Technology and Development Supervised Learning (TDSL)

Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA)
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


CTARA, IIT Bombay offers a sequence of Supervised Learning courses under the Technology and Development umbrella at the undergraduate level. These courses offer the students an opportunity to work on a live project, urban or rural, which involves direct interaction and interface with the larger society and stakeholders.

All the projects offered through TDSL fall under 3 broad categories- Study, Analysis and Design. The output of the project could be in the form of policy recommendations and studies, protocols or design solutions. Projects are floated by the faculty members and student interested in a particular topic may directly approach to work with the faculty member on the project.

TDSL guidelines for students and faculty members here.

NEW: Spring 2015-16 offerings Instructions for signing up:
  1. Read all topic descriptions and objectives (see link above)
  2. For topics that you are interested in, write to concerned faculty guide offering the topic. You will very likely have to meet the faculty guide to finalize mutual interest.
  3. If they agree to take you on board, print and fill out the sign up form (or collect from CTARA office) and get it signed by the project guide and Prof Puru (TDSL coordinator).
  4. Submit the form to the CTARA office by final registration date.

    Note: (1) Registration must be done manually and (2) consent of project guide and TDSL coordinator is required.
    MTech students are welcome to register.

Co-ordinator: Prof. Priya Jadhav (
Office: F-01 1st Floor, Old CSE Building (adjacent to Math Building)
Phone: x7291

Report templates for enrolled TDSL students - Download upon registration

  1. Field visit report template -- submit one for each visit (.docx)
  2. Mid-semester report guidelines (.txt).
  3. Final report template (.pdf)

Other guidelines
Previous TDSL offerings here.

Past TDSL reports here.

More on TDSL here.

TDSC enrolment numbers since 2010:
TD 390 (TD 490 and 491) enrollment    
 AutumnSpring Summer Total
2010-2011-10 (10)7 (8)35
2011-20129 (7)10 (23)19 (6)74
2012-201310 (12)58 (30)23 (4)137
2013-201417 (11)54 (12)33 (1)128
2014-201528 (4)76 (5)13 (2)128
   Total since inception502


Talks on TDSL