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The Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women is adding PhD programmes to its list of new courses this year.

education Updated: Apr 16, 2014 11:18 IST
Gauri Kohli

It’s the second admission season for the first women’s technical university in the Capital. The Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women (IGDTUW) has started admissions for various programmes for 2014-15. This is the second year of admissions ever since the erstwhile Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology was upgraded to a university last year.

This year, the university has launched PhD programmes in computer science and engineering; electronics and communication engineering; mechanical and automation engineering; information technology; applied sciences and interdisciplinary areas like nanotechnology and environmental sciences and computer applications. These will be open to both female and male candidates. IGDTUW also offers BTech degrees in all these disciplines, an MCA and MTech in information security management; mobile and pervasive computing; robotics and automation and very large-scale integrated (VLSI) design. A part-time MTech programme in electronics and communication is also on offer. Each BTech course has 60 seats and every MTech programme has 30 seats. Admission to the undergraduate programme is based on the JEE (Main) score combined with CBSE marks and the MTech intake depends on a candidate’s GATE score. About 85% seats are reserved for students of NCT Delhi.

“We also plan to start PG diploma programme on e-goverance in collaboration with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, BTech in electrical and electronics engineering, BArchitecture, MArch in town planning and urban design and MTech in nanotechnology programmes. MTech in renewable energy and green technology with a focus on smart grids is also on the cards. We are also aiming to set up a knowledge park, an incubation centre and an entrepreneur development cell by next year,” says Professor Nupur Prakash, founder vice chancellor of IGDTUW.

Elaborating on the new approach of the university, Prakash says, “Our main focus will be on research and innovation and helping our girls develop entrepreneurial skills, for which we are seeking help from the department of science and technology.”

What is creditable is that he university has 25% of its students getting into hardcore research and higher studies. The rest of them prefer to opt for careers in application-oriented areas, design, consultancy and manufacturing sector. About 75% go in for software development, software architecture design, software project management, mobile application development, automotive engineering and VLSI design.

Hardware design and telecom services and management are the other choices. It has 55 regular faculty, 30% of which are PhD holders, and is going to add another 30% faculty in the coming academic session.

What you need to know

Set up in 1998, IGDTUW was earlier called Indira Gandhi Instiute of Technology and it was part of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The university has recently been granted approval by University Grants Commission under section 22 and also got provisional membership of Association of Indian Universities

IGDTUW has a learning resource centre which has a collection of over 16,000 books in the areas of science, engineering and technology. The university has one hostel for undergraduate students with about 200 seats and has added a new hostel for MTech students this year with a capacity of 120 students. In addition, there are mechanical and automation engineering laboratories, computer science and engineering laboratories and electronics and communication engineering laboratories etc.

The institute boasts of 100% placement of its students in prestigious companies and MNCs. These include Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, GE Research, Hindustan Unilever, Mahindra and Mahindra, General Motors, Yamaha Motors, etc. Around 37 companies visited the campus during this year’s placements and made 311 offers with about 50% students getting multiple offers.

BTech in computer science and engineering; electronics and communication engineering; mechanical and automation engineering and information technology. The university also offers MTech, MCA and PhD programmes

IGDTUW Departments

Dept of computer science and engg
The Computer Science and Engineering Department is the most versatile departments of the univeristy. It offers BTech in CSE, MTech in mobile and ­pervasive computing and PhD

Department of information Tech
The department of IT aims to prepare students to undertake careers involving innovation and problem solving using IT, or to undertake advanced studies for research careers in IT. It offers the following couses- BTech in IT; MTech in information security management; MCA; and PhD

Dept of electronics & communication engg
The department offers subjects like basic electronics, EMT theory, communications, VLSI, microwave engg, digital signal processing, optical communications, advanced microprocessor and other related subjects

Department of ­Applied Sciences
The department aims to prepare first-year BTech students in physics, chemistry, mathematics and communication skills with an applied approach. It offers basic courses of one year like physics, maths, chemistry. It also offers PhD in applied sciences, nanotechnology and environment studies

Department of mechanical and­ automation engg
Besides giving a through grounding in basic sciences and engineering subjects, the curriculum in mechanical and automation engineering emphasises on deep understanding of applied mechanics, microprocessors, machine design, heat transfer, refrigeration and air conditioning, machine tools, metrology, robotics and CAD (CAM) etc. It offers BTech in MAE; MTech in robotics and automation and PhD. The department has well-equipped laboratories in related fields and students are exposed to various modern equipment in the area of mechanical and automation