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Engineering success

With a focus on research and innovation in technology, DTU is ­reinventing itself by introducing industry-relevant programmes

education Updated: Apr 16, 2014 12:07 IST
Harini Sriram
Harini Sriram
Hindustan Times

Delhi Technological University (DTU) is among the oldest engineering colleges in the country. Formerly called the Delhi College of Engineering, it was set up in 1941 and was accorded university status in 2009. Now, it offers15 undergraduate and 22 postgraduate programmes with a total annual student intake of 2160.

Courses offered
The undergraduate programmes include conventional disciplines such as mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, apart from applied engineering disciplines such as electronics and communication, computer science and engineering, environmental engineering, software engineering, electronics and electrical engineering, automobile engineering, polymer science and chemical technology, engineering physics and mathematics and computing. The postgraduate programmes cover VLSI (very large-scale integration) 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, nano science and technology and bio-informatics.

The university has constantly worked towards re-inventing itself by introducing new courses that are industry-relevant and research-driven. As DTU’s founder vice chancellor, Dr PB Sharma, says, “At the undergraduate level, we have introduced engineering physics and mathematics and computing to create a sound science base for our future engineers. DTU has also added an MTech in software technology for Samsung employees, and an MTech in power electronics for DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) employees. Further, this year, the department of electronics and communication has introduced an MTech in robotics and machine design.”

Admission process
Entry to the undergraduate programmes at DTU is on the basis of the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main) and is open to 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. For MTech programmes, the admissions will be on the basis of a valid GATE score in respective disciplines. In addition, a candidate must have minimum of a CGPA 6.75 on a 10 point scale or 60% marks in aggregate from a recognised university or any other examination recognised by the university equivalent. For PhD programmes, a screening test and interview will be conducted to select students. Admissions to the MBA programme at Delhi School of Management (which was started in 2009) are on the basis of CAT scores. Although the admission dates for B Tech programmes for 2014-15 have not been finalised yet, it has been tentatively scheduled for the month of May. For further details, visit

1,000 Job offers made in 2013-14

Some of the top recruiters at DTU include MNCs such as EPIC, Google, Samsung, Cisco, Microsoft Texas Instruments, Walmart Labs, Goldman Sachs, Samsung Research, Amazon, Adobe, Directi, Cisco, C-Dot, Infibeam, Qualcomm, Futures First, HT Media and RBS, to name a few.

According to Sharma, the highest salary offered so far is Rs. 93 lakh per annum, while the average salary is around Rs. 11 lakh per annum, which is also better than the last year’s average of Rs. 8 lakh per annum. In total 176 companies had visited DTU for placements in the 2013-14 academic session and had made about 1000 job offers and many students had more than one job offer in hand. Placements at DTU are a yearlong activity and will go on till May 2014, he adds.

The DTU campus, spread over 163 acres, houses approximately 110 solar street lights and solar water geysers on the rooftops of all eight hostels for boys and girls. The campus also has a 3000-litre capacity waste water reprocessing unit. DTU is self-sustained campus as far as water requirements go.


The university has about 11 academic departments that focus on research and technology.

Department of biotechnology: The department has a wellequipped laboratory and follows an interdisciplinary approach to real-time projects.

Department of civil engineering: Here, the focus is on various facets of the discipline, including hydraulics, construction, traffic engineering, geo-technical engineering, etc with environmental impact being an important element.

Department of computer engineering: Students pget hands-on experience working in various labs in the department such as computer architecture lab, network lab and so on.

Department of electrical engineering: Offering BTech and MTech programmes in allied fields, this department provides a diverse research platform

Department of electronics and communication: This department focuses on electromagnetic field theory, embedded systems, analog and digital communications, etc.

Department of information technology: Offering a BTech in IT, this department helps students understand the nuances of subjects such as operating systems, computer architecture.

Department of mechanical, production and industrial engineering: Set up in 1941, this department has modern laboratories with upgraded research facilities across areas.

Department of applied chemistry: It offers a B Tech in polymer science and chemical technology and an M Tech in polymer technology.

Department of applied physics: It offers a B Tech in engineering physics and MTech programmes in nano science and technology, and microwave and optical communication engineering.

Department of applied mathematics: It provides a number of research opportunities and PhD scholarships in areas including graph theory, numerical simulation, among others.

Department of humanities: It offers modules in communication skills, English, economics and accountancy.