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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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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.