Ekalavya, IIT Bombay

IIT BombayA 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/Postgres, 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 2018. Those completing 2nd year, with exceptional academic performance and other achievements may also be considered.

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 animations of different types. 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. 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.

Note for Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering students: In the past years, they have tried providing a different admission channel for students with Electrical and/or Electronics Engineering background. This year, there will be single channel for admission. They will attempt to float a few projects for which above skills are essential/beneficial but most of their projects would be software based.

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 (8) 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 (which is Rs. 6000) 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 12, 2018.

For more details and to apply, visit Ekalavya, IIT Bombay’s page.

Also check the results of 2017, 201620152014 and 2013 here. These results will give you an idea of how many and from which colleges were the students selected.

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