The Government has called for internship from the prestigious IIMs to help in the management of COVID-19 pandemic. In a communique, the government has requested for interns to work with the authorities and groups setup by the Government for data analysis and evidence based policy inputs. A report from the Indian Express states that students and professionals from IIMs and other top educational institutions can apply for the internship. The Ministry of Personnel, Public grievances and Pensions has issued a detailed notice in this regard.
Abiding by the rules of the Government, the internship is completely work from home based. Anticipating a huge number of applications, the Government has also planned for a selection process. Firstly, the educational institutions will provide the names of all the interested students to the government, post which an interview will take place. Based on the performance in the interview and considering the educational and work experience, the final list will be released by the Government.
Eleven groups have been set up by the government to make sure that the pandemic is dealt with in all aspects. These are called empowered groups. The communique also said that the empowered groups will be provided with interns, for a period of eight weeks from the date of joining. It also mentioned that the groups will assign work and get required outputs from the interns, who will be working remotely on the task assigned to them. The collaboration will be done through a video-app called SLACK. The relevant empowered group shall confirm the successful completion of internship of the candidate, post which interns will be provided with the certificates. They will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). However, no stipend will be paid to the candidate during the internship.
An appeal for interns has been made to 20 IIMs, including those in Kolkata, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Shillong, Ranchi, Raipur and Bodh Gaya. Apart from this, knowledge partners including the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and Mohali, Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi, Management Development Institute in Gurgaon, Indian Institute of Public Administration in Delhi and the APJ Abdul Kalam Centre in Delhi have also been asked to share the names of interns.