Learning with earning
Learning with earning

Learning with earning


Many under graduate and post graduate students from various colleges of the state specially College of Agricultural Engineering, Jabalpur, B.S.S. College, Carrer College, L.N.C.T. College, Oriental College, College of Excellence in Higher Education etc. come to WALMI, Bhopal for Internship programmes. In these programmes, WALMI, on nominal fee basis, engages the interns in various technical works for practical skill development. As these interns do not get any stipend or financial assistance from their colleges, they bear the boarding/lodging expenditures on their own for internship period, generally in low cost residences on sharing basis and WALMI, Bhopal, as per its norms tries to provide best possible assistance to these interns.

A Success Story – B.Tech Interns:


In the year 2018-19, a list of 30 students of B.Tech Final year were received from College of Agricultural Engineering, Jabalpur for a 4 month Internship Programme (January-April, 2019). At the same time an MoU was signed between WALMI, Bhopal and Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Watershed Management (RGMWM), Rural Development Department, M.P. in which evaluation work of watershed development programmes under IWMP Projects (year 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15) spread over 51 districts was entrusted to WALMI. The projects are to be evaluated on the basis of technical works, progress, procedures, financial aspects, social dynamics etc.

There were 331 IWMP projects in an area of 18.64 lac hectares, of which 30% area i.e. 5.56 lac hectares was required to be evaluated on random basis. WALMI, Bhopal agreed to conduct the task at the rate of Rs. 65/- per hectare.

Discussions were made in the Institute for finding out the possibilities of engaging the Interns for the evaluation work in terms of physical verification, documentation and procedural verification, on site works etc. It was found that during B.Tech. the interns studied all the technical components of watershed development projects but they lacked the practical exposures in these fields. Thus a strategy was made and the interns were involved in evaluation work as follows:

Work Strategy:

1. A 15 days training programme was organised in the Institute for interns in which all the subjects/works of watershed development were covered.
2. Detailed information on various evaluation formats developed for evaluation works was given in the training programme.
3. Detailed guidelines were provided to interns to monitor and evaluate the works of preparatory phase and work phase of IWMP projects separately.
4. Practicals and demonstrations were conducted at the demonstration farm of the Institute in which details of various watershed area development treatments/SWC measures like contour line demarcation, loose boulders structures, gabion structures, water harvesting ponds etc. were described.
5. On site evaluation of 3 micro watersheds in Sehore district was also done as a part of training programme, in which interns evaluated these watersheds under the guidance and supervision of subject matter specialists.
6. Soil and water conservation works, procedural guidelines, quality parameters, impact of watershed development works, focused group discussions with the community, interviews, record keeping, PRA exercise etc. were included in these evaluations.
7. The outcomes and expectations of RGMWM from these evaluation studies were also discussed by the officers of RGMWM.
8. Following provisions were made for the interns :
a. Honorarium of Rs. 1250/- per day.
b. Travel expenses from Bhopal to concerned districts/ blocks.
c. Vehicle facility for evaluation work.
d. Boarding/ Lodging charges @ Rs. 1000/- per day per interns.

As of now, evaluation work of 249 projects in 38 districts has been completed successfully by interns. Very positive and effective results are obtained by this new intervention which are as follows:
a. Interns:
a. Interest was developed in interns for learning the technical aspects of watershed development.
b. Practical knowledge and working skills were developed.
c. Courage is developed in interns to face field challenges in future works.
d. In future carrer, there will be benefit of field experience gained during evaluation.
e. Interns have gained confidence in deciding their carrers.
f. The practical training and work experience have given the interns a higher esteem and they will be benefitted by it in the future.
g. It is observed that there are remarkable changes in interns in terms of work satisfaction, working in a team, leadership qualities, mutual coordination and attitude towards working.
h. Each intern has earned more than 1 lac rupees till now for the evaluation work and Learning with Earning has proved to be a very successful new intervention.

If this concept is followed in other similar training and education institutions, then students will not only be benefitted to gain practical knowledge in the fields but the potential of the youths will be utilized in true sense besides economic gains to them. b. WALMI, Bhopal :
a. As the interns engaged for the work were not associated with any public or private organization, hence an unbiased and fair evaluation was possible.
b. Due to young age of interns a higher level of enthusiasm was obtained which resulted in approaching difficult and distant places during physical evaluation.
c. As the new generation is computer savvy hence it created ease in data entry and management.
d. The location wise pictures of soil and water conservation and other works were taken with the correct angles very effectively.
e. Adjustability factor of interns to cope with the field circumstances and conditions was higher due to young age and no special demand was raised by them during evaluation work.
f. The projects allocated to the Institute are time based in nature and if regular staff is engaged or recruited for it than institute has to spend more on the salaries, facilities etc. as per the service conditions, while no such liability was faced by the institute with these new interventions.