Considered as a world-class platform for education, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) gives students several opportunities like interacting with Nobel Laureates, visiting prestigious universities like MIT, Stanford and Harvard for research programmes, acquiring financial assistance on projects and landing enviable salary packages.
It is no wonder that lakhs of students appear for the entrance examination every year to be a part of these premier institutes. However, due to limited seats and tough competition, only few applicants make it to the IITs.
For those who fail to get an admission, here’s a good news for you. IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN) has opened its doors to students who do not clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) or the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). The course is open to students from the Humanities, Engineering and Science streams.
Known as the non-degree programme, it offers an undergraduate and postgraduate student a full-time and part-time course that allows students to spend an entire semester on campus.
Students can use all the academic facilities like laboratories, on-campus accommodation, internet, library, computer centres, sports, meals and so on.
The main objective is to give a chance to the deserving students to be introduced to the IIT systems, which is otherwise not possible for a large number of students owing to the cut-throat competition in entrances. Hence, the students are no longer restricted to qualifying JEE or GATE to learn from the culture of an IIT, Sudhir K Jain, IITGN’s director told The Times of India.
Comparing the non-degree course with online learning programmes, he said that unlike them, the teachers and students will get to have a direct interaction.
This course that was introduced in IITGN a decade ago also aims to shed the image of IITs being exclusive institutes, “The idea to start this initiative was to change the notion of IITs being exclusive. We want IIT to be inclusive and transparent and hence we started this initiative. But our reach was quite low and even now, not many know about the programme. Hence the experts felt that this is a very powerful tool to engage with students from outside and suggested us to be aggressive with this programme,” Jain told DNA.
This programme will also guarantee a credit to students who take up this course in the middle of their respective courses, so as to not hamper their regular degree.
For students who have completed their degree courses (Bachelors or Masters) from other educational institutes, IITGN offers part-time courses.
Academics being the focus here, students wanting to join full-time and part-time must have a good academic record.
On being admitted in IITGN, students are mandated to pay the fees for the entire semester and follow certain rules and guidelines. At the end of the semester, students from the non-degree courses can give feedback or suggestions to ensure that the quality of the course improves for the next batch and the institute evolves overall.
After completing the course, the student will be presented with a certificate from the institute after which they can resume their college programs.
Application Deadlines: Admission offer is open for both Semester-I (August-November) and Semester-II (January-April). Application in the prescribed form can be submitted by 1 July for the Semester-I and by 1 December for Semester-II of the academic year.
Criteria for admission: The applicant has to be a part of a recognised institute or university in India or abroad and should be officially sponsored by that Institute/University to complete part of his/her academic requirements at IITGN.
With this brilliant initiative, IITGN is indeed setting an example of inclusivity and transparency.
To know more about the course, click here.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)