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Students of the DU’s only engineering college prove they are socially responsible citizens

education Updated: Feb 23, 2011 09:45 IST
Horizons correspondent

In the ongoing placement session, Nidhi Gupta, a final year student in electronics and communications, bagged a much-coveted job in Deloitte Consulting. But what keeps her happy these days is not how her own career is progressing but how quickly the children of some construction workers are learning their ABCs in the Neighbourhood Project (which is a students’ run social outreach programme) on the campus.

She is particularly happy because this project was allowed to run on campus, thanks to a faculty member who volunteered to give up her official room for the cause.

This deep social consciousness is not restricted only to NSIT’s students and teachers. Over the years, former students are carrying on the good work at organisations they have been employed in. Mayank Aggarwal, a 2008 graduate from NSIT, recently convinced his employer to commit R25,000 per month for LEU Foundation, an NGO (non government organisation) which is run primarily by the NSIT alumni.

While understanding the “physics of society”, NSIT students don’t let their studies suffer. Neighbourhood projects function only after classes are over. And they have even attempted to blend the two – studies and society –- by designing a R100 solar cooker which was showcased at a social entrepreneurship conference held in Nagpur last year.

These initiatives will soon get an impetus when the alumni body will help the students set up a computer centre on campus for the children of construction labourers.

A group of 16 NSIT students are currently visiting Harvard University to participate in Model United Nations where they are representing Indonesia. While doing their preparation, they gave presentations on a range on subjects from science to politics, and from Vietnam War to the disintegration of Soviet Union.

This is Delhi University’s only engineering college.

Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in six disciplines which are electronics and communication, computers, instrumentation and control, manufacturing processes and automation, information technology and bio-technology. The college offers MTech in signal processing, information systems and process control and PhD in different areas.

IT quotient:
The college has two websites - and The former is the official website while the
latter is maintained by the students.

NSIT is spread over a 145 acre campus which is easily accessible by the Delhi Metro. The nearest Metro station is Dwarka Mor.

Student speak:
“Thanks to the campus interviews, I got to do the research internship with ST Microelectronics. Such opportunities of research internships are available only in top institutions such as NSIT,” says Sonakshi Behl, a third year student of BE (instrumentation and control engineering)

Clubs and societies:
The college has a consulting club, quiz club, dramatics and debating club. It also has the chapters of Computer Society of India (CSI), Spic Macay and Institute of Electricals and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The quiz club recently organised a Quiz Festival.

NSIT is an autonomous Institution of the Government of NCT of Delhi under the department of training and technical education. It is affiliated to Delhi University and formally comes under the purview of Faculty of Technology, University of Delhi. It was formerly known as Delhi Institute of Technology (DIT) and had its campus at Kashmere Gate till the year 1997. The present campus is located at Sector 3 of Dwarka

“The curriculum needs to be updated and the whole campus must be wi-fi enabled. There should also be an increased focus on research. Those who carry out research do it on an individual basis,” says an NSIT alumnus