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“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.

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