A CYCLE-OPERATED, eco-friendly washing machine named ‘Dhobi’; a solar- powered passenger car; an underwater vehicle…. Do these ideas appear to be ridiculous? Not if you know the kind of research that the students of Delhi Technological University (DTU) engage in.
DTU stands apart from the crowd of non-IIT engineering colleges of note because of the emphasis it places on the independent, industry relevant R& D by students, especially those engaged in under-graduate studies.
Says Prof. P. B Sharma, DTU Vice-Chancellor, “The university has successfully percolated the research and innovation culture down to the undergraduate level and has taken major initiatives to create a seamless environment for synergy between science and engineering.” The university started life in 1941 as Delhi Polytechnic, got affiliated to the University of Delhi in 1952 and started offering formal degree programmes, was renamed the Delhi College of Engineering in 1965, and achieved its present status in 2009, when Delhi Assembly adopted the Delhi Technological University Bill.
In its seven decade long journey, the former Delhi Polytechnic hived off its department of architecture, which evolved into the School of Planning and Architecture, which is now a deemed university and an institution of national importance.
Industry specific courses
In its evolved avatar, operating out of its new 164-acre campus near Bawana Road, DTU offers programmes in areas as varied as Applied Physics, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Mechanical and Production Engineering. “Courses such as Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering remain the hot favorites,” says Vice-Chancellor Sharma. “New programmes such as Software Engineering, Mathematics and Computing, and Engineering Physics are becoming increasingly popular among students aspiring for a place in DTU.”
The university is now working towards new post-graduate programmes in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics and Machine Vision, Design Engineering, Clean Energy Technology, Solar Power Engineering and Medical Engineering. “ The focus of DTU at the under- graduate level in the future shall be on dual- degree programmes in industry-relevant areas as also on twin- degree programmes such as B. Tech. and MBA,” Sharma adds.
RESEARCH, though, remains a major driver of DTU’s efforts to establish its distinct identity. The university has forged research collaborations with renowned R& D organizations and software companies.
Some notable examples:
- Lockheed Martin, the US-based aerospace company, has funded sponsored research at DTU for the design and development of the new- generation Unmanned Aircraft for Urban Application (UAV).
- Indian Oil and Maruti Suzuki are supporting the developing of a hybrid car prototype at DTU.
- Samsung Electronics has entered into a partnership with DTU for industry-relevant technology training and student innovation support.
- Last December, the university introduced an M. Tech. programme in Software Technology exclusively for Samsung Electronics (India). As many as 20 engineers from Samsung are enrolled in this programme which focuses on mobile computing, design of future smart phones, and software quality.
Microsoft (India) has offered 3,000 free passwords for the Microsoft Dream Spark software package which is being designed and developed at DTU. We had reported some time back that a DTU student, Priyanshu Jain (Department of Computer Engineering), bagged a job at Google that carries a tag of INR 55.6 lakh per annum.
DTU’s placement cell has many more success stories to share. “The Class of 2012 received 961 job offers from 176 companies,” says Sharma. “These included 140 double job offers for under-graduates. All eligible post-graduate students were also placed.”
Sharma adds: “The companies that visited DTU include Microsoft, Facebook, Google, EPIC, Yahoo, Oracle, IBM, Samsung, McKinsey, Deloitte, and Free scale, Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, L& T, Maruti, Tata Motors and Indian Oil. India Railways visited DTU for the first time for campus placements.” DTU clearly is on the fast track and there’s no stopping it from going places.
Source: Mail Today