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The creative, confident IGIT girls are changing the notion that engineering is only for boys

education Updated: Dec 07, 2011 10:45 IST
Garima Upadhyay
Garima Upadhyay
Hindustan Times

While many in India were busy wrangling passes for the Formula One event, girls from Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) were among the select few who were actually invited for the gala affair. Recalls Neha Goel, a mechanical engineering student, “It felt really great to be invited to the first-ever international event for automobile enthusiasts. Also, the chance to showcase our car, AIOUS (as hard as steel), to the world made it special.” Neha and her team of 11 girls won a cash award of Rs 50,000 for securing first rank in the cost category for designing the cheapest and the lightest Formula One car, at the SUPRA SAE 2011 (under the aegis of Society of Automotive Engineers, USA) a national-level car design contest, held in Chennai this year.

USP: The institute scores with students for the good faculty and grand placements.

Programmes: BTech computer science and engineering, BTech electronics and communication engineering, Btech automation and mechanical engineering, BTech information technology, MCA, MTech in electronics and communication engineering and some doctoral programmes.

Number of faculty: The college has approximately 40 faculty members

IT Quotient: It boasts of various computer labs with modern computers and high speed internet. Its website provides information about the college, programmes, its departments and placements. The website, however, doesn’t tell you much about student life around the campus. The college’s Facebook page does offer some insight into the day-to-day affairs of student life at the college.

Infrastructure: The college has various computer laboratories and spaces where students can work on their projects. IGIT has different buildings for each of its departments. Each department has a different set of laboratories and workstations.

Recently, IGIT signed an MoU with Atmel to set up an Embedded Systems Lab at the institute. Some lab equipment has been provided to IGIT free of cost by Atmel under a university-relations programme aimed at conducting project work, research and experiments in the area of embedded system design. IGIT has a separate workstation for mechanical engineering students where they design cars and test them.

The college has a basket ball court, tennis/volleyball space and a lawn which is a hit with students.

Clubs and Societies: The college has active chapters of IEEE, SAI and the Computer Society of India (CSI). CSI is a technical society that serves as a platform for innovative ideas of IGITians. CSI-enrolled students of IGIT organise Tremors, an annual technical festival. Under IEEE, students organise week-long festivals with engineering as the theme.
Technoliterati is the literary society which aims at amalgamating creativity with talent. It brings out a magazine by called Mindscapes.

Placements: “The institute has placements at par with those of DTU and NSIT,” says Professor AK Mohapatra, training and placement coordinator, IGIT. This year, companies like Adobe, GE, C-Dot, Maruti Suzuki India, SAP Labs, Honda Siel and others have visited the campus.

“IGIT has placed around 90% girls so far. Companies like Microsoft, Oracle, GMR Infra are to visit the campus in January 2012,” Mohapatra adds.

Studentspeak: “It feels great to be studying in this college. Good faculty, grand placements and top-notch facilities define IGIT for us. We got a lot of support from our teachers while designing the Formula One car. All of us are happy that we could make the institute proud,” adds Goel.

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) was established by the Department of Training and Technical Education, Government of Delhi, in the year 1998 as the first women’s engineering college in India. The institution was specifically established to impart engineering education to women. IGIT was the first institute to become the constituent college of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The college currently operates from the prestigious old campus of Delhi College of Engineering at Kashmere Gate, Delhi

“The college atmosphere is really good but I wish we could change the surrounding locality of the college,” says a student who doesn’t wish to be identified

First Published: Dec 06, 2011 13:32 IST