of their institution.
3. The volunteer work must be some form of activity undertaken by an individual or a group that focuses on sanitation. Candidates have to complete 100 hours in this work to be eligible for the incentives given by SPPU.
4. SPPU promises up to two credits for the entirety of work conducted in rural areas. Dr Muktaja Matkari, the principal of the Abasaheb Garware College of Arts and Science, told Pune Mirror, “The inclusion of such programmes in the syllabus will help students address existing social issues more seriously and gain experiential learning. We are awaiting guidelines from the varsity on how to work the credit system.”
5. In addition to credits, the university is also planning on giving out cash rewards for the best project at various stages—Rs 20,000 at the college level, and Rs 2 lakh at the national level.
6. The responsibilities of each candidate include the following:
a) Spreading awareness about sanitation and hygiene in rural areas and carrying out relevant activities.
b) The hours of work have to be reported, and once they reach the end of their internship, they have to draft a report.
c) This report needs to be submitted to and will be evaluated by the government.
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Dr RS Zunjarrao, the principal of Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce said, “I believe education should be divided into a 20 and 80 percent ratio—wherein the latter is geared towards bettering career prospects, but the former is about social responsibilities. Such initiatives can definitely help students become better citizens.”
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
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