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. Prof. Walter William Wood, the father of technical education in India became the founder Principal of Delhi Polytechnic.
The National Diploma awarded by Delhi Polytechnic was considered an equivalent to the B.E. Degree by the then UPSC. B.E. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Textile Engineering was awarded to the students under Faculty of Technology, University of Delhi since 1952. B.E. degree in Civil Engineering was introduced in 1955. In addition to merit of qualifying examination, test and/or interview were held for the selection of candidates for admission.
Up till 1962, the college was under the direct control of Ministry of Education, Government of India. Since 1963, Delhi Polytechnic was taken over by the then Delhi Administration and Chief Commissioner Delhi was the ex-officio Chairman of the College. It became a Union Territory College and 75% of seats were reserved for the candidates who passed their qualifying examination from a school situated in the Union Territory of Delhi. In 1963, Department of Arts became College of Arts and Department of Commerce & Business Administration was converted to several institutes of Commerce & Secretarial Practices. Fragmentation of Delhi Polytechnic ultimately left behind an engineering institute alone. In 1962, the college was affiliated with University of Delhi. In 1965, the Delhi Polytechnic was renamed as Delhi College of Engineering and became the first engineering college of Delhi.
B.E. degree course in Production & Industrial Engineering was started in 1988 while B.E. degree course in Computer Engineering was started in 1989. B.E. degree level courses were started in Polymer Science & Chemical Technology and Environment Engineering in 1998. Information technology played a vital role during this era and the beginning of new millennium witnessed the introduction of B.E. in Information Technology in 2002. B.E. in Bio Technology was introduced from the academic session 2004-2005.
The Department of Architecture of the Delhi College of Engineering 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 Administration established Delhi Institute of Technology (Presently Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology) in 1985 and the new college was established under the patronage of Delhi College of Engineering. DCE shared its campus with NSIT at Kashmiri Gate campus, although later, NSIT was shifted to Dwarka as a follow up of the Wood and Abott Committee of 1938. Delhi College of Engineering is thus the mother institution of a number of national institutes 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.
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.
In July 2009, Delhi College of Engineering was upgraded to a state university and renamed Delhi Technological University, through the Delhi Technological University Bill, 2009. P. B. Sharma was nominated as the university's first Vice Chancellor. The move was met with student protests over the erosion of the DCE brand which culminated to a face-off in March 2010, with the students boycotting the mid-semester exams, and demanding reconsideration of the change and replacement of the VC. However, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit informed the students that the change will not be reconsidered, and by the end of March the protest dwindled down, with the students taking their exams. In April 2010 Times City reported that the government will be willing to change the name to "DCE Technological University" (DCE TU), 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. 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.
An additional campus of DTU is being planned to be build in Khichripur, East Delhi. The new campus will offer non-engineering courses.
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. Prior to 2010 the admission to the 85% NCT seats were based on a Common Entrance Exam (CEE), which has now been scrapped.
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. 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). 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.).
The following courses offered for the Bachelor of Technology Degree under Delhi Technological University.Computer Engineering
Electronics and Communications Engineering
Production & Industrial Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Polymer Science and Chemical Technology.
Mechanical & Automotive engineering
Mathematics and Computing Engineering
Courses in Nanotechnology, Optical Communications, and Software Engineering are part of the college's focus on industry specific research.
Students participate in projects such as design and development of a Formula SAE car, SAE Mini Baja, ASME HPV, Hybrid Car, solar car, unmanned aerial vehicles, innovative embedded devices appreciated worldwide and setting up a plant for manufacturing Biodiesel.
Pioneered by the Defianz Racing team participating in the Formula Student competition, many student teams collaborate with universities from other countries and actively participate in international and national competitions. The college also came up with the development of a Personalised Mover - Mitra,. 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
The technical team, UAS-DTU has been exceptionally successful, designing and building a prototype UAV, the Aarush X-1 with funding and mentorship from Lockheed Martin, USA. It also stood third in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Air System (SUAS) Competition,2012. 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 " 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. A Knowledge Park at DTU has been set up as part of better infrastructure for Delhi.
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.
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 are available for students beginning their first year at the college, which are awarded on the basis of their performance in subjects. 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.
DTU is consistently ranked as one of the top engineering colleges in India.The college has been rated AAAA+ by Careers 360 (Magazine) Top Engineering Colleges in India 2015.
DTU has been ranked as the 12th best Engineering College of India in the Edu-Rand Rankings of 2015. The survey was done jointly by Edu, an Indian company and Rand Corporation, a non-profit American thinktank.
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.
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 www.dcetech.com, 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. It is conducted by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of DTU, generally in February. 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.
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.
Thirty seven editions have been published till now, and every three months around 5000 copies are published and distributed in Delhi Technological University, NSIT, IP University, Jamia, and mailed to various other colleges in India and abroad.
E-Cell DTU was founded in the year 2008 by few students of third year namely 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.Vinod Dham: (Electrical Engg) Popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip led the Pentium project at Intel.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma : Founder Paytm
Praveen Sinha : Co-Founder Jabong.com
Ravi Grover:Director, Homi Bhabha National Institute. Ex- principal Adviser to Dept. of Atomic Energy, India. Responsible for the successful negotiations in the 2007 Indo-US nuclear deal
Durjoy Datta: Bestselling author
Raghbir Singh Bhola: Arjuna Award winner, Olympian.
Sachin Garg : Author
Subhav Sinha : Inventor
Niketan Madhok : Supermodel
Manish Khera : former CEO, Airtel Money, selected the Young Global Leader 2011, by the World Economic Forum
Sushant Singh Rajput:Bollywood Actor
Rajinder Kumar, chemical engineer, Padma Bhushan recipient