Frequently asked questions about IIIT-Delhi

Status

  1. How was IIIT-Delhi created, and how can it give degrees? 
    In India, a University can be created by UGC giving it a "Deemed University" status, or by an Act of Union or State Government. IIIT-Delhi was created through the latter means - by an Act of Govt of NCT Delhi (IIIT Delhi Act, 2007). As it was created by an act of a State Legislature, it is a State University. The Act empowers it to give degrees.
  2. Is IIIT-D affiliated to or has any relationship to GGSIPU/DU/NSIT? 
    No IIIT-D is not affiliated to any university; It is in itself a State University. It has no academic relationship with IP Univ/DCE/NSIT/DTU.
  3. Is it a Government Institute or Private? Is IIIT-D recognized by AICTE, UGC, etc.?
    IIIT-Delhi is an autonomous Institute of Govt of NCT Delhi, much like IITs are autonomous Institutes of Govt. of India. For details on these questions, please refer to this page.

Academics

  1. Is it a research or a teaching Institute? 
    IIIT-Delhi is envisaged to be a research-led institute with degree programs at the Bachelor, Masters, and PhD levels. Like the IITs, and most top universities across the world, both research as well as teaching forms the basic objectives of IIIT-D.
  2. What education programs does it offer? 
    Currently it offers BTech in CSE, ECE & CSAM, MTech in CSE, ECE & CB and PhD program in CSE, ECE, CB & Mathematics.
  3. When to apply for admission, etc? 
    For dates, please check the prospectus and the website.
  4. How are students evaluated during a program, and who does the evaluation? 
    IIIT-D follows a semester system, and uses letter grades on a 10-point scale for grading a student's performance in a course. Grading is done internally by the faculty and is based on instruments like assignments, quizzes, tests, exams, projects, labs, presentations, etc. which are spread throughout the semester. One of these instruments is the final exam, which takes place at the end of the semester.
  5. What is the academic load during a semester? 
    Generally a student in a BTech program will do about 5 courses a semester. Each course requires a total effort (including lectures, tutorials, assignments, labs, etc) of about 8 to 12 hours per week. (Hence the total academic load on a student is 40-60 hours per week.)

Management & Faculty

  1. What is the management structure of the Institute? 
    The Institute's operational head is the Director. Overall policy making and governance rests with the Board of Governors (BOG). The Chancellor of the Institute is Honorable Lt. Governor of Delhi, who also chairs the General Council of the Institute. Names of functionaries are on the website.
  2. What are the qualifications of its faculty? 
    Due to the nature of the Institute, all its regular faculty members are expected to have PhDs from well respected Institutes/Universities across the world. The list of current faculty members and their qualifications is available on the website. Currently, more than half the faculty have PhDs from various universities in USA.

Campus & Funding

  1. Where is the permanent campus of IIIT-D? 
    In Okhla, near Govind Puri metro station.
  2. From where IIIT-D is funded? 
    IIIT-D is envisaged to be a self sustaining institute. However, Govt of Delhi has provided land, free of cost and will provide Interest free loan for its infrastructure and establishment.