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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Conquering BTP Dilemmas

With BTP topic submission deadlines approaching you by leaps and bounds, it becomes a bit difficult to think creatively. And thus, choosing a proper BTP.

BTP is about experimenting some creative idea that might have clicked you during the last three years of your college education. You had so many courses, but then each didn't fascinate you. So many lab courses, ... but only a few where working extra hours was fun !

Here are some tips based on my learning in past, regarding selecting a challenging BTP for yourself :

  • Go after your INNER INSTINCT. Choose something that passionates you the most(Its no ordinary project, its YOUR project !!)
  • Think CREATIVE, ... replicating any existing solution won't give you that level of inner satisfaction
  • Be PRACTICAL, ... some of you might also be appearing for CAT/GRE, .. so you need to take a light-weight(in terms of effort required) BTP, ..
  • Working in TEAM is always better(unless the team is not chosen appropriately)
  • Do proper PLANNING, chalk out your work in stages
  • In case you feel that, not enough resources are available in college to fulfill your BTP requirements, look out for them in other academic institutes like IITs or IIITs. Put a mail to some Professor over there including an abstract of your BTP. Chances are less, but you might be lucky enough to receive a response.(I had received from Vision Lab, IITK)
  • Find out if any of your seniors is working on things relevant to your BTP, they might fetch you some industrial interaction
  • Read a good amount of material regarding your BTP before finalizing it. Having a great idea is not good enough, you must also have a way to implement it !
  • If you are still unable to think of anything good enough for BTP, you might go to library and browse the BTP reports of your seniors and if any interests you, you might contact the senior to help you think more in that direction.

Well, I really loved working on my BTP, .. despite maintaining my commitments with Microsoft, semester studies, as well as my CAT preparation. And that was solely because, it was MY project, MY abstract, and MY own implementation. Hope you will too enjoy similar experiences once you start-off working on your BTP , ...

All the best !

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