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Innovating with technology

Contests, workshops and projects help mould ideas into solutions at Delhi Technological University.

education Updated: Jan 08, 2013 17:47 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times

Studying at Delhi Technological University was perhaps more enjoyable than being in one of the IITs,” says Nakul Pritam, an alumnus of Delhi Technological University (DTU). “Things in the university are competitive. The teachers and research scholars are supportive and experienced. In my two years at the university, I got a thorough grounding in computer science, and this is helping me in my current job role,” adds this associate engineer, at CA Technologies.

Another pull factor for students is DTU’s emphasis on research and development, which is highlighted by some unique projects. 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. “We get a lot of freedom to work on projects which hone our soft skills and make learning fun,” says Nidhi Kapoor, a BTech (computer science) student.

USP: “The university has strengthened its industry interface and R&D collaboration with leading organisations and universities in India and aboard. DTU offers a conducive environment for research and innovation and encourages students to participate in international-level competitions,” says PB Sharma, vice chancellor.

Programmes: There are 15 undergraduate and 18 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, software engineering, automobile 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 and bio-informatics. Admissions will begin in May 2013.

Faculty: There are 240 faculty members at the university

IT quotient: DTU has a wireless network connecting the computer centre, the academic wings, the administrative block and the hostels on a common platform. The students have access to high speed internet services.

Infrastructure: The 163-acre campus near Sector 17, Rohini, is partly residential for faculty and students and is equipped with academic infrastructure and support services. The university has around 6000 students in its undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes. The library is a central place for academic and research activities. It has a well-equipped conference hall, reading rooms and a rich collection of relevant books and journals. There are more than 65,000 titles covering different areas of engineering and science and technology.

Placements: Some of the companies that have recruited students during campus placements include Microsoft, Google, Goldman Sachs, Texas Instruments, Indian Oil, Maruti, Yahoo, Oracle, Samsung, Deolite, McKinsey, Adobe, NTPC, GAIL, BHEL, DRDO and L&T. The highest annual salary package has gone up to R60 lakh per annum.

Clubs and societies: Engifest is the annual cultural extravaganza. Some of the other major events include Troika, the festival by IEEE-DTU students chapter. The Clay Play of Innova is a design challenge where participants sketch their dream car and make its clay-model, which is adjudged on the basis of its aesthetic appeal and aerodynamic features.

Research collaborations: DTU has research collaborations with many R&D organisations and software companies including Lockheed Martin that has funded research for design and development of the unmanned aircraft for urban application. Samsung Electronics has partnered with DTU for student innovation support.

Earlier called the Delhi College of Engineering, DTU was established by the Delhi government

“We wish there were more places to hang out around the campus,” say students

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