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Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
IIT Delhi
Type Public engineering school
Established 1961
Chairman Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla[1]
Director Prof. V. Ramagopal Rao[1]
Undergraduates 3590
Postgraduates 4239
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°32′42″N 77°11′32″E / 28.54500°N 77.19222°E / 28.54500; 77.19222
Campus Urban
Acronym IITD

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (abbreviated IIT Delhi or IITD) is a public engineering institution located in Delhi, India. It was declared to be Institute of National Importance by Government of India under Institutes of Technology Act.


The Government of India negotiated with the British Government for collaboration in setting up an Institute of Technology at Delhi. The British Government agreed in principle to such a collaboration, but were inclined initially to start in a modest way. It was therefore agreed that a College of Engineering & Technology should be established at Delhi with their assistance. 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 Philips, 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 students were asked to report at the College on 16 August 1961 and the College was formally inaugurated on 17 August 1961 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Minister of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs. The College was affiliated to the University of Delhi. The school was later accorded the status of a University and was renamed as Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.


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.[2]

IIT Delhi also offers postgraduate programs awarding M.Tech (by coursework), M.S. (by eesearch), 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).[citation needed]


Delhi Campus[edit]

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.[3] 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.

Multi-Storey Building (MS) facing the front lawns

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.

A garden in IIT Delhi

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
  • Lecture Hall Complex at IIT Delhi
    Nilgiri Hostel
  • Kumaon Hostel
  • Vindhyachal Hostel
  • Shivalik Hostel
  • Satpura Hostel
  • Classroom In IIT Delhi
    Zanskar Hostel
  • Girnar Hostel
  • Udaigiri Hostel
  • Kailash Hostel
  • Himadri Hostel
The residential apartments are named after ancient Indian universities
  • Takshashila
  • Nalanda
  • Vaishali
  • Indraprastha
  • Vikramshila

Girnar House had the highest number of residents in 2011 with more than 700 students.[citation needed] Each Hostel has its distinct culture of sports and cultural activities. Hostels compete in inter hostel events to bring home various trophies which include the BRCA trophy for cultural activities and GC for Sports. BRCA trophy was won by Kumaon in 2016 when it was reinstated after being non-competitive for the previous 2 years. The GC was won by Jwalamukhi hostel in 2016 bringing an end to the 5-year reign of Kumaon hostel. 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.

Student Activity Center[edit]

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. 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[edit]

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). All the other student boards are included under the SAC, as listed below:

  • Board for Student Welfare(BSW)[4]

As the name suggests BSW works for the welfare of all the students of IITD.The BSW shall organise 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.[5] BSW has the responsibility of organising Speranza,the annual youth festival of IIT Delhi.

  • Board for Recreational and Creative Activities (BRCA)[6]

Under new structure, the BRCA consists of 9 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), 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 organising the annual cultural festival of IIT Delhi, called Rendezvous.

  • Board for Student Publications (BSP)[7]

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, organising numerous competitions and workshops throughout the year.

  • Board for Sports Activities (BSA)[8]

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 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, 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.[9]

The other student council is the Co-curricular and Academic Interaction Council (CAIC).[10] 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[11]
  • Entrepreneurship Development Cell[12]
  • Technocracy (consisting of Astronomy Club, Economics Club, Electronics Club and Tech Workshops)[13]
  • Automobile Club (consisting of Formula SAE, Mini Baja, and HPV)[14]

The annual technical festival of IIT Delhi, Tryst is organised by the CAIC.

Entrepreneurship Development Cell, IIT Delhi[edit]

The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (eDC), IIT Delhi[12] is a cell which aims to support and augment the efforts of budding entrepreneurs in the college level to get established as a successful and independent entrepreneurs. eDC IIT Delhi wishes 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, eTalks and so on and so forth.

E-summit[15] One of the biggest entrepreneurial platforms for academicians,newage entrepreneurs,eminent business personalities,venture capitalists and the students to gather at one place and share their entrepreneurial endeavours and experiences,and to pledge to take entrepreneurship to greater scales.

Sonipat Campus[edit]

This campus will be located in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat.[16] The Campus in Sonipat will be focusing on Executive MBA and Faculty Development programs and is under construction.[17]

Inter-disciplinary centres[edit]

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)
  • Instrument Design Development Centre (IDDC)
  • 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)

Schools of excellence[edit]

IIT Delhi has 3 schools of excellence. A school of excellence is an externally funded (either from an alumnus or an organisation) school functioning as a part of the institute. There are three such schools in IIT Delhi which are:

  • Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management
  • Amar Nath and Shashi Khosla School of Information Technology[18]
  • Kusuma School of Biological Sciences[19]


University and college rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2018)[20] 172
QS (BRICS) (2016)[21] 15
QS (Asian) (2016)[22] 36
Times (World) (2018)[23] 501-600
Times (BRICS) (2017)[24] 32
Times (Asia) (2017)[25] 54
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2017)[26] 5
Careers360[27] 5
Engineering – India
NIRF (2017)[28] 4
India Today (2017)[29] 1
Outlook India (2017)[30] 1
Careers360[31] AAAAA
The Week (2017)[32] 1
Business – India
NIRF (2017)[33] 6
Business Today (2016)[34] 19
Careers360[35] 6
Outlook India (2016)[36] 14

Internationally, IIT Delhi was ranked 172 in the QS World University Rankings of 2018[20], the top ranked university in India. The same institute ranked it 36 in Asia [22] and 15 among BRICS nations[21] in 2016. It was ranked 501-600 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018,[23] 54 in Asia[25] and 32 among BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings in 2017.[24]

In India, Careers360 ranked IIT Delhi fifth among all universities in 2017[27] and has given it the top rating "AAAAA" among engineering colleges in 2017.[31] IIT Delhi ranked first among engineering colleges in India by India Today in 2017,[29] as well as by Outlook India[30] and The Week.[32] It ranked fourth among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2017[28] and fifth overall.[26]

The Department of Management Studies sixth among management schools in India by NIRG in 2017,[33] 19 by Business Today's "India's best B-schools 2016",[34] sixth by Careers360's "Top MBA Colleges in India 2017", fifth among government institutes,[35] and 14 in India by Outlook India's "Top 100 Management Schools" of 2016.[36]

Notable alumni[edit]

Technical organisations[edit]

ACM Student Chapter[edit]

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[45] 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[46] 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[47]

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