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Textbook Companion Internship

The Scilab Textbook Companion project is managed by the FOSSEE project, IIT Bombay. Textbook Companion internship is a programme for college students who are willing to undertake an internship with FOSSEE, IIT Bombay.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. You are required to learn Scilab. Resources are provided at Scilab Resources. Learning Scilab is easy and if someone listens to and practices the Spoken Tutorials on Scilab, it can be learned in 2-3 days. For use of any software package other than Scilab, contact us at textbook@scilab.in.

  2. You could propose three books in the order of your preference, using the proposal form available here. You have to create a new account and log in to access the proposal form. You must ensure that the books you are proposing have not been been completed or undertaken under this project. Click on Completed Books and Books in Progress to see the respective lists.

  3. Please make sure that the book proposed by you has at least 80 examples which include numerical computations and which can be coded in Scilab. Theoretical examples such as derivation or problems which has no scope of computation must be excluded. If it is found that the number of examples is less, the internship might be cancelled during the later stages. Along with the book proposal, you are required to send a typical chapter's code from one of the three proposed books to textbook@scilab.in in a .zip or .tgz file. The subject for the mail with sample codes should be "New Book Proposal-Sample Codes-<Student Name>". We will not contact you to send the code. It is suggested that you propose the book as early as possible since your preferred book may be assigned to someone else.

  4. We will try to allot one of the three proposed books to you. You will be intimated about the approval or rejection of your proposal via e-mail within 3 days. Your name along with the proposed textbook will appear under Books in Progress.

  5. After the final allotment, you will start coding only the solved examples of the entire book. You are required to upload the codes on the interface.

  6. The student must mail to textbook(at)scilab(dot)in once all the codes are uploaded on the interface. The review cannot be started unless we receive an acknowledgement mail on completion of all the codes.
  7. Note: Lack of regularity on your part may force us to cancel your internship and the book will be assigned to another intern. Simultaneously, you should fill the IITB registration form and post it to us. All the required forms are available at  Required Internship Forms. For the queries related to submission of forms please contact certificatequerries (at) gmail (dot) com.

  8. The time-frame for completion of the book coding will be decided together by you and us.

  9. Review of the book -

    1. Initially, the uploaded codes will be reviewed for syntax related errors which will typically take 7 working days. If any code is found to be erroneous, the student will have to resubmit the corrected codes after ensuring that ALL the codes are bug-free.
    2. Once, all the submitted codes are bug-free, the outputs of the codes will be verified with the results in the textbook. This process may take up to 45 days . If you submit the codes for review more than once, it will be queued up with other review requests and will result in subsequent delays and revision of your honorarium.
  10. Candidates who successfully finish the textbook companion as per the specified procedure will be awarded an internship e-certificate: "Certified that the work completed is equivalent to six weeks of training under the supervision of the concerned faculty of IIT Bombay".

  11. You will be awarded an honorarium of ₹ 10,000 for completing this work. For details please click here.

For any further query or clarification, please contact us at the following email address:
For the queries related to submission of forms please contact certificatequerries (at) gmail (dot) com.

Note: If your book requires the use of a significant number of symbolic operations instead of numerical ones, please read this note on our symbolic toolbox page