All You Need to Know About Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC)

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In any University academic excellence is considered primarily important, apart from which it should create a vibrant learning centre for innovative, creative and inclusive activities. Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) was a product of such an idea initiated by MHRD and National Innovation council in collaboration with the University of Delhi to enhance creative potentials of Students, have innovative curriculum and benefit the academic world by linking it to a more project oriented and innovative scheme tailoring to the need of society and industry.

Here are a list of frequently asked questions about CIC,you probably too must have had questions, so here we are at your rescue.

Okay…The name itself is interesting and innovative! What courses does it offer?

Currently following courses are being offered:

  • B Tech : IT & Mathematical Innovations
  • B.A( hons) Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PG course : M.Sc in Mathematics Education

Ummm. Tell me more about B.A (Hons) Humanities and Social Sciences? How is it different from the other Humanities subjects?

Basic Information first: the student pursuing this course spends the 1st semester and the 6th semester at the centre. In between, he/she is supposed to opt for their choice of papers from different colleges of Delhi University, which is very offbeat exercise. In short, you are designing your own course, no other DU college approaches learning in such an innovative manner.

Note : Currently these streams under B.A (Hons) Humanities and Social Sciences are being offered

  1. Journalism
  2. Art and Design
  3. Historical Tourism
  4. Counselling

Is the B.Tech -IT & Mathematical Innovations course too different from other B.Tech courses?

The course structure of B.tech at cluster Innovation centre requires a student to do lots of hands on project relating to real world problems . A student enrolled in this course will acquire 60% credits through projects and 40% through theory.

Note : Following streams are being offered under B.Tech (IT & Mathematical Innovations)

  1. Robotics and Embedded Systems
  2. Economics and Management
  3. System Biology

Know more about the course here.

This sounds like a Do-It-Yourself for a UG Degree!

It indeed does sound like one, flexibility being one of its major characteristic. Prashant, a first year student of B.A (Hons) Humanities and Social Science shares his experience at CIC with University Express, “It was good at the beginning as we got to know that we can study and choose our paper according to our interest. Initially it was little difficult to manage both the colleges; we need to give our time equally, so adjustment was a basic problem. But on the whole you can design your degree in your own way, that’s the best part.

How do I get in ? What is the procedure for admission?

The admission for these courses are entrance based. Last year the entrance tests were conducted at different cities across the country. The total no. Of seats are 40 . A common merit list would be prepared on basis of marks secured in entrance test . For more details visit cic.du.ac.in

When are the Registrations going to begin?

As per the notification released by the varsity, the registrations for these courses offered by CIC are included in the list of 9 entrance based UG courses which is expected to begin soon, after a postponement from 31st May. Further details regarding schedule and procedure are still awaited.

What is the syllabus for the entrance test?

As per the guidelines issued in the year 2016,

For B.Tech aspirants

A) Maths – up till 12th NCERT , BITSAT Level, AIEEE level.

B) Reasoning: CSAT level

C) Analytical ability: CSAT level.

For B.A (Hons) aspirants

A) General Awareness|Current Affairs |General Studies (Social Sciences up to 12th)

B) Communication Skills |Logical Reasoning|Analytical skills

What are the career advantages of such a course? Would you recommend it for me?

Prashant further explains,

The course I am pursuing enhances my future goals/prospects since we get exposure to a wide variety of courses or papers in a certain amount of time. This opens up and exposes us to numerous future options. Apart from that we also do projects at CIC which help build my skills and then furnish them.

As for recommending this to others,he says,

It depends, if a person is interested in various fields or someone who wishes to adopt the idea of interdisciplinarity then its the perfect alternative. If you have made an certain goal or wish to be in a particular field then choose the best option available into that particular field to pursue your dream.

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This article has been co-authored by Leela Meghana, a student of SGTB Khalsa College, DU and a Campus Associate Intern with University Express.

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