Cluster Innovation Centre


Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), University of Delhi conducted a Webinar on the 12th of July with the objective of fostering further knowledge about the admission process for 2013 and enlightening students interested in pursuing courses at CIC.

In what seemed like an interesting panel, there were second year CIC students interested in a wide array of subjects. They were accompanied by an equally skilled and distinguished bunch of faculty members, all engaged in an engrossing discussion which was seeking  to answer  the various questions posed and addressing the innumerable doubts at the same time. Amongst those joining the discussion were Professor Madan Chaturvedi, Director CIC , Dr Shobha Bagai and Dr Sanjiv Singh. On the other hand, students hailing from different interests such as Economics, Mathematics, Physics and IT were seen putting forth and asserting themselves passionately.

The genesis of the entire concept of having an Innovation Centre could be traced back to July 2011 under the supervision of the Vice Chancellor. The essence of this change stemmed from the need to evaluate the relevance of the present education system and for it to be reformed. In what ensued, it was made amply clear in the discussion that the Cluster Innovation centre and the programmes offered by it sought to mark a departure from the conventional methods of learning, impart a problem solving approach which is realistic and can help students to execute what they learn in the confines of their classrooms practically.

As the discussion progressed, multitude of dimensions to what makes courses like the B.Tech/ B.S. in Innovation in Computer Science and Mathematics offered by the centre relevant and different from the rest, could be seen. The student based interaction was equally informative with some of them sharing their internship experiences and the opportunity to explore a combination of subjects under one course. For a lot of us, who are unsure of our areas of interest and what we may want to pursue in future, this seemed like an opportunity which allows you to weigh your career options.

A lot of things stood out from the discussion. Firstly, what the Centre offers you is a Unique Curriculum. Possibly one not found in a lot of technological institutes, owing to the number of subjects one could pursue at a given point in time. Secondly, the teaching imparted is extremely different and what they have is an “engineering kitchen” which includes state of the art electronics, computer science and electronic fabrication. And finally, the kind of exposure and the linkages built with real world seem to be fascinating.  Over 50% weightage is given to semester long projects and interning opportunities are available to students in their first year itself , with the biggies like the Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management and Defence Research and Development Organisation.

A small interaction with Sahil Mathur, who conducted the Webinar session, proved to be quite insightful. The objective of such a session was to reach out to a larger audience and engage as many as 400 students. Besides this being a success, Sahil told us about the unique course structure, the facilities like the laboratories equipped with different technologies available to students and an immensely dedicated faculty working to strive for excellence of their students. The organisers have also summed up the various key points discussed during the session in the form of a PDF for easier dissemination.

The endeavour definitely seems to be a positive one with the colleges of Delhi University experimenting and broadening their scope, both in the technological areas and in terms of exploring new ways of imparting information.

Here is the entire video of the webinar:

DU’s endeavor to pass on the highest quality of education to its students, led to the inception of the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), a research facility that has been guiding the development of B.Tech courses with the aim of making them more comprehensive, innovative, practical and responsive to the changing times.

The programs offered include B.Tech Innovation with Mathematics & Information Technology and B.Tech Humanities.

B.Tech Innovation with Mathematics & Information Technology:

The importance of Information Technology and Mathematics in today’s technology obsessed world cannot be stressed enough. This course offers students a chance to acquire in depth knowledge of Maths and IT along with disciplines like genetics, molecular biology, management, economics, electronics etc.

Each semester consists of Interactive Learning Modules and activity Modules.

In the former, students get in depth knowledge of disciplines like Seeing the world through calculus: First Steps, Modeling continuous change through ordinary differential equations and the Art of Communication.

In the Activity Module, the students get to interact with the real world with projects, internships and industry training to promote holistic development of the pupil’s personality.

The program is a result of an initiative of National Innovation Council and is the first at DU to introduce interdisciplinary approach and unconventional project based learning. Another advantage enjoyed by the students is the small class size which allows the development of each and every student to the best of his abilities. A large number of partnerships with research institutions and labs such as IIT-Bombay, DRODO, PhD Chamber of Commerce etc. helps link academia to other sectors where technology is highly desirable. 

B.Tech Humanities

B.Tech. Humanities is divided into five streams-Journalism, Education, Historical Tourism, Art & Design, and Counseling. This revolutionary program, started through the MetaCollege concept,  is extremely different from its predecessors. The course encourages a student to ‘design his own degree’. A student is guided by a mentor and can chose from a variety of courses offered in various colleges, in all his semesters except for the first and the last. A student will be required to take some compulsory courses prescribed by Cluster Innovation Centre in the 1st and the 8th semesters only.

These include Mathematical Awareness, Art of Communication, Innovation

Management, Social Enquiry and Legal Literacy.  For all the other semesters, a student can opt for courses according to his preferences. In the end, a student will get to specialize in one of the five streams. This course is tailored to help students take up professions as per their inclinations.

The CIC offers excellent labs and research centers along with partnerships with reputed research institutes. Hostel facility is available to boys and girls.

Both courses are 4 year programs with 40 seats in each. Aspirants should note that the institute follows its own procedure for admissions which includes an entrance test (75% weightage) and an interview (25% weightage). All details regarding eligibility criteria and the admission form can be found at the CIC website. Last date to submit the form is July 16, 2013. The test is scheduled to be held on July 21, 2013.

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NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) organized the Lunabotics Mining Competition in which it challenged university level students to design and build a lunar excavator, known as a LUNABOT, that can mine on lunar surface. Kirori Mal College in collaboration with Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi (whose Lunabot was on display at Antardhvani 2013) was one of the 50 International institutions invited to participate in NASA’s Fourth Annual Lunabotics The Mining Competition was held at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA from the 20th to 24th of May 2013. The KMC-CIC Lunabotics Team was one of the 12 exceptional teams whose Lunabot was successfully able to mine and dump the lunar simulant. It was the only Indian team to bring laurels to their country by winning two awards out of the five categories at the prestigious event. They won the second position for the outreach category as well as for Luna’s worldwide campaign category.

Dr. Sumitra Mohanty, Assoc Prof. Dept. of Physics was the faculty advisor of the team. The unflinching inspiration and support extended by her helped the team to scale to the projected heights. The team was led by Anubrata Saha a final year, B.Sc. (H) Physics student who the team described as the perfect leader who stays calm and refuses to give up even in the most difficult conditions. The competition was in relevance to NASA’s recently announced mission to find an asteroid by 2016 and then bring it to Cis-Lunar space; the technology concepts developed by the university teams for this competition conceivably could be used to mine resources on Asteroids as well as on Mars. KMC-CIC Lunabotics Team feels highly privileged to bring recognition to Delhi University and looks forward to continuing its engagement with NASA . It also aims to continue its winning streak at the NASA LMC 2014

Delhi University has recently introduced the Meta College concept in the form of a B.Tech. Humanities Course, which is open for application to any student enrolled in any course at any college/SOL/Non-Collegiate Programme of the University of Delhi. The concept basically works on the idea of designing your own degree.

The Cluster Innovation Centre, or CIC, has designed a course which while allowing a student to gain competencies in core areas required in any corporate role today, also give the freedom to study and explore areas in various fields of study. Students will be given the choice to choose courses to specialize in a particular stream such as Journalism, Education, Historical Tourism, Counseling and Art and Design and will also have the liberty to choose appropriate professions for themselves. The course plans to emphasize learning through hands-on projects, virtual learning and group based activities rather than relying exclusively on class room learning.

The first and the last semester of this four-year course will be compulsory for all students regardless of their stream choices, with the first semester consisting of papers such as The Art of Communication and Mathematical Awareness. The last semester, on the other hand will focus on papers like Legal Literacy and Social Enquiry. The University also organized Open Days on 7th August at S. P. Jain Auditorium, South Campus and on 8th August at the Conference Hall, North Campus for any queries on the same.

The introduction of this course is a bold move and hopefully, the first amongst many which are needed to bridge the gap between interests and opportunities. Applications for the course are open on the Delhi University website till 17th August. The admission procedure involves an one hour written test with multiple choice questions, followed by an interview of the shortlisted students.