Where engineering gets a fair share
Set to become a technical university for women in May 2013, the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology offers great scope to budding engineers.education Updated: Apr 23, 2013 13:01 IST
Kaveri Kala and Prerna Singh, both fourth-year mechanical and automation engineering students of Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT), shared similar thoughts before they joined the institute. “We were fascinated by the idea of designing a car. We wanted to be technically as good as the boys, when it comes to making a car,” they say.
Both of them, along with other batchmates, have spent a great time running from the busy markets of Delhi like Mayapuri, Kashmere Gate, Chawri Bazaar and Inderlok to research on their car designs and buy scrap and other spare parts for the vehicles they make as part of their competitions.
Kala, who opted out of her physics (hons) programme at Hindu College, is happy with her decision of joining IGIT. “I wanted to become a mechanical and automotive engineer and IGIT offered great scope. Being an all-girls engineering college, it offers a lot of exposure to all its students. I now want to work with the auto and farm sector and have been placed at the R&D unit of Mahindra and Mahindra near Chennai. I will be researching on tractor engines and there is immense scope for breakthrough innovations which I always wanted to do,” she says.
USP: IGIT has made rich contributions to the growth of quality technical education and research among women during the last 15 years. The institute boasts of 100% placement of its students in prestigious companies and MNCs. These include TCS, Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, Maruti Suzuki India Lt, GE Research, Cisco, Hindustan Unilever, Mahindra and Mahindra, and Samsung. The highest salary package offered to students of computer science and Engineering last year was Rs. 16 lakh per annum by Microsoft.
“The mission of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women is education, employment and empowerment of women as they deserve equal opportunities, better treatment and a bright future. The technical education imparted by our university will make them employable and self-reliant,” says Nupur Prakash, principal, IGIT, who has been appointed as vice chancellor of the new university.
Programmes: Though the institute is set to be granted university status officially from May 1, 2013, for the 2013-14 session, admission to its four BTech programmes and MCA programme would be conducted by GGSIP University, Delhi, through a common entrance test. The soon-to-be university plans to start new MTech programmes in 2013-14, for which the announcement will be made in May and sale of brochures will start from June 1, 2013.
Currently, the following programmes are on offer: BTech (computer science and engineering); BTech (electronics and communication engineering); BTech (mechanical and automation engineering); BTech (information technology); MCA; and MTech (ECE) part-time. The new MTech programmes to be launched from 2013-14 are MTech (information security); MTech (mobile computing); MTech (robotics and automation) and MTech (VLSI design).
Infrastructure: IGIT has a learning resource centre which has a collection of over 16,000 books in the areas of science, engineering and technology. Two girls’ hostels are also available on campus.
In addition, there are mechanical and automation engineering laboratories, computer science and engineering laboratories and electronics and communication engineering laboratories etc.
Admissions: For all BTech programmes (IT, CSE, ECE and MAE) as per GGSIPU, the common entrance test is on May 19, 2013. For the MCA programme as per GGSIPU, the common entrance test is on May 11, 2013. For all MTech programmes, sale of admission brochures begins on June 1, 2013, and the application deadline is June 30, 2013.
Clubs and societies: SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Students have been taking part in SAE India competitions such as BAJA SAE India, SUPRA and Effi-Cycle. Students also excelled in the annual BAJA SAE 2013 inter-college design competition, which invites institutes to design and build a prototype of a rugged single-seater, off-road recreational vehicle and then test the static and dynamic attributes of the vehicle. Each vehicle while being tested for its design characteristics, cost factor and engineering solutions is also subjected to various trails to evaluate maximum speed, acceleration, manoeuvrability and endurance.
This year, 300 teams were registered for the event. The vehicle designed by team Yantriki of IGIT survived the endurance race which lasted for 3.5 hours and won the Chairman’s Award for Rs. 1 lakh.
The Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) was established in 1998 by the Directorate of Training and Technical Education, Delhi government, as the first engineering college for women. In 2002, the college became the first constituent college of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
“We want better coaching facilities for sports. We also want the library timings to be extended beyond 5pm and also on weekends,” says Anjana Dharmani, a second-year student