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  • Delhi Technological University: Going stronger than ever!

    Recently, in an interview, the Vice Chancellor of Delhi Technological University (DTU), Prof. P. B. Sharma, shared his thoughts on technical education and job offers in the campus.

    Talking about the transition of the Delhi College of Engineering to the Delhi Technological university, he said, "As a college affiliated to Delhi University, DTC was subjected to a multiplicity of controls that constrained its growth. DTU’s charter is to achieve growth with quality and accelerate industry- relevant R& D to foster innovation.

    As a technological university, DTU has largely achieved these goals by adding five new under- graduate and eight post- graduate programmes in emerging industry- relevant areas such as Nano Science and Technology, VLSI Design and Embedded Systems, and Microwave and Optical Communication."

    Commenting about the challenges he faced as a vice-chancellor, PROF. P.B Sharma said, " The major challenge for any technology university is to attract the best minds as its faculty members who, besides teaching, inspire students to engage in creative research and innovative product design and development."

    When asked if India's technical education sector needs some changes, Prof. P.B Sharma replied, "Autonomy holds the key to excellence in education and research, which in turn assure high employability and industry relevance.

    It provides freedom to design our own curriculum and break conventional barriers to ensure quality and industry relevance.

    Unfortunately, because of uncontrolled expansion, this autonomy, which was a ‘ privilege to excel’, has become a ‘ privilege to exploit’. We need to revisit the policy framework of technical education and draw directions from the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission."

    Excited about the student exchange programmes and tie- ups that the DTU has in place, he said, "DTU has research collaborations with Lockheed Martin, Indian Oil, Maruti, TCS and Samsung Electronics.

    We also have signed MoUs for faculty and student exchange programmes with the National Singapore University, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, La Trobe University, Australia, and the National Physical Laboratory."

    After it's transition from DCE to DTU, many feared that the placements there would take a hit. But, all that has been proven wrong as the placements have been going stronger than ever. Expressing his happiniess over this, Prof. P.B Sharma said, "We have seen a phenomenal rise in campus placements this year with around 620 job offers coming from around 75 reputed companies just in the first three months of this academic year. The highest salary has gone up to ` 60 lakh per annum.

    The placements shall continue till April 2013 and we shall break all previous records as we have done each year since 2009."