About IIT Palakkad
IIT Palakkad was announced by the Government of India in 2014. It began with a headstart in the very next academic year, 2015-16, with the support of their mentor Institute (IIT Madras). The academic program was launched by admitting students to the B. Tech. Course in the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. IIT Palakkad already boasts of a vibrant student and faculty community drawn from different parts of the country and has truly emerged as a microcosm of India.
IIT’s are one among the most prestigious institutions in India. In such an institution, it is of prime importance that a digitised system is implemented, which can enable the management of academic and administrative processes in a hassle-free manner. In IIT’s, placements and internships for high profile companies occur on a frequent basis; therefore, the students have to be sorted according to various criterias before applying for any company. This is a very time consuming and tedious process. NDZ identified such a crisis and proposed a digitised platform that ensures automation of processes across the institution. Thus, the solution implemented by NDZ interconnects the students with the college enabling the transfer of information in real-time.
IIT Palakkad needed a comprehensive web-based platform to handle all the key functions inside the college, which ranges from a student’s internship and placement to staff profile and examination management and scheduling. NDZ’s expert team gathered the following requirements in order to create an end to end solution:
- Standardised resume preparation module
- Automated tender scheduling
- A dynamic system for publishing research work of staff members.
- Displaying staff profiles and images.
Business Impact: As per the requirements of IIT Palakkad, NDZ created the following three modules :
NDZ was involved in creating a front-facing public website that is the face of IIT Palakkad. We added features such as a functionality to display faculty profiles, which is shuffled on a daily basis to bring in a dynamic feel; also, the publications of the faculty are automatically procured from the database on a sorted basis and are rotated periodically to promote a dynamic feel to users. An additional feature is tender scheduling, which includes the automatic opening and closing of tenders on time.
Career development centre-
The career development centre is another module that is concerned with the student’s internship and placement programs.
It has a student login feature for each student to log in to view their profile. In this profile, students have a resume preparation functionality that is fully automated, consisting of drag and drop blocks. Students add academic qualifications(automated CGPA calculation), their final project details, and numerous extracurricular skills, which simplifies resume preparation and gives them a template for standardised CV preparation-one, which is general and the other which is subject-specific. The moderator can log in and verify each resume before applying for companies. Once these resumes are confirmed, they are locked and sent back to the students.
The Internship process is also fully automated, whereby the companies, students, and admins have login credentials to upload documents and consolidate their details.
Instead of manually applying for each company and verifying details, the entire process has become automated and streamlined in a single portal.
Additionally, a reporting interface enables one to see each company’s salary structure and all other details. The detailed reports help the students to choose the desired company and also facilitates report generation for college authorities to analyse placement and internship pattern.
Industry collaboration and Sponsored Research (IC&SR)
IIT IC&SR portal promotes the research capabilities, news, and updates of the institute by administering all it’s sponsored and consultancy projects . IC&SR showcases the research collaborations, research facility, funded projects, and grant calls.
Many types of funding opportunities are available through multiple organisations, and the IC&SR portal enables the facilitation of industry collaboration. Industries can fund research at the university through sponsored research and various other additional support mechanisms.
Benefits & Impacts
- The web-based platform comprises three modules, each of which aims to address the institution’s specific needs. The front-facing public website displays the faculty profiles and provides detailed information on the institution.
- This project’s significant impact is the career development centre that has enhanced the ease with which students can apply for internships and placements. Previously the applications, which were a manual process, have now been effortlessly automated and processed online.
- The third module, IC & SR, showcases the institution’s project capabilities and exhibits its expertise in various research fields.