India, July 10 -- In the fast-changing fields of data analytics and digital media, you degree alone isn't often enough to make you job ready. Most lesson plans and curriculums are dated by the time you're looking for your first job. And students find themselves short of actual experience.

To counteract this, several colleges have had internship programmes - systems that worked well for some students. Now, institutions are going a step further: they're tying up with firms and other organisations to allow students to work on projects alongside their education to bridge the skill gap for first-time job seekers.

Last year, the TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) in Manipal launched an 11-month L.E.A.D, a programme, which is a training partn...