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1) What is eGURU?
2) Who can benefit from it?
3) Who is eligible to register for eGURU?
4) Is there a registration/ participation fee?
5) What percentage of marks is required to register for eGURU? Do I have to provide any certificates or my CV before registering?
6) Can students from different colleges register as a group?
7) Can foreign students and Indian students from foreign universities also register for eGURU?
8) Do I have to make any commitment when I sign up for eGURU?
9) What is the procedure for registration?
10) Can an individual register himself/herself in more than one student group?
11) How many members are necessary to form a group? Is there a restriction on the number of student groups registering from an institute?
12) Can there be addition or deletion of members to the student groups?
13) What does the term "pool of available projects" mean?
14) How many project proposals can I submit to eGURU?
15) How many projects can a student group execute under eGURU?
16) Will I definitely get a mentor for my project?
17) Who evaluates the completed projects?
18) Will I get a participation certificate from IIT Bombay?
19) Do I have to come to IIT Bombay to participate in the programme?

About eGURU
1) What is eGURU?
The eGURU programme is an educational initiative undertaken by the Affordable Solutions Lab, IIT Bombay, as a part of its larger project, eKALAVYA. At the moment, it is designed to help those students of B.E., M.C.A. and M.Sc. (CS/ IT/ Electronics), who find it difficult to carry out a major component of their curriculum, namely the project, due to the scarcity of resources and mentors.
The eGURU programme provides the students with a list of relevant and challenging projects, which encourage them to think of innovative technical solutions to various real life problems. More importantly, it attempts to provide them with mentors who guide them in their projects, encouraging them to work on relevant topics. The mentors are qualified experts in specific research areas. They are volunteering faculty, research scholars and industry professionals, willing to spend two to three hours a week, on advising these students on specific topics/ areas of their interest and expertise.
2) Who can benefit from it?
Students of B.E., M.C.A. and M.Sc. (CS/ IT/ Electronics) who have to submit a project, as part of their curriculum, will benefit the most from the eGURU programme.
Registration for eGURU
3) Who is eligible to register for eGURU?
Students: Students interested in carrying out B.E., M.C.A. and M.Sc. (CS/ IT/ Electronics) projects are eligible to participate and register for eGURU.
Expert Volunteers: Faculty members, research scholars or Industry professionals, willing to devote two hours a week of their free time, are welcome to register as Mentors.
Educational Institutions: Some institutions are unable to provide adequate and experienced faculty to guide the talented students studying in their colleges. eGURU helps such institutions solve this problem by providing their students with online guidance and mentoring. However, each participating institution is required to appoint a faculty member as Local Coordinator for administrative purposes.
4) Is there a registration/ participation fee?
There is no participation fee for the year 2007-2008. Registration is free.
Eligibility Criteria
5) What percentage of marks is required to register for eGURU? Do I have to provide any certificates or my CV before registering?
CVs, mark sheets and certificates are not necessary to register for eGURU. However, the bonafide status of the student will be verified from the academic institute. Therefore, the students are required to submit their roll numbers at the time of registration.
6) Can students from different colleges register as a group?
The Local Coordinator (faculty member) from the participating college would be responsible for the coordination and local administration of the project group activity from his/her college. Therefore, eGuru does not recommend students from different colleges to form a group, as this could result in administrative difficulty.
7) Can foreign students and Indian students from foreign universities also register for eGURU?
Current restrictions do not allow eKALAVYA to consider foreign students under the eGURU programme. However, these students are welcome to submit their project proposals under the RedHat Scholarship Scheme.
Commitment
8) Do I have to make any commitment when I sign up for eGURU?
eGURU expects that all participants report their work in their own words and submit design, code documentation that they have constructed themselves. Wherever the work involves use of components developed by others, the programme requires that appropriate reference should be made to such components, including copyright, patent, and such other notice, clearly stating the terms for usage of such components. The scheme requires that every participant should accept an undertaking to this effect. The programme also requires every participant to set up a schedule of activities for himself. Once defined, the participants are expected to strictly adhere to the deadlines.
Registration Procedure
9) What is the procedure for registration?
Registration for all participants in the eGURU programme is online. Please go to the new user sign up on the right side of the eKALAVYA web page. Please click on "Students Group". Then select the number of members in your group. You will get a dropdown registration form. Please fill all the information in the form and then finish it by clicking on the "Submit" button. You will receive a confirmation email after you have successfully registered which will also contain your group ID and password.For future login you have to use the group ID and the password. There will be a verification process from the eGURU side wherein the bonafide status of the students will be verified from their academic institutes. Therefore, the participants are required to submit their roll numbers when they register for eGURU.
Student Groups
10) Can an individual register himself/herself in more than one student group?
eGURU restricts registration of an individual to ONE group only. An individual can be the member of only ONE group.
11) How many members are necessary to form a group? Is there a restriction on the number of student groups registering from an institute?
The participants are permitted to form a small group of a maximum of FIVE students to work on the projects. There is no limit to the number of student groups registering from an Academic Institution.
12) Can there be addition or deletion of members to the student groups?
Once a Local Coordinator and a Mentor are assigned to a project, any changes or modifications to the group are strictly subject to the approval of the Local Coordinator and the Mentor.
Project Proposals
13) What does the term ?pool of available projects? mean?
The pool of available project ideas provides a list of feasible and relevant ideas. The list is meant to guide the participants in choosing the right project, which is relevant to their areas of interest.
14) How many project proposals can I submit to eGURU?
A student group can submit more than one project proposal. They can express interest in a maximum of FIVE project proposals including the ones that they have uploaded. As soon as a mentor chooses any of these projects, the other projects are automatically nullified. The student group is then assigned the project chosen by the mentor.
15) How many projects can a student group execute under eGURU?
A student group can carry out only one project under eGURU.
Project Proposals
16) Will I definitely get a mentor for my project?
eGURU will try to get a mentor for the projects,The student groups will be assigned a mentor if there is one available, who has professed interest in that particular area of research. However, eGURU does not guarantee a mentor for every project.
Evaluation
17) Who evaluates the completed projects?
Evaluation of the final project submissions is done in the colleges to which the respective groups belong. Volunteer experts from the industry and the academia provide their observations of the submitted projects. The final evaluation is carried out in the respective colleges as per the academic requirements of the affiliating university.
Participation Certificates
18) Will I get a participation certificate from IIT Bombay?
eGURU is devised to facilitate interaction between needy students and volunteering mentors. Its aim is to improve the quality of the project work submitted by engineering students. It is neither a distance education programme, which offers various courses, nor does it give a certificate. IIT Bombay is not responsible for any evaluation, and does not certify any project work submitted to eGURU. It also does not issue any certificates to the participating students. However, the partner company, RedHat, (one of the partners of the ekalavya project),which awards the RedHat scholarship and organizes the 'Lord of the Code' competition and, issues certificates to those students who have successfully completed their projects.

Place of Project Activity
19) Do I have to come to IIT Bombay to participate in the programme?
The student groups will carry out the project work in their respective colleges. They do not have to come to IIT Bombay for any part of their project. The participating students interact with their mentors online through the eKALAVYA portal.
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