Context: Recently, Union Human Resource Development Minister(MHRD) and Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs(MoHUA)  jointly launched a first of its kind initiative - The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP). 

More on the news:

  • The portal for this programme was also launched on occasion.
  • This initiative is aligned with the government’s  vision to harness the potential of the youth in nation-building. 

Details of the programme:

  • Objective: The TULIP programme will provide access to internship opportunities through 4400 Urban local bodies and smart cities across India.  
  • TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement by the Finance Minister  under the theme ‘Aspirational India’
  • It is expected that under the programme 25000 fresh graduates will receive the opportunity of internship in the first year itself. 
  • Any graduate who has completed B. Tech, B. Arch, B. Plan, BSc etc.  can apply within 18 months from the date of its graduation. 
  • An MoU has also been signed between MoHUA and All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) which lays down roles and responsibilities of AICTE and MoHUA over a period of 5 years. 
    • Technical support for the platform shall be anchored by AICTE and the programmatic non-technical support shall be anchored by MoHUA. 
    • A Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, HUA including Chairman AICTE and other officials from MoHUA and AICTE has also been constituted to review the progress of the program on a periodical basis.
  • MoHUA will undertake capacity building initiatives in partnerships with State Governments to enable participation of ULBs and smart cities under TULIP. 


  • TULIP would benefit ULBs and smart cities immensely as after training the candidates, they would have a pool of talented and hardworking professionals.  
  • This will not only help the interns get hands-on experience in the vast activities of urban local bodies but will also help to create a resource upon which the industry can draw easily for hiring.
  • Such a program will help reap the benefits of India’s demographic dividend as the country is poised to have the largest working-age population in the world in the coming years. 
  • Instead of approaching education as ‘doing by learning,’ the programme will help to reimagine education as ‘learning by doing.’
  • TULIP would help enhance the value-to-market of India’s graduates and help create a potential talent pool in diverse fields like urban planning, transport engineering, environment, municipal finance etc. 
  • This launch is also an important stepping stone for fulfillment of MHRD and AICTE’s goal of 1 crore successful internships by the year 2025. 

The TULIP program will be instrumental in laying the foundation of New India as it will provide practical experience to students and will help infuse fresh ideas and innovative thinking into the working of Urban Local Bodies and smart cities.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):

  • It  is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education, under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • Established in November 1945, first as an advisory body and later on in 1987 given statutory status by an Act of Parliament.
  • It is responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of the technical education and management education system in India. 
  • The AICTE accredits postgraduate and graduate programs under specific categories at Indian institutions as per its charter.
  • The council has no authority which empowers it to issue or enforce any sanctions on colleges affiliated with the universities as its role is to provide guidance and recommendations. 

Source: IBG News

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1629338