TULIP – The Urban Learning Internship Program

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Context: The Government has launched the TULIP program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) and smart cities.

Relevance:- For Prelims:- Key features and significance of TULIP programme
Mains: GS III

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development, and employment



  • Jointly developed by the Ministry of HRD, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • AIM:- To provide internship opportunities to 25,000 fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and smart cities across the country.
  • The internship opportunities will be provided for ‘Smart City’ projects which range from positions in urban planning, water supply, waste management, slum improvement, and digital governance among others.

ELIGIBILITY:- Indian citizens who have completed their final year of college within the last 18 months and have a degree of B.Tech, B planning, B.Arch, BA, Bsc, Bcom, LLB.

  • TULIP is a program for providing fresh graduates experiential learning opportunities in the urban sector. It is the result of the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister who firmly believes in the power of the youth and their ability to not only bring positive change in our country but in the world. The Prime Minister has emphasized the important role the youth of India has to play in the future of the country.
  • TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement by the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under the theme ‘Aspirational India’.
  • It would help enhance the value-to market of India’s graduates and help create a potential talent tool in diverse fields like urban planning, transport engineering, environment, municipal finance, etc.
  • It will further the Government’s endeavours to boost community partnership and government-academia-industry-civil society linkages.
  • This fulfills- MHRD and AICTE’s goal of 1 crore successful internship by 2025.
  • Thus, this internship program would help fulfill twin goals of providing internship on learning experience as well as infusing fresh energy and ideas functioning of India’s ULBs and smart cities.
  • It is an innovative initiative under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.
  • Objective: To promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of Smart Solutions.
  • Coverage and Duration: The Mission covers 100 cities for the duration of five years starting from the financial year (FY) 2015-16 to 2019-20.
  • Financing: It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

Concept:- The main motive behind this program is to change the way we learn. Earlier we used to perceive this notion of ‘Doing by Learning’, now as the circumstances changes with time we also need to change our way to ‘Learning by Doing’. The way we learn is the main idea behind this initiative.

How it will work?
  • A contract has been signed between the Ministry of Urban Affairs and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) which lays down roles and responsibilities of AICTE and MoHUA over a period of 5 years to implement.
  • Technical assistance for the platform is to be provided by AICTE and the programmatic non-technical assistance t shall be provided by MoHUA.
  • MoHUA will undertake capacity building initiatives in partnerships with State Governments to enable participation of ULBs and smart cities.
  • A Handbook for ULBs/ Smart Cities and interns has also been prepared for ease of implementation.
Who all can apply?

The internships are open to Indian citizens who have just graduated from an undergraduate program can apply within 18 months from graduating. It is available to courses and streams as stated by ULBs and smart cities.

Why is there a need for such programme?
  • India has a significant number of technical graduates for whom exposure to real-world projects by implementing, conducting, visualizing and planning is essential for professional development.
  • General education may not reflect the depth of productive knowledge present in society. Exposure plays a vital role in the solid pillars of knowledge.
  • Instead of approaching education as ‘doing by learning,’ our societies need to reimagine education as ‘learning by doing.’

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