En­gi­neer­ing success sto­ries

With un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents get­ting a chance to work on re­search pa­pers, this in­sti­tute of­fers great scope to bud­ding engi­neers

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

Eigh­teen re­search fel­low­ships, 11 schol­ar­ships, 23 re­search projects, six con­sul­tancy projects and count­ing... In­draprastha In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IIIT), New Delhi, has come a long way since its in­cep­tion in 2008. It is now a pop­u­lar study des­ti­na­tion for those in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing en­gi­neer­ing in com­puter sci­ence and al­lied ar­eas.

That’s the rea­son why Ankit Sarkar chose this in­sti­tu­tion four years ago. “I wanted to en­rol in a col­lege that of­fers spe­cialised cour­ses in com­puter sci­ence and chose IIIT Delhi. The cur­ricu­lum is up­dated reg­u­larly and is very com­pre­hen­sive. Stu­dents are ex­pected to study not only from books but are also eval­u­ated on the ba­sis of re­search pa­pers, pre­sen­ta­tions and lab ex­per­i­ments which makes the eval­u­a­tion con­tin­u­ous. The fo­cus is on non-rote learn­ing,” says Sarkar, who fin­ished his BTech in com­puter sci­ence from the in­sti­tute this year and will be join­ing Works Ap­pli­ca­tions in Tokyo as an as­sis­tant R&D en­gi­neer.

The in­sti­tute lays em­pha­sis on un­der­grad­u­ate re­search too. “Stu­dents here at the un­der­grad­u­ate level are en­cour­aged to pre­pare re­search pa­pers, which gives them a lot of ex­po­sure. I worked on two re­search pa­pers in bio­met­rics and dig­i­tal foren­sics and the former was pre­sented at the In­ter­na­tional Joint Con­fer­ence on Bio­met­rics held in the US last year,” adds Sarkar.

More than 98% stu­dents have been placed in com­pa­nies such as Adobe, Citrix, Google, IBM Re­search, In­fosys Labs, KPMG, and Mi­crosoft with an av­er­age salary package of R8 lakh a year and the high­est be­ing R16.5 lakh a year in 2011. IIITD fol­lows a se­mes­ter sys­tem, and uses let­ter grades on a 10point scale for grad­ing a stu­dent’s per­for­mance in a course. Grad­ing is done in­ter­nally by the fac­ulty and is based on in­stru­ments like as­sign­ments, quizzes, tests, ex­ams, projects, labs, pre­sen­ta­tions, etc. which are spread through­out the se­mes­ter. One of th­ese in­stru­ments is the fi­nal exam, which takes place at the end of the se­mes­ter.

“The best thing about the in­sti­tute is the fac­ulty that is highly ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied. Most fac­ulty mem­bers hold PhDs from for­eign univer­si­ties and this of­fers great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to learn,” says Megha Gupta, a stu­dent of the MTech pro­gramme.

Stu­dents have been sent to the fol­low­ing univer­si­ties for in­tern­ship so far: École Polytech­nique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzer­land; Toy­ota Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute, Chicago; Univer­sity of New­cas­tle, UK; Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les; and Univer­sity of West­ern Vir­ginia.

USP: “IIIT-Delhi is a re­search-ori­ented in­sti­tute with in­no­va­tive pro­grammes taught by highly-qual­i­fied fac­ulty that com­pare favourably with the best in the coun­try. It of­fers in­tense ed­u­ca­tion with lots of hands- on ex­er­cises and projects through which it aims to de­velop engi­neers of high ca­pa­bil­ity,” says Pankaj Jalote, di­rec­tor.

Pro­grammes: BTech, MTech and PhD in com­puter sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing and elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tions en­gi­neer­ing. In MTech, there are spe­cial­i­sa­tions in in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity, data en­gi­neer­ing, mo­bile com­put­ing, and VLSI and em­bed­ded sys­tems.

Fac­ulty: There are more than 30 fac­ulty mem­bers who hold PhDs. About two-third fac­ulty mem­bers have PhDs from US or Euro­pean univer­si­ties.

IT quo­tient: IIIT Delhi cam­pus is WiFi-en­abled. There are many pow­er­ful servers, com­put­ing and spe­cial hard­ware labs.

In­fra­struc­ture: The new cam­pus in Okhla within the GB Pant Polytech­nic premises is built over 32,000 square me­tres of area. This in­cludes build­ings for the fac­ulty, PhD stu­dents, and re­search labs.

A lec­ture hall com­plex has halls for lec­tures and smaller class­rooms with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of about 800 seats. The in­sti­tute also has a li­brary and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre which has the li­brary, com­put­ing labs,

The in­sti­tute has re­cently shifted to its new cam­pus in Okhla

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