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Technology Gymkhana Elections 2018-19

Candidate for Vice-President, Gymkhana

Devanand Kedia

DEPARTMENT: Electrical Engineering
HALL: Azad Hall of Residence

IIT Kharagpur Inter Disciplinary Dual Degree Program      

Brief Introduction

Interdisciplinary Dual Degree Program is a unique program in which a student can pursue a Bachelor’s degree in his parent department and a Masters degree in a department of his choice (Host Department).

Currently, students can do a Dual Degree Project in a Dept. other than their own subject to availability of a guide in the Dept. of choice and a co-guide in the parent Dept. Interdisciplinary dual degree takes it a step further in allowing the student to do PG level courses and electives in the Dept. of his/her choice together with the DDP (Equivalent to Master’s degree credits), and get a Master’s degree in that department.

Why is it needed?

1. The intermingling of academic disciplines can energize new pursuits and discoveries”, taking this motive forward Interdisciplinary Dual Degree encourages students and faculty to create new combinations giving a new dimension to the institute research.

2 .The Dual Degree programme being more rigorous gives more in-depth knowledge in a respective field. Student grievances, however, are more directed towards the specialization not being of their choice. Many students suggested that the Dual Degree Programme should be more liberal so that they could align their coursework with their interests.

3. During the time of admission, departments are chosen based on the JEE Advanced Rank and trends in the previous year. In this scenario, it is very unlikely that the student would have an actual idea of the coursework. During his Bachelor’s study, a student, being exposed to different fields might be inclined towards a particular field outside his department. In such cases, if he wishes to pursue a Master’s in that area of interest, InterDisciplinary Dual Degree Programme would be very helpful.

4. For example, a student of ‘Electrical Engineering’ Department after being exposed to various courses of the ‘Computer Science and Engineering’ Department in his initial years of study can become interested in a particular field and may wish to pursue a Masters Degree in that Field. Such a student, originally enrolled for just a Bachelor’s degree, will be able to complete his Masters in the institute itself within 5 years as a regular dual degree student. This has a major advantage: If at all an IIT student wishes to pursue a Masters Degree, going abroad would be given the first preference. Nowadays, due to several global issues related to immigration, Brexit, getting into elite institutions abroad poses several financial, employment and immigration challenges. Hence getting an InterDisciplinary Dual Degree would be beneficial which improves job perspectives and also relatively easier to complete.

5. This will go a long way in improving the research output from students as more students would be enrolling in the dual degree programme out of sheer interest. Students would be able to devote to the institute their passion and zeal in the area that actually interests them.

Where do we stand?

Currently, the institute offers highly specific Interdisciplinary Dual Degree Programs. Students who have taken admission to a 4-year B.Tech/5 year Dual Degree program can opt for an Interdisciplinary Dual Degree at the end of their first year.

A student can do a B.Tech in any engineering discipline and pursue an interdisciplinary course in one of the following disciplines:

● M.Tech. in Financial Engineering

● M.Tech. in Engineering Entrepreneurship

● M.Tech. in Transdisciplinary Programme in Petroleum Engineering (TPPE).

In addition, the Dual Degree Program in Quality Engineering and Engineering Design is a unique program that offers two verticals, one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Industrial Electronics.

Salient features of the program

The program intends to allow students enroll for a Masters degree in the department of his/her choice subject to approval from both the departments - the one in which the student will complete Bachelors and the one in which he will complete his Masters.The whole model can be constructed based on the following points:

1. The student is required to submit the entire coursework plan at the end of the third year for the remaining two years and seek approval from Heads of both the departments. Three years can be taken as the ideal time for exploring one’s interests.

2. The Departmental UG Committees of both the departments can set a CGPA cutoff for allowing the Interdisciplinary Dual Degree Program. The student is expected to meet both the cutoffs in order to pursue the Interdisciplinary Program. This can be done similar to the lines of setting a cutoff for converting to a regular dual degree in the department.

3. The student should have completed a fixed number of credits in the host department (To be decided by the host department’s UG Committee). All the prerequisite courses in order to pursue a Masters in the host department will be decided by the same committee.

4. The Department UG Committee and Head of the Department of the host department will be solely responsible for setting the required criteria for selection into Master’s Program. This might constitute an interview, written exam or a viva-voce; whichever the department feels is the most suitable process.

5. The student needs to complete the credit requirements of both the Bachelors in parent department and the Master’s in the department opted for.

6. The student will be awarded both the degrees together at the end like a regular dual degree.

Miscellaneous factors:

1. The student can be assigned a Faculty Adviser in the Master’s department as well and the responsibility of the student for administrative matters can be shared by the two departments in the fourth year of study and be passed on to the Master’s department in the fifth year of study. The finer details can be ironed out.

2. The student will be awarded both the degrees together at the end like a regular dual degree.

Summary of the proposal:

1. Allow students to convert into a Masters of their choice at the end of the third year to earn a Dual Degree at end of the fifth year.

2. Requirements: Complete coursework plan for remaining two years. Both the departments can decide on the CGPA criterion to allow for such conversions.

3. The exact selection criterion can be decided upon by the Masters’ department including Department’s UG Committee and Head of the Department.


Case Studies

Dual Degree and Double Major programs at IIT Kanpur

Dual-Degree Bachelor’s-Master’s Dual Degree:

This is a five-year programme in which a student earns a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree. The dual degree programme has three categories:

Category A : In this case both degrees are in the same discipline/department. There are two combinations in this Category – BTech-MTech and BS-MS.

Category B: This is a two discipline/department programme where the Bachelor's degree is in the parent discipline/department and the Masters degree is in a different discipline/department. Thus six degree combinations are possible in this category: BTech-MTech, BTech-MS, BTech-MDES, BS-MTech, BS-MS, BSMDES.

Category C: In this case the Bachelor's degree is in the parent discipline/department and the Masters degree is MBA. Thus the two possible combinations are BTech-MBA and BS-MBA.

MSPD Dual Degree:

A 2-year MSc student may apply for a dual degree combining Master’s with a PhD in departments where this is allowed.

Double Major:

Students who opt for a Double Major are required to complete Departmental Compulsory Courses and, in some cases, Departmental Electives in their second major discipline, in addition to completing all the requirements of their parent discipline. The courses taken in the second discipline will provide a knowledge-base in this discipline which is comparable to students’ knowledge-base in their parent discipline. The Institute Core courses will obviously be done only once.

5-year Dual Degree Program (Dept of Applied Mechanics IIT Madras)

This program enables an engineering student to develop skills that help him to acquire and apply new scientific knowledge from diverse engineering fields. With this foresight and by virtue of its interdisciplinary composition, the Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras has introduced a unique interdisciplinary Dual Degree Program along with the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Ocean Engineering. The Department offers specializations in the areas of Bio-Medical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics and Solid Mechanics.

Choice of specialization topic: Students can choose their specialization in their MTech programs at the end of the 7th semester based on their individual choice, performance records and availability of seats in the specialization group.

On successfully completing 5 years, the students of this program earn dual degrees:

● BTech in Aerospace/Civil/Electrical/Ocean Engineering and

● MTech in Applied Mechanics with appropriate specialization.

Establishment of a Digital Cell      

Brief Introduction

It will be a student body with the vision to digitize all the processes and operations in IIT Kharagpur. It will help administration to move every single process or application online with great efficiency which will save time and improve students’ involvement is all these processes.

Why is it needed?

IIT Kharagpur is one of the best universities in India. IIT Kharagpur is known to set an example by constantly innovating in every aspect. Hence, it calls for a need to boost the current initiatives of the administration to make the campus a truly digital one and set a leading example for other colleges.

Many administrative processes in the campus have been going online, but still there is a need to hasten the current efforts and constantly innovate in the coming years.

● Students face difficulties during administrative processes which are still carried out on pen and paper. The availability of an online portal for these processes will help the students save a lot of time that is invested in the completion of a particular task.

● Offline processes have lesser efficiencies than online processes. A lot of students procrastinate while completing certain offline processes and formalities. If an opportunity is released by the institute, an online application will get more applicants than an offline process.

● The outreach of all the initiatives taken by the institute will increase leading to best student being involved for the respective initiative. The cell will be responsible for making sure that through branding and marketing of any such initiative, it reaches each and every student of the campus, and students are enthusiastic about the initiative.

● It will reduce the communication gap between administration, faculty and students bringing them closer. All the opportunities provided by the institute and also projects and course material provided by the faculty will be better organized enabling students to take notice and participate more efficiently.

● It would give hands-on experience to students to work on live projects. The cell will be constantly working on projects that will help students a lot. The impact of their work could be seen all around the campus. This will be a great experience for the students involved enabling them to show more responsibility towards their work and to take more initiatives towards the digitization of the institute.

● The institute can utilize the potential within the campus instead of hiring professionals for the task.

● It will help the institute to align with Government’s goal of moving towards an efficient digital network.

● Training of student members as and when required.

● There are no apps of the institute.

Salient Features of the Cell

● A student-run body.

● It will come under the Technology Students’ Gymkhana

● Majority of the members will be those interested in web development, app development, coding and innovation.


● All the offline applications circulated by all the institute bodies will be shifted online into user-friendly portals which will help save time and efforts.

● Many other portals and initiatives that will be taken up by the members, to work towards the vision of the cell in the long run.

● Following processes are among those which can be converted:

● Guest Room Booking

● Gymkhana Slip

● Grade Card

● Hospital Appointments

● Online Counselling Appointments

● Regular Surveys and Feedbacks

● Room Booking

● Online Elections

● Archives’ Database

Resources required

● Office Space

● Technically efficient students

● Mentors

● Funding

Semester Review And Exit Review of The Vice President And General Secretaries of The Technology Students’ Gymkhana      

Brief Introduction

The Vice President and General Secretaries of Gymkhana will be submitting a report every semester about their progress on their proposals and all the work done and decisions taken by them in the semester. An exit interview must be taken by a panel similar to how interviews are taken at the time of their elections.

Why is it needed?

The Vice President and General Secretaries of the Gymkhana are elected by the students and they hold a large amount of responsibility and accountability towards the students who put faith in them. A lot of students grow unaware of what had been proposed initially, and what progress has been going on. This proposal will encourage the Vice President and General Secretaries to work harder to achieve their targets, and the students can really analyze who exactly are the people they are being led by and how their promises are being upheld for whom the student community has voted. This will ensure that the Vice President and General Secretaries never turn away from their responsibilities once they are elected. This will also ensure that the candidates don’t put forth unrealistic proposals just to attract voters in the subsequent elections.

In a recent survey conducted by Awaaz IIT Kharagpur, 95.63% of the students held the opinion that yes, such a move is the need of the hour as it will be a message for the future candidates to take care of certain things while drafting their proposals. In a report published by The Scholars’ Avenue, IIT Kharagpur titled “The VP Timeline”, which analysed the various proposals of the VP candidates and their implementation, it was stated that from the year 2007 to 2012 only 20.5% of the proposals of the elected candidates were fully implemented and can be termed as successful, 41.2% of them were analysed to have partial success, whereas a whooping 38.2% of the proposals never saw any level of implementation.

Salient Features

All the Vice President and General Secretaries must submit a report at the end of each semester. The report must include every aspect of the work done in the respective semesters. Following points are proposed to be reported:

● Targets Planned v/s Achieved

● Details of operations utilized to achieve each target

● Timeline Planned v/s Actual

● New initiatives and decisions taken

● Funds and resources used per target/project

● Reasons for delays and non-achievements of targets

● Plan of action for the next semester

All the reports will be verified by the President, Technology Students’ Gymkhana and concerned authorities before making it available to the students. These reports must be available for the students to read and take inferences from.

Twice every year, the Vice President and General Secretaries, will conduct an Open House Session where any member of the General Body could come and raise questions regarding their actions. This will provide a summary of the Vice President and General Secretaries’ tenure and whether the Vice President and General Secretaries did justice to their post or not. Also, this gives the next elected body a clear picture of the proposals which would generally take more than a year to complete, so that IIT Kharagpur can see some big revolutionary proposals being implemented.

Greater Involvement of PG & RS Students In Student-run Bodies      

Brief Introduction

Aimed to increase involvement of PG & RS students in all student run societies, cells and research groups where presently majority of the operations are carried out by the UG students.

Why is it needed?

PG students have a lot of potential, knowledge and experience and their involvement can improve the overall functioning and management of operations of the student organizations in the campus. But these students are not actively involved in most of these activities due to the following two factors:

● Communication gap between PG and UG students

● Less involvement of PG and RS students

However, in interactions with Heads and Governors of the various student bodies that have or had non UG members, it was found that their contributions helps a lot in the overall growth of the organisation. All the stakeholder benefited from such involvement of the PG and RS students.

Salient Features

The UG community must be made aware of the potential of the PG and RS students who can add a lot of value to their bodies. To further promote this, the following steps are proposed:

● At the beginning of each academic year, a report shall be drafted by all the student bodies covering the following points:

○ Action plan for recruitment of PG and RS students

○ Possible work allotment of PG and RS members.

○ In case the body had one or more PG and RS members in the previous year, then a performance report stating their contribution as members.

● Proper feedback will be taken by the Technology Students’ Gymkhana from the non UG students regarding their experience in the respective student bodies.

● Recruitment Drives: A campaign directed towards recruiting PG and RS members in coherence with the existing practices followed by the bodies.

Gatekeeping Program      

Brief Introduction

A mandatory academic course of an hour per week for students with the view of preventing any attempts of suicide and grooming people on how to identify any symptoms in their surroundings.

Why is it needed?

In the wake of recent unfortunate incidents in campus, it has become of great importance to provide students with proper training and support to overcome situations that may lead to emotional instability and prevent them from taking drastic measures. Life at an IIT is tough and hence we wish to introduce measures that may assist the students in better resolving any issues that they shall face.

Salient Features

The Academic course shall be designed by the Counselling Center of IIT Kharagpur in collaboration with the newly set up Rekhi Centre of Excellence for Science of Happiness. The course shall be of an hour per week carrying one credit.

● It would be offered to students in their 5 th /6 th semester, when they face various difficulties in terms of academics and internships and may develop early signs of depression.

● For a batch of 1200 students (say), 600 will take the course in their 5 th semester and the rest in their 6 th semester. The batch of 600 shall be further divided into 6 sections of 100 students each, hence 2 professors from the Counselling Centre shall be required to take the course, each professor teaching to 3 sections.

● Thus the total course duration sums up to be of 14/15 hours per semester.

● The course shall be open for all the students to opt for in any semester but shall be mandatory in the 5 th / 6 th semester if already not taken before.

Questions may arise that students suffering from depression who need the course the most shall most probably be missing the classes and hence the purpose of the course fails. A possible solution to this is that regular tests shall be conducted to assess the well-being of the students, and if case may arise that a particular student is missing even the tests, then he/she shall be personally contacted by the counselors to know about the reason behind his/her absence.

Disclaimer: The format and content of all the Proposals are given by the candidates only. No editing has been done by Awaaz.

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