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Girls on the go

Students at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology tackle the tough curriculum and rangoli with equal elan reports Vimal Chander Joshi

education Updated: Mar 24, 2010 09:13 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Making a clean break from IP University’s other engineering departments, the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) is set to go solo at its Kashmere Gate campus after the other colleges shift to the Dwarka campus in July.

“When a baby grows up, it is supposed to walk without its parents’ support. IGIT was IP University’s baby but it has now grown into a reputable college and capable of functioning independently,” says Prof Nupur Prakash, principal, IGIT.

Famous for: Being the first and only all-girls engineering college in Delhi.

Programmes: BTech (mechanical and automation, computer science, electronics and communication). From the 2010-11 session, two new BTech programmes – IT and, electrical and electronics – will be added.

Extracurricular: The institute has an environment club called Greensphere that organises events to promote recycling of paper and plastic. “Last year, during our annual festival, we were shocked to see the amount of waste strewn around the campus and its surrounding areas. That was when the idea of this eco club germinated,” says Shreya Shrivastava, vice president, Greensphere.

During Xebec 2010, the institute’s cultural festival held in the first week of March, the eco club organised green competitions, green fairs and sessions with TERI, Centre for Science and environment and Indian Centre for Plastic and Environment. The students also have an inclination for literary activities.

The institute’s literary society conducts events such as debates, discussions and essay writing competitions. Plans are also on the anvil to start an entrepreneurship cell soon.

Infrastructure: The university has an e-library setup (accessible through an intranet over Wi-Fi) that allows students to ascertain the availability of books in the library from anywhere on the campus. After the university shifts to Dwarka, the existing boys’ hostel would be converted into another wing of the girls’ hostel.

The college boasts of labs for CAD/CAM, embedded systems, microprocessor, very-large-scale integration design and optical communication.

Found on campus: “Though we are pursuing a male-dominated branch (mechanical), we don’t wince at the thought of participating in a rangoli, normally enjoyed only by girls. We are happy to be girls and engineering students too,” says Shreya Srivastava, a third year student of BTech.

“Since IGIT is a brand in itself, it should be scaled up to provide complete technical education to girls. For that, bigger infrastructure is required.

Though the other departments will move to Dwarka soon, the space vacated will get occupied – this time by some other university (most likely the Ambedkar University, which is currently operating from Dwarka),” says Garima Rana, a third-year BTech student

The institute started off as ‘Mahila Praudyogiki Sansthan’ in 1998. It soon became the Mahila Institute of Technology because the authorities felt the previous name didn’t reflect the technical aspect of the institute. However, the students wanted the word mahila (woman, in Hindi) removed and requested the Delhi CM for a name change. It was rechristened the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology in 2002.