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Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri jointly launched the maiden initiative, ‘The Urban Learning Internship Programme (TULIP)’ in New Delhi on Thursday. The programme endeavours to provide internship opportunities to fresh graduates in urban local Bodies (ULBs) and smart cities across the country.
The portal for this programme also went live on the occasion.
Speaking at the event, Pokhriyal said that this initiative was aligned with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to harness the potential of the youth in nation-building. The minister said that the TULIP programme would be instrumental in laying the foundation of a new India as it will provide practical experience to students and will help infuse fresh ideas and innovative thinking into the working of ULBs and smart cities.
Pokhriyal informed that the programme would provide access to internship opportunities through 4,400 ULBs and smart cities across India. The minister lauded the efforts of the officials of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MoHUA) for the initiative, and hoped that TULIP platforms would give an opportunity to youth to generate new ideas to reform ULBs using modern and innovative methods. Similar programmes like these in convergence with various other ministries could help to generating internship opportunities for 10 million students in the coming future, he added.
Giving details of the programme, Puri said that 25,000 fresh graduates were expected to receive internship opportunities in the first year itself. This would not only help the interns get hands on experience in the vast activities of urban local bodies but will also help to create a resource on which the industry can draw easily for hiring.
TULIP was conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman under the theme ‘Aspirational India’. The programme is expected to help reap the benefits of India’s demographic dividend.
Any graduate who has completed B. Tech, B. Arch, B. Plan, BSc, etc., can apply within 18 months from the date of graduation. More details about TULIP can be obtained here.