Many of you must have obtained notification regarding the conduction of a project by our University and many might have already done it in the previous semesters. So, what is CDP? Community Development Project or CDP is a compulsory practical of 4 credits which is allotted to you to be completed within the given amount of time. All the science (B.Sc.) students out there are already under a lot of pressure with ongoing multiple practicals along with PEP (Placement) classes. The addition of CDP has surely added to our concerns. As you might know that a lot needs to be done to obtain good marks in a small amount of time, students are still confused about what to do, where to do, and how to do it due to lack of interaction with the respected faculty. If you are still unsure, I’ll be writing about each of the options you have to choose from and which one will be the best for you.
Note- this is strictly for the science students; if you are from a separate department, your rules and instructions might be different.
Let’s discuss each of the three options provided to us in detail.
You can complete your Community Development Project by collaborating with an NGO which includes either fieldwork or work from home without getting contacted by anyone keeping in mind safety concerns. The important points are-
- You need to ask for a certificate from the NGO or any other registered organizations that work for community development in the locality. The certificate must describe the number of hours you have worked for them or the number of weeks.
- The minimum time required to be eligible for End Term Examination (ETE) is 30 hours or 4 weeks.
- Prepare a detailed report (25-40 pages) on the work you have done.
The most commonly selected and preferable option is doing any online certified MOOC course offered by several websites and companies. Points to be noted are-
- The MOOC online course must be of at least 30 hours or 4 weeks to be eligible for ETE.
- You must be given a wide range of topics to choose the MOOC from and if you can’t find a suitable topic or aren’t interested in any of them, you can talk to your HOD.
- The recommended platform for the MOOC course is Coursera which practically benefits LPU students with a free course! There is a little trick for it. You don’t need to pay for the certificate on Coursera, you can simply log in with your LPU domain ID through the University link and use your free chance!
- Prepare a detailed report (25-40 pages) for the same.
This is optional and might not be available to everyone. Only choose it if you are not comfortable with the above two. Here, you need to work on practices related to Community development projects by different organizations like the solar plant, rainwater harvesting, waste management, wastewater treatment, effluent plant, etc. For this,
- You need to refer to the websites of the particular organizations or any relevant material available on the internet. You don’t need to obtain a certificate.
- You need to prepare a detailed project report on how you can apply your idea in your locality or LPU. You need to contact respective HODs for more details.
- The report should be detailed as it will be judged by a panel of internal experts.
Choose the option most suitable for you and start working on it. The dates of the final ETP i.e. presentation and viva will be given to you before time.