IITGN aspires to be a leader and a trend-setter in education. In this endeavour, we enthusiastically encourage all novel
educational initiatives consistent with the core values, mission and vision of the Institute. Some of our recent initiatives
are briefly outlined below.
Foundation Programme for Self Development: IITGN has recently introduced a Foundation Programme that
requires all new undergraduate students to undergo an intense five-week programme to develop their life-skills. The idea
is to help the students make a smooth transition from the days of single-minded preparation for the JEE to a new phase in
life that would ultimately shape them to be well-rounded human beings, outstanding engineers and responsible citizens.
This programme focuses on nurturing creativity, communication skills, ethics, teamwork, social engagement and
Curricular Initiatives: A brand new undergraduate curriculum that is a significant departure from any other
curriculum in the country has now been implemented. The new curriculum focuses on the overall development of the
students and will prepare them for their last job, rather than for their first job. It has a significant component of
humanities and social science, compulsory coursework in life-sciences, significant exposure to design and creativity, and
provide flexibility to the students.
Short-Courses: IITGN has started a Short-Course Series for the well-rounded growth of the students. Each such Short-Course has duration of 8-10 hours, and is conducted by a guest on a topic different from the subjects in the regular
curriculum. Each course earns the students one credit (mentioned in the grade card) and is voluntary on part of the
students. Some of our recent Short-Courses have been on Indian Democracy, Entrepreneurship, Energy Efficiency,
Literature, and Cosmology. These courses are open to students and faculty of other colleges in the city so as to develop
better academic links and contribute to the community.
Project-Based Learning: The Institute places great emphasis on students undertaking projects of interest to them
outside the curriculum. It is heartening to see our students undertaking exciting projects in Fire Engineering, Biomedical
Engineering and the like, under the mentorship of faculty from not only within the Institute but also from top
Earn-While-You-Learn Programme: The Institute conducts a programme where undergraduate students help in the
library, computer centre, external relations, and in grading assignments. The programme provides financial help, instills
the value of dignity of labour, and builds self-esteem of the participating students.
Liberalization in Branch Change Policy: To provide an environment where students are free to develop their passions,
IITGN follows the most liberal policy for branch changes after the first year. We also have a formal structure to convey
the excitement, promise, and relevance of each branch of engineering to our students. The Institute has achieved the
unique distinction of being able to accommodate all requests from our students for a change of branch in the year 2010.
Comprehensive Viva-Voce: The Institute has introduced a comprehensive viva-voce to identify talents and weaknesses
of students early. The students are encouraged to pursue their talents vigourously and to address areas of concern
without hesitation. This is a mandatory pass/ no-pass activity conducted every semester for all the undergraduate
students by a panel of faculty. It enables the Institute to understand its student body better and to establish one-on-one
connections by giving attention and feedback to each individual, and assess our teaching-learning ambience.
Emphasis on Physical Education: With firm belief in the truism that a healthy mind lives in a healthy body, the
Institute has introduced a demanding physical education component in the curriculum. All undergraduate students must
engage in formal sports activity at least five days a week during the first two semesters at the Institute. This programme
has been very effective in rekindling the passion for sports and outdoor activities in the students. This is very important
because, for several years before joining IIT, many students shun all forms of extra-curricular activities and confine
themselves only to studies.
Forging Local Partnerships: The Institute is developing strong links with other engineering colleges and to achieve this
goal has developed two programmes. The Summer Research Fellowships are meant to enable faculty of other
engineering colleges to spend their summer vacations at IITGN to develop research collaboration with our faculty. The
Non-Degree Programme enables students of other colleges to credit courses at IITGN on a full-time basis for a semester,
or on a part-time basis. The part-time Non-Degree programme is also open to industry personnel.
International Faculty: The Institute is enthusiastic about bringing international faculty on board. A German colleague joined the Institute in December 2010 for a year and is currently teaching a course on American Literature. Two Swiss professors from EPFL have taught courses on Computer Science in the Spring semester of 2010-11. Further, a significant number of faculty members of Indian origin but holding citizenships of other countries have already joined the Institute.