GS Academic Affairs UG Review: Ishan Shrivastava
**Click on individual manifesto points to get a more descriptive understanding.
A point in Green signifies that the work has been done and to a great level of satisfaction. Orange signifies that some more improvement is possible with regard to the point. A point in Red implies no work has been done in view of that point. To gain a better understanding of how well a specific manifesto point was executed we tried to take into account the views of the GS and the various stakeholders involved.
Information Dissemination and Awareness
|→||Upload and publicize ‘Academic Awareness’ videos and presentations on academic processes, opportunities and flexibilities of the curriculum|
|→||Implement a user-friendly Query and Grievance Portal (with a Gmail bot and regularly updated and categorized wiki/FAQs), ensure their prompt redressal|
UG Academics Wiki was created on http://gymkhana.iitb.ac.in/~ugacademics/wiki with subject owners.
GMail Bot – A common GMail Bot was developed and launched, which included events updates, wiki search, course info and grading statistics at email@example.com
|→||Implement a Project Portal to provide a platform for displaying faculty and student projects|
|→||Implement an Online Notice Board with categorized subscription and try for SMS reminders|
It was envisioned that the SMS updates would be sent through the ASC online registry which can bypass DND. However, ASC refused to agree to such SMS reminders due to the costs involved
|→||Conduct department academic orientations and lab visits towards the end of first year|
Lab Visits will be conducted from this weekend onwards as planned by the council
Academic Processes and Systems
|→||Update course information on ASC and provide students with feedback on electives|
Feedback on electives was provided through Course Rank http://gymkhana.iitb.ac.in/~ugacademics/ug_acads/courserank/
|→||Provide Time Table Coordinators with student preferences to reduce slot clashes|
|→||Provide faculty advisors with guidelines on overridable errors|
A Faculty Advisors Handbook was prepared during summers. However, the Dean AP did not allow its circulation on the grounds that the UG Rule Book has to be first updated, which is a long process and should be completed by the start of next semester.
|→||Propose to implement an Online Application System (integrated with Moodle and GPO)|
|→||Try to facilitate effective selection of TAs in depts. based on course grades and preference|
UG Research and Academic Opportunities
|→||Coordinate with all Dept. G.Secs. to float summer projects for first and second year students|
|→||Establish the Society for Promotion of Undergraduate Research to maintain the Project Portal, assist students to find faculty and student mentors, spread awareness and showcase projects|
|→||Propose the IIT Bombay Summer School for short courses from IDC, HSS, SOM and IEOR|
|→||Encourage student teams (FS, BAJA, UMIC, etc.) to offer Research Projects on their machines|
|→||Continue an optional Professional Development Programme from third year onwards for Spoken English, Group Discussions, Personal Interviews and Professional Conduct|
|→||Coordinate with Placement Team and SARC to organize and record informative sessions on core and non-core jobs/internships, startups, further studies, IAS and IES|
|→||Compile App Database enlisting the selects, rejects, scores, projects and internships of students|
|→||Conduct dept. wise App Fundae sessions and video conference with alumni in universities|
|→||Facilitate setting up of Innovation Lab with sufficient space, facilities including machinery, dedicated trainers and resources, to support student projects and technical activities|
|→||Propose shifting of current Tech Room in SAC to one with much more work space than present|
|→||Propose installation of A/C and Wi-Fi in the Study Room|
UG Curriculum and Policy Reforms:
|→||Propose the introduction of English Foundation Course for first year students|
|→||Propose special minor allotment scheme for some seats based on performance in relevant courses (e.g. previous minor course, CS 101, EE 101, HS 101)|
|→||Propose uniform allocation of TA allowance|
|→||Propose to extend the duration of mid-semester exam timetable|
|→||Propose Minor option for DD students in 5th year subject to approval by guide|
|→||Propose the selection of DD specialization after 2nd year (for EE, ME and MM DDs)|
|→||Follow up on the curriculum reviews conducted in departments; conduct a Curriculum Review with Industry and Universities in collaboration with Placement Cell and SARC|
Curriculum Review with Industry – The process has been initiated. The next GSAA (UG) will see to its completion in collaboration with Placement Cell.
Curriculum Review with FAN (Faculty Alumni Network) – Completed in collaboration with SARC.
|→||Organize Student Projects Exhibition for increasing awareness among faculty and students|
|→||Propose to establish funding channels for student projects with IRCC and Alumni Association and utilize the SINE funding channel (Techno-entrepreneurship Programme)|
Rs 1.5 lakh is being given to 3 student teams each through SAC Development Funds (for the first time)
|→||Coordinate with other IIT technical student bodies to conceptualize the Inter IIT Tech Summit|
|→||Try to ensure cash advance is provided to student technical teams for major expenses|
UG First Year
|→||Ensure timely SMS updates regarding scholarship deadlines, help sessions, etc.|
|→||Ensure that IPE (Intensive Programme for Entrants) is well defined and properly conducted|
|→||Try to provide tutorial solutions to first year students, improve the UG TA selection procedure|
2 Year M.Sc.
|→||Nominate 2 M.Sc. representatives in the UG Academic Council|
|→||Propose HS 699 (Communication Course) as an elective for first year students|
|→||Coordinate with GSAA (PG) to ensure that SCP supports M.Sc’.s|
Library and Common Resources
|→||Propose extension of library closing time to 2 a.m. during weekdays and exams|
|→||Propose procurement of e-books of all faculty prescribed books; provide e-commerce websites with the list for them to sell these books at discounted prices|
|→||Upload exam papers on prof’s approval and useful course resources|
Useful resources portal will be launched by the end of this week.
Addendum 17th March, 2013: The many initiatives taken by the GSAA(UG) 2012-13 outside those outlined in the manifesto can be found below:
|→||Lan Ban Reduction(with GSHA and GSAA(PG))|
|→||Council Structure Revamped|
|→||100% increase in Summer Courses|
|→||Established UG Research Symposium (Opportunity, Recognition, Awareness)|
|→||MB Study Rooms|
|→||New Xerox and Print facility|
|→||Professional Student Counselling|
b) Proposal for a new counsellor at a different location has been accepted. A new counsellor will be appointed who will be available from 4 pm to 9 pm in the evenings in the Staff Hostel next to H-11. All the applicants were rejected after the selection process. Efforts are ongoing to appoint a counsellor
|→||Library Fine Reform|
|→||Installation of Spike guards and more electrical points in Library|
|→||BookBay - Platform for buying/selling used books|
|→||ARP Online Integration|
|→||Tutorial Session Request Scheme|
|→||Inter-IIT Gymkhana Summit|
|→||Shodh – Interdisciplinary Research Weekend (Awareness)|
|→||Institute Technical Winter School (Opportunity)|
MATLAB: 50 participants
STAADpro: 25 participants
1-day long workshop on Taguchi Methods by Prof. Prakash Apte, EE Department: 25 participants
COMSOL: 40 participants
FLUENT: 30 participants
|→||URA Ceremony (Recognition)|
|→||Scitech Majlis was launched for promoting learning of Science & Technology through peer discussions.|
“All about research”: Vaibhav D. Sambre (Chemistry): 80 students
“Solar Energy 101”: Aakash Jhaveri (Energy): 20 students
“Automotive Engineering: Recent Advancements”: Saurav Talukdar (Mechanical): 25 students
“Hydrocarbon sector: a primer”: Priyanka DeSouza (Energy): 25 students
“Why should you do research?”: Prof. R.B. Sunoj (Chemistry): 100 students
“From UG to a Professor”: An interactive session with Prof. V.M. Gadre (Electrical): 120 students
“The Probabilistic Method”: Prof. Niranjan Balachandran (Math): 120 students
Treelabs orientation: Prof. Dipankar (Treelabs): 25 students
An interactive session with Dean AP and Dean SA + ISPA and Symposium Certificate Distribution: 80
Research stories: Articles on cutting edge research (Awareness)
5 articles have been posted on the blog so far. Blog has aggregate 4527 hits so far.
|→||Placement + App Fundae sessions dept wise - April 2012|
|→||Core Engineering Weekend - October 2012|
|→||Civil Services Workshop - October 2012|
|→||Finance Winter BootCamp 2012 - December 2012|
The BootCamp focused on 2 major parts –
1. Keeping in mind the beginners in Finance, the basics of PE, VC, IB, MF etc will be covered through real life case-studies and lectures.
2. A parallel focus of the BootCamp is to provide participants a ring-side view of the inner workings of the different segments in Finance.
To achieve this, Company-Treks have been organized where participants will get to visit offices and directly interact with MDs, CEOs and other senior professionals.
|→||IAS Classes - February 2013|
Around 300 people (in 2013 , 2014 batch) are benefiting out of this service.
|→||Android Winter Bootcamp 2012 - December 2012|
In this bootcamp – around 15 teams of 4-5 people each participated to realise their idea into an Android App. This bootcamp gave them the opportunity
1. to come up with an idea for an Android App, evaluate the idea and convert it into a better one.
2. to build the app with the help of experienced App developers
3. get an innovators’ & developers’ perspective on Android platform.
4. work intensively and effectively on App development
|→||Inter IIT Tech|
|→||Inter IIT Messier Marathon|
|→||Tech ID and Roboshop|
Roboshop- A user friendly interface is developed on the website where students can sell their items (motors, wheels, Arduino) and needy students can buy them from respective person. This has been integrated with tech-id
|→||Institute Technical Summer Project (ITSP)|
|→||Electronic Notice Boards (in the Pipeline)|
|→||Initiatives for PG participation|
Web and Coding Club: Hosting Space at WebFaction installing servers
Aeromodelling: 2 RC remotes and Flying software package to promote flying in Institute
Robotics and Electronics club: Equipment/machines helpful in manufacturing as well as circuits/boards/sensors that are needed for day-to-day projects. These are issued by club managers for testing purposes