(IIT Delhi) : Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
The concept of the IITs was first introduced in a report in
the year 1945 by Sh. N.M.Sircar, then member of Education on Vicerory’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,
USA and UK respectively. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati was
established in 1995 and the University of Roorkee was converted into an IIT in
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 College of Engineering & Technology was registered as a
Society on 14th June 1960 under the Societies Registration Act No. XXI of 1860
(Registration No.S1663 of 1960-61). The first admissions were made in 1961. The
students were asked to report at the College on 16th August 1961 and the College
was formally inaugurated on 17th of August 1961 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Minister
of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs. The College was affiliated to the
University of Delhi.
To contribute to India and the World through excellence in
scientific and technical education and research; to serve as a valuable resource
for industry and society; and remain a source of pride for all Indians.
To generate new knowledge by engaging in cutting-edge
research and to promote academic growth by offering state-of-the-art
undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes.
To identify, based on an informed perception of Indian,
regional and global needs, areas of specialization upon which the institute
To undertake collaborative projects which offer
opportunities for long-term interaction with academia and industry.\
To develop human potential to its fullest extent so that
intellectually capable and imaginatively gifted leaders can emerge in a
range of professions.
Academic integrity and accountability.
Respect and tolerance for the views of every individual.
Attention to issues of national relevance as well as of
Breadth of understanding, including knowledge of the
Appreciation of intellectual excellence and creativity.
An unfettered spirit of exploration, rationality and
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110 016, INDIA
Phone: 011 2659 7135
Courtesy: IIT Delhi