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At a glance
College – 3rd year student in the department of mechanical engineering in Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology, Guna, Madhya Pradesh
Place of work – Indian Small Arms System Assembly which manufacturers INSAS Rifles and INSAS Light Machine gun
Process of application – Through “Employees ward” if you know any employees currently working under Ministry of Defence in which case one can directly contact its HR department; or contact Senior General Manager of the Factory and sending him the resume and a cover letter directly
Eligibility – student from any branch of engineering can apply
Stipend – No stipend
Kind of work – Study the faults and firing results of rifle and to provide remedial measures to improve Rifles
InterFeel (IF): Please tell us something about yourself. Where are you studying currently? What are your hobbies and interests?
Aditya Singh Gaur (AG): I am Aditya Singh Gaur, 20 years old, currently 3rd year student in the department of mechanical engineering in Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology, Guna, Madhya Pradesh, which is also first private university in the state of Madhya Pradesh. I am a resident of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and did my schooling in Kendriya Vidhalaya no. 2, Armapur, Kanpur. Since I was a child, my area of interest has been space and defence technology and for being updated with my field of interest I used to read articles about it.
IF: Tell us something about your internship including stipend, duration and place?
AG: After completion of my 2nd year I had undergone 4 weeks vocational training in Small Arms Factory (SAF) of Indian Ordnance board, Ministry of Defence in Kanpur. My internship was at the INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) Assembly which manufacturers INSAS Rifles and INSAS Light Machine gun (LMG). SAF is relevant to my department which makes it perfect for student of every branch to get an internship here. Its sections consists of INSAS assembly, Tool room, Computerised Numeric Control (CNC) Machine section, MAG gun section, Small Component section, electrical department, IT Cell and cell for management students. As for the application process there are two ways to get this. First one is “Employees ward” in which if you know any employees currently working under Ministry of Defence, one can directly contact its HR department. The second one is to contact Senior General Manager of the Factory and sending him the resume and a cover letter directly. If he finds your application suitable, the manager will forward it to HR department. This internship has no stipend.
IF: Let’s talk about how competitive the selection process was. Which qualities helped you to have edge in the selection process? According to you, what were the key things that selectors were looking for?
AG: The selection process is bit challenging as they get thousands of application for this training/internship and they select some about 100-120 max students for the entire summer internship. Also you have to undergo interview by an IES/IAS officers which are highly talented and knowledgeable who try to test your basic knowledge about your branch and your stream. They also try to check your area of interest according to which they will allot you any section in factory. For me, the interview was unexpectedly easy. I believe it was easier for me not only because I had just completed my 2nd year (while most of the interns were 3rd year pass out) but also because of my grades and knowledge in defence field. As I earlier mentioned my area of interest is space and defence technology which helped me a lot to during my interview with the officer. And it was because of this that I was allotted the INSAS Assembly section.
IF: Could you please highlight the work/research you carried out during your internship period?
AG: I was alloted INSAS Assembly Section which assembles INSAS Rifles and INSAS Light machine guns (LMG). INSAS rifles are used by Indian armed forces along with some foreign users. My area of work was to “Study the faults and firing results of rifle and to provide remedial measures to improve Rifles”. INSAS Rifles which were assembled in SAF, undergo series of firing in the range of SAF by Army/Navy Shooters who test it very carefully. For me, the best part of this internship was to carry the INSAS Rifles and to perform shooting in the Shooting Range. INSAS rifles have many faults likes BNC, cover fall, RBNC, Light strike, extract etc. and to improve these faults one is required to undergo details to manufacturing of the parts of rifles, which are manufactured in the factory itself. One gets a good opportunity to see all thousands of parts of these guns in these mega factories.
IF: How do you think this internship has helped you grow? In other words, what are your key takeaways from the internship?
AG: This internship help me get a deeper knowledge about guns and machines. Also, it was a great experience to apply theoretical knowledge in practical life, as I am from mechanical engineering and in college we deal with lathe, shaper, miling, etc. machines. But in industry, they use giant sized lathe, shaper, miling, etc. machine and you realize how these machines work in any industries. My main takeaway from this internship was seeing big machines and how guns components are being manufactured from these machines. Also internship of this nature gives you knowledge about the corporate world setup.
IF: Has this internship had a decision altering impact on your career? Do you now think of a different future path as compared to before doing the internship?
AG: Since I was very young I was aware about my area of interest being space and defence sector. After doing this internship with the Ministry of defence, I have no second thoughts about my career in defence and space sector. This internship has made my decision even stronger and it has cleared all my doubts.
IF: Lastly, do you have any words of advice or caution for students aspiring for this internship and reading this piece?
AG: Yes, there are certain positive and negative points of this internship. Positive points are peoples, the people who are working are highly talented and they have good knowledge of their specific sections. They are open minded and are always ready to clear your doubts. Also food there is very cheap. One can have full meal in just ₹15 and can get tea and samosas for just ₹3 rupees. Also the atmosphere of whole factory is nice and calm. The best experience I get there was firing in range along with Army/Navy shooters.
On the other hand, this internship also have certain negative points that as an intern there is not a specific person with whom you can work (Trainer). Also one has to be proactive and to ask in case of any doubts and to know something specific about the machines. You have to analysis by yourself.
We would like to thank Aditya for such an insightful and detailed interview. We would also like to wish him all the very best for his future endeavors.