I envision a KGP where “Help shall always be given to those who ask for it.” Building a strong network of students, faculty and alumni within campus with an aim to achieve collective progress can go a long way in helping students benefit from the vast pool of resources available around them.
The main issue which concerns everyone is a lack of a medium which connects skills to needs. The talent pool that the Institute houses – academic and extra academic, is underutilised due to the absence of such a medium. It can be used to further research ventures, help students cope with academic pressure, inculcate new skills and instil confidence in students about their talents.
I propose to create an entirely new avenue of opportunities that shall provide a chance to every individual in the campus to “Earn as they Learn”, Earn rich experiences along with monetary aid. I plan to create a platform where in work opportunities within the campus can be consolidated and students shall be encouraged to take up such opportunities to hone their skills. I plan to integrate this programme with the ERP wherein all the functionalities will be handled under a separate tab named “Opportunities”. The program is further subdivided into 3 major domains - Student Assistant Program, Project Opportunities and Miscellaneous.
In the long term I see a KGP, where each and every individual shall be willing to collaborate with every other individual to make their mutual dreams turn into reality.
Over the years there has been a gradual shift from knowledge based education to grade based education. The increase in the number of backlogs, apart from disrupting a student’s career, is a cause of immense mental stress for students. This is hence a key concern for all the KGPians and Institute administration. At present, there are 834 students in the institute who are characterised as weak owing to their low CGPA and number of backlogs. In such a case it becomes difficult for faculty members to assist each and every student on a personal level. In this scenario the role of seniors who have excelled in the particular course seems of par importance. We can have examples of initiatives like PDS Doubt Sessions where stepping in of students who have excelled in the course as mentors have proved to be of substantial significance in improving the performance of students.
I propose to introduce the role of ‘Student Assistant’ into the general academic structure of the institute. Under this domain, various subjects will be identified by the departments which require student assistant. Classes will be conducted for these particular courses by the student assistant under the mentorship of the subject professor incharge. Students can apply for assistantship through ERP. Among the week students and students who have previous backlogs in the course, the Professor in charge shall decide for whom the session shall be mandatory. The Student Assistants will receive certificate and stipend as incentive.
All the depth courses shall be considered along with courses which are deemed important pertaining to career perspective of students in both research and industry, as identified by department representative in consultation with the TNP in charge.
● Further courses will be shortlisted to be included in the programme based on three parameters:
Ø The number of weak students and students having backlogs registered in the course.
Ø Feedback of students who have previously completed the course.
Ø Previous years’ grade distribution in the course
● The final decision will be taken by the HOD, faculty advisors, professor in charge TNP and the department representative to the academic council and a final list of the subjects shall hence be rolled out.
● Our focus shall remain more upon 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd year weak students so that their performance may be improved at a very initial stage and they can be brought out of the ‘weak student” domain in their initial years. Also by this we shall be catering to more than 75% of weak students. As identified by the data on subject wise total students with backlogs, there are a total of 107 courses in the first three years with more than 2 backlogs (excluding laboratory courses)
● Once the list of subjects is finalized, the department shall invite application from students through ERP under the student assistantship link in the opportunities tab. The assistantship shall be open to the undergraduates, postgraduates and research scholars alike. A student can apply for a maximum of 2 courses in a semester.
● Among undergraduates, only the students who have previously taken the course and have secured a position in the top 25 percentile of the class shall be eligible to apply. The eligibility criteria can be levied in special cases at the sole discretion of the Prof. In charge of the course.
● To enlist his/her candidature, each applicant shall have to fill out a questionnaire just like a cover letter. The PG and RS applicants shall have to additionally mention if they have previously taken a courses similar to the course they are applying for during their undergraduate degree and the grade secured in that course. Such information might be verified at the discretion of the Prof. In charge.
● The final appointment of student assistant shall be done by the Professor In-charge in consultation with the faculty advisors. In case of null registration for a particular course, they would have the discretion to appoint a student of their choice.
● The scheduling of the classes can be done according to the following cases.
● For a 4 credit course (3-1-0 format) having 1 hour devoted for tutorial component, the student assistant may utilise this 1 hour slot if approved by the Prof. In charge.
● For all other cases, the schedule of the course shall be decided by the Department Representative in consultation with the Prof. In charge considering the convenience of the students and the Student Assistant.
● If need be, the classes may be conducted during non academic hours i.e. after 6:00 pm or on weekends.
● The classes shall strictly be conducted in the academic complex. The department representative will be responsible to make arrangements for all the room bookings, scheduling etc. at the start of the semester.
● The Department representative must ensure that there are no time table clashes between two subjects.
● The standard duration of the session shall be 1 hour per week and the programme shall be carried out for 12 weeks starting from 3rd week since the start of the semester.1.1.4 Monitoring, Evaluation and Feedback
● The sessions shall be monitored on a monthly basis by the Prof. in Charge of the course or by a TA allotted for the course if any, as deemed fit by him/her.
● Due feedback shall be provided to the student assistant to improve his/her methodology after the monitoring process.
● The midterm and endterm performances of students compulsorily attending the course would also be a parameter of evaluation.
● The students who have attended the sessions will submit a feedback of the tutor sessions at the end of each semester.
● A certificate of appreciation shall accordingly be provided to the Student Assistant by the Professor in charge considering all the aforesaid parameters besides a fixed stipend.
We are planning to pay a modest amount of INR 250 per session to the student assistant. As of now around 150 student assistants are required for taking up 130 courses (including 107 courses on the criteria of weak students and an additional 23 courses).
150*250*12= INR 4, 50,000
Being a premier institute, it is of utmost importance to promote project based learning among the students making the process inclusive to everyone. The aim is to provide project opportunities from professors and students readily available to all the student community so that they can work in collaboration to attain a common goal. It can prove to be a major tool that can help to connect the students with similar interests.
Also observing the current trend, lot of student run start-ups require students to take up various roles in their venture. This again provides a great platform to students to showcase their skills. As of now, a some information regarding student run projects or startups is posted on social media and DC++ but most of it still remain unorganised which reduce the efficiency of resource allocation.
I plan to catalogue the projects from the professors and students side. The aim of this program is to promote self help groups and research orientation among students.
● T he professors can list a project they wish to offer to a student on ERP with complete details and requirements about the project just like the Job Notification Form of Career Development Centre.
● Any student can apply for the project by submitting their cover letter in this regard to the professor concerned. The concerned professor may conduct interviews if required. The final selection of the candidate shall lie with the professor.
● If a student wishes to list his/her project or start-up roles, they need to take a letter of approval from any faculty member who will in turn validate the authenticity of the project or startup.
● The student can then send request duly forwarded by a mentor professor to the web coordinator to list it in a manner as that of the professor.
The various student run organizations, societies, social and cultural groups and start-ups require technically sound personnel to assist them in conducting their yearlong events and activities. These requirements are generally outsourced to professionals even when a large number of students are proficient within the campus. Also it is observed that a large number of such openings come from the alumni community, large propitiation of which remain unharnessed due to lack of proper channels currently existing in the institute. Few such requirements I have identified include:
● Web Developers
● Content Developers
● Designers, etc.
I plan to tap all such job opportunities (part time) for the students within the campus, which will help them to brush up their skills and in turn, will act as a source of income. All aforesaid opportunities will be posted through the proposed portal on ERP.
For Alumni, the Alumnus will be required to send the details of the opportunity to the Office of AA & IR, which upon verification by the office shall be posted on the ERP. For all Department and offices of the institute, their respective heads will be required to upload any such opportunities.
For any student based organization, they will be required to send their requirement to the web coordination duly forwarded by a mentor professor.
● I have approached Professor Sudhirkumar Barai , the Dean of Undergraduate Studies , with the idea and he was positive about its implementation and effects as the administration is particularly concerned about the weak students. He is also optimistic about the broader application of the program.
● Alumni have been reaching out with opportunity to the Office of AA & IR through various other channels in the institute. I have particularly taken view of a few alumni who also felt positive about the initiative.
· I have contacted a few recent graduates and they all positively agreed that such an initiative will help in dealing with the academic issues , open up more project opportunities and increased demand for skills shall further motivate the students to even better themselves.
● In the long term, the successful execution of this programme shall drastically reduce the number of weak students and year backlogs and subsequently eliminate them.
● The programme shall then pivot to the one, which shall be highly attended by students due to the innovative teaching methodology developed by our fellow Kgpians.
● In wake of such awarding opportunities, students shall be motivated to put greater efforts into gaining more competitive advantage in their academic and technical skill sets.
● The full potential of this programme shall only be achieved when students possessing different skills come up themselves to post short term courses for fellow students.
IIT Kharagpur is among the few institutes which have a Counselling Centre in its campus, to help its students fight any emotional or psychological phases in their lives, which may hamper their regular schedule. Yet, there have been cases where students suffering from depression and anxiety have conceived such gnawing pain, that it forced them to take the extremely harsh step of ending their lives. Out of the various reasons that could lead to such a situation, there were two which stood out.
Firstly, there is a taboo in our society associated with depression, as a result of which, students often hesitate to reach out to the Centre. It is of utmost urgency that we consider depression as a mental health problem and treat it equally.
Secondly, in a campus housing over 10,000 students, the Centre cannot recognize the students who need its help and assistance when required.
Secondly, in a campus housing over 10,000 students, the Centre cannot recognize the students who need its help and assistance when required.
To address these issues, the Centre would conduct year-long programms among students. This would aid the Counselling Centre to identify the students who are in need of its service and abolish the stigma associated with it.
I propose a Reach Out programme which works round the year by conducting compulsory behavioural and psychometric tests on students -
Additionally, I propose a testimonial drive to encourage students to share their stories of overcoming depression to be released from Counselling Centre’s Facebook Page.
Only basic data of the students, such as number of deregistered subjects, change in SGPA will be collected. Complete confidentiality will be maintained through a unique identification number corresponding to each student.
Placements are one of the most crucial aspects of a student’s life on campus. The career development centre has been continuously striving to provide suitable opportunities and platforms to assist the students.
In continuation to these efforts, I propose to introduce reforms on four fronts to address the issues pertaining to the placements. These fronts include
● Active inclusion of the department faculty and alumni to assist students in the months lining up to the placements.
● Establishment of a repository of questionnaires to help students gauge their level of preparedness.
● Representation from the Research Scholar community in the Student Placement Committee
● Collaboration with the Counseling Centre, especially during December.
These problems have been identified in consultation with the Placement Committee incorporating the feedback of visiting companies and the graduating batch of 2017.
1. Preparedness of Students for the placement process:
Feedback received by a number of companies, especially core, visiting the campus for placements, raised the issue regarding the level of preparation of students. The companies found students to lack clarity of fundamental concepts of courses undertaken by students.
2. Lack of access to experienced alumni for preparation of interviews, CVs etc.
Many students feel the need of having an experienced person from industry who could help them in reviewing their CV and preparing them for PI’s through mock interviews. Students are often unaware of what firms expect out of their CV’s and what they should expect in the interviews.
3. No representation from Research Scholars in Placement Committee
The student placement committee has representation only from the undergraduate and post graduate community, and no representation from the Research Scholar community.
4. Emotional breakdowns of students during placements
It has been observed that the students appearing for interviews tend to be mentally exhausted because of the long hours, deprived sleep and multiple tests after few initial days. This very often leads to students not being able to perform to the best of their abilities.
1. Crash courses for industry relevant topics by Institute Faculty
CDC Prof-incharge along with the departmental representatives will consolidate a list of relevant courses, the knowledge of which is deemed necessary by company representatives and recent graduates for placements. The CDC Prof-incharge in consultation with the HOD’s will be finalising the list of courses. A faculty for each course shall be assigned by the HOD. It will then be the responsibility of the departmental representative to look after the schedule and required logistics for the conduction of the lectures.
2. Alumni Assisted Learning
The idea behind AAL stems from the fact that the recent alumni of our college working in various industries have knowledge of both recent industry demand and the potential of a KGPian. They have also shown their interest to help the students sitting in placement in aligning their efforts in the right direction. Such placement specific Alumni Mentoring shall help a long way in clearing the doubts of those sitting in placements and providing them proper advice on planning their preparation for it.
The recent alumni shall be reached out by the Office of Alumni Affairs and International Relation to get them onboard for this programme. The final list would be handed over to a preparatory team consisting of 5 Department Representatives of CDC and 2 representatives from Students’ Alumni Cell. The team shall be responsible to develop an online portal for the programme and coordinate the entire programme.
The Alumni would be required to register on the portal where in they would be required to fill their availability details. The students shall be asked to upload their CV’s for specific profiles. These CV’s shall be then accordingly sent to alumni depending on their preferences recorded by the team. Similarly once a CV is reviewed, the student shall also be given an option to schedule a mock interview session depending on the availability of the respective alumni. The CV review and mock interviews shall be on a first come first serve basis for students.
3. Preparatory Handbook
The preparatory team shall be responsible for creating an e-repository, the purpose of which shall be to provide a basic platform to initiate the placement preparations. This repository shall be developed on the basis of information provided by selected students during December and shall be updated regularly.
The Handbook shall consist of two sections, one addressing the pattern of tests, and the second aligned towards the interview process. The first section shall contain a set of questions similar to those asked across firms for different profiles. This shall give a good idea of the level of questions apart from the basic outline of the topics generally covered in the tests. The second section shall be based on the target areas for the preparation of the interviews. A disclaimer will be provided to all the students that these are sample questions.
4. Representation from the Research Scholar’s Community in the Student Placement
In line with the discussion held with Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Chairman, Career Development Centre IIT Kharagpur, a need is felt to include a research scholar to cater the needs of Research scholar community.
5. On spot counselling during the Placements at Nalanda
On spot counselling sessions by professional counselors shall be arranged at the Nalanda Classroom Complex throughout the placement season. The Career Development Centre will help identify probable students under a lot of stress, require attention from a counsellor and arrange counselling sessions for them.This will help keep students motivated and emotionally balanced. This will help the students perform to the best of their abilities.
Stage 1 : Recent graduates to be contacted by incoming Student placement commitee in the Month of May.
Stage 2 : Development of Online Portal and Alumni registrations on the portal. Feedback on industry relevant courses and availability details to be collected through portal in the first week of June.
Stage 3 : Students start uploading their resumes to the portal for verification inthe second week of June.
Stage 4 : Forwarding of resumes to alumni and subsequent feedback from alumni to take place from the third week of June to the second week of July.
Stage 5 : Preparatory team to be set up in the third week of July. Responsibility handed over to the preparatory team.
Stage 6 : Identification of propective crash courses to be conducted on the basis of feedback from alumni. Respective faculty to be contacted.
Stage 7 : Preparatory team to set up mock interviews for interested candidates with respective alumni fromthe second week of August - mid November depending on their availability.
Stage 8 : Crash courses by respective faculty to be conducted in the month of September and October.
Stage 9 : Preparatory Handbook to be prepared on the basis of responses collected from students after Placement tests and the interviews.
Stage 10 : On-spot counselling at Nalanda during December
We are immensely proud of the 1 credit course of Extra Academic Activities for the first year and second year undergraduate students and the impact that it has had on the student community. This proposal is aimed at playing a key role in students’ personality development and provide the students with rich and varied opportunities to experience the arts which develop creative, confident and capable students.
I propose to include Performing Arts under the Extra Academic Activities which will comprise of Music, Dance and Drama for the first year and second year undergraduate students. The students who will be allotted Performing Arts will work with a various local and primary institutions and bring the Arts to children and adults in the nearby villages.
The Extra Academic Activities would now comprise of the 5 subdivisions:
The students will have the option to choose Performing Arts in the same manner as they have been previously allotted the different facets of Extra Academic Activities. I propose a 3 hour lesson every week throughout the two years of the course.
The tutors who will be offering lessons in Performing Arts would be chosen from various art academies located in and around Kharagpur. The faculty of IIT Kharagpur who might be interested in Performing Arts may come forward and help us in this regard. The students will be asked to appear for an annual examination in these art courses to achieve a certificate similar to the NCC exam. The exam will be optional and will be affiliated to different art boards/ academies.
Music plays an extremely important role in the personal development all of our students and we aim to provide opportunity for students to be creative and to understand, enjoy and appreciate music for life. I propose a curriculum enhanced by a range of peripatetic teachers who offer tuition in brass, piano, wood wind, strings, keyboard, drums, guitar and voice.
The students will learn about the elements of music, develop the ability to read and write different forms of notation, and listen to and analyse music from medieval times up to the present day. Practical skills are developed using modern and world instruments, new computer technology and keyboards. The students will be encouraged to take part in group performances, both vocal and instrumental. The students will learn skills in 1st Year and then revisit them again in 2nd year. The students will perform music twice a semester in the nearby villages. This will be composed of 2 main units - performing music and composing music.
After analysing the survey conducted by the CDC team, I have found out that most of the students lack basic attributes such as communication skills, teamwork, punctuality and the ability to cope under pressure. In Drama we aim to develop these transferrable skills with an emphasis on teamwork, creativity, leadership, analysis of texts and risk-taking - skills that are important in all subjects and areas of life, no matter what you aspire to be.
The students will study a variety of plays as well as learn about and perform in different styles of drama including Naturalism, Physical theatre, mime and mask. The students will also develop their literary skills by analysing plays and writing about performances they have seen. They will also study the theory and technique of key theatre practitioners. Along with these, there will be a variety of trips and workshops as well. The students will also have to perform 2 street plays in the nearby villages in every semester.
Dance makes a unique contribution to the education of all its students through its use of nonverbal communication. The students will have the opportunity to think about how to use movement to explore and communicate ideas and issues as well as their own feelings and thoughts. As they work, they develop an awareness of the historical and cultural origins of different dances and as well as their social awareness.
We aim to develop two main areas - performance and choreography in the students. The students will explore a variety of dance styles which include Contemporary, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Street Dance, Salsa, Bollywood, traditional Asian and African dance. The students will learn about and explore performance, composition, appreciation of dance, and health and fitness.
● I have contacted few performing art teachers and academies in and around kharagpur who have shown a positive response towards the same with a modest fee.
● The Ex-Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Rajendra Singh and the current Dean, Professor Sudhir Kumar Barai are enthusiastic about the proposal and have expressed that budget will not be a constraint.
The institute’s vision to cater to the betterment of the society is centrally focused on the research innovations going on in the institute. A coherent research atmosphere can be achieved only by collaborating the work facets of the Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Research scholars. The exceptional work of the Research Scholars in diverse fields is a prized reserve of the institute, which should be tapped to encourage many more towards a research oriented path. A conjunct research culture like many world class institutes will certainly lead to a closely knit research community. Highlighting their work and redirecting their experience to guide many other students will not only boost the research frontier of the institute but also portray it on a global platform.
I propose to initiate and maintain a repository of the profiles of RS students in the form of web pages, containing their information especially pertaining to research. An independent database with all the profiles will be maintained under a separate section ‘Research Scholars’. In addition to this, these will be linked to the profiles of the Faculty-in-charge on the IIT KGP website.
1. Collection of data: The data for the student profiles of the Research Scholars shall be
taken via ERP with the fields for various details like:
In coordination with Dean RS, mails will be sent to all the students urging them to add the relevant details on their ERP. The completion of the same shall be taken care of in coordination with the Department RS representatives.
2. Compiling: The student details will be arranged in an ordered way: Department, Field, sub-field wise. This hierarchy would be implemented to ease access to a student’s profile. Also, the links to the student profiles will be added to the IIT KGP webpage of the faculty in charge. The Department representatives would play a role in achieving this.
3. Web page formation: The design of the web pages will be looked after, in coordination with the Web Coordinator, Technology Students’ Gymkhana,.
4. Maintenance and Updation: The respective department RS representatives and the Web Coordinator will guide the students in filling the forms and address their queries. Regular mails for update of their data in the ERP will be sent to the students along with constant assistance for self update of details.
1. Branding and visibility: This repository targets to gather the information of all the research scholars in one place which would be instrumental in their academic endeavours. A professional presentation of their profile in the institute page would be a credible source for various applications. Further, the visibility of their research work will increase, thus facilitating better funding and related opportunities.
2. Accessibility: A database of profiles, will enable better awareness to the research work done in the campus as well as help the interested individuals to access it. Also, the contact details provided will help in increasing the students’ outreach.
3. Helpful to UG students: A hierarchical segregation of research fields as well as the information of the work done, will be helpful to the Undergraduate student community of the institute in both acquainting themselves with the various facets as well as will give them an opportunity to approach a senior, working in the same field as his/her interest for guidance
Mess System is one of the most pressing concern of the boarders of IIT Kharagpur. In spite of a number of initiatives over the last few years, the institute currently lacks a single window official body of students to actively address concerns regarding any facet of food related issues at any location within IIT Kharagpur, which includes both the mess and the various food joints across the campus. I plan to create a clear, comprehensive and representative system to address the concerns of any and every boarder and establish a student channel to directly communicate student grievances to the Hall Management Centre. This proposal makes each and every student boarder an equal stakeholder in the mess system.
I propose to bring the Food and Mess Monitoring directly under the Chairman of the Hall Management Centre to institutionalize and officialise the workings of it. This would involve laying out clearly defined Quality Control Measures, advising on policies under consideration by the HMC and to actively seek the support of the students to pursue its goals.
We will form a forum consisting of all the General Secretary-Mess of all the Halls of Residence, the General Secretary of Food and Mess Monitoring Committee, Vice President-Technology Students’ Gymkhana and the Professor in-Charge of the Food and Mess Monitoring Committee. This forum will have monthly meeting to discuss all the issues related to mess and food quality inside the campus. The regular nature of such meetings will ensure proper follow-up and that concerns are raised as and when they come up.
Power will be given to this forum to impose fines and take necessary actions against the complaints filed by the students, representatives of particular Hall of residence against the concerned authorities and staff associated with it. Warnings will be given to the Hall representative as will in case they don’t take any necessary actions for the complaints filed by the boarders regarding any problem faced by them
1. There is currently a lack of a dedicated and official student run body to proactively communicate the issues of Mess to HMC on a regular basis. The currently organised Food and Mess Monitoring committee lacks an official status, authority and budget which renders it toothless in actively seeking concrete steps taken by the HMC to address the issues raised by them.
2. There is a lack of communication between the current representatives of the various Halls to the HMC which results in a lack of coordination and prevents addressing of certain common concerns of Halls which might be issues plaguing the entire campus which otherwise might be just considered micro-level issues.3. Especially in Postgraduate Halls, the private contractors have not been cooperating with requisite Hall Council Members to deliver on basic requirements. A dedicated unit to take up such issues can press forth for certain arbitration and steps to provide solutions to such problems.
4. There is a lot of disparity in the mess overdue charge by the various students of various halls because the final menu is proposed by the G. Sec (Mess) of the respective halls.
The food monitoring committee will have independent selection of first and second years UG students and First year PG students under the Vice President, Technology Students Gymkhana who will be responsible for inspection in the various messes and food joints in the campus. There will be 2 positions for general secretaries FMC, who will be the part of the proposed forum. These positions will be nominated by the previous members of the forum at the end of 3 rd year for UG students and end of 1 st year for PG and RS students.
1. FMC- To conduct regular inspection in various eateries and messes across the institute, documenting the report which will be submitted to the forum creating awareness about the FMC and the forum across the campus by conducting various events throughout the year. These events will consist of informal meetings with the boarders of the halls, conducting proper survey, publicity through social media and website, etc.
2. Forum- Forum will find out the solution to all the problems identified during inspection and complains filed by the students of the Halls of Residence, Contractors of the messes and the General Secretary, Mess of all the Halls of Residence. This solution may include imposition of fines and other strict actions against the defaulters. Forum will also be responsible for standardising the food quality and menu across all the messes. Forum will also directly report to the HMC and the other concerned administrative body about all the issues they get and the actions taken
Students will be directly involved in the policy making by the HMC regarding the mess and eateries in IIT Kharagpur. We can change the tendering process for the private mess contractors from paying them on the basis of strength of the Hall to the particular food item they are providing to the students. This will make sure that the IIT Kharagpur students are paying for what they eat.
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