Swachh Bharat Summer Internship: Winners will be given cash awards, says HRD minister

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday urged students to come forward to participate in the ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship- 100 Hours of Swachhata’ campaign, saying cash awards will be given to each and every participating student.

“In addition to certificates, cash awards will be given to winners along with appropriate certificates. For university level, INR 30,000, INR 20,000, INR 10,000 will be given, while for the state level, INR 50,000, INR 30,000, INR 20,000 will be given. For national level, INR 2 lakh, INR 1 lakh, INR 50,000 will be given along with appropriate certificates,” the HRD minister said.

“The winners will be awarded by shields/cups and special certificates at the college level,” he added.

Making it clear that an Internship Report should be submitted by the candidates in the prescribed format within 15 days of completion of fieldwork, the minister said the report will be reviewed and approved by the Nodal Officer for the purpose of certification and rewards.

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“All participants will be given a Swachh Bharat Internship Certificate on completion of their internship and its approval by the parent institution,” he said, adding, “Two curriculum credits will also be given to interns whose internship reports are found eligible to get credits by the parent institution. The best 3 interns/teams will be recognized at college, university, state and national levels.”

Launched by the MHRD in collaboration with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the objective of the ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship – 100 Hours of Swachhata’ is to engage the youth of the country for sanitation related work and village level development.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat campaign three years ago and now it has caught the imagination of the public and large numbers of people are participating in it,” Javadekar said in a video message.

Running from May 1 to July 31, 2018, the program is launched to develop the skill and orientation of the youth for sanitation related work. Another objective is to bring the youth of the country to make a significant contribution to the swachhta revolution and to integrate them in the community service in rural areas.

“Now it is the turn of the youth to participate in Swachh Bharat Summer Internship by visiting villages for 10 to 15 days during the summer vacation for making clean and dirt-free ambience,” he said.

The minister said that students enrolled in colleges and universities may apply in ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship’ through the enrolment form.

“Candidates may participate individually or in teams also. The location and team size may be decided in consultation with Nodal Officers,” he said.

After enrollment for the internship through the website, candidates will be accepted as valid once approved by the Nodal Officer at the parent institution.

“Candidates are to devote at least 100 hours conducting Swachhata-related activities in rural areas selected by them and approved by the parent institution. The last date of registration is May 15, 2018,” the minister added.