Uttar Pradesh government has launched ‘housing and urban planning internship scheme’ from this year which will help to incorporate the modern technology in urban town planning and design and development of urban infrastructure. Under the internship scheme the graduates from the state universities, students from technical institutions will be enrolled for internship programme by the urban development authorities, UP housing and development board, chief town and country planner and Awas Bandhu.
The period of the internship programme will vary from six weeks to three months. However, interns will not be paid any salary, allowance or honorarium during internship. The candidates interested in enrolling for the internship programme can do it through the website of the Awas bandhu.
It is known fact that many urban local bodies are facing shortage of town planners. According to the government’s own estimate there are around 5,500 urban planners in the country. And most of them are unwilling to work for Urban Local Bodies due to poor working conditions and unremunerative salary package offered by these ULBs. Though efforts are being made to increase the number of urban planners produced in the country that cannot be achieved overnight. Approximately, 650 town planners are coming out of NITs, IITs and other engineering institutions every year. Importantly, most of these young urban planners lack experience, exposure and practical knowledge to take up the responsibility from day one and lot of time is needed to train them and prepare them to take up the responsibility.