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Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान दिल्ली
IIT Delhi
Established 1961
Type Public
Chairman Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
Director R. K. Shevgaonkar
Undergraduates 2900
Postgraduates 2700
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Acronym IITD

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (abbreviated IIT Delhi or IITD) is a public research university located in Delhi, India. It was declared to be Institute of National Importance by Government of India under IIT Act


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Delhi Campus 2.1
      • Hostels 2.1.1
      • Student Activity Center 2.1.2
      • Student bodies 2.1.3
    • Sonipat Campus 2.2
  • Academics 3
    • Undergraduate programs 3.1
    • Undergraduate-cum-postgraduate dual programs 3.2
    • Postgraduate programs 3.3
  • Inter-disciplanary centers 4
  • Schools of excellence 5
  • Rankings 6
  • Community service 7
    • National Service Scheme 7.1
    • BloodConnect 7.2
    • Indradhanu 7.3
  • Alumni association 8
  • Notable alumni 9
  • Technical organisations 10
    • Technocracy 10.1
    • ACM Student Chapter 10.2
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


The concept of the IITs was first introduced in a report in the year 1945 by Sh. N.M.Sircar, then member of Education on Viceroy’s Executive Council. Following his recommendations, the first Indian Institute of Technology was established in the year 1950 in Kharagpur (namely Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur). The Government of India negotiated with the British Government for collaboration in setting up an Institute of Technology at Delhi. The British Government agreed in principle to such a collaboration, but were inclined initially to start in a modest way. It was therefore agreed that a College of Engineering & Technology should be established at Delhi with their assistance. A trust called the Delhi Engineering College Trust was established with the help of the UK Government and the Federation of British Industries in London. Later H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during his visit to India, laid the foundation stone of the College at Hauz Khas on January 28, 1959.

The Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) now the Delhi Technological University (DTU)'s departments of Chemical Technology and Textile Technology were shifted out en-block to mark the beginning of IIT Delhi at its new campus at Hauz Khas. The Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) is thus the mother institution of IIT Delhi.

The College of Engineering & Technology was registered as a Society on 14 June 1960 under the Societies Registration Act No. XXI of 1860 [2] (Registration No.S1663 of 1960-61). The first admissions were made in 1961. The students were asked to report at the College on 16 August 1961 and the College was formally inaugurated on 17 August 1961 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Minister of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs. The College was affiliated to the University of Delhi.

The College of Engineering & Technology established in 1961 was declared an Institute of National Importance under the “Institute of Technology (Amendment) Act 1963”[3] and was renamed “Indian Institute of Technology Delhi”. It was then accorded the status of a University with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.


Delhi Campus

IIT Delhi is located in Hauz Khas, South Delhi. The campus of 325 acres (132 ha) is surrounded by the beautiful Hauz Khas area and monuments such as the Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple.[4] The campus is also close to other educational institutions such as the Jawaharlal Nehru University, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, National Institute of Fashion Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Indian Statistical Institute.

Multi-Storey Building (MS) facing the front lawns

The inside of the campus resembles a city, with gardens, lawns, residential complexes and wide roads. The campus has its own water supply and backup electricity supply along with shopping complexes to cater to the daily needs of residents.

A garden in IIT Delhi

The IIT-D campus is divided into four zones:

  • Student Residential Zone
  • Faculty and Staff Residential Zone
  • Student Recreational Area, that includes the Student Activity Center (SAC), football stadium, cricket ground, basketball courts, hockey field, lawn tennis courts and swimming pool
  • Academic Zone that includes department offices, lecture theaters, libraries and workshops.

The student residential zone is divided into two main sectors—one for boys hostels and another for girls hostels.


There are 13 hostels (11 for boys and 2 for girls). There are also apartments for married students. All the hostels are named after mountain ranges in India. These are:

  • Jwalamukhi Hostel,
  • Aravali Hostel
  • Karakoram Hostel
  • Nilgiri Hostel
  • Kumaon Hostel
  • Vindhyachal Hostel
  • Shivalik Hostel
  • Satpura Hostel
  • Zanskar Hostel
  • Girnar Hostel
  • Udaygiri Hostel
  • Kailash Hostel
  • Himadri Hostel

The residential apartments are named after ancient Indian universities:

  • Takshila
  • Nalanda
  • Vaishali
  • Indraprastha
  • Vikramshila

Girnar House had the highest number of residents in 2011 with more than 700 students. Each Hostel has its distinct culture of sports and cultural activities. Hostels compete in inter hostel events to bring home various trophies which include RCA and GC, which are the highest awards for cultural and sports accomplishments over a year by a particular hostel. RCA was claimed by Jwalamukhi in year 2010, Kumaon in 2011 while it was shared between Kumaon and Shivalik in 2012. Kumaon also won the 2011 and 2012 GC trophies, as well as the BHC trophies for both 2011 and 2012. Academic year ends with an annual function of hostels known as 'House day' in which the passing out batch and the freshers give various cultural performances and awards are distributed for outstanding contribution to various hostel activities.

Student Activity Center

The Student Activity Center or SAC is a part of the Student Recreation Zone in IIT Delhi. The SAC is for the extracurricular activities of the students. The SAC consists of a gymnasium, swimming pool, pool and billiards rooms, squash courts, table tennis rooms, a badminton court, a music room, a fine arts room, a robotics room and a committee room used to organise quizzing and debating events. The SAC also has an Open Air Theater where concerts are hosted. Students can use the radio broadcasting facility (HAM) in the SAC although its use has declined over the years.

Student bodies

There are a number of student bodies in IIT Delhi, each having its set of own responsibilities. The highest student body in IIT Delhi is the Student Affairs Council (SAC). All the other student boards are included under the SAC, as listed below:

  • Board for Student Welfare(BSW)

As the name suggests BSW works for the welfare of all the students of IITD.The BSW shall organize welfare activities from time to time and look in to other aspects of student welfare. The BSW shall provide financial aid to the needy students as per the decided rules.[5] BSW has the responsibility of organising Speranza,the annual youth festival of IIT Delhi.

  • Board for Recreational and Creative Activities (BRCA) [6]

Under new structure, the BRCA consists of 9 clubs: Literary Club, Debating Society (DebSoc), Dramatics Club, Dance Club, Music Club, Photography and Films Club (PFC), Indoor Sports Club (ISC), Quizzing Club (QC), the Fine Arts and Crafts Club (FACC), in addition to the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth SPIC MACAY Delhi. Each club has a hostel representative working under the aegis of the hostel cultural secretary. The BRCA has the responsibility of organizing the annual cultural festival of IIT Delhi, called Rendezvous.

  • Board for Student Publications (BSP)[7]

BSP is the student managed board responsible for all journalistic and creative publications at IIT Delhi, bringing out 4 magazines, the Inception, the Muse, Sync I and Sync II; and 4 newsletters, the Inquirer, annually. The BSP also conducts the IIT Delhi’s annual Literary festival – Literati each September, hosting a plethora of events that include panel discussions, guest talks, poetry recitations and literature quizzes. The Board serves both as a creative outlet, and as a platform to voice student opinion, organizing numerous competitions and workshops throughout the year.

  • Board for Sports Activities (BSA)[8]

BSA is the Sports Board of IIT Delhi. It provides facilities for many sports such as Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Lawn tennis, Squash, Table-Tennis, Volleyball, Weight Lifting. The Board Council consists of President, Vice-President, Sports Officer, Sports Administrators. Also there are the posts of General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary, the candidates for which are elected from amongst the students by themselves. Besides this, there are 13 sports secretaries, one from each of the 13 hostels.

The Board monitors the sports domain of the institute. It is responsible for maintaining the sports grounds of different sports, conducting Inter Hostel sports competition, participation of IIT Delhi in InterIIT Sports Meet (the annual sports event of all the IITs). Apart from this, BSA is also responsible for conducting Sportech, the annual Sports Festival of IIT Delhi.[9]

The other student council is the Co-curricular and Academic Interaction Council (CAIC).[10] which deals with the academic and co-curricular activities of the students. There are 45 student representatives to the CAIC: 22 from the UG students and 23 from the PG students, apart from 2 representatives from each co-curricular body. The co-curricular activities under the CAIC are:

  • Robotics Club [11]
  • Entrepreneurship Development Cell [12]
  • Technocracy (consisting of Astronomy Club, Economics Club, Electronics Club and Tech Workshops) [13]
  • Automobile Club (consisting of Formula SAE, Mini Baja, and HPV) [14]

The annual technical festival of IIT Delhi, Tryst is organised by the CAIC.

Sonipat Campus

This campus will be located in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat.[15] The Campus in Sonipat will be focusing on Executive MBA and Faculty Development programs and is under construction.[16]


IIT Delhi, like all other Indian Institutes of Technology, conducts various programs including bachelor's degree in Technology, the Dual Degree Bachelor-cum-Master of Technology program and an Integrated Master of Technology Program. It also offers postgraduate level programs like Master of Technology, Master of Science, Master of Science (Research), Master of Business Administration, Master of Design (Industrial Design). Finally it also offers a PhD program for research in basics sciences such as biological sciences, chemical sciences, physical sciences as well as interdisciplinary research including but not limited to nanoscience and nanotechnology, biomedical sciences and bioengineering etc. The admission criteria for all these programs is very competitive and depends on the particular program.

The academic year is organised around the semester. There are two semesters in a year, however, there is an additional summer semester also running a few courses. IIT Delhi follows a 10-point CGPA scale, with a rigorous examination procedure consisting of two mid-semester examinations called Minor Examinations and an end-semester examination called the Major Examination. Apart from that, the courses may involve short projects, term-papers, self-study assignments, and regular surprise quizzes help to keep students on their toes.

Undergraduate programs

IIT Delhi offers a Bachelor of Technology in nine areas that include:

  • Biochemical Engineering and biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Production and Industrial Engineering
  • Textile Technology.

Undergraduate-cum-postgraduate dual programs

The dual degree B.Tech-cum-M.Tech program is offered in following areas:

  • Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology,
  • Chemical Engineering,
  • Computer Science and Engineering, and
  • Electrical Engineering.(Discontinued from 2013)
  • Mathematics and Computing (Integrated M.Tech.)

The admission to these programs is done through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which is an all India entrance examination. Admissions to the IIT programs are done on the basis of merit list of JEE-Advanced (second phase of JEE). Roughly about a million students take this exam every year with only few thousands of them actually crossing the bridge.

Postgraduate programs

IIT Delhi offers many postgraduate programs (M.Tech(by coursework), M.S.(by Research), M.Sc., M. Des., MBA under various departments and centres. The admission to M.Tech and M.Des programs are carried out mainly based on Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). M.Sc. admissions are through Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM) and MBA admissions are through Common Admission Test (CAT). Students securing very good scores in these exams are called for personal interview.

Inter-disciplanary centers

IIT Delhi has 11 multi-disciplinary centers. An inter-disciplinary center differs from a department in the fact that it deals with an overlap of two or more disciplines of engineering or science. Similar to the departments the centers also offer programs though they offer these courses only at the post-graduation level. The following multi-disciplinary centers are located in IIT Delhi:

  • Centre for Applied Research in Electronics (CARE)[17]
  • Centre for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS)[18]
  • Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CBME)[19]
  • Computer Services Centre (CSC)[20]
  • Centre for Energy Studies (CES)[21]
  • Educational Technology Services Centre (ETSC)[22]
  • Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics and Maintenance Engineering (ITMMEC)
  • Instrument Design Development Centre (IDDC)[23]
  • Centre for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE)
  • Center for Natural Resources and Environment
  • Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT) [24]
  • National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering (NRCVEE)[25]
  • Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP)[26]

Schools of excellence

IIT Delhi has 3 schools of excellence. A school of excellence is an externally funded (either from an alumnus or an organization) school functioning as a part of the institute. There are three such schools in IIT Delhi which are:

  • Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management
  • Amar Nath and Shashi Khosla School of Information Technology [27]
  • Kusuma School of Biological Sciences [28]

In 2010 the institute, for its co-operation projects with the corporate world in India, was chosen to be a part of the BBNM Group. Today, they are represented among the BBNM Member schools.[29]


University and college Rankings
General – International
QS (World)[30] 222
QS (Asian)[31] 38
Times[32] 351-400
Engineering – India
India Today[33] 1
Outlook India[34] 1
Dataquest[35] 3
Government colleges:
Mint[36] 3

Internationally, IIT Delhi was ranked #222 in the QS World University Rankings(Quacquarelli Symonds ) of 2013.[37][38][30] IIT Delhi is ranked #38 is QS Asian Rankings and in the 351-400 range in THE ranking in 2013.[39][40][41][42] In India, among engineering colleges, it ranked first by India Today in 2013,[33] first by Outlook India in 2013,[34] and third by Dataquest in 2011.[35] In the Mint Government Colleges survey of 2009 it ranked 3.[36]

Community service

National Service Scheme

  • NSS IIT Delhi[43] is an initiative taken up by IIT Delhi students to take part in service of humanity. It has a volunteer base of around 2000 students belonging to various disciplines and degrees of IIT Delhi. The student team works on a diverse range of social issues including voluntary blood donation, working for the education of the under-privileged, environmental issues, etc. NSS IIT Delhi, in collaboration with AINA, organised the first youth fest of the college, Vijigisha on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.


  • Blood Connect is a student run non-profit organisation which works on tackling the grim situation of blood in Delhi. Started on 1 April 2010 by NSS IIT Delhi, BloodConnect has now expanded to various colleges and corporates around NCR region.


  • Indradhanu is a Sexuality & Gender Diversity support group of IIT Delhi. It works on Sensitization & enlightening students regarding alternate sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and it has got support of large number of current students and alumni.

Alumni association

The IIT Delhi Alumni Association[44] is the association for the 33,000+ alumni of the institute. It has an office on the campus and chapters across the world.

Notable alumni

Technical organisations


Provides related work experience. Clubs Associated with Technocracy: Economics Club, Astronomy Club, Electronics Club, Tech Workshops. Several experts like Chetan Bhagat, Saket Modi[54] are regularly invited to deliver workshops on their area of expertise for the students.

ACM Student Chapter


  • Official Website
  • Technical Club

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  55. ^ ACM Student Chapter, IIT Delhi
  56. ^ ACM Student Chapter Excellence Award
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See also

[57] for its Outstanding Activities during 2009–10. In 2012, the team of Rudradev Basak, Nikhil Garg, and Pradeep Mathias of IIT Delhi, achieved India's best ever rank at the ACM ICPC World Finals, by finishing 18th[56]

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