ISLAMABAD:President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mahfooz Elahi said on Friday that the National Internship Program (NIP) has not yielded the desired results in providing right experience to talented youth according to their education.
“A large number of post graduate students in the country are unable to get the desired experience under the National Internship Program, because of their irrelevant placement in the public sector departments”, he said.
He said that this year Rs.3.6 billion has been allocated for National Internship Program for providing internships to around 30,000 students of HEC recognized universities but a large portion of this amount will be wasted again.
As per policy, students are inducted for internship in the public sector organizations only and majority of them are placed in those departments which are totally irrelevant to their education, Elahi said.
Before starting jobs, students are required to undergo internships to get the practical experience and knowledge relevant to their studies but under the National Internship Programme, they are unable to get desired experience.
President ICCI said that government should revisit its policy and internship must also be offered in the Private sector, where students can have better opportunities of getting good experience in the private sector environment.
This change in policy can also help students to move towards entrepreneurial activities, instead of utilizing their energies in unproductive public sector jobs.
He proposed that mechanism should be devised for the monitoring and evaluation of placement of interns and through chambers of Commerce & Industries and Associations, interns must be placed in the Private Sector as well for their productive use and providing them more opportunities of jobs and entering into the entrepreneurial activities.