A brain child of Prof. DB Phatak, Ekalavya IIT Bombay aims to enable better educational order and facilities for Indian students by using information and communication technologies to develop innovative channels of knowledge dissipation. The Ekalavya portal is an attempt to generate an interactive platform for the creation, absorption, dissemination and usage of knowledge for the well being of the individual and the society. It is a significant step forward to bring together students, teachers, and working professionals to meaningfully enhance the productivity of the group and spread knowledge.
All the work under the mission project (and this IIT Bombay internship) is released under Open Source. Consequently most of the tools and software environment used in their R&D, are also from Open Source Software (OSS). You will thus be working on Ubuntu (a variant of Linux), and using Java, Python, MYSQL/Postgress, GCC, open source flash, Android IDE and other such packages. Even if you do not have adequate exposure to these, you will get ample opportunity to learn them during your internship. All they expect is that you are able to learn fast, and are able to meaningfully use what you learn. You will be engaged for a period of 8 weeks. Your project leader will evaluate your work at the end of the internship. They expect everyone to work hard, and successfully complete the assignments well in advance of the last date.
Who can apply: To be eligible for this Ekalavya IIT Bombay internship, you must satisfy the following requirements:
- Students currently enrolled in Computer Science, IT, Electrical Engineering or Electronics Engineering.
- Who will be completing 3rd year in April/May 2017. Those completing 2nd year, with exceptional academic performance and other achievements may also be considered.
- Students with experience in programming will be preferred only for Computer Science projects.
Software Skills Quota: Around 50% candidates will be selected based on their programming aptitude. The programming aptitude will be gauged by their ability to deliver (Three.js based) animations. They will also take a written (timed) programming test in C for the candidates shortlisted in the above process. Combined score of the submissions and the graded programming test will be used to select the final list of summer internship software quota participants. The top four software quota participants who join the internship will get cash award (and certificates) of Rs. 10,000, Rs. 5,000, Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2,000.
Academic Skills Quota: Remaining 50% candidates will be selected based on academic performance in their college/university, and on their technical accomplishments. Students who have demonstrated a flair for software and hardware design and development work, will be preferred. The reputation of the college and the performance of past students of that college in the Ekalavya IIT Bombay internship program, may also be taken into account. The selected candidates will also take a mandatory written (timed) programming test in C.
For Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering students: This year, the folks at Ekalavya IIT Bombay are trying to give justice to the specialized knowledge of such students. They are going to float a few projects for which above skills are essential/beneficial. They will require a number of interns who will be working on embedded systems projects which require some C programming experience. These interns will be chosen based on their academic performance and a separate provisional selection list will be prepared. For such interns, they will not conduct an online programming test, which is mandatory for all other projects. At the time of registration, the students with the above background will have to opt for a pure embedded systems projects or can choose to compete with Computer Science (CSE) and IT students for general software projects. They may choose to allocate students with electronics or electrical background to systems software/firmware projects where their knowledge will be productively utilized.
Location: IIT Bombay. You have to stay within the IIT Bombay campus. A room (on a twin sharing basis) will be made available to you during the period of internship.
Duration: This eight week Ekalavya IIT Bombay internship program generally commences in second week of May and ends in 1st week of July. You have to strictly adhere to this time period. Requests to adjust the time period will not be entertained. They may tolerate a delay of 2-3 days for exceptional reasons such as exams, if communicated well in advance.
Stipend: You will have to manage expenses during your stay in IIT Bombay on your own. They will not be extending any financial support except paying your enrollment fees to IIT Bombay.
IIT Bombay will provide you library reading room facility, and limited access to Gymkhana facilities. A certificate will be issued on successful completion of internship. Kindly note that Professor DB Phatak does not give any recommendation letter for admission to institutions outside India.
The last date to apply this year for Ekalavya IIT Bombay is February 6, 2017. Applications for this IIT Bombay internship are now closed. Please check back later around (in) mid-January 2018 for 2018 summer internships.
For more details and to apply, visit Ekalavya, IIT Bombay’s page.
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