Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (abbreviated IIT Delhi or IITD) is a public technical university and research institution located in Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India.

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Other name
IITD, IIT Hauz Khas
TypePublic technical university
ChairmanKumar Mangalam Birla[1]
DirectorV. Ramgopal Rao[1]
Undergraduates~4000 (2019-2020)
Location, ,
Colours     Red

Established in 1961, was formally inaugurated August 1961 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Minister of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs. First admissions were made in 1961.[3] The current campus has an area of 320 acres (or 1.3 km²) and is bounded by the Sri Aurobindo Marg on the east, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Complex on the west, the National Council of Educational Research and Training on the south, and the New Ring Road on the north,and flanked by Qutub Minar and the Hauz Khas monuments.[2]

The institute was later decreed in Institutes of National Importance under the Institutes of Technology Amendment Act, 1963 and accorded the status of a full University with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.[3] In 2018 it was awarded the Institute of Eminence status.

In 2018 IIT Delhi was also given the status of Institution of Eminence (IoE) by Government of India which granted almost-full autonomy, leaving this institute to make its own decisions. According to a government statement issued earlier, these IoEs will have greater autonomy in that they will be able to admit foreign students up to 30% of the admitted students and recruit foreign faculty up to 25% of the faculty strength with enhanced research funding.


The concept of IIT was first introduced by Sir Nalini Ranjan Sarkar, 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. In his report, Shri Sircar had suggested that such Institutes should also be started in different parts of the country. The Government having accepted these recommendations of the Sircar Committee decided to establish more Institutes of Technology with the assistance of friendly countries who were prepared to help. The first offer of help came from USSR who agreed to collaborate in the establishment of an Institute through UNESCO at Bombay. This was followed by the Institutes of Technology at Madras, Kanpur and Delhi with collaborations with West Germany, United States and UK respectively. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati was established in 1994 and the University of Roorkee was converted into an IIT in 2001.[3]

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 first admissions were made in 1961. The College of Engineering & Technology was registered as a society on 14 June 1960 under the Societies Registration Act No. XXI of 1860 (Registration No. S1663 of 1960–61). The students were asked to report at the college on 16 August 1961, and the college was formally inaugurated on 17 August 1961 by Humayun Kabir, Minister of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs. Initially, the college ran in the Kashmiri Gate campus of Delhi College of Engineering (now known as Delhi Technological University) before shifting to its permanent campus in Hauz Khas. The Department of Textile Technology of Delhi College of Engineering was shifted out en-block to mark the beginning of the IIT Delhi at its new campus at Hauz Khas. The college was later accorded the status of a university and was renamed as Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.[3]

In 2018, IIT Delhi was one of the first six institutes to be awarded the Institute of Eminence status.[4]


IIT Delhi offers Bachelor of Technology programs in various fields as well as dual degree B.Tech-cum-M.Tech programs. The admission to these programs is done through Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced.[5]

IIT Delhi also offers postgraduate programs awarding 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).[6][7]

In March 2018, IIT Delhi formally inaugurated a new Department of Design to bolster Research and Education on Design. The 25-year-old design course was earlier functioning under the ambit of IDDC (Instrument Design and Development Centre)


The primary campus of IIT Delhi is located in Hauz Khas, South Delhi, with Sonipat and Jhajjar being the two satellite campuses. The campus of 325 acres (132 ha) is surrounded by the Hauz Khas area and monuments such as the Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple.[2] The campus is also close to other educational institutions such as the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, National Institute of Fashion Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Indian Statistical Institute.

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.

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 theatres, 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
  • Udaigiri Hostel
  • Kailash Hostel
  • Himadri Hostel
The residential apartments are named after ancient Indian universities
  • Takshashila
  • Nalanda
  • Vaishali
  • Indraprastha
  • Vikramshila

Each Hostel has its own distinct characteristic of sports and cultural activities. The Hostels compete in inter-hostel events to bring home various trophies which include the BRCA trophy for cultural activities and GC for Sports. The 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.

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services (OCS) [8], previously known as the Training and Placement (T&P) Unit, had the primary aim of helping students to find a job upon graduation. Its role has evolved with OCS focusing on year - round activities to provide career counseling, interview preparation and talks to expose students to the multitude of opportunities available.

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 organize quizzing and debating events. The SAC also has an Open Air Theatre 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 with its own set of responsibilities. The highest student body in IIT Delhi is the Student Affairs Council (SAC).

Student Affairs Council (SAC)[9]

The Students Affairs Council is the apex student body of IIT-Delhi. The primary objective of SAC is to look after all the issues/problems concerning the students of IIT Delhi. The administrative decisions related to student affairs and infrastructure related issues are also addressed by SAC. The grievances and suggestions of the students are directed to the concerned administration for redressal through the SAC framework. SAC consists of the various boards of IIT Delhi and other committees.

Student boards included under the SAC are 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 into other aspects of student welfare. The BSW shall provide financial aid to the needy students as per the decided rules.[10] BSW has the responsibility of organising Speranza,the annual youth festival of IIT Delhi.

Board for Recreational and Creative Activities (BRCA) Under new structure, the BRCA consists of 10 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), Hindi Samiti, 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) 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) 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 the 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, ensure and manage the 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.[11]

The other student council is the Co-curricular and Academic Interaction Council (CAIC).[12] 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
  • 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.

Technical organisations

ACM Student Chapter

The Association for Computing Machinery is an educational and scientific society which works with the motto of "Advancing Computing as a Science and Profession". The IIT Delhi Student Chapter[13] of the ACM was established in 2002 to address the needs of the IIT Delhi computing community. The goal of the chapter is to create interest among the students for computer science, apart from what they learn during the course work. The chapter organises workshops and talks on different subjects by speakers who are well known in their area. These talks give students opportunities to learn about advanced research subjects. Apart from these, some non-technical activities are also organised. The IIT Delhi Chapter won the ACM Student Chapter Excellence Award[14] 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[15]

Entrepreneurship Development Cell, IIT Delhi

The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (eDC), IIT Delhi is a cell that aims to support and augment the efforts of budding entrepreneurs in the college, so as to get them established as successful and independent entrepreneurs. The cell works to inculcate and enrich the entrepreneurial environment in India by creating an easily accessible and exhaustive set of resources for the entrepreneurs, which including the students, the budding professionals, mentors, angel investors and the venture capitalists through various fun-filled yet educating sessions such as Startup Showcases, competitions, e-Talks and so on and so forth.


One of the biggest entrepreneurial platforms for academicians, new-age entrepreneurs, eminent business personalities, venture capitalists and the students to gather at one place in the IIT Delhi campus. The summit enables the participants to share their entrepreneurial endeavors and experiences and to pledge to take entrepreneurship to greater scales.

Technology Business Incubation Unit (TBIU), IIT Delhi

The Technology Business Incubator Unit (TBIU) is the incubation cell at IIT Delhi. It has been in active operation in the institute since the year 2000. The objective of the TBIU is primarily to promote partnership with new technology entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Every year, startups are selected into the incubation program and provided support to create innovative technology companies.[16]

Inter-disciplinary centres

IIT Delhi has 11 multi-disciplinary centres. An inter-disciplinary centre 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 centres also offer programs though they offer these courses only at the post-graduation level. The following multi-disciplinary centres are located in IIT Delhi:

  • Centre for Applied Research in Electronics (CARE)
  • Centre for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS)
  • Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CBME)
  • Computer Services Centre (CSC)
  • Centre for Energy Studies (CES)
  • Educational Technology Services Centre (ETSC)
  • Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics and Maintenance Engineering (ITMMEC)
  • Sensors INstrumentation and Cyber Physical Systems (SeNSE)
  • Centre for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE)
  • Center for Natural Resources and Environment
  • Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT)
  • National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering (NRCVEE)
  • Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP)

Externally funded schools

IIT Delhi has four externally funded schools functioning as a part of the institute:[17]

  • Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management
  • Amar Nath and Shashi Khosla School of Information Technology
  • Kusuma School of Biological Sciences
  • Center of Excellence in Cyber Systems and Information Assurance

Sonipat campus

Initially announced in 2012,[18] the new IITD-Sonipat campus was unveiled in April 2018 by the Chief Minister of Haryana at the Technopark at Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat.[19] The Technopark, of which this campus is part of, itself was established at a cost of INR175crore (1.75 billion).[19] The Campus in Sonipat focuses on Executive MBA and Faculty Development programs for the engineering and technical collecges of Haryana state,[20] as well as design and development of advanced technology, incubate more start-ups and promote industry collaboration.

Facilities include research & development labs set up by corporates jointly with IIT Delhi, business incubators, Impact Lab for Path, a global health innovation hub, high-end central research facility and Centre of Excellence in Smart manufacturing, training centers, and convention facilities. It can incubate and house 100 startups with residential facilities.[21]

Jhajjar campus

IITD-Jhajjar campus is located next to the AIIMS-Delhi's Jhajjar campus at Badsa village in Jhajjar district of Haryana. IIT-Delhi and AIIMS are jointly setting up a biomedical research park at this campus, including a joint Ph.D. supervision program and provision for adjunct faculty. IITD-Jhajjar is funded by the IITD and managed by the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT).[22]


University and college rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2020)[23]182
QS (BRICS) (2019)[24]18
QS (Asia) (2019)[25]40
Times (World) (2020)[26]401-500
Times (Emerging) (2019)[27]66
Times (Asia) (2019)[28]91
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[29]3
Engineering – India
NIRF (2019)[30]2
Outlook India (2019)[31]2
The Week (2019)[32]1
Government colleges:
India Today (2018)[33]1
Business/Management – India
NIRF (2019)[34]9
Business Today (2019)[35]17
Outlook India (2018)[36]20

Internationally, IIT Delhi was ranked 182 in the QS World University Rankings of 2020,[23] the top-ranked university in India. The same rankings ranked it 40 in Asia in 2019[25] and 18 among BRICS nations in 2019.[24] It was ranked 401–500 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020,[26] 91 in Asia[28] and 66 among Emerging Economies University Rankings in 2019.[27]

IIT Delhi ranked first among government engineering colleges in India by India Today in 2018.[33] It ranked second among engineering colleges by Outlook India in 2019[31] and first byThe Week in 2018.[37] It ranked second among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019[30] and third overall.[29]

The Department of Management Studies ranked ninth among management schools in India by NIRF in 2019,[34] 17th by Business Today's "India's best B-schools 2019"[35] and 20th in India by Outlook India's "Top 100 B-Schools in India" of 2018.[36]

Notable people

See also


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