Delhi Technological University

Delhi Technological University
दिल्ली प्रौद्योगिकी विश्वविद्यालय(दिल्ली इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेज)
Former names

Delhi College of Engineering (1965-2009)

Delhi Polytechnic (1941-1965)
Motto विज्ञानवान् प्रज्ञानवान् भवतु
Type Public ( Under Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi )
Established 1941 (1941) as Delhi Polytechnic
Affiliation Secular
Chancellor Najeeb Jung
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Yogesh Singh
Students 8200 approx.
Location New Delhi, India
28°44′59.81″N 77°7′1.30″E / 28.7499472°N 77.1170278°E / 28.7499472; 77.1170278Coordinates: 28°44′59.81″N 77°7′1.30″E / 28.7499472°N 77.1170278°E / 28.7499472; 77.1170278
Campus Urban

163.87 acres (66.32 ha)

Kashmere Gate
16 acres (6.5 ha)
Colours Brown and White         

Delhi Technological University (DTU), formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), is a premier government university located in New Delhi, India. It is one of the oldest engineering colleges in India and Delhi's first engineering college. It was established in 1941 as Delhi Polytechnic and was under the control of the Government of India. The college has been under the government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi since 1963 and was affiliated with the University of Delhi from 1952 to 2009. In 2009, the college was given state university status, thus changing its name to Delhi Technological University. Till the year 2009, DCE shared its admission procedure and syllabus for various B.E courses with their other branch known as Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology,formerly DIT, which were prescribed by Faculty of Technology, University of Delhi. [1]

It offers courses towards Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech), Master of Technology (M.Tech), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and contains fourteen academic departments with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.


Delhi Polytechnic

The seeds of Delhi Polytechnic were sowed by the Wood and Abott Committee of 1938. It was established as Delhi Polytechnic in 1941. The technical school was created to cater to the demands of Indian industries. At that time, Delhi Polytechnic offered courses in Arts, Architecture, Commerce, Engineering, Applied Science and Textiles.

The National Diploma awarded by Delhi Polytechnic was considered an equivalent to the B.E. Degree by the then UPSC.

In 1962, after the administration of Delhi Polytechnic was taken over from the Ministry of Education, India, to Delhi State, it was renamed as "Delhi College of Engineering" in 1965. Thence, various departments offering courses in different disciplines separated to form institutesme College of Arts and the Department of Commerce and Business Administration further divided into several institutes of Commerce and Secretarial Practices.[2] Delhi College of Engineering, (initially established with the name – Delhi Polytechnic) came into existence in the year 1941 to cater the needs of Indian industries for trained technical manpower with practical experience and sound theoretical knowledge. The institution was set up at historic Kashmere Gate campus. DCE shared its campus with the institute known as Delhi Institute of Technology (DIT) now Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) at Kashmiri Gate campus now shifted to Dwarka as a follow up of the Wood and Abott Committee of 1938. It was a multi-disciplinary and multi-level institution offering wide ranging programmes in engineering and commerce. The national diploma awarded by the institution was recognised as equivalent to degree level for the purposes of employment. In 1952 the college was affiliated with University of Delhi and the Department of Architecture later became the School of Planning and Architecture, now a Deemed University and Institution of National importance. The department of Arts and Sculpture became College of Arts and the departments of Chemical Technology and Textile Technology were shifted out en-block to mark beginning of the IIT Delhi at its new campus at Hauz Khas. The department of commerce was later abolished and the faculty of management studies of the University of Delhi was established by Prof. A. Das Gupta, of DCE. Delhi College of Engineering is thus the mother institution of a number of national projects including Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, College of Art, Delhi and even the famous Faculty of Management Studies.[3]

Subsequently, Bachelor of Engineering courses in Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Mechanical Engineering were started. Delhi Assembly passed a bill on 1 July 2009 paving way for upgradation of Delhi College of Engineering to Delhi Technological University. New B.E. programmes in Software Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Engineering Physics were introduced. Courses on bio-technology, nano-technology, bio-informatics, computational mathematics and MBA in Knowledge and Technology Management and Information Systems management were also introduced.[4]

Delhi Technological University

In July 2009 DCE was upgraded to a state and renamed Delhi Technological University, through the Delhi Technological University Bill, 2009.[5] P. B. Sharma was nominated as the university's first Vice Chancellor.[6] The move was met with student protests over the erosion of the DCE brand[7] which culminated to a face-off in March 2010, with the students boycotting the mid-semester exams,[8] and demanding reconsideration of the change and replacement of the VC.[9] However, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit informed the students that the change will not be reconsidered,[10] and by the end of March the protest dwindled down, with the students taking their exams.[11] In April 2010 Times City reported that the government will be willing to change the name to "DCE Technological University" (DCE TU),[12] however, as of September 2016 the university name remains unchanged.


Delhi Technological University (Delhi College of Engineering) operated from the Kashmiri Gate campus in the heart of Old Delhi until 1989, when construction began at the New Campus at Bawana Road in May. Moving of operations from Kashmiri Gate to the new 164 acres campus at Bawana Road began in 1995, and the new campus formally started classes for all four years of study starting 1999.

The new campus is a lush green campus well connected by road.[13] Facilities include a library, a computer center, a sports complex, eight boys' hostels, six girls' hostels, and a married couples' hostel. The campus has residential facilities for faculty and staff. The campus has an auditorium and an open-air theater.


The admission towards a full-time Bachelor of Engineering degree in DTU is through the JEE MAINS from 2013 conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. 85% of the seats are reserved for students who pass from schools in the National Capital Territory of Delhi or Delhi region. The remaining 15% seats are for candidates from outside the Delhi region and are admitted on the basis of All India merit Rank in JEE MAINS.[14] Prior to 2010 the admission to the 85% NCT seats were based on a Common Entrance Exam (CEE), which has now been scrapped.[15]

Admission towards a postgraduate degree is based on performance in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) qualifying exam. If two or more candidates have the same GATE score, then percentage in qualifying undergraduate course shall decide the merit. No separate test/interview is conducted by the university.[16] However, for the NRIs, Foreign Nationals and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) the admission is made on the basis of merit/score in Graduate Record Examination (GRE).[17] The medium of instruction for all the courses at the university is English.

Admissions in MBA program are based on Common Admission Test (CAT) exam, followed by a group discussion and an interview


Courses are offered towards Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Undergraduate programs

The following courses offered for the Bachelor of Technology Degree under Delhi Technological University.

Courses in Nanotechnology, Optical Communications, and Software Engineering are part of the college's focus on industry specific research.[18]


Students participate in projects such as design and development of a Formula SAE car, SAE Mini Baja,[19] ASME HPV, Hybrid Car, solar car,[20] unmanned aerial vehicles,[21] innovative embedded devices appreciated worldwide[22][23][24] and setting up a plant for manufacturing Biodiesel.[25]

Pioneered by the Defianz Racing team participating in the Formula Student competition, many student teams collaborate with universities[1] from other countries and actively participate in international and national competitions.[26][27][28] The college also came up with the development of a Personalised Mover - Mitra,.[29] Delhi College of Engineering is one of the TIFAC COREs (Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council's Centres Of Relevance & Excellence) in Fiber Optics and Optical Communication. Also, Students of Delhi College of Engineering have made it top-15 Worldwide slots in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2007 and 2008[22][23][30][31]

The technical team, UAS-DTU has been exceptionally successful, designing and building a prototype UAV, the Aarush X-1 [32] with funding and mentorship from Lockheed Martin, USA. It also stood third in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Air System (SUAS) Competition,2012.[33] The team has developed several prototype UAVs and expands its UAV count each year.

The solar car team, DTU Solaris was the first solar electric vehicle team in the country to have developed a two-seater passenger solar electric vehicle Arka "[34] in 2012. Its previous design - Avenir won the Most Economical Car Award in WSC 2011.

The campus at DTU has been proposed as one of the sites for the Delhi Government's plan of creating Delhi a Research and IT hub.[35] A Knowledge Park at DTU has been set up as part of better infrastructure for Delhi.[36]

DTU had been selected by Intel Technology Pvt. Ltd. to join Planet Lab Consortium that has the world's top universities and industrial research labs like Princeton University, University of Washington and NEC Labs as its members.[36]

DTU organises various events/conferences/seminars throughout the year so that students from other Engineering institutes/organisations can also get benefited. Societies like ASME, SAE, IEEE, IET, MACS etc. frequently organise such events.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships are available for students beginning their first year at the college, which are awarded on the basis of their performance in subjects.[1] Another award is given to two final year students on the basis of merit, sponsoring their tuition for the purpose of pursuing MBA at the Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University.[1]

Rankings and reputation

DTU is consistently ranked as one of the top engineering colleges in India.

Student life and culture

Main entrance to the campus

The college organises its own cultural and academic festivals. While the cultural festivals are a break from studies and comprise events such as music concerts and fashion shows, the academic festivals form a common platform for students and academicians across the country to meet and showcase research.

The cultural festival Engifest is held every year in February. Engifest plays host to a variety of events like star night, rock shows, plays, dances, drag shows and others. In the past Engifest has been celebrated by likes of Euphoria, Parikrama, Indian Ocean, and through performances by renowned artistes like Manj Musik, Raftaar, Suraj Jagan, Hard Kaur, Shibani Kashyap, Mohit Chauhan,V ishal, Shekhar etc.[40]

The college also has a variety of technical festivals celebrated in the same month by various departments. The events see participation from all corners of the nation. Innova fest is the annual technical festival of DCE organised by the Civil and Mechanical Department in association with ASME, SEM and SAE. One of the most nationwide successful event of Innova fest has been the DelTech MUN (Model United Nations). The event is an academic simulation of the United Nations, where delegates debate on world issues and international policies. TROIKA is the festival organised by the IEEE student's branch. The IEEE student's branch also established, a student resource portal, for the benefit of the engineering student community. The Department of Computer Engineering and the Computers Society of India(CSI) have their annual technical fest Phoenix. Renaissance is a technical fest organised by the IET student chapter of DCE. Tatva is an annual technical symposium organised by the Department of Polymer Science and Chemical Technology in association with SPE. KARYON is the annual tech-fest of DCE organised by Biotechnology department.

E-Summit is an event aimed to advocate entrepreneurship among students, with leadership lectures and panel discussions involving various stalwarts from the industry.[41] It is conducted by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of DTU, generally in February.[42] Resonance is a collage of assorted literary and managerial events and serves as a stage for showcasing the talents of the students in fields other than science and engineering. Arena is the annual Sports Meet of the Delhi College of Engineering, and Virasat is the name for a host of cultural events organised by SPIC MACAY. Pratibimb, the dramatics club of DTU is a well known name in the collegiate level theatre circuit. Excelsior is a fest organised by Society of Robotics,DTU (SR-DTU). It's one of the biggest technical Society of college and the fest is organised on a very large scale. It was founded in 2013, by some seniors of ECE, notably Varun Grover, 2016 pass out.

DTU has a chapter of Stanford University's Asia Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES DTU) whose mission is to educate and network the future leaders in business, technology and the Asia-Pacific in order to foster a global entrepreneurship society .

DTU was also host to the 2015 ASME's International Human Powered Vehicle Challenge India.[43]

DTU Times

DTU Times is the official student publication of Delhi Technological University, formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering. It was amongst the first college newspapers to be published across engineering colleges in India. In January 2009, founders Anand Meena and Abhishek Bindal, Alumni of DTU started the paper with the aim of providing information and bridging the gap between the administration and students. Alongside, the publication provided engineers the much-needed canvas to unleash their creativity.

Twenty editions have been published till now and every month around 5000 copies are published and distributed in Delhi Technological University, NSIT, IP University, Jamia and colleges of Delhi University.

Entrepreneurship Cell

Entrepreneurship Cell was founded in 2008-09 by few students of 3rd Year i.e Sanjay Meena, Nimish Agarwal, Harjot Singh, Shyam Sankaran, Anubhav Arora, Vipin Singh, Srishti Tanwar, Pankaj Misra, Navendu Saxena with the aim of fostering entrepreneurship among students. E-Summit is one such initiative of the E-Cell that aims to bring together the entrepreneurial passions of the country to converge on one platform. It is one of the most active E-Cells of the country and has been regularly organising events to promote entrepreneurship and leadership spirit in the university campus.Conducted activities include Startup visits, workshops on relevant topics, Startup launchpad and alike. Their flagship event,the Entrepreneurship Summit is organised around the last week of February each year. This event has seen participation of stalwarts like Vinod Dham - Father of the Pentium Chip, Sharad Sharma (Former CEO, Yahoo India R&D), Bharat Bhatia (Regional Director, Asia, Motorola), Ms.Kiran Bedi (Chairperson, India Vision Foundation), A.S.Rao (Former Member of TePP, Department of Science & Technology,GoI.), Vijay Shekhar Sharma - MD, 197 communication/PayTm, Paresh Shetty (Country Manager,HP India), Russel Parera (CEO,KPMG India) , Ravi Venkatesan (Chairman, Microsoft India), Venkat Matoory (CEO, JA India), Vivek Mansingh (Country Head, Dell R &D), Rahul Bose etc


The alumni association is an organisation with chapters in India and abroad, that holds an annual meet to socialise and network. This is also an event to recognise distinguished alumni. In February 2011, the university launched an online network, PAN-DCE-DTU, under the International Alumni Advisory Committee of DTU, to strengthen alumni interaction. Pan DCE DTU successfully organised "Global Alumni Conclave 2012: "Celebrating 70 Years of Excellence of DTU on Jan 6th-7th 2012 under the agegies of International Alumni Advisory Committee (IAAC), DTU under able guidance of Prof P B Sharma Vice Chancellor DTU & Patron IAAC, Shri Raj Soin Chairman IAAC International, Shri K L Chugh Emeritus Chairman ITC India, Shri S K Vij Former Member Railway Board GoI, Member IAAC, Mr Sanjay Meena Chief Coordinator, IAAC, DTU & Pan DCE DTU, IAAC Team. The Conclave was attended by approximately 700 Alumni from various parts of the country and aboard.The Two Day mega event included leadership Lectures, round table on "Vision India 2012 as a Global Technology & innovation Hub. The Global Alumni Conclave 2012 Celebrated 70 Years of Excellence & innovation in the University which started its journey as Delhi Polytechnic in 1941, became Delhi College of Engineering in 1965 and University in 2009. Dr. Durga Das Aggrawal, CMD of Piping Technology and Products Houston, Texas, a graduate of 1967 Mechanical of DCE also announced establishment of a Multi-disciplinary Design Engineering Centre with the initial support of US $100,000.[44]

Notable alumni


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