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GSSIPU offers an array of courses across a number of disciplines architecture, law and medicine, to name a few

education Updated: Apr 09, 2014 11:41 IST
HT Education Correspondent

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) has emerged as one of the most sought-after institutions in the city. The university has shifted its admission process completely to the online space this year to further widen its reach. Admissions for 29,000 seats across over 150 programmes in the university are being done through the university’s online platform, and there will be no offline mode of applications.

Anup Singh Beniwal, vice chancellor of GGSIPU, points out that the move to online admissions will benefit students from across the country. “Earlier, they had to travel to Delhi from different cities to apply to prgrammes in the university. Now, they can access the application forms from the comforts of their homes. This way, we will also be saving some money on printing forms,” he says.

Beniwal feels that the number of applicants might increase to around 2.25 lakh from 2 lakh last year. Students can log on to for details on eligibility, test codes, programmes and the common entrance test (CET) application forms. The application forms are priced at `750 each, considerably less than `1,100 last year.
One of the highlights of the university is the fact that it offers an interesting assortment of programmes to suit the needs of every student. Beniwal says, “IP University has been based on the premise of what the globalised world wants. Professional programmes such as BTech and IT and a holistic pedagogy are our USP. We upgrade and review our courses every two years.”

“This is done by the research committees and the academic council. Steps such as introduction of supplementary exams to help students meet the promotion criteria for next year, online counselling, new courses such as BTech, BBA, and BCom have been taken to attract more students,” he adds.

That apart, the university keeps adding new courses keeping in mind the demand and the industry trends. Beniwal says, “We have recently started the BCom programme which is very popular. Our MA English and communication studies course is also unique in the sense that it combines study of literature and language.”

“We are hoping to start arts and language courses from next year with a school of languages also being planned. We recently started the Centre for Study and Propagation of Human Values with the idea of making it an integral part of our pedagogy and helping students inculcate these values. A course on sports and spinal injuries is among other initiatives in the offing,” he adds.

The university has also announced a few changes in its course structure and eligibility criteria. For instance, only LLB graduates or sociology graduates were eligible for the MA course in criminology. Now, graduates from all disciplines can apply.

Lateral entry students to BPharma programme need not appear for the CET. The university has a total of 58 test codes but CET will be conducted only for 51 of the test codes. The rest of the programmes for which the university does not conduct CET include BArch, diploma and weekend courses.

The deadline for submitting applications for the BArch course is July 3, while for the other courses, it is April 10. While filling up the application form, candidates can choose more than one course if it falls under the same category, but if they want to apply for multiple courses across various ­categories, they will have to register separately.

The university has 13 schools of studies and three specialised centres. Now, the first shift of programmes will run from 7am to 3pm and the second shift from 1pm to 9pm in institutes affiliated to the university.

Quick facts

The university offers a range of programmes at the ­undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels


Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, has got ‘A’ Grade accreditation from NAAC. It was established by the Delhi government under the provisions of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Act, 1998


The university has two hostels for male candidates and
one hostel for female candidates. It also
has an Information Resources Centre boasting of over 14,000 journals and magazines


The university has a centralised career guidance and ­placement cell that has helped students get good job offers across various sectors


 BTech/MTech (dual degree); (computer science and engineering); LL.B (Hons.),
 Bachelor of Laws (hons) five-year integrated law degree programme
 MA (English and communication studies )
 Master’s in mass communication
 MTech (computer science and engineering)
 Master in conservation, preservation and heritage management
 Master’s in archaeology and heritage management
 Master’s in human resource planning and development
 MSc (forensic science)
 BTech (bachelor of technology)
 BBA (bachelor of business administration)
 Bachelor of journalism and mass communication
 Bachelor of education
 BCA achelor of computer ­applications
 Bachelor of architecture
 Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery

GGSIPU schools

University School of Information and Communication Technology

Courses offered here include BTech/MTech (dual degree) (information technology); BTech/MTech (dual degree) (computer science and engineering); BTech/MTech (dual degree) (electronics and communication engineering); MTech (information technology); MTech (computer science and engineering)


University School of Chemical Technology

The school offers interdisciplinary courses in biotechnology, IT, environment management and so on. The BTech /MTech (integrated) course offered by the school is based on the pattern of IITs and other national institutes. One of its most popular courses is the BTech/MTech (dual degree) (chemical engineering)


University school of biotechnology

USBT started off with a five-and-a-half-year integrated BTech/MTech course with 11 semesters and PhD programmes. From 2004-2005 onwards, a BTech/MTech dual degree programme is being offered. Admission is strictly through an All India Common Entrance Test


University School of Management Studies

USMS offers programmes such as a full-time two-year MBA programme, with specialisations in finance, marketing, human resource management, systems & IT and global business management. A unique five-year BTech/MBA (dual degree) programme is also offered


University school of ­environment ­management

This school offers master’s programmes in environment management, biodiversity and conservation and natural resource management. These programmes are aimed at producing professionals equipped with the fundamental scientific knowledge so as to become responsive to environmental issues


University school of basic and applied ­sciences

This school specialises in research in a number of fields, namely chemistry, physics, mathematics, nanoscience and engineering physics, besides ­offering an MTech in engineering physics, MTech in nanoscience and ­technology and a PG diploma in radiological physics


University school of humanities & social sciences

Courses here include MA in English and communication, doctoral ­programmes in English, literature, communication, besides need-based ­programmes on social sciences, to name a few


School of Law and Legal Studies

USMS has a unique BALLB (hons) five-year course with an intake of 40 students. It also offers a master’s of law (LLM) regular course. It has an interdisciplinary approach with additional support from schools such as the School of Information Technology, School of Biotechnology, School of Environment Management, and School of Management Studies


The University School of Education

Courses include PhD, MEd (regular), BEd (offered through affiliated institutions), advanced diploma in child guidance and counselling, etc


School of Architecture & Planning

USAP has a BArch programme with an annual intake of 80 students which is a five year regular programme


University School of Medicine

It offers courses like BAMS, MSc.(NRM), MA (Criminology), MSc (Forensic Science) and BSc (Yoga)


University School of mass communication

It offers courses like a master’s in mass communication with specialisation in areas like journalism and news media, new media and convergence


School of engineering and technology

It offers courses some of the basic programmes in engineering