For the first time ever, Delhi University has come up with an idea of offering internships within the campus to its undergraduate students. The internship will be for a day, in the vice-chancellor’s office.
Though intriguing, the idea of the internship is actually based on a goal — to expose students to the administrative system and its functioning, and thus, make it completely transparent.
JM Khurana, dean, students’ welfare says, “These internships are planned to start from September onwards. As per the plan, every week, one student from any DU college will be selected for the internship and s/he would then spend the entire day at the VC’s office, handling his e-mails, taking rounds of the university, etc.”
According to Khurana, this one-day internship, besides helping students to learn while assisting the VC, will also allow them to advise whenever they feel necessary.
However, the university has not decided the criterion for student selection yet. Khurana says, “As of now, we are still busy with the admissions which will go on till August 31. Once we are through with them, a proper selection procedure will then be decided. And accordingly, we will let the colleges know about it so that students can apply through their respective colleges.”
“Once the students get selected at their college level, we (students’ welfare deans) will do the final selection of the candidates who will then spend a day at the VC’s office. These students can be from first, second or the third year,” adds Khurana.
Avipsha Das, a student of third-year sociology in Miranda House College says, “We have not been informed about such an initiative yet; but whenever they announce I’ll try my best to get selected. Being in his office is like a dream. Also, seeing how the university functions will be a learning experience.”