Almost all companies that come to IIT Kharagpur for campus placements have responded to the institute’s request to offer online internships to their students. Due to the pandemic, it is impossible for the students to visit the companies for internships. Keeping this in mind, the institute started offering internship in-house to the pre-final year students.
However, there were many, who were still interested in corporate internships, and the institute had written to the companies for offering online internships. All 1,250 pre-final students across departments are engaged in online internships now — 587 of them are interning in 110 companies, making up for 80% of the companies visiting the campus for final placements.
Since these internships started late, the institute has allowed students to complete them by August 20, again an unusual relaxation, given the situation this year. However, most students are likely to complete their corporate internships by the end of July or by the beginning of August. In other years, the internships are completed by June. According to rules, every pre-final year student of B Tech, dual degree and integrated programmes have to go for an eight week long internship in academics or industry, outside the campus. Their performance is added to their assessment credit points.
Almost every company that comes for placement on the campus across sectors like, IT, manufacturing, iron and steel, petrochemicals, mining, financial analytics, internet security, data management and artificial intelligence has offered online internships to students, confirmed the faculty run Career Development Centre of the Institute. Students were chosen through online applications and interviews. They have also been given projects/problems online and these will end with digital interviews and review of their submissions.
Source:Times of India