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Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) has received more than 20000 application for two of its flagship courses i.e. B.A (Hons.) in Humanities and Social Sciences and, B.Tech in IT and Mathematical Innovations. The admissions in these courses are secured through entrance test. Earlier, the entrance test used to be limited to the students of Delhi University; but from this year, University decided to do away with this limitation and open the courses for an all India entrance. The admission this year will be done on the basis of the all India entrance test.

The director of CIC Dr. Madan Mohan Chaturvedi said, “We invited applications from across India and there has been a tremendous response. For our two flagship courses, we received 20,796 applications this year.”

Last year, the course of B.A (Hons.) received nearly 800 applications while BTech course had received nearly 600 applications. This year the number of applicants has grown by 1275% for the course of B.A (Hons.). The nodal officer for the course Dr.Saleem Mir said, “It was expected that we might receive thousands of applications this time but crossing 10 k and touching 11,000 was a little more than expected, though, not surprising at all as the degree B.A (Hons.) at CIC is based on solid concept and is highly relevant in the current Indian scenario.”

He also accounted the innovative concept of the degree, the online registration and the pan India test centers have made it easy for the students of far states to appear for the exam as the reason for the surge.

The applicants can find the sample questions and the syllabus for the test in the CIC website. Students can have their queries related to admission answered in the facebook page of the Institute.

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About CIC:

Cluster Innovation Centre has been designed to seek and drive innovations from industrial clusters, village clusters, and educational clusters. It strives to stream relevant ideas and programmes stemming from the above mandate into its learning and research programmes.  Set up with an objective to foster an ecosystem that could connect and facilitate various stakeholders on all aspects of the innovation process including training and support, it offers some of the most innovative undergraduate courses and post-graduate courses in Delhi University. It runs two flagship undergraduate programmes, named B.Tech (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations) and B.A (Hons.) in Humanities and Social Sciences.

About the course:

BTech (IT and MI) is a four-year course which is one of the first of its kind in the entire country. This unique course is designed to foster the skill of innovation and entrepreneurship through its unique curriculum and pedagogy. It uses IT as a means to connect mathematics with various other disciplines. It is a blend of physics, mathematics, IT Skills, and Innovation. Admission for this course is through an entrance exam.

Eligibility criteria:

Students who have passed the 10+2 level with Mathematics as one of their subjects and have secured a minimum aggregate as mentioned below are eligible to appear for the

1. General category: 60% in any four subjects (including Mathematics)

2. OBC category: 54% in any four subjects (including Mathematics)

3. PH category: 57% in any four subjects (including Mathematics)

4. SC/ST category: Passing marks with Mathematics as one subject

Entrance Test:

The applications for the entrance test should can be found online here.

Last date of online registration:  May 31, 2016, Tuesday.

Date of Entrance Examination: June 23, 2016 (Thursday)

The details of the entrance syllabus can be found in the information handbook of Delhi University Admissions

Why B.Tech (IT and MI):

B.Tech (IT and MI) allows its students to test the applicability of classroom teaching in its ‘Engineering Kitchen’. Engineering Kitchen allows students to learn sciences in a whole different way. Students are provided with personal laptops as well as classroom laptops in order to facilitate the process of learning with a digital edge. The students also get to work on real life problems in mathematics, electronics, signal processing, genetics, computer sciences, managerial economics, molecular biology and robotics.

The students also get an exclusive chance to become a part of some prestigious clubs like Autonomi, the Robotics club of CIC, which is well known in popular robotic circuits of India. Apart from all the learning that takes place students also get to go on annual study tours and educational trips. The students recently visited the Israeli Water Pavilion to study effective water management systems in the world. Students are also provided with accommodation in University Hostels but the number of hostel seats is highly limited. This course will also give you a chance to intern with prestigious institutes like DRDO and HAL. The entire academic experience also comes up with a great opportunity- of having your own start-up. If you have an idea that can turn into a great business, you can pitch it to The Technology Business Incubator of CIC and receive funding as well as support from Ministry Of Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Govt. Of India to turn your idea into a company.

For more information, visit CIC’s official website.

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The Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) organised an educational trip to the Israel Pavilion at the India Water Week on April 7, 2016. The students also attended a special panel discussion on the role of universities in the water solutions’ ecosystem, and how the Israeli model can be applied to India.

The India Water Week, 2016, was organised by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, and FICCI. The State of Israel was the foreign partner. The exhibition showcased various flagship programmes of the central and state governments, like Namami Gange, Narmada Valley Project, Sujalam Sufalam, and many more.

The students were explained various technological interventions undertaken by the government of Israel, like desalination plants, water management, and drip irrigation systems to name a few. The students then attended a special panel discussion on role of universities in the water solutions’ ecosystem. The panel included many experts from universities like the Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi, academicians, and government officials from Israel who had been a part of the water resource programme of the Israel government. The speakers discussed various initiatives that they had undertaken in institutions like JNU, IGNOU, and the Research and Referral Hospital of Indian Army for water resource management in India, and also about initiatives taken in Israel. This was followed by a question – answer session in which many audience members enquired about various available solutions for water management.

The discussion ended with the students receiving campaign T – Shirts. “These type of events must take place across the country because water scarcity is a problem India is definitely going to face in the coming times,” said Nandlal Sumit, a student of CIC.

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Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) celebrated its annual sports on Friday, 18th March, in the University Stadium. Unlike other colleges where sports are majorly a student affair, in CIC the teachers are in fact a major participants in the events. The day started with the inauguration of the sports day by Dr. Madan Mohan Chaturvedi, Director of CIC. He reiterated the need of sports in the overall well being of a student. The first event of the day was a football match between the students of B. Tech. and B.A (Hons.). The players of both the teams were cheered by teachers and students of the respective courses. The match was won by the B. Tech. team with a score of 4-3. Siddharth Nandan a student of Humanities said “Loss and win are a part of the game. It’s the game in itself which brings us closer.” Cluster Innovation Centre CIC Sports Day The next event that followed was a throw ball match between the female teachers and students’ team. The game was won by teachers with a match point of 2-0. This was followed by the most popular game of the subcontinent- Cricket. The match was played between the team of students and the team of teachers and non-teaching staff and saw a lot of sixes, fours and wickets too. The students won the toss and chose to bat. They put up a huge score of 131 in just 10 overs for the teachers to chase. The teachers tried their best but couldn’t chase the total. The match was won by the students’ team by 51 runs. Kumar Gandharv Mishra, a student of Masters of Mathematical Education (MME) was one of the star players of the event who took 2 wickets in the same over. Cluster Innovation Centre CIC Sports Day The long rally of games then came to a pause when students departed for lunch. After lunch the students, teachers and non-teaching staff gathered for the event of Musical Chair. The event was won by Raja Pandit of MME. The sports day ended with a group of photograph of teachers, students and non-teaching staff to mark the uniqueness of the day. It was a day when students and teachers came closer to each other breaking the academic hierarchies and fulfilling the tagline of CIC which reads evolving senses, dissolving boundaries.     Image Credits: Priyankesh Dixit Srivedant Kar [email protected]]]>

Technology Business Incubator (DUCIC-TBI) is a joint initiative of Cluster Innovation(CIC) Centre, University Of Delhi and Ministry Of Medium, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Govt. of India. It encourages students to try out their innovative ideas (processes and/or products) at the laboratory or workshop stage and beyond, to carry forward the idea from its mere conception to know-how and then to-do-how stage. The main objective of this initiative is to promote emerging technological and knowledge based innovative ventures that seek the nurturing of ideas from professionals beyond the traditional activities of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). DUCIC-TBI has been successful in incubating many start-up ideas into companies since its inception in the year 2014. The start-ups are provided with a seed fund which ranges from 4-8 lakhs for one year by MSME. They are also provided with state-of-the art infrastructure such as WiFi, labs, workstations and guidance from CIC.

One of the start-ups, Imfundo Labs works towards providing innovative robotics, electronics and mechanics learning to school learning. It also works towards setting up customized robotics labs in schools.

Raghavendra Tripathi, a student of B.Tech 4th year who aspires to propose his own idea soon to MSME said “TBI is an excellent platform for students who dream to become entrepreneurs but have lack of access to resources. It is a platform to turn your idea into reality.” He further suggested that MSME should also pay attention towards assigning more mentors to the start-ups and the funds allocated should also be revisited on the context of present day scenario.

Another start-up Audible India is working towards a novel cause of facilitating differently-abled people in exploring tourist places with an android app which guides them through interactive videos. MAG Initiatives, Survaider, Pixvera, are some of the companies from CIC-TBI which work on mathematical tools, conducting surveys and logo plagiarism and registration.



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