Missed out on a seat at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)? Don't fret, because you still have a chance to study at the renowned institute for a semester.
IIT Delhi's programme for working professionals allows them to study any topic taught in any of the 450 regular courses. There is one eligibility criteria though.
"Any professional can apply provided s/he has an educational background in the field," said Surendra Prasad, director, IIT Delhi.
"This provision has been around for a long time. We took in students only if they approached us and that too after reviewing whether they really needed to study the course. Now, we are inviting applications from students as it is a great way for professionals to upgrade their knowledge base," added Prasad.
So what does a professional need to do during the course?
Three hours per week is what one is required to give to classes and the course lasts one semester — usually 14 weeks. The candidate does not require a no objection certificate from his/her organisation.
The response to the course has been lukewarm in the last few years and the institute gets around 50 candidates per semester. Professionals usually don't come for basic courses. Advanced courses or new courses are more popular.
"This is mainly because we never told professionals about this option. It was only on the basis of need and request but looking at the number of innovations that have happened in the field of technology and management we decided that it should be available to all eligible professionals," Prasad said.
Candidates will have to appear for exams and submit assignments like regular students.
"It may seem fun but courses are tough and the standard is high," added Prasad.