Prof. Shrikrishna Pawar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 29th June 2020
Internships are vital cog in the wheel of engineering education, which prepares students for professional environment well before entering it as entry level employee. Internships are foundation which can help students as a building block needed for bright career. Theories and concepts taught in classroom & labs can be seen implemented during internship period as industrial practice, this firsthand experience enhances knowledge and provides students with real corporate feel well before leaving the college. Opportunity to interact with seasoned diversified professionals, learning to manage time, and developing skills during internships can helped to build strong resumes and experiences gain from internship can also be utilized as competitive edge during campus interviews. At JNEC, students participate in internship programs during semester breaks as Summer Internships and Winter Internships. As flexibility component of curriculum, students are provided with choice to opt for 15 days internship in two internship programs or completing it for 30 days at once.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) inked with 30+ industries helped Industry Institute Interaction (III) Cell to facilitate internship opportunities to students. IT giant like Tech Mahindra is also offering internships to JNEC students through its collaboration with college in form of Makers Lab. Strong alumni network plays vital role in internships as many college alumni have proved themselves as successful entrepreneur and its matter of pride for JNEC that these alumni are always supportive and eager to help students with providing internships in their organizations to students from their alma mater. Many JNEC alumni working in the capacity of strategic decision making also lends helping hand for provision of internships. Closed relationships developed with business member organizations like Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries & Agriculture (MASSIA), Chamber of Marathwada Industries & Agriculture (CMIA) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) through joint working platforms also paves the way for internships offered to JNEC students.
Recent COVID-19 pandemic situation has triggered panic situation across many fields and industrial internships were also not differed. But strong team of dedicated department coordinators at III Cell work relentlessly and attempted that 100% student shall be benefitted from remote internship program. Individual mentoring by teachers and regular reporting by students via emails, Google forms and Whatsapp groups ensured tracking of student performance in these online internships. Regular connect with students during lockdown period ensures providing students with plethora of online opportunities including internships available on Internshala portal, which has associated with JNEC for internships and training. Many students proved their mettle by achieving opportunity of being an intern with reputed companies through online application and interview process. Siddhesh Aundhkar (SY-Mechanical Engg) is one of the 200 students selected by Morris Garages (MG) India Private Limited from Pan India level for internships. Siddhesh has sailed through online selection process which sees more than 20000 student application. “Experience of online robotic interview was ecstatic and learning through this prestigious internship opportunity will surely have larger impact in my engineering career”, said Siddhesh.
College has also collaborated with Coursera, an online learning portal to provide skilling opportunity to students during lockdown at free of cost. Many JNEC students have successfully completed their online courses and they are elated to share their certificates of course completion across social and professional networks. Lockdown has posed many challenges for getting internships, but JNEC students responded to it with great determination and more than 1950 students participates in Summer Internship programs and few of them grabbed internship opportunities which also offers stipend, this speak volumes about talent and grit exhibited by JNEC students. As the saying goes a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, so COVID-19 situation bring out opportunity for students to come out of their comfort zone and forces them to embrace the new normal through online internships!
(Author is Assistant Professor from Department of Mechanical Engineering and working as In-charge of Industry Institute Interaction Cell of Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College which is constituent part of MGM University, Aurangabad.)