IIT Guwahati has 8000+ students on campus, who take up project at least once (as a degree project) under professors during their stay at the campus. Some students can never find the “right” projects for themselves and some after they have already taken a project get to know about another project and regret about not doing the project finding research properly.
So I decided to do a project to build an official IITG project portal to make it more convenient for students, professors and clubs to share and find projects.
Current scenario and its drawbacks
- The current method of undertaking a supervised project is cumbersome and inefficient.
- No medium to provide information about ongoing projects and vacancies.
- No medium for students to suggest ideas for projects thereby hindering information.
- Time-consuming approach with no guaranteed results.
- Projects oriented are not defined or result-oriented as they need to be.
To validate my assumptions, I distributed google form to students on the campus to know about their current experience of taking up projects. Here are a few responses from the survey:
I decided to come up with user personas inspired by the data I collected so that I can map their journeys.
Name: Uddeshya Mathur
Branch and year: Engineering Physics, Third year
Personality: Curious to learn new things.
Uddeshya is a curious person, he is greedy for knowledge. Other than his major courses, he has audit courses, minor courses in maths and what not! He likes to take up projects in the Maths department. He is also a part of the maths club and helps them to add up new ideas to the club.
Name: Rudranshu Prajapati
Branch and year: Electronics and Communication Engineering, Second year
Personality: Overthinker, Hardworker
Rudranshu is a people’s person. He is good at academics and is usually found in the library during breaks. He likes volunteering and participating in the cultural events in the college. He is a gym-freak and is organised in life. He has amazing ideas and he keeps on trying them. He hasn’t taken up a project under a professor overthinking that he isn’t good enough or don’t have enough knowledge yet to take up one.
Here are few to the ideas I came up with by the use of personas I created:
Building a portal where students can get:
1. A list of projects offered in all the departments.
2. Related projects to a topic within different departments.
3. Clubs can add their own projects on the portal.
4. Sharing a project idea on the portal.
5. Sorting projects based on the knowledge required.
Advantages of an online project portal over current methods:
- Accessibility and ease of use.
- Reduces manual labour: eliminate the steps of going to the professor’s website to view current research, talking to them to inquire about details of the project and availability.
- Increasing awareness about ongoing projects.
- Encouraging inter-departmental ventures.
- Bridging the faculty-student gap.
High Fidelity Prototype:
BENEFITS FOR ALL!
1. Can easily put up ongoing projects with specific proposals for students.
2. Choose best-suited candidate from the pool of candidates.
1. Browse through multiple projects, find those in one’s domain, and contact professors directly.
2. Suggest project ideas to clubs of IITG.
1. Display current projects with specific requirements from students
2. Increase club reach in the campus.
The idea for this self-initiated project came to my mind when I and my friends were looking for projects in different departments and realised it’s such a complicated task, going from one professor to another inquiring about their ongoing research projects.
I would surely like to take this forward and create a better project finding experience for the students.