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How to Implement Elective Course Bidding with Synchronized Automated Timetable Scheduling Process? IIM Kozhikode Case Study

Implementing Elective Course Bidding with Synchronized Automated Timetable Scheduling: The IIM Kozhikode Case Study

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM Kozhikode) has successfully implemented an advanced Elective Course Bidding System synchronized with an Automated Timetable Scheduling process, leveraging the capabilities of EDTEX software. This case study outlines the steps taken, the features of the system, and the benefits realized by the institution.


The primary objectives of implementing the Elective Course Bidding and Automated Timetable Scheduling system at IIM Kozhikode were to:

  1. Streamline the elective course selection process for students.
  2. Ensure efficient and conflict-free timetable scheduling.
  3. Optimize resource utilization, including faculty and classroom allocation.
  4. Enhance the overall academic experience for students and faculty.

Implementation Process

1. Needs Assessment and Customization

The first step involved a comprehensive needs assessment to understand the specific requirements of IIM Kozhikode. This included identifying key stakeholders, gathering input from students, faculty, and administrative staff, and defining the functional requirements of the system.

2. System Design and Development

Based on the needs assessment, EDTEX developed a customized solution that integrated Elective Course Bidding with Automated Timetable Scheduling. Key features included:

  • User-Friendly Interface: An intuitive platform for students to browse and bid for elective courses.
  • Real-Time Updates: Immediate feedback on bidding status and course availability.
  • Conflict-Free Scheduling: Automated scheduling to prevent clashes and optimize class timings.
  • Resource Optimization: Efficient allocation of faculty and classrooms based on course demand.

3. Pilot Testing

A pilot phase was conducted to test the system's functionality and gather feedback from a smaller group of users. This phase helped identify any issues and allowed for adjustments before full-scale implementation.

4. Full-Scale Implementation

Following successful pilot testing, the system was rolled out across the entire institute. Training sessions were conducted for students and faculty to ensure smooth adoption and effective use of the platform.

Key Features of the System

Elective Course Bidding

  1. Bid Submission:Students can submit bids for their preferred elective courses through the platform. The system provides detailed information about each course, including prerequisites, instructor details, and course schedules.
  2. Real-Time Bidding Status:The platform offers real-time updates on the status of bids, allowing students to adjust their selections based on the latest information.
  3. Fair Allocation Mechanism:The system uses a fair and transparent allocation algorithm to ensure that students have equitable access to their desired courses.

Automated Timetable Scheduling

  1. Conflict-Free Scheduling:The scheduling algorithm automatically generates timetables that prevent conflicts between courses, ensuring that students can attend all their selected classes without overlaps.
  2. Faculty and Resource Allocation:The system optimizes the allocation of faculty members and classrooms based on course demand and availability, ensuring efficient use of resources.
  3. Dynamic Adjustments:The platform can make dynamic adjustments to the timetable in response to changes in course demand or faculty availability, maintaining an up-to-date schedule.

Benefits Realized

Enhanced Academic Experience

  • Flexibility and Convenience: Students can easily bid for their preferred courses and receive real-time updates, making the course selection process more flexible and convenient.
  • Optimized Learning: The conflict-free scheduling ensures that students can attend all their chosen courses, enhancing their learning experience.

Improved Resource Utilization

  • Efficient Allocation: The automated scheduling process optimizes the use of faculty and classroom resources, reducing idle time and improving efficiency.
  • Reduced Administrative Burden: The system reduces the manual workload on administrative staff, allowing them to focus on more strategic tasks.

Transparency and Fairness

  • Equitable Access: The fair allocation mechanism ensures that all students have a fair chance to enroll in their desired courses.
  • Real-Time Insights: The real-time updates and dynamic adjustments provide transparency and keep all stakeholders informed.


The implementation of the Elective Course Bidding system synchronized with Automated Timetable Scheduling at IIM Kozhikode has been a significant success. The collaborative effort between IIM Kozhikode and EDTEX has resulted in a robust, efficient, and user-friendly platform that enhances the academic experience for students and faculty alike. This case study demonstrates the effectiveness of combining advanced technology with thoughtful customization to meet the specific needs of an educational institution.

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