Chennai: As per the revised syllabus for vocational education courses in government schools, the school education department has said that class 11 and 12 students should undergo internship. The department, in 2022, had issued an order to reform the curriculum of eight professional education courses – Accountancy and Auditing, Agricultural Science, Basic Electrical Engineering, Basic Electronics Engineering, Basic Mechanical Engineering, Office Management and Secretaryship, Nursing, Textiles, etc. And dress designing. Two specific job roles for each of classes 11 and 12 were also implemented for these courses in coordination with Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation so that students can get two value added skill certificates.
According to the revised vocational education, industry-aligned vocational laboratories will be set up through a tender process in the coming days. Guest lectures and industrial visits will be planned for each quarter, while students will undergo an 80-hour internship from October 10 to 20.
Internship should be arranged with an employer/industry (micro, small, medium, or large business enterprises or local enterprises) in an area related to the student’s subject and preferably in close proximity to the school. A circular from the department said that before the commencement of the internship, funds will be made available to the schools to arrange travel facilities for the students and they will also get a stipend on successful completion of the internship.
Principals and teachers should talk to parents/guardians to get permission for internship.
To ensure the quality of internships, HM will conduct periodic checks by visiting 10% students, employers and internship locations. Orientation program will also be organized for head teachers.