The Final Year Project Advice by the Innovation Garage aims to help all final years with their project work and make the otherwise tedious task, enjoyable and easy to do. With that goal in mind, IG brings to you another article in the series for Electrical and Electronics Engineering Students.
There are a vast number of disciplines to choose from for your project in EEE. Some of the most popular ones are:
- Electrical Machines
- Power Systems
- Embedded Electronics
- Renewable Energy Sources
- Machine Learning
There are different factors to be kept in mind while choosing the discipline for your project, from department faculty and guide to personal interest and available facilities. In EEE, selection of project largely depends on faculty allotted. Best way to select a project given the faculty allotment scenario is to go and talk with your faculty, discuss with him/her what you would like to work on. In such a discussion, the faculty might suggest something which suits you and also relates to their field of work. Try asking for options, and select one from those. In most of the cases, faculties give multiple research papers to students after such a discussion so that students can go through them and choose. In this phase, don’t hesitate to ask for options or to say that you don’t like a particular project which faculty offers you! Be polite and say what you want to, otherwise you might get stuck for whole year with something you don’t like.
As EEE doesn’t let us choose the faculty and randomly allocates faculty to groups of students, identifying faculty with specific expertise does not have great priority. However, before going for first meeting/discussion with faculty (as mentioned above) make sure you check his/her profile on NITW website, and his/her research papers which can be easily found online.
As far as the grading is concerned, in EEE, it is pretty straightforward. It includes marks given by professors and guide in your presentation. The project presentations should never be taken for granted. Professors sitting in the seminar hall are very good at knowing whether you know what you are presenting or not. They might also interrupt you in between and tell someone else to explain the part you were explaining, so there is no point in dividing the presentation and being complacent with prepping only your part.
Execution of the project is in fact the most vital step of the entire project. The most important point and perhaps also the most cliched one is to WORK REGULARLY. Even if you are working little, do work on some portion every week and give updates to your faculty. Your relation with your guide is of utmost importance, however at the same time, it is very easy to keep it well. Make it a point to visit your faculty once every week, drop him/her a mail about your progress/problems you faced/how did you solve them every 2-3 days. This makes them know that you are not ignoring your project and are putting some real effort. Make sure each and everyone in your group works. Be it preparing presentation, soldering or writing report in Latex. If you are one of the lower cgpa slabs, don’t think that the other person will take care of whole work because at the end this attitude will come back to bite you. Faculties will immediately notice that you don’t know anything and maximum grade you get will be a solid C.
It is very easy to score a good grade in project work in our department. You just need to make sure that you have some concept in your project which your guide and faculties at presentation don’t know about, and you need to research and implement it properly. If you do work hard on it, you will be able to explain about it in presentation and minimum a B (and in best case A) will be guaranteed. Do work on your presentation skills. Rehearse before presentation. It has often happened that a person knew everything about a concept, but just because he/she couldn’t explain it properly his/her grade got affected.
Keeping the above suggestions in mind, completing the project will not seem like a burden and definitely become a much easier task.
Contributor: Tejas Niphadkar