9th Jun, 2020
The Centre launched an urban learning internship programme — TULIP (The Urban Learning Internship Programme), for fresh engineering graduates, who will get an opportunity to work for 4,400 urban local bodies and 100 smart cities in the country.
- The Urban Learning Internship Programme, will provide internships to graduates and fresh engineers.
- The TULIP portal has been developed by
- Under the internship programme students will get to work for 100 smart cities under ministry of housing and urban development.
- According to the TULIP portal, there are a total of 295,200 internships under 23,970 companies.
- It will allow applicants internship for up to one year in areas like urban planning, financing, environmental engineering, sanitation and infrastructure.
- The online portal would provide a common platform to interested candidates, ULBs and smart cities, who would post details of their requirements.
- A Steering Committee chaired by Secretary, HUA, including AICTE chairman and other officials from the MoHUA and the AICTE, has also been constituted to review the progress of the programme on a periodical basis.
Who is eligible?
- Students having a degree of B. Tech, B planning, B. Arch, BA, BSc, BCom, LLB can register for internships as per their interest.
- Open only to Indian citizens.
Objective of the scheme
- TULIP interns would get exposure in a large number of areas including but not limited to urban planning, urban design, different branches of engineering, information and technology, mobility, finance, social sector issues and environmental issues.
- The program will provide them with insight into policy formulation and implementation.
- On a day-to-day basis, they will interact with city officials/ members of the civil society. They will be oriented towards best practices, knowledge sharing and project implementation on ground.
- The interns will carry with them a rich experience in urban governance which will help them in their future endeavours.
Significance of the initiative
- Improvising the system: Both ULBs and smart cities could utilise the fresh ideas of the young people in improving services and making local bodies effective.
- Solving urban challenges: The new programme would lead to infusion of fresh ideas and energy with engagement of youth in co-creation of solutions for solving India’s urban challenges.
- Boosting engagements: It would further government’s endeavour to boost community partnership and government-academia-industry-civil society linkages.