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Ministry Of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

SAHAKAR MITRA: NCDC’s Scheme on Internship Programme

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The "SAHAKAR MITRA Scheme on Internship Programme (SIP)" was introduced by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) in the year 2012-13 with an objective to provide work-related learning experience in the core and special fields of functioning of NCDC to students of professional courses and to project contribution and achievements of NCDC in the development of cooperatives. Subsequently, the scheme was expanded to cover different states by offering SIP to students (in 2nd year of MBA Agri-Business) from State Agricultural Universities in the states where NCDC’s Regional Offices are located. Interns have gained valuable knowledge and experience in the cooperative sector over the years. Under the programme, NCDC will provide short-term (not exceeding four months) opportunities to young professionals to acquire learning experience by applying skills and knowledge in an organizational context to facilitate professional development. The programme aims at providing an opportunity for professional graduates to get experience in areas of functioning of NCDC and related aspects of cooperatives.
  1. To provide a deep immersion opportunity to professional graduates on the role, contribution and impact of NCDC and also cooperatives.
  2. To enable the professional graduates, to learn the context and practical working of NCDC and cooperatives.
  3. To orient professional graduates to the cooperative business model and engage themselves in start-up cooperatives.
  4. To enable professional graduates to take up leadership and /or entrepreneur roles in FPO organized under Cooperative Acts.
  5. To assist needy cooperatives in the preparation of business plans and projects.
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