Amid the COVID-19 and its lockdown effect When nation has faced one of the biggest setback. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has come up with an innovative step to provide opportunity to Civil Engineers of top premiere Engineering Colleges of India. NHAI will select Students from IITs, NITs and other AICTE approved Engineering Colleges in India.
As of now, 18 IITs, 26 NITs and 190 other reputed Engineering Colleges have taken steps forward for this collaboration and More than 200 Colleges have already signed MoU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with NHAI for the implementation of Scheme. NHAI is planning to collaborate with more than 300 Engineering Colleges offering Civil Engineering UG & PG courses will adopt National Highway stretches all over the country.
As per the press release by Ministry of Education, “The adopted stretches will be used as a field of study for the faculty, researchers and familiarize students of the Institute with the latest trends in industry. These initiatives are expected to create a bridge between the Institutes and the Industry as has been envisioned by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will also lead to mutual cooperation between the Institutes and the NHAI for dissemination of respective expertise on the field of Civil/highway engineering on National Highway Projects,”
NHAI will offer Internship to total of 40 Students of which 20 from Undergraduate and 20 from post graduate courses. The duration of internship will be of 2 months per year. Internship will be @ Rs 8000/- for undergraduate students and @ Rs. 15000/- per month for Postgraduate students.
“This initiative will also instill a sense of contribution to building local infrastructure among the student fraternity. NHAI will support the creation of lab infrastructure in the institute and may sponsor a relevant research project that helps in using alternative resource material and improving the quality of roads,” the official said.
Prof. Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Director NIT Silchar in facebook post said, “Our students will be introduced to the latest trends in the industry which can help in employability while NHAI can adopt our research output.NHAI has offered us 2 national highway stretches to adopt which are 2 laning of NH 44/06 from Jowai to Ratacherra in the crucial connection between Guwahati-Shillong-Silchar and 4 laning of NH 54/27 from Silchar to Balacherra which can be helpful for connectivity between Silchar-Agartala.
NIT RAIPUR official page in facebook post said, “NIT Raipur signed a Memorandum of Understanding (#MoU) with National Highway Authority of India (#NHAI) on 1st Nov.,2020. The MoU aims at voluntary adoption of nearby stretches of National Highways to use them as a field of study for researchers and students through internships to familiarize them with the latest trends in transportation sector and contribution of years of experience congregated by the Institute for advancement of the highway infrastructure. Subsequently, the research output obtained by researchers could be suitably adopted in practice by NHAI”