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With undergraduate students getting a chance to work on research papers, this institute offers great scope to budding engineers.

education Updated: Dec 12, 2012 17:00 IST
Gauri Kohli

Eighteen research fellowships, 11 scholarships, 23 research projects, six consultancy projects and counting... Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), New Delhi, has come a long way since its inception in 2008. It is now a popular study destination for those interested in pursuing engineering in computer science and allied areas.

That’s the reason why Ankit Sarkar chose this institution four years ago. “I wanted to enrol in a college that offers specialised courses in computer science and chose IIIT Delhi. The curriculum is updated regularly and is very comprehensive. Students are expected to study not only from books but are also evaluated on the basis of research papers, presentations and lab experiments which makes the evaluation continuous. The focus is on non-rote learning,” says Sarkar, who finished his BTech in computer science from the institute this year and will be joining Works Applications in Tokyo as an assistant R&D engineer.

The institute lays emphasis on undergraduate research too. “Students here at the undergraduate level are encouraged to prepare research papers, which gives them a lot of exposure. I worked on two research papers in biometrics and digital forensics and the former was presented at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics held in the US last year,” adds Sarkar.

More than 98% students have been placed in companies such as Adobe, Citrix, Google, IBM Research, Infosys Labs, KPMG, and Microsoft with an average salary package of Rs. 8 lakh a year and the highest being Rs. 16.5 lakh a year in 2011. IIIT-D follows a semester system, and uses letter grades on a 10-point scale for grading a student’s performance in a course. Grading is done internally by the faculty and is based on instruments like assignments, quizzes, tests, exams, projects, labs, presentations, etc. which are spread throughout the semester. One of these instruments is the final exam, which takes place at the end of the semester.

“The best thing about the institute is the faculty that is highly experienced and qualified. Most faculty members hold PhDs from foreign universities and this offers great opportunity for students to learn,” says Megha Gupta, a student of the MTech programme.

Students have been sent to the following universities for internship so far: International Joint Conference ; University of Newcastle, UK; University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and University of Western Virginia.

USP: “IIIT-Delhi is a research-oriented institute with innovative programmes taught by highly-qualified faculty that compare favourably with the best in the country.

It offers intense education with lots of hands- on exercises and projects through which it aims to develop engineers of high capability,” says Pankaj Jalote, director.

Programmes: BTech, MTech and PhD in computer science and engineering and electronics and communications engineering. In MTech, there are specialisations in information security, data engineering, mobile computing, and VLSI and embedded systems.

Faculty: There are more than 30 faculty members who hold PhDs. About two-third faculty members have PhDs from US or European universities.

IT quotient: IIIT Delhi campus is WiFi-enabled. There are many powerful servers, computing and special hardware labs.

Infrastructure: The new campus in Okhla within the GB Pant Polytechnic premises is built over 32,000 square metres of area. This includes buildings for the faculty, PhD students, and research labs.

A lecture hall complex has halls for lectures and smaller classrooms with a total capacity of about 800 seats. The institute also has a library and information centre which has the library, computing labs, hardware lab, and lots of space for students to study. It has a food court, a mess, place for indoor games, and rooms for various student activities.

Clubs and societies: There are a number of clubs, including one for quizzes, called Trivialis. There’s the, Web Design and Development Club; the dance club, MadToes; an ethical hacking club; and music club, Audio Bytes. IIIT-Delhi has an active student council in which elected representatives get to articulate their views about the institute.

IIIT-Delhi is an autonomous institute of government of NCT Delhi, much like IITs are autonomous institutes of the government of India

“The institute should offer more opportunities for those interested in sports,” says Sarkar