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Tech Tonic
Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 09, 2013
First Published: 15:44 IST(9/4/2013)
Last Updated: 11:53 IST(10/4/2013)
It’s all about innovation: DTU encourages research and development, which is reflected through projects like this car designed by the students

A budding engineer and a fourth-year student of Delhi Technological University (DTU), Arushi Arora cherishes the time she spent at the institute and the skills she acquired which helped her to realise her dream of studying at Stanford.

Arora says, “To get selected to Stanford University (for the MS programme) is a dream come true. My teachers and my branch, engineering physics, whose updated course curriculum is at par with what is being taught at universities abroad, played a key role in my success.” 

Arora’s fellow student Adiyta Ganjoo, a fourth-year student of electrical engineering, shares a similar story. “I’m thrilled to have bagged admission to prestigious universities such as the MS programme of Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and Texas A&M University. My stint at DTU helped me hone my skills through participating in various extra-curricular activities, besides academics. With so many options to choose from, a student is bound to find his or her ultimate interests while studying here. The faculty is excellent and very supportive. The quality of education and the  opportunities available to a student here sets DTU apart from other institutions,” says Ganjoo.

A lot in the offing
DTU will carry out admissions for 15 undergraduate programmes on the basis of merit ranks of the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main), 2013.

For the 17 postgraduate programmes, the admissions will be conducted on the basis of GATE scores for full-time students with scholarships. DTU will also offer new programmes in the academic session 2013-14. These are MTech in biomedical engineering, MTech in industrial biotechnology and MTech in hydraulic and water resources, MTech in computational design and MTech in plant engineering.

Other new programmes are BTech and MBA dual degree programme, BTech (IT) evening programme, MTech in computational design and MTech in renewable energy technology.

The BTech evening programme in information technology will offer 30 seats and will be held six days a week. The course curriculum will incorporate majors in information technology, including object-oriented technology, database management system, software engineering, artificial intelligence, computer networks, microprocessors and communication engineering.

This year, the university has also decided to create one seat each in addition to the sanctioned intake in every undergraduate engineering programme for the Central/state board topper and single girl child student.

It’s raining scholarships
The number of PhD fellowships will also be doubled from 50 to 100. Each of these scholarships is worth Rs. 18,000. Every branch topper is given a scholarship worth Rs. 11,000 and the second topper is given a scholarship worth Rs. 5000 at the end of every semester.

“We are in the process of finalising 100 scholarships for needy students in collaboration with the Foundation For Excellence. We also have scholarships for needy students by our alumni. DTU also awards scholarships of Rs. 8000 to full-time GATE-qualified MTech students. It has initiated 25 teaching-cum-research fellowships (TRFs) as well. The 25 TRFs include 20 fellowships at the doctoral level and five at the post-doctoral level,” says PB Sharma, vice chancellor.

Encouraging R&D
DTU offers an open environment for creative research and innovations. Students are also encouraged to participate in global level design competitions. Solaris, the first solar car in the country, was designed and developed by students of the university. It was represented as India’s entry at the World Solar Challenge 2011 in Australia. Another innovative project was about an unmanned aerial vehicle that earned a place among the top three in the world competition organised by AUVSI at Maryland, USA in June 2012

“Research and innovation are given importance right from the undergraduate level at DTU. The university has taken major initiatives to create a synergy between science and engineering,” says Sharma.

DTU has research collaborations with many R&D organisations and software companies, including Lockheed Martin, the renowned aerospace company that has funded research for design and development of the unmanned aircraft for urban application. Samsung Electronics has entered into a partnership with DTU for industry relevant technology training and student innovation support.

The university also signed an MoU with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for joint R&D, consultancy and improving technology. The MoU shall also facilitate internship to DTU students in Metro projects and joint training programmes. FICCI and Lockheed Martin have approached DTU for establishing a technology and innovation incubation unit.

DTU students have been selected for prestigious academic programmes in some of the major international universities, including the Ivy League institutions. Among these are Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, University of Michigan and Duke University.

A package of Rs. 60 lakh

In the academic session 2012-13, the highest annual salary package offered was Rs. 60 lakh by EPIC, a US-based software company. Some of the companies that visited the campus this year include Microsoft, Google, Goldman Sachs, Texas Instruments, Indian Oil, Maruti, Yahoo, Oracle, Samsung, Deloitte, McKinsey, Adobe, National Thermal Power Corporation, GAIL India Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Defence Research & Development Organisation and many more. In 2012-13, DTU students received 880 job offers from 150 companies. Last year, 754 job offers were received from 176 companies

Programmes on offer
* There are 15 undergraduate and 17 postgraduate programmes, including conventional disciplines of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and applied engineering disciplines such as electronics and communication engineering, computer engineering, environmental engineering, automobile engineering, software engineering, polymer science and chemical technology 
* The postgraduate programmes cover VLSI design and embedded systems, software engineering, computer engineering, microwave and optical communication, polymer technology, power systems, signal processing and digital design, geo-technical engineering, structural engineering, nanoscience and technology, renewable energy and bio-informatics

The list is not exhaustive

Apply now
* The university is all set to carry out admissions for 2013-14 for BTech, MTech and PhD programmes. The admission website, dtuadmissions.nic.in, is now operational
* The online system shall facilitate the candidates to first register for admission and then submit their choices of the preferred branches online
* Candidates who have been declared eligible for central counselling by the CBSE and have secured 60% or more marks in the aggregate of physics, chemistry and mathematics are eligible for admission
* Eighty-five per cent of the total seats are reserved for candidates from Delhi region and the remaining 15% seats for candidates from outside
* There are 1531 seats on offer at the undergraduate level. In addition, the university offers 76 seats for NRI students, persons of Indian origin and foreign students


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