According to M M Chaturvedi, programme co-ordinator, CIC, this programme is not an engineering programme but involves maths as an integral component, which is taught during the entire course. The programme includes training in core mathematics, information and computer technology (ICT) and science disciplines and additional courses on innovation and technology management, entrepreneurship, business, communications, etc. Since innovation is a fundamentally application oriented domain, there is a strong focus on problem solving and project work and training on building solutions for real world problems.
DU had set up the CIC in 2011 with the objective of fostering an ecosystem of innovation and connecting research with application for the benefit of society. It aims to support application-oriented research to solve real world problems by developing ideas into innovative applications that can be commercialised successfully. The course focuses on developing affordable innovations that reach a large number of people and at the same time are commercially viable, sustainable and relevant, explains Chaturvedi.
During this programme, students work on real life problems faced by the society. For each problem, students first prepare a mathematical algorithm and then simulate it on the computer for testing. After testing, they come up with relevant solutions with help of members of the faculty.
Since the programme is very new, students have not been able to complete their projects, which they choose on their own. Multipurpose robots, designing the wings of a plane, roller coaster design, etc, are some of the projects students are working on at present, says Chaturvedi.
Maths, computational skills, computer languages and communications skills, among others, comprise the course module. In the third semester, students need to pick their major from the three main streams of electronics, bio-informatics and system biology, or commerce and economics.
To be eligible for the programme, students need have passed +2 (minimum aggregate of 60% in four subjects) in any stream with maths and any one language as a compulsory subject. There is a written test followed by an interview. The fee of the course is Rs 5,000 per-semester. Last year, for a total of 40 seats, we received over 2,000 applications. This year we are hoping for even better response, says Chaturvedi.
As to advantages of the programme, Chaturvedi says, The programme encourages innovation; it allows students to develop ideas into innovative applications and lets students develop meaningful linkages with various segments of the society.
The dates for the entrance exam will be announced in June. For more details about the course and application forms, log on to cic.du.ac.in