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 collaboration with peers in a project-based environment.
ISP courses have the following characteristics:
An example of one such ISP course offered during the last term is "Science of making Musical Instruments". 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.
ISP courses are rooted in disciplines like Literature, Sociology, Design, Science, Technology, Heritage, Humanities & Languages, and more - but cut across areas and specialisations. Rather than following the regular curricular period format, these courses are offered in an 8-hour a day format enabling concentrated learning for students through block courses, studio-inspired experiential courses, perspective, skill building and field courses, innovative experiments in learning, and more.
The course should have each of the above five components. The course is typically spread over 14-16 working days (Saturdays included) with 45-50 hours of faculty- student engagement. Additionally, students will work (in groups or individually) for about 5-6 hours everyday. This self-study time should ideally be dedicated towards making of the actual physical outcome.
While ISP courses are PASS/FAIL in nature, each instructor is required to give a detailed personal feedback to the student participants.