In­no­vat­ing with tech­nol­ogy

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

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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 in­ter­na­tion­al­level 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 stu- dents have ac­cess to high speed in­ter­net ser­vices.

In­fra­struc­ture: The 163acre 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 IEEEDTU 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 in­nova

tion sup­port.

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DTU is of­ten abuzz with var­i­ous ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties

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