TULIP Program : Urban Learning Internship Program
Top Current Affairs 6th June 2020
Source | Press Information Bureau
Prelims & GS Paper III: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
- TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement under the theme ‘Aspirational India’ which laid emphasis on changing the approach of education from ‘doing by learning,’ to ‘learning by doing’.
- The TULIP Program has been jointly launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
- The duration of the Internship can range from eight weeks to one year.
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Context: The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP Program), an online portal has been launched recently by MoHUA and AICTE as a joint Initiative.
What you need to know about TULIP Program?
BACKGROUND: TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement under the theme ‘Aspirational India’ which laid emphasis on changing the approach of education from ‘doing by learning,’ to ‘learning by doing’.
AIM: The TULIP Program aims to provide internship opportunities to 25,000 fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country.
LAUNCH: The TULIP Program has been jointly launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
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COVERAGE: The internship opportunities will be provided for ‘Smart City’ projects which range from positions in urban planning, water supply, waste management, slum improvement and digital governance among others.
ELIGIBILITY & DURATION : Applicants must be Indian citizens who have completed their final year of college within the last 18 months and have a degree of B. Tech, B planning, B. Arch, BA, BSc, BCom, LLB. The duration of the Internship can range from eight weeks to one year.
ADVANTAGE: The Program would help enhance the value-to-market of India’s graduates and help create a potential talent pool in diverse fields. Besides, it would also benefit ULBs and smart cities and will lead to infusion of fresh ideas and energy with engagement of youth in co-creation of solutions for solving India’s urban challenges.
IMPORTANCE: The TULIP’s launch is an important stepping stone for fulfillment of MHRD and AICTE’s goal of 1 crore successful internships by the year 2025.
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What you need to know about Smart Cities Mission?
National Smart Cities Mission is basically an innovative initiative under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India that aims to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.
The Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015. A total of Rs 98,000 crore (US$14 billion) was approved by the Indian Cabinet for the development of 100 smart cities and the rejuvenation of 500 others.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) program used a competition-based method as a means for selecting cities for funding, based on an area-based development strategy.
The first batch of 20 cities known as 20 Lighthouse Cities in the first round of the All India City Challenge competition, were to be provided with central assistance of Rs 200 crore (US$28 million) each during this financial year followed by Rs 100 crore (US$14 million) per year during the next three years. Bhubaneswar topped the list of the top 20, followed by Pune and Jaipur.
- The Mission is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme which covers 100 cities for the duration of five years starting from the financial year (FY) 2015-16 to 2019-20.
- The major objective of the Smart Cities Mission of MoHUA is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of Smart Solutions.
- The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities.
- On 7 September 2019, the 10,000-acre Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) in Aurangabad, Maharashtra was inaugurated as the first greenfield industrial smart city of India.
- New Town Kolkata, West Bengal, selected in the Second Round of Competition, has withdrawn from the Smart Cities Mission after the Bengal government decided to withdraw all cities from the competition.
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