Prof KV Gangadharan conceptualizes a digital platform for NITK along with his student Hardik Patel.
Akshay Revankar, a second semester student, needs to launch a complaint with the hostel office. The tedious process and the lack of an online portal for complaints irks him. He begins to develop a hostel complaint system.
Prof. KV Gangadharan (Mechanical Department) and Hardik Patel come across Akshay's work and invite him to work with the team.
The IRIS (formerly known as STEP) team commences work on developing an academic module.
Mechanical Department shifts its course pre-registration onto IRIS. IRIS faces it's first real-word test.
Computer Science Department and Mechanical Department have course registration on IRIS. The team encounters its first hurdle when the server crashes during course registration.
System Servers upgraded from 8GB to 64GB 32 Core Systems.
The Admissions Module is launched on IRIS, where applicants of various programmes become students of NITK. Moodle, an open-source Course Management System is now integrated with IRIS for faculty to create courses and upload material for the same.
Hostel Allotment and all Fee Payments are now handled solely by IRIS.
Career Development Centre is now integrated with IRIS, enabling Placement activities at the click of a button. The Calendar and Events (CEMS) module is also launched, bringing everything happening in the college on your fingertips.
The NITK Website has been revamped by the IRIS team, with a fresh UI and allowing exchange of information.
IRIS launches the Global Convention module for facilitating activities of the 13th NITK Global Convention.
We are a team of motivated students from NITK Surathkal, developing and expanding a digital portal that
ensures that all administrative, academic and alumni related procedures take place methodically. IRIS was
initially founded by a group of students envisioning to bring a change at NITK Surathkal under the guidance
of Dr. KV Gangadharan working with the resources provided by the CSD (Center for System Design) laboratory.
We work under the guidance of Professors across various departments at NITK Surathkal, and utilise the resources provided by CSD (Center for System Design) laboratory and CCC (Central Computing Centre). The team has successfully migrated a number of functions which were earlier pen-and-paper procedures (including Admissions, Placements and Course Management), as modules in the system with the aim of integrating all such procedures onto this fully functioning unified system. IRIS is compatible across various software platforms and ensures security of data with strong encryption and a data protection policy in place.
Our Work Flow
On the request or need for a new IRIS module or feature, a power couple formed of a member each from UI/UX and PPT teams sets out to gather requirements
In coherence with the requiremens gathered, the UI/UX team develops a design prototype for the module and the PPT team drafts a policy for the same.
Stakeholder feedback for the prototype is analyzed and the coding phase involving UI-UX, Backend and Android teams begin.
The completed system is first tested and later demonstrated on the development server by the PPT team. On approval, it is pushed to the production.
What NITK says
Till last year, Google Sheets were used to maintain a list of students placed and unplaced, and had to manually remove all the placed students. Google Forms were circulated for students interested in applying for companies. The IRIS placement module removed all manual work. Students could register on the portal itself, and it automatically removed the placed students.
The Placement Module has made it easier for Placement Coordinators to gather student details. Due to the integration with IRIS, verification of provided details is no longer needed. Lists can all be generated and sent with a click of a few buttons.
My experience with IRIS during admission was hassle-free. The website was easy to use and guided us extremely well throughout the registration process. We were completely aware of all the documents which we needed to keep ready for upload before the commencement of the procedure. The interface was very friendly and organized. Even the fee payment caused no worries whatsoever!
In my first and second years, the procedure for course registration was done offline wherein we had to fill forms for each course we wanted. This was followed by getting the signature of the faculty handling the course. This included waiting for the faculty member to be free and then wait in long lines to get a course approved. Also, the faculty advisor had to be consulted for every elective and to cross verify the slots of each course manually. IRIS has eliminated all of the above problems.