(The Gist of PIB) The Urban Learning Internship Program  [JUNE-2020]

(The Gist of PIB) The Urban Learning Internship Program


 The Urban Learning Internship Program

  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have jointly launched an online portal called The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP).


  • TULIP is a program for providing fresh graduates experiential learning opportunities in the urban sector.
  • TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement by the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under the theme ‘Aspirational India’.
  • 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.

Smart Cities Mission – Snapshot of progress:

  • The Smart Cities Mission has made significant progress over the last three years in laying the foundation for future of urban India.
  • Now the projects worth over Rs. 1,65,000 crores have been tendered of which projects amounting to around Rs. 1,24,000 crores are in the implementation stage.
  • Projects worth Rs. 26,700 crores are already completed and delivering benefits to the citizens.
  • In order to boost walkability, non-motorized transport and public transport, our cities have completed 151 smart road projects worth Rs. 2,300 crores and 373 projects worth Rs.18,300 crores are near completion. 91 PPP projects worth Rs.3,700 crores have been completed and 203 projects worth Rs. 21,400 crores will be completed soon.
  • 51 projects worth Rs. 800 crores in the domain of vibrant urban spaces have been completed. 67 projects worth Rs.2,300 crores related to smart water and 41 projects worth Rs. 200 crores under smart solar have been completed.


  • 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. thus not only catalyzing creation of prospective city managers but also talented private/ non-government sector professionals.
  • TULIP would benefit ULBs and smart cities immensely.
  • It will lead to infusion of fresh ideas and energy with engagement of youth in co-creation of solutions for solving India’s urban challenges.
  • It will further Government’s endeavors to boost community partnership and government- academia-industry-civil society linkages.
  • It would help fulfill twin goals of providing interns with hands-on learning experience as well as infusing fresh energy and ideas in the functioning of India’s ULBs and Smart Cities.


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