The concept of Practice School is one of the unique features of the curriculum at Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. It provides the students with an opportunity to spend quality time in the industry during their last semester of B. Tech. Programme. Students spend 4 - 6 months in their eighth semester in an industry to gain valuable ground exposure by being part of teams handling live and challenging projects. It enables them to work in mutual interest, improve self-confidence and develop core competence.
Further, the students are encouraged to do summer internships during the summer or winter breaks of the second year and third year, which help them to plan the Practice School project in an organization during the final semester. In addition to this, industries offer in-semester projects to the students. During the programme, these projects help the students be abreast of the latest developments and tools used in the industrial field. All these initiatives help the students prepare for the final year Practice School project of their choice.
The final semester of Practice School exposure provides the students with a platform to work in a competitive environment and deal with real-time problems. This experience enables students to develop their competence in problem-solving skills and demonstrate the knowledge of professional and ethical responsibilities. They get to adapt to the industry environment better and faster. It also ensures they are productive from day one of their professional careers. Most industries encourage and appreciate this concept, as it is a win-win situation for the industry and the institute. Industries of repute have been recruiting our students for internships in increasing numbers over the years. Most students translate their convertible-internship opportunities into full-time employment (FTE) offers.
The following is data from Practice school internships of UG and PG students.