Students wanting to get into the Delhi College of Engineering can breathe easy. Along with getting upgraded into a state university, the institution will also increase the number of seats in its undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
The Delhi government on Wednesday passed the Delhi Technological University Bill, 2009, in the Legislative Assembly to turn the college, rated among the top ten engineering colleges of the country, into a state university.
The Delhi government’s flagship engineering college — to be called the Delhi Technological University — will also double the number of seats for the undergraduate course in the next two years.
From the current number of 670, the seats will go up to 1,450 by 2011-12 session.
In the next five years, it will aim at achieving student strength of 10,000, up from 3,000 at present.
Since the institution has 85 per cent reservation for Delhi students, more seats mean that fewer Delhi students will have to go to other states for studying engineering now.
For the current academic session beginning August, the university will offer new courses and add 458 new seats — 240 seats in their B.Tech programme, 168 in post-graduation and 50 for PhD fellows.
“The need for autonomy to the DCE was long felt. In the absence of autonomy, the institution was neither able to update its curriculum nor able to recruit faculty. This had constrained its growth and expansion,” said P.B. Sharma, principal, DCE.
Faculty members of the DCE are recruited through the Union Public Service Commission and it can take up to two years for the vacancy to be filled, which result in a number of faculty positions lying vacant for long periods.
Sharma emphasised that the expansion would benefit the students of Delhi the most.
“The undergraduate strength shall go up more than two times in the next four years and the that of postgraduate and research shall go up by about nine times. This will ensure that our talented Delhi students will now have greater opportunities in Delhi,” said Sharma.