Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
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.
The Government of India negotiated with the British Government for collaboration in setting up an Institute of Technology at Delhi. 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.
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..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.
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.
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:
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.
- Board for Student Welfare(BSW)
- Board for Recreational and Creative Activities (BRCA)
- Board for Student Publications (BSP)
- Board for Sports Activities (BSA)
The other student council is the Co-curricular and Academic Interaction Council (CAIC). The co-curricular activities under the CAIC are:
- Robotics Club
- Entrepreneurship Development Cell
- Technocracy (consisting of Astronomy Club, Economics Club, Electronics Club and Tech Workshops)
- Automobile Club (consisting of Formula SAE, Mini Baja, and HPV)
The annual technical festival of IIT Delhi, Tryst is organised by the CAIC.
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).
Internationally, IIT Delhi was ranked #222 in the QS World University Rankings (Quacquarelli Symonds ) of 2013. IIT Delhi is ranked #38 is QS Asian Rankings and in the 351-400 range in THE ranking in 2013. In India, among engineering colleges, it ranked first by India Today in 2013, first by Outlook India in 2013, and third by Dataquest in 2011. In the Mint Government Colleges survey of 2009 it ranked 3.
The IIT Delhi Chapter won the ACM Student Chapter Excellence Award 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 .