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Going places

IIT Delhi has come a long way since Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, laid its foundation stone on January 27, 1959

education Updated: Jun 16, 2010 10:45 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has come a long way since 1961 when it was born as College of Engineering in south Delhi's Hauz Khas locality. With the passage of the “Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963”, it became an Institution of National Importance and was renamed.

It then got the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its academic policy, conduct its examinations, and award its degrees.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone of the institute on January 27, 1959. The Institute was inaugurated by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the then Union minister for scientific research and cultural affairs, on August 21, 1961. The Institute buildings were formally opened by Zakir Hussain, the then president of India, on March 2, 1968.

The institute boasts outstanding faculty members as well as students who have won several national and international laurels.

To have close cooperation in the field of teaching and research, the Institute has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with national as well as foreign universities, research institutes and industrial organisations. These include Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai;

University of Waterloo, Canada; Maryland System and the Johns Hopkins University, USA; McGill University, Canada and the University of Melbourne, Australia; and Fachhochschule Dusseldorf, Germany, to name a few.

The institute has been undertaking consultancy assignments with international organisations such as Japan Automobile Research Institute, Japan; JGC Corporation, Japan; LG Electronics Inc, Korea; The Mauritius CT Power Ltd, Mauritius; Common Fund for Commodities, The Netherlands; INFRAS Switzerland, etc.

To encourage research at the Bachelor’s level, IIT Delhi introduced a Summer Undergraduate Research Award or SURA. Under SURA, students need to submit project proposals in association with identified faculty of the department/centre to act as an administrative facilitator and a guide.

In 2009, 43 SURA projects were selected to be undertaken by undergraduate students during the summer vacations of 2009.

Similarly for technology development, the institute launched a “Technology Development Project Initiation Award for Students (TDP-IAS)” for undergraduate students (third semester onwards) and postgraduate students (individually or as a team).

IIT-Delhi programmes

BTech in:
. Chemical engineering
. Civil engineering
. Computer science & engineering
. Electrical engineering
. Electrical engineering (power)
. Engineering physics
. Mechanical engineering
. Production and industrial engineering
. Textile technology

Five-year BTech and MTech dual degrees:
. BTech and MTech in biochemical engineering & biotechnology
. BTech in chemical engineering and MTech in process engineering & design
. BTech in chemical engineering and MTech in computer applications in chemical engineering
. BTech and MTech in computer science & engineering
. BTech in electrical engineering and MTech in information & communication technology