1. Herbal Cosmetics

The course combines knowledge of plant science and cosmetic production technology to make herbal cosmetics. As Herbalists, students will learn to use scientific method to combine the cosmetic properties of plant with cosmetic making techniques to achieve health benefits and balance in body. Plants of medicinal value will be introduced and how to process them will be shown. Safe use of herbs to make beauty products will be discussed. The course will encourage students to prepare original, unadulterated good quality beauty products at home. Enterprising students may see ways to become entrepreneurs and develop signature products.

2. Mathematics and Art

The course describes mathematics from antiquity to the Enlightenment, including Greek, Islamic, and Asian mathematics. Then focusing on modern culture, study traces mathematicians' search for the foundations of their science, such as David Hilbert's conception of mathematics as an arrangement of meaning-free signs, as well as artists' search for the essence of their craft, such as Aleksandr Rodchenko's monochrome paintings. She shows that self-reflection is inherent to the practice of both modern mathematics and art, and that this introspection points to a deep resonance between the two fields: Kurt Gödel posed questions about the nature of mathematics in the language of mathematics and Jasper Johns asked "What is art?" in the vocabulary of art. Throughout, study describes the personalities and cultural environments of a multitude of mathematicians and artists, from Gottlob Frege and Benoît Mandelbrot to Max Bill and Xu Bing.

1. Arithmetic and Geometry
2. Proportion
3. Infinity
4. Formalism

3. Critical thinking

Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated. Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it. In this course we travel from the meaning of thought to question the beliefs that constitute the thought as well as reason it with confidence and evidence. In this course we introduce the word fair-minded and we discuss traits of mind that accompany fair-mindedness. The course will consist of essential critical thinking concepts and wants the student to develop as fair-minded thinkers.

4. Script Writing

The course shall help generate new ideas for scripts. There is a world of interesting stories in Indian Mythology and folklore which can be tapped for ideas. The initial mode of the course will involve analyzing movies, dramas, newspaper articles, comic books and pictures for their potential for creative expression. The element of individual and collective perspective of the given material will also be explored. Students shall learn to make anecdotal records or frames that can be expanded to a full fledged script later. The course will restrict to the written part of telling a story that can be enacted at a later point of time. Description of background / setting, creation of characters in the script, conversations and dialogues interspersed with asides, unfolding of the plot through the script will be taken up. Humour, wit, repartee, values, morals will be essential feature of the script. There shall be group and individual activity. Creation of Role plays, one act plays, street plays, radio or television plays relating to social issues will be the forte of this course.

5. Breaking the news

The scream of Breaking News draws attention to an event or a thought. With an easy access to this information and an easy and fast spread of information, it is important to raise a few questions: What is the truth of breaking news? Should the news be accepted as the Truth at face value? Is it comprehensive or some aspects are not revealed? These are pertinent questions which every citizen must address. This course offers tools and skills to enable a student to address these questions. The world is a complex and a happening place where many thoughts / events influence an individual and the society. One can make the best of the times, if one understands the dominant thoughts of a particular time. This course will offer a platform for capturing significant newspaper /journal/magazine reports of a week which will be the discussion points for understanding the world. The course aims at providing an exposure to what is currently being captured by journalists and an analysis of it. The broader aim is enable the students to develop a perspective of their own.

6. Introduction To Social Work

This course deals with brief introduction to social work. There are two units in this course. First one deals with concept of social work at GO and NGO. Providing help to diverse and vulnerable groups of society, it also deals with disaster management and first aid. Information will be provided regarding various help and support available in the nearby vicinity. Second unit deals with Concepts that are important for youth and related issues. It will be problem based and taught in a practical manner.

7. Computer Programming using JAVA

Java is one of the most popular programming languages used to create Web applications. According to the Java home page, more than 1 billion computers and 3 billion mobile phones worldwide run Java. Java is used to build applications and platforms for a number of devices, including computers, laptops, gaming consoles, car navigation systems, medical monitoring devices, parking meters, lottery terminals and smart phones.

8. Economics for Non-Commerce students

The course will aim to make Economics, often misunderstood as a “boring” and “complex” subject, simple for understanding for the students belonging to science, engineering areas. The course will help in breaking down the jargons and imparting knowledge in a lucid way. The course will be covering the main branches of Economics: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

9. Marketing Management

The course deals with basic introduction of the process and definition of marketing along with understanding the marketplace and customer needs. The course covers concepts such as Market Segmentation, Market Targeting and Differentiation and Positioning. It also gives a basic idea about designing a customer driven marketing strategy by translating it into an integrated marketing plan and program. It also focuses on how products are different from services and how products and services can build strong brands. The course takes some insights into how strategies are different for marketing of services and how service oriented companies work. Furthermore, some basics of advertising, promotion & public relations with respect to various product and service categories are been considered in this course.

10. Introduction to MS Office

This course covers concept of operating system and types of operating systems. Spreadsheet package like concept of workbook, worksheet, workspace, hyperlink, functions, cell formatting, charts. Word processing package includes create, edit, save, format, proofing, layout, tables, mail merge. PowerPoint presentation includes creating presentation, formatting presentation, shapes, slide transition and animation, protect presentation.

11. Money: Savings and Investments

Course will cover the following topics:
Financial Planning: Parameters for portfolio construction-Age, Life events, Income, contingency, planned expenses, family size, etc.
Sources of Finance: Loans from various financial institutions, Banks, IPO, etc.
Investment Avenues: Real Estate, Shares, Mutual Funds, Bank FD, Bonds, Debentures, Gold, Silver, PF, KVP, etc.
Tax Planning: Exemptions, deductions, etc. (Basics)

12. Understanding the Patent Regime In India

The Patent regime in India is considered one of the weakest in the world. That is until TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) happened. TRIPS was an agreement between nations to ensure the global parity of Intellectual Property laws all over the world. In a way this was a direct effect of globalization. Conducive marketing environment meant strengthening the IPR regime of host countries. India which had just started to emerge as a viable destination for foreign investment was required to tone down its patent laws in line with the global standard. Resultantly, the period after 2005 saw India’s patent regime metamorphose into a globally feasible yet domestically viable standard.

13. Linocut/Woodcut Printing

Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a printer using a handheld gouger to cut a design into linoleum for a linocut print

14. Sense the city

A city exists around you which needs to be felt and experienced effectively to be part of it as one. The commonalities between the user and his/her city is evident the way the human behavior is coded as a pattern seen or experienced. What one experiences is seen by someone and analyzed therefore. Being part of the analysis, one plays a crucial role in its construction of assumptions. If known or understood the patterns through which one is seen, should also be experienced effectively as well? Being part of the city as 'role playing' also means taking the experience in account and the participation of the user meaningfully within its built environment. The learning and experiencing are two sides of one coin for the cognition of meanings one attaches with oneself when he/she is moving in the city as integral part of everyday life. The accumulation of learning eventually offers the sensory knowledge about the environment where we locate ourselves for effective experience time to time. The course offers that dynamic step to step guide to unfold the layers through which one experiences a city at everyday level.

15. Math and Patterns

One way to understand nature is to understand science. Also, Modern inventions are because of mathematics and science.Mathematics, physics and chemistry can explain the pattern in nature at different levels. Here patterns means symmetry, synergy, chaos, waves, dunes, cracks, bubbles, spots, foam, tessellations etc..This course is to learn about how the patterns in nature connect with hidden science and maths.

16. You are the Engineer at your home

In your home you operate dozens of machines every day. They may not resemble a hundred – ton locomotive, but they are real machines that took many years to invent, design and improve. This course is to learn about many such machines that make work easier or fun

17. Electricity around us

Your home’s electrical system is more than just a bunch of wires – it’s a complex system, carefully designed to deliver all the power you need for modern life in the safest way possible. Knowing how your home’s electrical system works will help you be a more “empowered” homeowner. The electrical system consists of the line from the pole, a meter where electrical usage is tallied, a main circuit breaker panel (sometimes called “load centers” and, in older homes, fuse panels), separate wiring circuits to all the rooms in the home, outlets, light fixture boxes, and various hard-wired appliances. When troubleshooting electrical problems in a house, you can avoid watts of frustration by learning or reviewing things about your electrical system. When you have learned enough, you’ll be ready to go to the troubleshooting these problems in your home.

18. Renewable Energy Resources

A renewable resource is a resource which can be used repeatedly because it is replaced naturally. A problem with fossil fuels is the pollution and global warming gases they produce. Renewable resources are usually much cleaner. But they can also cost more. New technology for renewable resources is helping to make them cheaper. And now even fossil fuels are becoming harder to find and more expensive. This combination means that renewable resources are making more sense than ever, and this is a growing field. Types of renewable resources: Solar energy , Wind energy , Hydropower energy , Biomass, Bioenergy , Geothermal energy

19. Everything About Engines

Types of Engines, Basic components and terminology of IC engines, working of four stroke/two stroke - petrol/diesel engine, classification and application of IC engines, engine performance and emission parameters.

20. Making Arduino Robots

Building robots is fun, easy, and can be done by nearly anyone. You don't need to be a genius and no prior engineering experience is necessary. The only thing required is a willingness to experiment, and learn. The fundamentals are actually fundamental. In less than a 30 hours one can learn the basics necessary to begin building robots on your own. Whether you are a hobbyist, aspiring engineer, architect, artist, scientist, or just plain curious, follows is a pathway you can use to begin your journey into wild world of robotics. This course is to learn about how one can understand making of very basic robots.

21. Interactive Games: How Computers Think and Act?

This course emphasizes primarily on studying ‘decision making’ under different scenarios and circumstances along with learning ‘use of digital devices’ to improve speed and accuracy of decisions. Traditionally students are trained to recognize familiar problems with known solutions; they may not be sufficiently prepared to address novel real-world problems. As a step in this direction, this new course is designed and experimented that is aimed at getting students to think about how to frame and solve unstructured problems. I believe, students will find pleasure in process of deconstructing the fun in any good game and will experience that what makes game enjoyable is the built-in learning process.

22. Fuzzy Logic and control

Fuzzy theory is based on human reasoning. It deals with uncertainty in the systems. It can be utilized to study ambiguous and uncertain systems which cannot be solved using usual methods. This course presents basics of fuzzy sets, fuzzy logic, and fuzzy control systems. The aim is to aware students with fuzzy- based technology and fuzzy control methodologies, which help them to understand and implement the high-technology information-based systems.

23.Probability-Life by chance

Several times, we ask ourselves or perhaps God “Why me?” over the years of our life. Have we ever thought if God answers back asking “Why not you”? Life is a combination of choices we make and the chances we get. It should have been a perfect piece of beauty because we put our best colors to paint it, but some unaesthetic patches do creep in, which we justify by saying “It happened by chance”. But is this justification enough? Just put your helmet before riding!!! It is an unwanted advice by your parents, teachers and your well wishers. Do you know by how much it raises your chances of survival in case of a freak accident? Probability-a quantitative approach that helps us to understand the essence of the major role that chance plays in the choices we make.

24.Toy Factory

Every child is a born scientist. Often, God gifted curiosity of children comes to an untimely end before it takes off wings. The reasons can be rote learning of scientific statements without understanding their meanings and inability to appreciate science beyond competitive means. This creates prejudiced phobia about learning science. On the other hand, science can be best understood by providing connections between children’s own world and scientific concepts. Toys, not limited to any age are the best motivational mediators to link between scientific concepts and experience.

This course is about making scientific toys or designing hands-on activities through cheap and readily available household objects. The toys can then be shared with at least one nearby school and help educate the children.

25.Inquiring Nature

Often we wonder why many things 'behave' the way they do! Why certain phenomena happen in Nature and how do they happen consistently. A large variety of questions tinkles our mind and makes us hungry to know the 'why' behind a particular phenomenon.

Few questions, not limited, to be addressed are flying of geese in a ‘V’ shape, tear formation with peeling of onions, presence of day-night-eclipses-seasons, formation of rainbow, spherical soap bubbles, hexagonal beehives, marching movement of ants, intact stripes on the squeezed toothpaste, repulsion of water by cabbage leaves, longer nuts surfacing after shaking a box of mixed nuts, antlions digging conical pits in loose sand, contagious yawning, light emitted by fire flies and many more…

This course is intended in discussing some of these questions and their possible answers. The answers not necessarily describe the complete understanding as many of them are topics of contemporary research. Many of such questions have inspired researchers to mimic things happening in nature, be it making novel materials or innovative machines!

26.Cinema: Ideation, Creation and Appreciation

Students will be exposed to some of the popular films (ad films); where they focus on the selection and arrangement of details (elements of filmmaking) within a film and hence learn how films are made so as to communicate an idea or to create an experience. Subsequent activities introduce students to different elements of cinema (e.g. script writing, cinematography, editing etc.), Cinema movements (history of cinema) and film semiotics (study of signs in cinema) After they are familiar with elements of cinema and basic filmmaking process they will be exposed to some of the cult films made by great filmmakers and observe how they achieved those masterpieces and what made them arrive at their style of filmmaking. If time and resources allow we can have final assignment as short film made by students themselves in-group where they phase wise go through script writing, preproduction, shooting and postproduction.

27.Sketching

Sketching is the most basic form of visual communication. It allows communicating thoughts and investigates ideas visually. Sketching involves very minimal elements - pencil and paper - to translate the world around us into a language that is Universal and understood by all. The power to sketch well speeds communication and makes friends. All artists are good sketchers, for example Leonardo Da Vinci.

28.Visual Design

Visual design, also known as graphic design, is the art of communication, stylizing, and problem-solving through the use of type, space and image. Visual design is not about what a piece is saying literally through words, but it is everything about what a piece is saying visually and emotionally, solely through appearance.

Some basic visual design concepts include color, contrast, typography, composition, line, texture, space and shape. Successful graphic design relies heavily upon a solid visual concept. Without effective visual design, advertisements, posters, signs, brochures, teaching materials and other print materials are meaningless. It is visual design that grabs people's attention and encourages them to analyze the piece and get engaged.