Minor Course - A student performing well in his academics can choose courses and laboratories in any other discipline and can get a “minor” degree in that. This way you are not restricted to learning about things only in the discipline you get admitted to, but you can choose courses of your interest to later on take up a career path of your liking. A Minor course requires about 6 subjects to be undertaken (18-24 contact-hours plus 3-9 hours of laboratory) in addition to the major discipline. The students taking up a minor course will get additional credits. The opportunity of acquiring additional credits and the minor would be available to the students of all the degrees and disciplines.
Micro-Specialization - In order to provide opportunity for a larger section of our highly talented students to take up niche specializations from other / interdisciplinary programmes, IIT Kharagpur has initiated the concept of Micro-Specializations. This is offered by departments, centres, schools including those who do not run undergraduate programmes and can also be jointly offered. A Micro-Specialization is a smaller and more compact but niche topic and requires a student to do a foundation course and two/three courses and/or a project. It is possible to pursue a Micro-Specialization without the need to take too many additional courses by properly utilizing the elective slots.
The initial response during the launch was very encouraging with 240 students joining 4 Micro-Specializations. 10 more are to be added in the Autumns semester of 2015-16. The plan is to take this on to about 30 to even 50 such options. These will range from Information Technology & Applications to Safety Engineering to Intellectual Property Rights covering a wide range of areas of relevance today and use the unique diversity of academic units and research capability of IITKGP. It will enable our students to pursue their multifaceted talent in disciplines which they might not have been able to get through JEE or department change and will enhance their capability for future research and employment. We look forward to unleash our student potential and make it possible for them to engage in cross-disciplinary programmes.
Entrepreneurship Break -If you hit up on a big idea during your stay here and would like to take a semester break to pursue entrepreneurship, IIT Kharagpur not only allows you to do that but provides all help possible to support your endeavor.
Department Change - Students who do very well in their 1st year are also allowed to change their department.
Professional grooming through exposure to Law, Management, Entrepreneurship and Finance
Focus on core competence through UG Thesis Project, Field Trips, Industrial Training