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Project Training - UDP or IDP

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Niral Modi

Last Updated: 26 Sep 2022


As students enter their Final year of BE/ MCA a big question looms around in their head – Should I do IDP or UDP? And rightly so, as the decision will decide the fate of their future careers.

The answer can be answered by another question – What is the main purpose of Project Training/ Live Project?

During their time at the university, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of different kinds of projects.

While some students might find it more enjoyable to work on a predetermined project, others could find it more rewarding to work on an individualised growth plan (IDP).

So, one of these choices is preferable?

Projects are considered to be defined when they have a clear objective or result that the student is working toward accomplishing.

This could involve things like the creation of a new product, the introduction of a new software application, or the composition of a research article.

These kinds of assignments typically have a specific due date and demand that the student put in a certain level of effort in order for the project to be considered successful.

On the other side, individual development plans (IDPs) are less restrictive and permit the student to determine their own aims and priorities.

Attending workshops, participating in extracurricular activities, or gaining work experience could all be examples of activities that could be included in this category.

IDPs give students the chance to investigate the areas of interest to them and cultivate new abilities, all without the stress of having to work toward achieving a particular objective.

So, which one of these choices is preferable?

It is extremely dependent on the interests and objectives of the student in question.

If you are the type of person who works best when they have a specific objective in mind, then a specified project is probably the best choice for you.

On the other hand, if you are the type of person who takes pleasure in trying out new things and appreciates having more leeway in your work, then an IDP might be the best choice for you.

GTU created the concept called project training to ensure students learn and experience how a real industry works. This experience would enable students to experience the inner workings of the industry and get them ready for placements. Over the period of time to ensure that fake projects are not done by students GTU brought rules to improve the quality of work that was done during the project training.

But the basic principle still stays the same if a student can do a project in a real working environment, it will always be better than a UDP – University defined Projects. Why is IDP better then a UDP – In most cases a UDP is academically driven, whereas an IDP is industry driven. This basic difference itself warrants students to undergo IDP.

Both an IDP and a university-defined project each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

When it comes to picking a choice, there are a few aspects that should be taken into consideration:

Defined projects may have a scope that is more definite and well-defined, whereas an IDP may provide greater leeway in terms of the project goals that can be accomplished.

A university may be more likely to provide financial assistance and support for defined projects, but an individual development plan (IDP) may be more likely to be self-funded.

Defined projects could have a timeframe and deliverables that are more rigidly organised, whereas an iterative development process (IDP) might provide more leeway in terms of when and how goals are accomplished.

A defined project may be more likely to entail collaboration with other students and professors, but an individual development plan (IDP) may be more focused on the growth of the individual.

The conclusion of a defined project may be more open to the public, such as a presentation or publication, but the outcome of an individual development plan (IDP) may be more closed to the public, such as a portfolio or blog.

In the end, it is up to the needs and interests of the individual student to determine whether they should participate in a university-defined project or an independent study project (IDP).

There is no correct or incorrect response, and both strategies have the potential to result in favourable consequences. 

TOPS Project Training – As most students might be aware TOPS is a Software Development Co with training centers across the country. The basic goal of TOPS has been to impart quality education and project experience that GTU has always wanted. Due to the TOPS methodology of teaching thousands of Freshers have been able to get a job faster and easier. TOPS Technologies live project training in .Net, PHP, Java, Android, iPhone, Software Testing, Web Design, and SEO. We have a development center with 100 developers and 50+ placement personnel to provide placements for Freshers and experienced professionals. TOPS creates campus events where thousands of students were able to get interviews at reputed companies of Gujarat (www.tops-int.com/jobfest/)

Should you do UDP or IDP – We feel both – Get a definition from the College and learn the implementation of the project at TOPS. This will enable your college to be happy that the project us UDP whereas your future employer will be happy that you know the fundamentals and advance concepts as required by the industry.


To know more about IDP/ UDP whatsapp us 76220 11173 or inquire at inquiry@tops-int.com – visit our website at www.tops-int.com


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