The team from the Faculty of Engineering, the Dean Professor A. Atputharajah, Heads of the Departments Dr. T. Thiruvaran, Dr. A. Anburuvel, Dr. A. Kaneswaran and Dr. B. Ketheesan from Department of Civil Engineering, visited to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on 10th June. This visit was coordinated by Professor K. Chelvakumar and supported by care for education.
In this visit, the team met the top administrative officers, professors and visited to some of the research laboratories as per the scheduled arrangements. The discussions were excellent on learning number of organizational, managerial and curriculum aspects. The unique research laboratories and facilities dedicated for specific task was very attractive. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) at Caltech provide internship opportunity for undergraduate students. This was taken up by IIT Gandhinagar students and they were very happy too. A peer assisted learning system or tutor system is practiced to help the students to perform much better in average. In this approach, senior students (4th year) help the first and second year students during their free time improve their leaning abilities. Further, e-learning, e-campus and distance learning are other approaches adopted to enhance the modern leaning. The limited number of students’ population created environment for quality learning and teaching for the students.