Describe the existing technical student communities on your campus.
At Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University the computer societies are divided into many divisions:
There are 2 major Computer Science societies, namely:
Mozilla Community has organized many Hackathons, Workshops etc. while IOSD has a technical and management team having a student participation of over 200. I being the leader of both the societies, am a part of the major decisions taken by the student community and as both the societies work collectively as a team, the grounding and experiences I would gain as a campus advisor will hence be shared with both the teams.
Our motto is “You need to be the change you want to see” and we try to help every student of our college who is curious to learn.
Our community has access to nearly every classroom and labs of our college, just that permission is required from the administration for legit usage.
Who is served?
Our community is exclusive of students, having an interest in the field of Computer Science, coding and geeky stuff! Their stream of study does not matter to us as CS as a field is quite diverse and also interdisciplinary actions are much promoted in our college culture.
Where are there gaps?
Students here are more into academics, they don’t know the importance of practical knowledge and the perks of being a part of a community. The main area I need to work upon is the participation of students. We have teachers, facilities, mentors, sponsors, but the only thing we lack is the participation of students. Also, I need to work on the communication methods, they need to be improved. Also, I see the less participation of females in my community, which need to be tackled by a separate female community with a female representative leading it.
Choose one GitHub Education program. How could it support your on-campus student communities?
As I’m Campus Expert, my community is already getting benefitted from it - delivering Git-GitHub workshops, hackathons, talks, and support the community overall!
Though I really liked the new program by GitHub - ‘Partner School’, which I think would benefit my school in many ways.
First-year students are a fan of Student Developers Pack, they really like the freebies provided by GitHub, the only thing is that our college doesn’t provide us college ID, which makes the process a little difficult.
What would you need to do in order to support the growth of student tech communities on campus?
As a Campus Expert, I’m helping my community where I can and I also have recommended the partner schools option to members of the CSE Department.
I continue to offer Git-GitHub workshops, hackathons, talks and support events in this and next semester!
This semester my main priority will be the female community so to improve the participation, after that the proper guidance to first-year students regarding all the things they should start doing now!
@mozzadrella really liked the tutorials, very well explained and precise. Just some of the tutorials need to updated with the latest content!