Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged students across the country to join the government’s “Swachh Bharat Summer” internship programme. The internship will be organised by three ministries – Sports, Human Resource Development (HRD) and Water Resources. The Prime Minister during his monthly radio programme “Mann ki Baat” said that this programme can be “a good opportunity” for those who wish to make a difference in the society.
“I would urge the youngsters to join the government’s ‘Swachh Bharat Summer’ internship…The best interns will be awarded. The UGC will give them credit points,” the Prime Minister said.
Last month the University Grants Commission (UGC) secretary Rajnish Jain had written to the vice-chancellors and heads of over 800 universities and about 38,000 colleges, suggesting that students pursuing courses in higher education institutions should be given two credit points for undergoing 15-days (100 hours) summer internship under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan activities.
Like any other elective course offered under the Choice Based Credit System, this elective will be given two credits. A decision to this effect was taken by the UGC at a meeting held on March 20, 2018. The notification stated,
These efforts are expected to provide a great learning experience in the Indian context to students across the country, and would help in improving the overall quality of education. You are requested to consider implementation of this elective course from the forthcoming summer session and give wide publicity among the students so that vast majority of the students opt for this elective course.
Students are required to register for the Swachh Bharat Summer Internship, between May 1 and July 31, and sign up for 100 hours of sanitation related work through community service in rural areas.