Where en­gi­neer­ing gets a fair share

TAAZA KHABAR TIMEPASS Set to be­come a tech­ni­cal univer­sity for women in May 2013, the Indira Gandhi In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy of­fers great scope to bud­ding engi­neers

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Kaveri Kala and Pr­erna Singh, both fourth-year me­chan­i­cal and au­to­ma­tion en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents of Indira Gandhi In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IGIT), shared sim­i­lar thoughts be­fore they joined the in­sti­tute. “We were fas­ci­nated by the idea of de­sign­ing a car. We wanted to be tech­ni­cally as good as the boys, when it comes to mak­ing a car,” they say.

Both of them, along with other batch­mates, have spent a great time run­ning from the busy mar­kets of Delhi like Maya­puri, Kash­mere Gate, Chawri Bazaar and In­der­lok to re­search on their car de­signs and buy scrap and other spare parts for the ve­hi­cles they make as part of their com­pe­ti­tions.

Kala, who opted out of her physics (hons) pro­gramme at Hindu Col­lege, is happy with her de­ci­sion of join­ing IGIT. “I wanted to be­come a me­chan­i­cal and au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer and IGIT of­fered great scope. Be­ing an all-girls en­gi­neer­ing col­lege, it of­fers a lot of ex­po­sure to all its stu­dents. I now want to work with the auto and farm sec­tor and have been placed at the R&D unit of Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra near Chen­nai. I will be re­search­ing on trac­tor en­gines and there is im­mense scope for break­through in­no­va­tions which I al­ways wanted to do,” she says.

USP: IGIT has made rich con­tri­bu­tions to the growth of qual­ity tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion and re­search among women dur­ing the last 15 years. The in­sti­tute boasts of 100% place­ment of its stu­dents in pres­ti­gious com­pa­nies and MNCs. Th­ese in­clude TCS, Adobe, Mi­crosoft, Or­a­cle, Maruti Suzuki In­dia Lt, GE Re­search, Cisco, Hin­dus­tan Unilever, Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra, and Sam­sung. The high­est salary package of­fered to stu­dents of com­puter sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing last year was R16 lakh per an­num by Mi­crosoft.

“The mis­sion of Indira Gandhi Delhi Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity for Women is ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and em­pow­er­ment of women as they de­serve equal op­por­tu­ni­ties, bet­ter treat­ment and a bright fu­ture. The tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion im­parted by our univer­sity will make them em­ploy­able and sel­f­re­liant,” says Nupur Prakash, prin­ci­pal, IGIT, who has been ap­pointed as vice chan­cel­lor of the new univer­sity.

Pro­grammes: Though the in­sti­tute is set to be granted univer­sity sta­tus of­fi­cially from May 1, 2013, for the 2013-14 ses­sion, ad­mis­sion to its four BTech pro­grammes and MCA pro­gramme would be con­ducted by GGSIP Univer­sity, Delhi, through a com­mon en­trance test. The soon-to-be univer­sity plans to start new MTech pro- grammes in 2013-14, for which the an­nounce­ment will be made in May and sale of brochures will start from June 1, 2013.

Cur­rently, the fol­low­ing pro­grammes are on of­fer: BTech (com­puter sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing); BTech (elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer­ing); BTech (me­chan­i­cal and au­to­ma­tion engi- In 2012, the Delhi government de­cided to up­grade the col­lege into the first women’s tech­ni­cal univer­sity of Delhi. This year, the col­lege has been up­graded to Indira Gandhi Delhi Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity for Women “The Wall near the me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing block is a pop­u­lar place to han­gout among stu­dents,” says Neha Redhu, a sec­ond-year stu­dent neer­ing); BTech (in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy); MCA; and MTech (ECE) part-time. The new MTech pro­grammes to be launched from 2013-14 are MTech (in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity); MTech (mo­bile com­put­ing); MTech (ro­bot­ics and au­to­ma­tion) and MTech (VLSI de­sign).

In­fra­struc­ture: IGIT has a learn­ing re­source cen­tre which has a col­lec­tion of over 16,000 books in the ar­eas of sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy. Two girls’ hos­tels are also avail­able on cam­pus.

In ad­di­tion, there are me­chan­i­cal and au­to­ma­tion en­gi­neer­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries, com­puter sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries and elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries etc.

Ad­mis­sions: For all BTech pro­grammes (IT, CSE, ECE and MAE) as per GGSIPU, the com­mon en­trance test is on May 19, 2013. For the MCA pro­gramme as per GGSIPU, the com­mon en­trance test is on May 11, 2013. For all MTech pro­grammes, sale of ad­mis­sion brochures be­gins on June 1, 2013, and the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is June 30, 2013.

Clubs and so­ci­eties: SAE In­ter­na­tional is a global as­so­ci­a­tion of more than 128,000 engi­neers and tech­ni­cal ex­perts in the aero­space, au­to­mo­tive and com­mer­cial-ve­hi­cle in­dus­tries. Stu­dents have been tak­ing part in SAE In­dia com­pe­ti­tions such as BAJA SAE In­dia, SUPRA and Effi-Cy­cle. Stu­dents also ex­celled in the an­nual BAJA SAE 2013 in­ter-col­lege de­sign com­pe­ti­tion, which in­vites in­sti­tutes to de­sign and build a pro­to­type of a rugged sin­gle-seater, of­froad recre­ational ve­hi­cle and then test the static and dy­namic at­tributes of the ve­hi­cle. Each ve­hi­cle while be­ing tested for its de­sign char­ac­ter­is­tics, cost fac­tor and en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions is also sub­jected to var­i­ous trails to eval­u­ate max­i­mum speed, ac­cel­er­a­tion, ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and en­durance.

This year, 300 teams were reg­is­tered for the event. The ve­hi­cle de­signed by team Yantriki of IGIT sur­vived the en­durance race which lasted for 3.5 hours and won the Chair­man’s Award for R1 lakh.

Driv­ing in­no­va­tion:

Stu­dents with their all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle at the SAE BAJA 2013 event

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