With a history stretching back over 65 years, providing technical education within a modern educational environment and strong academic staff, DCE is strongly identified with engineering education in India. Since its inception and foundation, DCE has constantly lead the way in reform movements, and in the latter era of the Republic of India, DCE has assumed pivotal roles in the reconstruction, modernization, and administration of the society. The efforts and expertise of DCE graduates have been major contributors in the planning and construction of India's infrastructure. DCE is an insitution which defines and continues to update methods of engineering and architecture in India. It provides its students with modern educational facilities while retaining traditional values, as well as using its strong industrial contacts to mold young, talented individuals who can compete in the global arena.The aim of DCE is to rank among leading universities globally. Consequently, DCE 's mission is to educate individuals to be competitive not only in India, but all over the world. Within an intensely competitive environment, the college has adopted a dynamic, global, high-quality, creative and communicative approach in education, as well as research and development. Keeping abreast with modern developments, DCE is constantly restructuring itself and renovating its physical infrastructure as well as its research and education facilities.
Delhi College of Engineering is one of the premier colleges of Engineering education in India and has played unique and important role in the advancement of technical education. Established in 1941 as Delhi Polytechnic, DCE has played the role of mother institution in establishing IIT Delhi, SPA Delhi, College of Pharmacy Delhi, College of Arts Delhi, NSIT Delhi & many more institutions.
From the very beginning, DCE focused on imparting engineering education, highly relevant for the Indian industries to meet their demand of trained manpower with practical experience and sound theoretical knowledge. One of the very important vision of the DCE is to have very strong relationship with the industries, understand their needs, make students acquainted with hands on training, and prepare the students for industries culture from very first day of their employment. This has paid the dividend and today the student office are in high demand by the industries with -each student having two or more offers; the campus employment being over 200%.
The Delhi polytechnic consisted of a technical high school and specialized senior department, which offers courses in the following disciplines:
5. Applied Science (Chemical Engineering & Technology)
All-India Certificate, All-India Diploma, Senior Diploma and Advanced Diploma were awarded to the students. In addition, pre-engineering course was also available to matriculates. All these courses were having one very important feature- the student must undergo all thorough practical course of training in commercial firms, mills or factories as an integral part of the curriculum. The main building of the Technical High School was, in 1639, the library of Dara Shikoh and the colonnaded portico was added by Sir David Ochterlony, British Resident at the Moghul Court, at the beginning of the 18th century. Prof. Walter William Wood, the father of technical education in India became the founder Principal of Delhi Polytechnic and the institute organized Inaugural Meeting of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutions of India, which was participated by John Sargent Esq. the then Educational Commissioner, GOI; S.M.M. Jaffery Principal Osmania Technical College Hyderabad, Dr. A.H. Pandya Principal Bengal Engineering College Sibpur; C.R.Gerrard Esq. Principal JJ School of Art Bombay; E.K. Ramaswamy Esq. Principal College of Engineering Banglore; P.N.Joshi Principal Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute Bombay; P.C.Dutt Esq. Principal Summer Valley Technical Institute Sylhet; C.Forrester Esq. Principal Indian School of Mines Dhanbad; A.C.Sahgal Esq. Principal Kala Bhawan Technical Institute Baroda; Mukul The Delhi Polytechnic Esq. Principal Delhi Polytechnic Delhi. The National Diploma awarded by the Delhi Polytechnic was considered equivalent to B.E. Degree by the then UPSC.
Affiliation to Delhi University
Prof. S. C. Sen, a highly dynamic & visionary principal who took over in 1949 approached University of Delhi for affiliation and starting Bachelor of Engineering degree courses. Professor D. S. Kothari, the then Dean Faculty of Science, University of Delhi was on the advisory board of Delhi polytechnic. The efforts of Prof. Sen and Prof. Kothari resulted into the introduction of B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Textile Engineering in the year 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.
Delhi College of Science & Technology
In 1958 Government of India decided to convert Delhi Polytechnic into Delhi College of Science & Technology. More than 200 acres of land was allocated; new and grand building came up, but later on the name IIT Delhi was given to the Institute. Functioning of IIT started in 1962; Textile Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments of Delhi Polytechnic were shifted en-block to IIT Delhi and became part of it. On the persistent demand of Delhi population Delhi Polytechnic remained at Kashmere Gate. .In 1960, Department of Architecture was separated from the college and it became School of Planning and Architecture and now it is a Deemed University. Pre-engineering courses were abolished in 1962 and the engineering courses were re- named as B.Sc. Engineering. The duration of courses were increased from 4 years to 5 years and the minimum qualification was higher secondary or equivalent with English, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
New Beginning under Delhi Government
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 1965, the Delhi Polytechnic was renamed as Delhi College of Engineering and became the first engineering college of Delhi. The journey of engineering education continued and the intake of the college was enhanced from 200 to 250 that year. Professor S.C. Sen, the then Principal led the college successfully to become a unique institute of higher technical education and research. “M. Sc. (Civil Engineering specialization in Structure) full time (2 yr. duration) and part-time (3 yr. duration) courses were introduced in 1966. Prof J.N. Moudgill took over as principal in 1968, and expanded the P.G education by introducing M.Sc. Engineering courses in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the academic session 1971. He was later called by Govt of India to establish MACT Bhopal.
The year of 1972 exhibited an enormous growth in the academic activities of the college under the leadership of Professor R. C. Narayan. B.Sc. (Engineering) course of 5 years duration was introduced in Electronics & Communication Engineering. All the departments started M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. In 1973, the Department of Electrical Engineering introduced M.Sc. (Engg) courses in Instrumentation & Control, and Advanced Electronics; the Department of Mechanical Engineering introduced M.Sc. (Engg) courses in Thermal, and Production; the Department of Civil Engineering introduced M.Sc. (Engg) courses in Structure, Hydraulics & Flood Control, and Public Health Engineering. Electrical Engineering Department introduced M.Sc. in Power Systems in the year 1977. The year of 1979 brought a change in the engineering curriculum.
Introduction of 10+2 system demanded a change in the duration of B.Sc. engineering courses, which was reduced from 5 years to 4 years and the degree was renamed as B.E. The beginning of new decade of 80’s emphasized the development of science department also. Department of Physics started M.Sc. course in Applied Physics in 1981 while Department of Chemistry started M.E. in polymer technology in 1985.
On the persistent demand of diploma holders, the college started B.E. Tech. Courses in Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Mechanical Engineering in the year 1982. The year of 1983 exhibited the decrease in the duration of P.G courses in Engineering, which were made of one and a halfyear duration with more emphasis on research project.
Delhi Administration established Delhi Institute of Technology (Presently Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology) in 1985 and the new college was established under the patronage of Delhi College of Engineering. B.E. degree course in Production & Industrial Engineering was started in 1988 while B.E. Degree course in Computer Engineering was started in 1989.
New Campus of DCE
The foundation stone of New Campus of DCE, under the principalship of Late. Prof. M.L. Mandal was laid by the then Hon’ble Vice President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on May 23, 1989. The capacity utilization of the infrastructure, at the college, is indeed highly satisfying, especially that the college functions now at the new campus of DCE (165 acre land) right from 9.00 a.m. in the morning to right up to 9 p.m. in the evening on all working days. Part-time B. Tech. Degree Programs to the practicing engineers of the National Capital Territory are run in the evening between 6 to 9 p.m. The beginning of last decade of century brought dynamic and energetic Principals Prof. M. Paldas and Prof. P.B. Sharma to lead the college community.
Introduction of CEE Entrance test, new examination policy and curriculum innovation were some of the exemplary work carried out in 1990 with the initiative of Prof. M. Paldas as Dean (FOT) D.U. The college became highly vibrant and dynamic with enormous activity in all the facet of academic and extra-curricular.
The college organized more than 32 national level symposia and seminars, 6 chapters of International societies were opened to have meaningful interaction and participation not only from India but from abroad also.
“Emerging Trends in Technical Education” organized in 1992 gave an impetus to rethink about the technical education patterns in India. Management of environment was on the top of the agenda in 1994 and polymer science & technology draw the attention of all the educational administrators in 1996. B.E. degree level course was started in Polymer Science & Chemical Technology and Environment Engineering in 1998.
Last decade has witnessed enormous growth in the application of Information Technology and Biotechnology. DCE has remained dynamic and vibrant all through year, and carved its niche in these fields of studies by introducing B.E. Degree course in Information Technology during the year 2002 and B.E. Degree course in Biotechnology during the year 2004. A national seminar and curriculum workshop on, “Sports Engineering” held in 2004, and EDP program for Food Processing Industries held during 2006 are the efforts being made to pave the path for introduction of B.E. Sports Engineering and B.E. Food Technology in very near future.
Delhi College of Engineering today imparts education and training in 10 branches of engineering at Graduate level with an intake of 670 during the morning session; 4 part-time B. Tech. Degree programs are being run in the evening with an intake of 120. Full-time and part-time PG education is given in Eleven specialized fields of science and engineering with an intake of 198.
Our Ph.D. program awards scholarship to 25 students. In addition, sponsored research and development activities are also supported by Government funding agencies and Industries in large number of areas of mutual interest. The key to success is our emphasis on quality research and innovative design.
Delhi Technological University, Delhi has 12 Departments listed that offer various academic courses.
Scholarships are grant-in-aid to a student who wants to pursue education at Delhi Technological University, Delhi