“It aims to encourage youngsters like us to think out of the box and come up with innovations that would help create an ecosystem of independent and novel thinking,” says Anurag Kumar, a second-year student of BTech programme in innovation with mathematics and IT.
Before joining this course, Kumar was enrolled in statistics (hons) at Ramjas College. “The course structure of this programme fascinated me because of its uniqueness. The concept of ‘engineering kitchen’ or the technology lab and the freedom to design our own course structure were unheard of,” he adds.
Kumar likes the fact that he gets to experiment with technology. “Be it the 24x7 water supply project or road management through the traffic simulation project, we have already engaged ourselves in some very innovative and large scale projects that would have direct impact on society,” he says.
In another project, a mathematical model will be developed for real time simulation of traffic flow on some of the selected Delhi roads. In this one-year project, three road segments will be studied: BRT
Music with maths
Says Tushar Mishra, a student of the same programme who left St Stephen’s College to study at CIC, “I always wanted to go out of the conventional blackboard learning set-up and actually experience, experiment and learn. This is what CIC has given me. I have the freedom to pursue interdisciplinary project involving distant topics like music and mathematics together with IT and do something real. We have no constraints when it comes to our projects, be it financial or anything else; I can even ... do a project on water quality monitoring for which I work in laboratories of IIT Delhi.”
Giving details of his music project, Mishra says, “The project aims to find a correlation between different personality types and musical genres using different statistical tools. This involves surveying a sample space of 100 students and categorising them into different personalities using already available psychological methods, then letting them listen to a sample of five musical genres and grade them from one to five. Next we analyse the result and find a correlation between them. Lastly, we try to find best composition for a song.”
Ideas get a fillip
There are three projects funded by the university that has sanctioned R10 lakh for each. In addition, students involved with these projects get a stipend of R1000 per month. DU has also tied up with institutions such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation to set up a centre of excellence under CIC. CIC is tying up with PHD Chambers of Commerce and FICCI to place students with small and medium enterprises.