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Project Isaac was launched in favour of students who are confined to their homes because of Corona virus.
- Launched by: The project was launched by Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN).
- Purpose: The project has been launched to engage its students in creative projects to enhance their critical skills while they are confined to their homes because of Corona virus.
- It is a model for academic institutions worldwide to explore ways to engage students in the midst of the pandemic.
- Inspiration: The project has been inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, who 350 years ago similarly sent home by Trinity College, Cambridge, because of the Great Plague of London in the year 1665.
- Why Newton was inspired? During this year 1665, sometimes described as his “year of wonders”, Newton, then a 22-year-old college student, developed some of his most profound discoveries, including early calculus, as well his theories of optics and gravity.
- Events for students: To cultivate new skills among students various competitions have been organized in online for students. Four competitions were been organizing regarding writing, painting, coding, music, creative expression, and so on.
- Student’s participation: Students can take part in competitions online. Nearly 40 per cent of IITGN students are already participating in various activities, which are entirely voluntary.
- Events planned: The various events planned as follows;
- 12 Days of Code competition – Students work for 24 hours on new coding problems released daily.
- Don’t Quarantine Your Cornea! – Through this, Students write reviews of TV shows episode/movie/documentary/web series of their choice.
- Project Isaac Showcase – It will celebrate and showcase the best and most creative work products generated by students during the extended break.
- Leadership video Challenge – Watch handpicked Ted/TedX talks on leadership and write a 50-100 word summary/insight/observation/reaction to the video and win daily lottery-based cash prizes as well as upto five Rs 5,000 prizes each for best rated commentaries at the end of the contest.
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