There is good news for budding women engineers who wish to study in Delhi. Giving a thrust to research, innovation, engineering, technology, management, applied sciences and allied areas, the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT), which was set up in 1998, has been upgraded to the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University (IGDTU) - the first such varsity for women in India. Earlier, IGIT was part of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
Fresh MTech and MBA
Besides the BTech (computer science and engineering); BTech (electronics and communication engineering); BTech (mechanical and automation engineering); BTech (information technology); MCA; and MTech (ECE) part-time programmes on offer, the university will launch new MTech programmes from 2013-14. These include information security management; mobile and pervasive computing; robotics and automation and very large-scale integrated (VLSI) design.
“We also plan to start MBA, master’s in architecture, town planning and urban design and MTech in nanotechnology programmes in future. MTech in renewable energy and green technology with a focus on smart grids is also on the cards. We are also aiming to set up a knowledge park, an incubation centre and an entrepreneur development cell by next year,” says Professor Nupur Prakash, founder vice chancellor of IGDTU.
Focus on research, entrepreneurship
Elaborating on the new approach of the university, Prakash says, “Our main focus will be on research and innovation and helping our girls develop entrepreneurial skills, for which we are seeking help from the department of science and technology.”
Prakash adds that about 25% of the students at the institute get into hardcore research. The rest of them prefer to opt for careers in application-oriented areas. About 75% go in for software development, software architecture design, software project management, mobile application development, automotive engineering and VLSI design. Hardware design and telecom services and management are the other choices. Industry-university tie-ups are also being worked out. “GE Research, which has set up labs in Bangalore, selects two girls from our university every year for research. They are awarded a scholarship of $3600 per annum and then absorbed in the organisation. Cisco also selects five to eight students of our university every year as network engineers. We are also trying to get funding from research agencies to be able to work on live projects,” she says. The university has also tied up with Intel and is looking to collaborate with Texas Instruments and CoreEL. An agreement in 2010 was worked out with Nokia Finland in 2010 to train students in mobile architecture and programming, with Ericsson in 2011 for web-based instructional training telecom equipment and software, ARM and Atmel in 2012 for setting up Embedded Systems Design Lab and Flour Danial for setting up lab in mechanics of solids, etc.
IGDTU is also entering into academic alliances with companies for developing the curriculum. Citing an example, Prakash says, “We have collaborated with Nokia, ARM and Atmel to develop syllabus for certain subjects and introduce industry relevant courses. Nokia will help us develop topics such as mobile operating system, mobile databases, mobile cloud computing, and mobile programming and architecture.”
The course curriculum, which was earlier revised once in five years or so, will now happen faster. “Now that we are a university, we have started the process of curriculum revision for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes,” adds Prakash.
The university will also start offering PhD programmes in engineering, science and technology from 2014 and admit research scholars (full-time and part-time) based on the UGC guidelines. The full time PhD scholars will work with the university as teaching assistants.