IIT Kharagpur is going to introduce a nine-day induction program for freshers’ who would be joining the Institute in July this year. The program will involve a session on learning about the departments, halls of residence, gymkhana – the students’ nerve centre and overall student life at the Institute. It will also include an interactive session with the students, where they can talk about their aspirations, career choices, academic choices etc.
“Students usually come with preconceived notions about the discipline which they have enrolled in and its scope. This causes some initial misconceptions regarding career opportunities available in those disciplines. They are also not aware of the flexibility available in IIT Kharagpur to learn other subjects of their choice even if it is not in their major discipline but in which they have talent and interest in. We would like to interact with them, understand their preferences and may be able to guide them towards opting for flexible courses like minors, microspecializations or micro-credit in their preferred disciplines. This would not only give the students a satisfaction that they could pursue their choice but also hold their interest in the program in which they enrolled. They would also get a better idea of the broad based programme available at IIT Kharagpur that transcends disciplines and produces a true IITian” said Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur.
IIT Kharagpur already has the system of flexible academics for students through discipline change and opportunity to acquire multidisciplinary knowledge during their course of study. Eventually these help students in their career path developing talent, aspirations and training.
The program will also serve as platform to introduce the new joinees to their classmates and hall mates to initiate the bonding right after they join the Institute. “First year is critical transitional time, when students feel the emotional void of being away from home, introduction to IIT academics and campus. Making new friends is the best alternative they would have which would become for them a home away from home” added Prof. Chakrabarti.
The program includes the aspect of finding out the strength and weakness of the new joinees and focus on their needs right from their first year. The students will be encouraged reflect on their strengths and ambitions. They will learn to focus on collaborative approach instead of competition to achieve academic excellence. In addition to academics, emphasis will be given on communication skills through group discussion, as it impacts interpersonal skills, academic communication, placement and internship.
Instead of one-time induction, refurbishing programs have been planned round the year. For students of second year, an assimilation program to departments and academics will be introduced. For third year students a reorientation program for pathway choices have been developed. In fourth year, the students will undergo a de-induction program which will make them ready to face the world beyond the realms of family and educational institutions.