Sahakar Mitra Scheme is a Summer Internship Programme (SIP) that has been flagged off by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. It is also called the Scheme on Internship Programme. National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) is the responsible authority to run the scheme, aiming to benefit both Cooperatives and young professionals (interns). Read the important facts about Sahakar Mitra Scheme in this article for the IAS Exam.
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What is the Scheme Sahakar Mitra?
- The “SAHKAR MITRA Scheme on Internship Program” (SIP) is an arrangement where NCDC will provide short term (not exceeding four months) opportunities to young professionals to acquire learning experience by applying skills and knowledge in an organisational context to facilitate professional development.
- It is an internship programme for students, young professionals to gain work-related learning experience in the NCDC functioning.
- These interns will be given opportunities to deliver innovative solutions to the cooperative sector, thus making it beneficial for both interns and cooperatives.
Refer to the table below to get quick details about the Sahakar Mitra Scheme:
|Sahakar Mitra Scheme|
|Name of the Scheme||Scheme on Internship Programme – Sahakar Mitra
Note: It is a paid internship for four months
|Government Ministry||Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare|
|Initiative of||National Cooperative Development Corporation|
|Aim||To provide a learning experience to young professionals about the cooperative sector and bring out innovative solutions; making them self-reliant.
Note: The idea of Self-Reliant India is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat.’
Objectives of Sahakar Mitra Scheme
The following table gives the objectives of the Scheme Sahakar Mitra:
|Sahakar Mitra – Objectives|
|The role, contribution and impact of NCDC and cooperatives to be taught to the interns|
|Context and practical working of NCDC to be learnt by the interns|
|Professional graduates to be oriented towards a cooperative business model so as to engage themselves in start-up cooperatives|
|To provide opportunities to the interns to take up leadership/ entrepreneurial roles in Farmer Producers Organisations (FPOs) which are organised under cooperative acts|
|To help the blooming cooperatives or those in need with business plans and projects through assured project loans on liberalized terms to young cooperators on startup mode.|
|To help promote Modi’s idea of ‘Vocal for Local’|
|Capacity development in the cooperative sector|
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The following persons are qualified to register for Sahakar Mitra Scheme:
- A Professional Graduate having a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree (duly recommended by the Head of the Department of the UGC / AICTE / ICAR recognized Universities / Institutions), in the following:
- Animal Husbandry
- Veterinary Sciences
- Professional MBA Graduates (Pursuing/Completed) or Professional Graduates from the following courses:
- MBA Agri-Business
- MBA Cooperative
- MBA Finance
- MBA International Trade
- MBA Forestry
- MBA Rural Development
- MBA Project Management
- Inter ICAI
- Inter ICWA
Other Key-Points of the Sahakar Mitra Scheme:
- It provides financial support for the interns for the four-month period of the internship. A total of Rs. 45000 is provided for the internship.
- Eligible professionals can register for the Sahakar Mitra Scheme through the NCDC official website
- 60 Interns are to be trained
- At a time, a maximum of two interns can be in a Regional Office. A maximum of two interns can be recommended from a particular institution in a year.
- An intern once chosen can’t be re-selected for the Sahakar Mitra Scheme
- Eligible people can apply only through online registration.
- The internship period shall not exceed four months for a person. A person cannot be taken as an intern more than once.