Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is one of the seven Institutes of Technology created as centres of excellence for higher training, research and development in science, engineering and technology in India, the others being at Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Bombay, Guwahati and Roorkee.
Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the “Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963″ and was renamed “Indian Institute of Technology Delhi “. It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.
HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone of the Institute on January 27, 1959. The Institute was inaugurated by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs on August 21, 1961. The Institute buildings were formally opened by Dr.Zakir Hussain, the then President of India, on March 2, 1968.
IIT Delhi is situated at Hauz Khas in South Delhi, which is a landmark place in the colourful and chequered history of Delhi. 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, the Institute campus is flanked by Qutub Minar and the Hauz Khas monuments. Well connected to the major city centres by open and wide roads, the Institute campus is about 19 Km. away from the Delhi Main Railway Station, 14 Km. from the New Delhi Railway Station, 21 Km. from the Inter-State Bus Terminal and 10 Km. from Delhi Airport.
The objectives include:
> Offering instruction in engineering and applied sciences at a level comparable to the very best in the world.
> Providing best facilities for postgraduate studies and research.
> Providing leadership in curriculum planning and laboratory development.
> Developing programmes for faculty development both for its own staff and for teachers of other engineering institutions.
> Developing close collaboration with industry through exchange of personnel and undertaking consultancy projects.
> Developing strong collaboration links with other academic and research institutions in the country and abroad.
> Anticipating the technological needs for India and to plan and prepare to cater to men.
> Developing continuing education programmes.
> Preparing instructional resource material in the conventional as well as the audiovisual me video and the computer based modes.
> Catering to the development of a culture for maintenance and conservation.