That's pretty much it !

You can. Anyone can. It's not impossible. The benefit of solving a problem and see the answer unfold in front of your eyes, the idea is amazing. You throw up your hands in joy that you could do it.

Since you're in the age of computer's almost nothing is analog. Every computational lab you go to, ever summer project you do,every LaTeX document you write, it's everywhere. You might as well see where you stand among your own institute.

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How will it benefit me ?

In every way you can think of. You have no idea. From the IDC101 course if you're a first year, to tackling a complex problem logically. You'll learn how to think. Apply logic. Streamline your thinking process. That's what it does.

We all know how to integrate/differentiate/find roots and solve differential equations and identify parts of the body by looking at it. A computer can do it too, and quite often way more efficiently. Handle big data, process stuff you can't possible imagine of, show you your own biases, all with a few lines of code.

Plus! It's fun. So why not ?

Who is it targeted to ?

Common misconception is that it's only for computer science enthusiasts. NO!

Neither do you have to join and be part of IPLUG to do this. You can sit in your room and do it. No meetings or weekly sessions. Just you and your solution. That's all we care about.

If you're a first year : Might help in IDC101. It's aiming at solving problems tougher than your assignment problems and also provide a challenge to show what a computer can do. For your future endeavors and working in labs, it's surely going to be of huge help.

If you're a second/third year : We know grades matter! We know about the innumerable number of quizzes too! Even for the reports you may need LaTeX. Every computational, and many experimental labs need it. It's a necessity. Trust us.

If you're fourth/final year and PhD : We know you don't have time. We know that by now you know that how important it is and how much it helps ! At your free time, relax and solve a problem. One per week. Definitely no biggie if you can!

Benefits : This will help with subjects such as Numerical Computing using MATLAB, Numerical analysis, Computational Physics, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics , Computational Chemistry, Satellite Image processing, IDC 101-Introduction to Computing, Algorithms, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Data Science and courses as such where you need to write code; plus for summer projects and to model complicated systems.

The following video enumerates why ... if you don't like reading.