Govt Announces Swachh Bharat Summer Internship Program

Starved cows eating household hazardous waste near a housing colony of New Delhi in India. Scenes like this are common in the national capital. Photo: Rakesh Raman
Starved cows eating household hazardous waste near a housing colony of New Delhi in India. Scenes like this are common in the national capital. Photo: Rakesh Raman

India’s Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the convening and coordinating Ministry of Swachh Bharat Mission, in association with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), has planned ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship (SBSI) 2018’ program.

It is aimed at engaging the college youth with Swachhata work in villages in the coming summer vacation. This is in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s call on 2nd October 2014 for each individual to devote 100 hours to Swachhata through the year,

The SBSI will engage educated youth across the country, develop their skills and orientation for the sanitation sector, amplify mass awareness and cement the people’s movement (Jan andolan) aspect of Swachh Bharat Mission.

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Under the terms of the internship, candidates would be required to undertake 100 hours of activities including shramdaan, creation of sanitation infrastructure, system building, behaviour change campaigns and other initiatives in and around the nearby villages.

The guidelines for the internship are being formulated in consultation with the Department of Higher Education.The best internships will be recognised at college, University, State and National levels. Every intern who completes the SBSI will also be provided a Certificate of Internship by the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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The University Grants Commission has agreed to provide 2 credit points as an ‘elective’ under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to students in Higher Educational Institutions who would be undertaking and completing the SBSI.

According to the governement, details of the internship would be soon available in public domain.

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