Union HRD Minister and MoS Housing & Urban Affairs jointly launch internship programme

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Union HRD Minister

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal `Nishank’ and Housing & Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Puri jointly launched a first of its kind initiative named `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP).’ The new programme will provide internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Pokhriyal said that this initiative is aligned with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to harness the potential of the youth in nation-building. The minister also said that the TULIP programme will be instrumental in laying the foundation of New India as it will provide practical experience to our students and will help infuse fresh ideas and innovative thinking into the working of Urban Local Bodies and smart cities

Pokhriyal said there is no shortage of brilliance in our country as the CEOs/ heads of the top companies of the world like Google, Microsoft, Adobe, etc are of Indian origin. The Minister also highlighted that the potential of students is also reflected in programmes like Smart India Hackathon in which they bring out solutions to the problems faced by Industry/, PSUs/ Government/ non-government organizations.

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Pokhriyal informed that the TULIP programme will provide access to internship opportunities through 4400 Urban local bodies and smart cities pan India. The Minister lauded the efforts of the officials of AICTE, Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development for the initiative and hoped that TULIP platforms will give an opportunity to youth to generate new ideas to reform Urban local bodies by modern techniques and innovative methods.

TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement by the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under the theme ‘Aspirational India’.

This launch is also an important stepping stone for fulfillment of MHRD and AICTE’s goal of 1 crore successful internships by the year 2025. The digital platform powering TULIP enables discovery, engagement, aggregation, amplification and transparency.

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