The Academic Council of IIT Bombay made as major breakthrough this January by pioneering the concept of ‘Interdisciplinary Dual Degree Program’ in the last Senate meeting.
Interdisciplinary dual degree essentially is a conversion of Bachelors student into a dual degree program with Bachelors in parent department and Master's in another department of the student's choice. This ensures that motivated students can pursue Master's in the field of their choice to further the prospects of utilizing that knowledge and degree for opportunities after moving out of IITB.
Currently, the students can pursue a Dual Degree Project in a Department other than their own but this however is subjected to the availability of a guide in the department of their choice and a co-guide in the parent department. Interdisciplinary dual degree takes it a step further as it allows the student to do a PG level courses and electives in the department of choice together with the DDP (Equivalent to Master’s degree credits), and get a Master’s degree in that department.
The following are the details about this program however the exact execution plan is yet to be finalised:
Allow students to convert into a Masters of their choice at the end of the third year to earn a Dual Degree at end of fifth year.
Student will need to submit the entire coursework plan at the end of third year for the remaining two years and seek approval from DUGC/DPGC of both the departments.
The two departments can in-turn set a CGPA cutoff similar to the lines of setting a cutoff for converting to a regular dual degree in the department and the student will be required to meet both the cutoffs.
One of the following requirements can also be imposed by the concerned departments: (a) The student should have completed atleast 18 credits in minor in department with good grades (preferably BB and higher) and looks set to clear the remaining courses under the minor with good standing. (b) The student will need to obtain a strong recommendation from a professor of the department in which the student wishes to pursue Masters. Most ideally, this professor should be someone under whose guidance the student has undertaken a research project.
The department in which the student is applying can in-turn constitute a selection panel within itself and conduct a selection process for the student. This might constitute of an interview, viva-voce or a written exam; whichever the department feels is the most suitable process. This panel need not meet to discuss each and every application but can choose to meet twice each year, preferably before the start of each semester.
This option can be initially opened for select departments whose curriculum has significantly more overlap and students often indulge in opting for inter-department courses and/or projects. Eg- Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Aerospace and SysCon Engineering, Electrical and Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology etc. At the same time availability of such conversion options will mostly be on need basis and thus it is really important that the interested students fill the survey attached in the mail.
The student need to complete the credit requirements of both the Bachelors in parent department and the Master’s in the department opted for.
The student will be awarded both the degrees together at the end like a regular dual degree.
This is one of the major reforms that the students of IIT Bombay along with the academic department have steered through which has motivated more students towards pursuing higher education.