Learning Ashram


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.


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.