Prof. P.B. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, DTU

With its chequered history now spanning over 70 years Delhi Technological University (formerly Delhi College of Engineering) has carved out for itself a niche position in the arena of engineering and technology universities around the world. The historic decision to upgrade DCE into DTU was taken by the Government of Delhi about two years ago and an Act to this effect has been enacted by the Delhi Vidhan Sabha in July 2009. The upgradation of DCE into a technical university provided the necessary academic and administrative autonomy to empower the Institution to march on the path of academic and research excellence, as also to accelerate the pace of innovations. The conferment of the status of a technological University upon DCE is a major opportunity for all of us in meeting the requirement of highly skilled brainpower for the industries and enterprises in the New Knowledge Age. Further, the output of DTU in respect of research and innovation is expected to impact new knowledge creation and development of new technologies and commodities.

DTU, with the brand image of DCE and its glorious past, is poised to create new horizons in the arena of technical education and research in the country. With the upgradation of DCE into DTU, we have now a much greater responsibility and certainly a greater accountability along side with freedom to excel and serve the interest of the talented community, industry and the society. It is also an opportunity to provide an updated and innovated curriculum at par with the best technological universities of the world and emulate the best practices in technical education.

As per the DTU Act, Delhi Act 6 of 2009, DTU is a non-affiliating, teaching and research University focusing on “growth with quality”, offering new programs in emerging areas of engineering and technology, ensuring synergy between science and engineering, which will attract the very best and qualified faculty in its fold and contribute effectively to cutting edge technology development and foster world class innovations. “DTU thus aspires to be a leading World Class Technology University, a key node in National and Global Knowledge Network, empowering India with the Wings of Knowledge and Power of Innovations”.

Expansion of Educational and Research Opportunities
Soon after becoming a Technological University, 04 new B.Tech and 08 new M.Tech programs in the emerging areas of Science and Technology were added from 2009-10 to meet the growing demand of quality manpower for the industries. In addition, a School of Management was established in DTU to cater for MBA program in the areas of Knowledge and Innovation Management, Supply Chain Management and Info-System Management. The focus of DTU is on the synergy between science and engineering. To meet this objective, a B.Tech Course on Engineering Physics was started from 2009-10 academic session so as to provide quality manpower for tomorrow’s Material Science, Nano-Science and Technology and tomorrow’s Communication Technologies. Likewise, to strengthen the Mathematical Foundation for tomorrow’s Informatics and Future Computing a new B.Tech program in “Mathematics and Computing” is being added from this academic session 2011-12.

Fifty Ph.D. scholarships and 25 Teaching-cum-Research Fellowships are being offered to strengthen the academic and research environment in DTU. Thus from academic session (2011-12), DTU is offering 15 B.Tech., 17 M.Tech, 04 B. Tech. (Evening) Programs, MBA and PhD programs. The areas covered include both core as well as interdisciplinary programmes of high value to industries at home and abroad. The PG programs focus on new and emerging areas including VLSI design, Nano Science and Engineering, Software Engineering, Microwave and Optical Communication, Bioinformatics, Geo-technical Engineering etc. Future plans of DTU include dual degree programs and integrated Master’s programs in areas of relevance to our country in Medical Engineering, Aero-Space Engineering, Bio-informatics, Clean Energy and Environment Technology, New and Smart Materials. Seamless integration of Science and Engineering is the focus in the design and delivery of the programs at DTU.

The focus of DTU is on – Panchsheel of Technical Education in 21st Century :

  • Troika of Education, Research and Innovations imbibing scientific values and professional morality.
  • Internatiional Quality Curriculum Design and delivery; World Class Knowledge Infrastructure.
  • Seamless integration of Science and Engineering.
  • Research driven, industry relevant innovations.
  • Networking with selected, globally acclaimed Universities.

The upgradation of DCE into DTU has been well received throughout the country and even abroad. DCE as DTU stands committed to foster technical education and research excellence backed by a quality conscious work culture devoted to serve the talented student community, the industry and the society. The strong interface with Industry is an area of major strength in DTU and this is truly reflected in excellent placements of students through campus interviews in leading industries and multinational organisations. In the year 2011-12 we have received close to 1000 job offers from around 166 companies which include, 134 multiple job offers for UG and 150 job offers to PG and 39 offers to the first batch of MBA. This is a good sign that besides our Undergraduate students, Post Graduates and MBA students of DTU are also getting excellent placement offers through campus placement. The companies who visited the campus this year include Microsoft, Oracle, Yahoo, IBM, Samsung, Deloitte, Cisco, C-DOT, TCS, Michelin, Wipro, Mckinsey, Alstom and all major PSUs including IOCL, NTPC, BHEL, GAIL, HPCL, EIL, TRAI and many more.

Impressive Beginning of Industry Partnership in R&D at DTU

  • Lockheed Martin, the world renowned Aerospace Company has funded a major R&D Project at DTU for design and development of the new generation Unmanned Aircraft for Urban Application.
  • Freescale Semiconductors has offered to establish Freescale Systems Laboratory at DTU.
  • Parallel Hybrid Car development at DTU is supported by Indian Oil and Maruti Udyog Ltd.
  • TCS is partnering with DTU for faculty development and also for technology workshops. TCS Gold Medals for Best Student Award and Best Project Award have also been introduced at DTU.
  • Samsung Electronics, the leading MNC in cutting edge digital technology has entered into an MoU with DTU for industry relevant, technology training programs, tailor-made M.Tech programs, Student Internship and partnership in research programs leading to Ph.D.
  • FICCI and Texas University based Lockheed Martin IC2 Institute have approached the University for establishing a Technology and Innovation Incubation Unit at DTU for which support from DST will be sought.
  • MoU with National Singapore University (top ranking World Class University) has also been signed by the Department of Computer Engineering of DTU for faculty and student exchange.

Improved Ranking in Independent Surveys
We are grateful to the Govt. of NCT Delhi, specially to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi and to her Council of Ministers for bestowing this honour to this premier institution. We are also indebted to His Excellency Lt. Governor of Delhi for the patronage provided to this pioneering institution to realise its dream of upgradation into a technological University. I am also happy to add that our standing in the community of premier engineering institutions in the country has gone up during 2009-11, as is evident from overall rank 9 in Zee News and DNA nationwide survey of top ten best engineering institutions in India in 2009-10. In fact we scored 7th in Academic Environment, 8th in Placement and 9th in Curriculum Innovation among the top 10 that included the 7 IITs. Further the DATA Quest also ranked DTU at 12th among the top 20 best institutions in the country in 2010 from earlier 16th position in 2008. The Competition Success Review placed DCE, now DTU, only next to IITs as Institution of Super Excellence. This year too, in 2011 the GILD India Report on Top 10 Universities in India has placed DTU at No. 8 in the Top 10 including the IITs. Further the Outlook survey 2011 on Best Engineering Colleges has placed DTU at 9th overall among the top 10 Best Engineering Colleges including the IITs. DTU has been ranked at No. 3 in Placements, No. 5 in Industry Interface, No. 7 in Selection Process & Infrastructure and No. 10 in Academic Excellence in Outlook 2011 survey released in June 2011. These surveys are important as they reflect the confidence of the industry and stakeholders in our premier institutions.

As such, we now have an added responsibility to ensure high academic standards, compliance to research integrity and create the necessary vibrancy to conform to rigorous academic study and professional activities to meet the challenges of the new knowledge age. This is what the DTU is committed to do. While on academic fronts, it is our responsibility to provide an updated and innovated curriculum and deliver it with all sincerity, it is also absolutely essential that the student community conforms to the highest levels of decorum and discipline. The DTU campus follows the policy of “Zero Tolerance in Ragging”. And as such, I call upon all the members of students community to co-operate in our desire to exhibit the highest standards of civilized human behaviour, free from the virus of ragging in any form. This requires a firm resolve on our part to enforce the anti-ragging policy and assure compliance to norms and guidelines set out by the UGC and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of our country.

To this end we need the full and unconditional commitment of our students (seniors as well as freshers). I am sure that the DTU student community shall ensure that our tradition of keeping our campus totally free from ragging will be upheld in the academic sessions 2011-12 as well.

With our eyes focussed on excellence in education and research and our commitment to accelerate innovations, DTU is well poised to surpass its own milestones of achievements and serve the science and engineering fraternity with unconditional commitment and fullest dedication.

I extend my very best wishes to the aspirants of quality education and research at DTU and wish them all success in their endeavours.

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