New Courses Being Offered at IIT Delhi

Director of IIT Delhi, Ramgopal Rao, has decided to introduce new degree and short-term courses in the upcoming academic session. The introduction of these courses is an attempt to make IITs more inclusive. According to Mr. Rao, the introduction of these courses is not to lower the quality, but simply to broaden the base.

The short-term courses are for working professionals. “Through these short-term certificate courses, students can move up and finally get a degree if they crack the examinations held,” said Mr. Rao.

Some of the courses/programs include:

  • Certificate Course on “Business Management (Focus: Digital Marketing)
  • Short-term Course on “Fracture Mechanics: Linear Elasticity and FEM
  • Executive Program in “Data and Decision Sciences Consulting
  • One-week course on “Seismic Design of Steel Structures
  • Workshop on “Transportation Systems: Dynamics and Control for Traffic, Vehicles, and Pedestrians
  • Workshop on “Atomistic Simulation of Materials

IIT Delhi also plans to start a new program – “Professors of Practice”

“This program will be started to encourage people working in various industries to come and teach our students. There will be a selection committee to assess whether they are experts in their fields and if so, they will get the opportunity to teach at IIT-D,” said Mr. Rao.

You can visit here for more details about the courses.

Textile Engineering at IIT Delhi

This branch deals with how from the small polymer chips or fibre, we get thread and finally the textile fabric, besides these we look at developments in textile industry in terms of machinery and other things. Courses involve mostly chemistry which involves more of cramming part and a little bit of understanding. The courses are quite easy and if you are good at cramming then you will score good.

Textile Technology is generally filled the last in IIT Delhi so if you have option you should choose something better like Civil (except Biotech in case you don’t like Biology, or you don’t want to invest 5 years).

But if you have no option then remember IITD is itself good as a brand. You get better than any other IIT except Bombay. We had 18 Day1 companies here and only 12 in Kanpur.

If you want to the technical side of the department, be assured, there exists none. So, if anyone is interested in core, stay away from textile. Labs, professors and the department organizations are not good.

But if you have no option -take it for the brand. Study for 2 years, get a decent CGPA. Put in some decent positions of responsibility and extra curriculum and get a non-core Day 1 job. If you can do this, the department is great.

You can also try for a department change but for that you will have to work really very hard.

So, the conclusion is:

Interested in core: No textile

Interested in Delhi exposure: Yes textile

Interested in non-core job: Department doesn’t matter. You will get a job with hard work.

Want to learn something as far as engineering is concerned: No textile

Want to learn something about life (as in get some awesome exposure): Yes textile (primarily yes IITD)

Have other options in IITD (except Biotech): No textile

By: Kirtika Sharma

Helped by: Sarvesh

Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Delhi

The computer science degree is a general program that focuses on algorithms, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific/mathematical perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, and computing theory; computer hardware design.

Don’t worry if you could not understand the technical terms above, you will learn them in due course of time. You are not taught programming explicitly but are rather taught the concepts behind writing programs in form of how to efficiently store the data with the help of Data structures and how to efficiently operate on them. These two concepts form the core of whatever you learn about programming during your stay. For example, you will be taught the theory behind a program, how to approach the problem, how to formulate the solution, essentially what all steps to do in the form of an algorithm. However, you will not be taught a definite “code” for the same since it can change from language to language. You will end up doing as much mathematical stuff as the conceptual theory stuff with courses like Discrete mathematics, Probability and lots of Induction based proofs but be rest assured, although a bit abstract, the computer science courses are some of the most logical ones you are going to find.

So, if you like mathematical stuff and are interested in conceptual theory and deductive and inductive reasoning, the computer science is the course for you. It might be noted that many of the courses computer people do are from electrical and mathematics department. Therefore, your interests in these fields may also be developed further on the way.

However, as for what it is not. The programming IS NOT TAUGHT TO YOU IN THE CLASSES and only the basic concepts are taught. You learn to code while doing your assignments all by yourselves. Given that, I feel that this is in fact one of the strong points of the computer science department. You can adapt to any language you want. Another thing is that you WILL NOT LEARN ANYTHING RELATED TO INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF COMPUTER OR APPLIED PROGRAMMING FIELDS LIKE WEB DESIGNING. Only the underlying logical representations are considered, and you learn the core topics of Networks, Operating systems and Probability. As far as the jobs are concerned, computer science people find use of their skills in fields as diverse as programming to algorithmic trading to research to banking and finance. So, you can end up in companies like Google, Towers, Microsoft, IBM, Sony, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Bell Labs among many others.


Srijan Sanket