The next big academic worry on many of yours’ minds would be the final year/semester projects. The very thought of it makes most of us jittery, dull and sad, isn’t it?
In India, like internships, we believe final year project can be a great opportunity for one to really explore and understand the depth of one’s chosen subject (in form of a research project) or to get a prolonged exposure to practical application of whatever you have learnt in the classroom. However, likes internships, in India final year projects are also a case of a missed opportunity.
Its no secret that 90% of these projects happen in a Xerox shop a night before the deadline. While a few may have genuinely lost interest in their chosen area of study by this time, for majority its a case of the project itself being boring. Would it be any different if we were allowed to work with industry for our final year project?
To re-quote the often quoted statistics on this blog, India produces ~1000,000+ engineering graduates every year which means there are ~1000,000+ final year projects happening as well. Even if you take ~6 months as the minimum duration of one such project, what comes out of the 6 million man months that we spend as a nation on final year projects? How many new ideas get generated, research projects get advanced or path breaking innovations happen? How many of these 1Mn projects are actually meaningful & intellectually stimulating?
We believe there are enough serious students who want to do a good job of their final year project if given right opportunity and Internshala would like to make a case in front of industry to provide these students with enough opportunities as final year projects. Before we do that, we need to know how many of you are actually interested in taking these projects in industry. Why not let us know what you think here and get your voice heard!
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