The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affair (MoHUA) announced on Tuesday that applications are open for India Smart City Fellowship and Internship programme and the last date to submit the applications is August 31.
“Smart Cities Fellows will bring passion and energy to the tough but exciting work of implementing cutting-edge, high impact solutions to key urban problems,” the announcement said.
Launched on July 9, India Smart Cities Fellowship and Internship (ISCI) programme is a work-based learning programme which provides an opportunity to the youth to work towards providing sustainable urban development solutions.
“India Smart Cities Fellows (ISCF) have a great opportunity to create solutions for India’s urban needs,” said the website of National Institute of Urban Affairs.
Under this programme, the ministry has envisaged to engage 30 youngsters – graduates, postgraduates and Ph.D scholars — from the fields of urban design, urban planning, information and technology, engineering, social sector, finance and environmental issues. The period for apprenticeship is between 6-12 weeks.
Fellows are exposed to a high paced, challenging work environment and they would be responding in real time to challenges being faced by the cities under the Smart Cities Mission. On a day to day basis, they would be interacting with senior officials and various stakeholders at either the smart city allotted to them or with the National mission Director’s Office.
They would work in sync with the needs of the projects to which they are attached and would bring their creativity and innovative approaches into the discussion to help with problem-solving and unravelling complex situations. They would have a great opportunity to learn from top leaders and practitioners driving the work in India’s urban sector.
The Government of India formulated Smart City Mission programme in 2015 with an aim to make 100 cities across India sustainable, developed and citizen friendly.