Independent Study Period

Students often have diverse passions but no means to explore them especially if it is not related to their specialisation. The Independent Study Period offers them a chance to explore their passion and go beyond the classroom, making their academic learning truly interdisciplinary and conceptual understanding more experiential.

This is made possible through consistent collaborations with peers in a Project-based environment. ISP makes sure that learning is not trivialised and academic rigour remains uncompromised. ISP courses have the following characteristics:

  • Designed around a passion or interest of a student
  • Cross disciplinary boundaries
  • Driven by theory
  • Promoting learning by doing

An example of one such ISP course offered during the last term is “Making of a Musical Instrument”. It became a way for students to not just pursue their interest in music but also fabricating and handling of materials, develop a deeper understanding of concepts of Physics & the Science behind Sound and of course collaborative learning & organizational skills.

A range of ISP courses are offered through December, instead of regular curricular periods including: block courses; studio-inspired experiential courses; perspective, skill building and field courses; innovative experiments in learning and more. All courses are credit-based and students are required to register for a minimum number of credits as part of ISP. The courses are rooted in disciplines like literature, sociology, design, science, technology, heritage, humanities & languages and more but cut across areas and specialisations.

ISP 2016 was a unique learning experience. Across three weeks and 30 unique courses, first year students from all disciplines signed up to take courses that range from Design Thinking to the Art of Argumentation from the Mahabharata, our courses have become a crucial way for students to experiment with newer ideas and methods of learning. It advanced our belief in experiential learning either in a more intimate studio setting or through advanced field and laboratory work.


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