Maharashtra chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday announced his intention of infusing new blood into government departments, by taking graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) – the country’s top engineering and management institutes – as interns.
The intention, he explained, is to bring in fresh ideas and a third party perspective to policies and technical and management systems that have been running for decades in Mantralaya.
“The idea is to get students below 25 years of age and get them to work with us for a period of 11 months to one year. This will help them get experience of seeing the working of the government from close quarters, which will enhance their portfolio and give us some fresh ideas,” Fadnavis said.
According to senior government officials, these interns, who will be paid a decent stipend of around Rs35,000 per month, will be placed into departments according to their specialisation and interests.
“Engineering students specialise in departments such as IT and civil engineering, and will be put in those departments. Similarly, management graduates specialise in finance, HR, marketing, and their skills will be put to use accordingly,” a senior official said.
As a part of their internship, the graduates’ job will be divided into field work and office reports. They will be given opportunities to travel and study government projects and schemes being implemented in Maharashtra. To begin with, the government will recruit 10 interns, who will join the government by the first week of February 2015.