Youthful, lively and close-knit is how one can describe Indraprastha Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT), Delhi. Its small size, closely situated classrooms and faculty rooms support a culture of free dialogue between teachers and students.
There is also a faculty mentor system where each student is assigned a faculty member whom a student may approach any time regarding any issue. Such is the atmosphere at IIIT-Delhi that students call it a healthy breeding ground for “long-lasting friendships”.
USP: The institute offers 85% reservation to Delhiites who want to study engineering here.
Faculty strength: The college has more than 20 full-time teachers. Besides this, they have adjunct faculty, visiting faculty as well as administrative staff.
Programmes: BTech (IT), MTech (IT) and doctoral programmes in IT are its flagship programmes. In the next academic session, the college might start electrical engineering courses.
IT Quotient: The entire college campus is Wi-Fi-enabled. The institute website gives details about life in the college, admission process, programme details etc.
Clubs and societies: Life at IIIT-Delhi is not restricted to books and computers. Students here are proactively take part in a lot of competitions and seminars. Several student clubs on campus enable members to enhance their talents in areas beyond academics. Some of the active clubs in the college are Community Work Club; Dance Club; Design Club; Ethical Hacking Club; Literary Club; Movie-making Club; Music Club; Robotics Club; Sports Club; Quiz Club and Web Design and Development Club.
Infrastructure: IIIT-Delhi currently functions from a transit campus in the library building in Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) in Dwarka. Spread over two floors, it has classrooms and a small but rich library. The computer labs have high speed internet and up-to-date PCs. Since it is a residential campus, some labs are open till late at night. The institute building also houses pool and table tennis facilities, along with a small canteen. The library has a wide selection of books, journals, e-journals, magazines and newspapers that is constantly expanded according to student and faculty requests.
IIIT-Delhi students also use NSIT facilities. Says Dheeraj Chugh, a fourth-year engineering student, “The NSIT campus has many cafes and small shops amid a lot of greenery which we frequent often. Also, there are sports facilities which include basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a cricket field and a football field that are open to us, as well. We also have a music room where we have instruments such as electric guitars and a synthesiser. We really look forward to performances by the music club — they are liked by one and all, including the faculty.”
Studentspeak: “The college opens various opportunities for students. The best part of studying here is that most students are from Delhi and we make the optimum use of the ‘Delhi connection’. The faculty is really nice and cooperative and the courses are really good,” says Bhanu Verma, a fourth-year engineering student.
Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (aka IIIT-Delhi or IIIT-D) was created as a state university by an act of Delhi government to award degrees as well as to carry out research and development. The institute began with its first batch of 60 BTech students in 2008. It now has nearly 250 students in three batches. The All India Council of Technical Education has recognised it as an Institute of National Importance, along with other IIITs
“I think all students here wish that our campus coming up in Okhla gets ready as soon as possible,” says a student who doesn’t wish to be named