A. Objectives of the Practice –
Skill Improvement Groups/ Special Interest Groups contribute to constant updation of
knowledge and enrichment of practical skills. The main objective of this practice is
to provide quality education and to enhance the Employability Quotient of the
students. Our main aim is to provide Industry Ready Professionals. SIGs act like
bridging the gap between Academic and Industry and skill up the students making them
fit for 4.0 industries ready.
B. The Context –
The prime objective of the New Education Policy (2017) is to “make India a knowledge
superpower by equipping its students with the necessary skills and knowledge”. The
needs of the industries keep on changing and it is a prerequisite for us to change
and modify the curriculum, pedagogies and evaluation procedures accordingly. The new
digital age has compelled us to move towards OBE (Outcome Based Education). At the
end of the programme, the students are expected to possess skills and knowledge on
par with the demands of the challenging job market. Lack of training leads to
unskilled labourers and in turn may result in unemployment and underemployment. To
solve this problem IIST started new concept in year 2018-19 i.e special Interest
Groups (SIGs)/ Skill improvement Groups which provide certified skill courses,
Training, Internship, Workshops, Expert Lecture etc on latest research areas and
technologies. Our special Interest Groups (SIGs) are based on Industry requirements
on advanced technologies and tools. To enhance the industrial knowledge and latest
technology we have invited/appointed experts from industry through our MoUs and
association for giving training to our students.
The special Interest Groups (SIGs) are planned in such a manner it does not affect
the academics. Therefore, SIGs are scheduled after examination and before the
beginning of a new session in every semester or combine with regular time tables
with extra hours. Right from the first year, branch wise SIGs are conducted during
academics as regular practices.
In year 2018-19, Institute conducted 29 different activities under 17 different
In year 2019-20, Institute conducted 30 different activities under 20 different
In year 2020-21, Institute conducted 35 different activities under 21 different
In year 2021-22, Institute conducted 30 different activities under 21 different
During the situation of Covid-19 pandemic when offline conduction of SIGs was not
possible, Institute adopted a system of online training on various software and
technical skills were conducted wherein experts trained the students from far flung
areas could learn the skills.
C. The Practice –
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) like Block Chain, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing,
Artificial Intelligence, Renewable Energy, Internet of Things (IOT), Robotics,
Mechatronics, Sustainable Development through Energy Efficient & Green Buildings,
Machine Learning, Waste to wealth Automotive, ChemPro Solution, Design &
Fabrication, Android & IOSApp Development, Earthquake Resistant Design, Robotics
Process Automation, Building & Project Planning, Rain Water Harvesting etc was
formed based on emerging area or Industry 4.0 requirement. Conducted various
Certificate Course, Internship, Training, Workshop, expert lecture etc under above
SIG’s help students to be updated with latest technologies, receive fresh
perspectives in their subject, provides relevance and orientation, practical outlook
to their studies.
The Industry Institute Interaction helps students to bridge the gap between
industrial expectations and educational outcomes. The staff and student members
interact with industrial experts, acquire the necessary skills to become industry
worthy and meet the employers’ expected level of workplace preparedness.
Institute categories the SIG’s based on evaluate criteria. In first category, more
than 30 hours Certificate course, Internship, Training conducted under different
SIG’s is evaluated through Quiz or coding competition and after fulfillment of
criteria institute issue the completion certificate. In second category the
Internship, Training, workshop conducted under different SIG’s is evaluated through
project based / task based / assignment based and after fulfillment of criteria
institute issue the completion certificate and in last category based on attendance
institute issue the completion certificate.
D. The Evidence of Success–
Various evidence of success is as follows:
Smart India Hackathons (SIH):- In year 2018, 2 teams selected for final but none
of teams won the prize, in the year 2019, 3 teams selected for final and two teams
won 01 lakhs cash prize each and also one team selected for final of eYantra
robotics competition with project title Agro-Drone and in the year 2022, again 6
teams selected for final of SIH.
Placement:- The students are placed in many MNCs and IT companies like, TCS,
Infosys, Tech Mahindra, CSC, Amazon, hexaware, new vision etc with area of domain
like IoT, Network security etc.
Various national and international competitions like Robotics, Toycathon, and
Various MOOC certifications/ Certificates like NPTEL, Skill-racks, and Code-chef
Internshala: - In last five year 324 students selected for Internship and out of
324, 15 was top selection as per Internshala platform.
E. Problems Encountered & Resources Required-
Time constraint is a major limitation in implementing various skill improvement
groups / Special Interest groups.
Finding and bringing trained professionals/experts from other institutions/
Industry is also very challenging.
Advanced computer peripherals are required and internet speed has to be
To arrange On-campus Internship is very challenging.
During COVID times Institute conducted online sessions of SIG, at that time the
problem of N/W & data from students’ side caused hindrance in learning, who was
residing in remote areas.
To arrange hardware for hardware based SIG is a big problem.
To organize SIG with physical projects in COVID 19 Pandemic for Civil, Chemical
Mechanical engineering departments could not be given to students; therefore we
focused on software trainings for the students of these branches.