Submitted by tarundua on Sun, 08/07/2005 – 17:58. Linux
The Engineering and Professional graduate programs in India include Summer Training with the following objectives* Correlate courses of study with the way industry or potential workplace operates its business or work using technology.* Work on implementing what has been learnt in school, especially true for Computer Science under-graduates.The engineering and professional courses including MCA, B.Tech, B.E., BCA amongst others at any given time have an estimated half a million under-graduates needing internship in fields of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical, Civil, Bio-Informatics disciplines every year. The students for professional programs are required as a part of the courses to undergo a 8 week or 6 month training.For a long time after independence(India) the lack of industrialization meant that many of these young professionals had to go without proper training during internship period earmarked in the under-graduate programs. The world moves from industrial age to intellectual property based wealth generation structures i.e. factories replaced by call-centers and technology companies viz. chip design, software and bio-informatics.
Tools for generating this wealth in the form of software, [patents] and documented processes is available easily in the hands of people hithertho on the wrong side of longitudes and time-zones or urban-rural divides.In today’s world the interns or trainees, the future professionals need to re-orient the traditional approach to searching for a training or internship.
The traditional approach being defined as :-1
. Look for name brands and try and get a Training Certificate.
2. Put your dad-mom ‘s, uncle’s and aunt’s social network to work and land an internship. This normally gets you a certificate and usually not much as else as someone is merely obliging your relatives.
3. Your seniors sometimes can help place interns in the companies they work for, this generally works if you happen to belong to elite institutes like IITs, IIITs and NITs.
4. Your institutes placement cell:- Unless you need a 6-month training placement, the companies normally don’t bother offering training through placement cell. Again works better if yours is an elite institute.
5. Paid training to learn a new technology or a knowledge upgrade at an educational institution of repute like NITs which organise training programs for their students and accept outside students to work at their labs. This type of a training is a useful upgrade to theoretical knowledge but actually counts as “back to classroom” rather than an internship.
6. Training under a Full Professor/Researcher: a rarity in the stream of Computer Science, most of them went to the industry to earn their megabucks or went to US to pursue further research.T
he best that this approach gets you is:-After starting to look for summer training 2-3 months before you need to start it and finally reach a good enough company or workplace just in time or delayed by a week or two. Having reached a name brand or the coveted big corp, most interns end up doing menial chores no one else wants to do.The interns are either ignored or given totally useless jobs like inventorizing the IT equipment, making a survey of problems faced by home-owners in a factory owned residential area for its workers, making spreadsheets etc under the ruse that they are not qualified to handle a real job of programming or its equivalent in other areas of work.