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.

Project topics should satisfy three broad criteria:
  1. Core interests of the bottom 80%
  2. Basic sectors such as food, energy, water, public health, public policy.
  3. Must have a concrete outside stake-holder who would be interested in the outcome of the project. These could be NGOs, govt. officials, elected representatives, or even citizen groups.
CTARA will match student interests with topics and assist the execution of the projects in all ways such as:
  • Provide a framework for execution, reporting and evaluation.
  • Provide liaison with NGOs, govt. agencies, etc. wherever possible.
  • Provide reimbursement for travel and food to a limited extent

It is expected that for a 6-credit course student spends at least 50 hours of on-campus desk work and 5-6 days of field work.

    Instructions for signing up:

    1. Read all topic descriptions and objectives in the Link.

    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 form which is available on the webpage mentioned above (or collect from CTARA office), fill it and get it signed from the faculty guide. Send a scanned copy of that form to Prof. Priya Jadhav at pjadhav@gmail.com and CC to namita.sawant.iitb@gmail.com. (Only one person in a group)

    4. You will be approved for registration if you fulfill the criteria mentioned. You will get an email regarding the status of your registration.

    5. If you have any doubts about the registration process, please send an email to Namita Sawant at namita.sawant.iitb@gmail.com.

    Registration deadline (Signed forms by Guide and TDSL co-ordinator to be emailed to the above addresses) by 21st January 2020

    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 (.pdf)
    3. Final report template (.pdf)

    Other guidelines

    • Reimbursement guidelines for visits -> (.pdf)
    • TDSL grading guidelines for faculty: (.pdf).

    Previous TDSL offerings here. Past TDSL reports here