IITs are probably the most happening engineering campuses in the country, and so is IIT Delhi. One of the 5 oldest IITs, IIT Delhi is amongst the most desired campuses of the nation. And this is not just due to its academic excellence, but also because of various other features of the campus.

So to give you an inside look and to let you know more about this beautiful institute, we bring you some mind blowing and unknown facts about IIT Delhi. Have a look –

The history of IIT D

Not many people know that IIT Delhi was established as an IIT in the start. The institute was actually established with the help of British Government and first admissions were made in 1961. At that moment, the college was not an IIT and was under the affiliation of University of Delhi. However, in the later years, the college was given the status of an autonomous body and was thus changed to IIT Delhi.

The Campus

The beautiful 320 acre campus is located at Hauz Khas, South Delhi. IIT Delhi’s campus is surrounded by beautiful monuments and some great educational institutes of the country.

Around the campus, there is Lotus Temple, QutubMinar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, National Institute of Fashion Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Indian Statistical Institute and National Council of Educational Research and Training. So basically, when you are in IIT Delhi, you are not just surrounded with engineering talent, but with talents from every stream.

Also, the campus is like a mini city. It has its own water supply, electricity supply, mini roads, residential complexes, shopping mall, lawns and gardens. You’re not going to miss anything inside the campus.

Students Bodies and Clubs

There are a lot of student bodies, cells and clubs with which you can associate yourself, while being a part of the campus. The highest ranked body is Student Affairs Council, which has several other bodies under it, such as Board for Student Welfare, Board for recreational and creativity, Board for student publications, Board for sports activities etc. Also, there are clubs like Robotics Club, Automobile Club and Entrepreneurship Development Cell.

It’s not just about engineering

Well of course if you are going there then you are going to pursue your B.Tech. But maintaining its reputation as the most prominent institute, IIT Delhi does not limit its students to engineering. If you want to develop other talents or pursue your hobbies, then you can surely do that as well. If you want to dance, you will get dancers who will train you. If you want to do photography, you will get the access to DSLR cameras. And if you want to be a musician, you will be provided with your favorite instrument as well.

Dogra Hall – The Architectural Marvel

The Dogra Hall inside IIT Delhi campus is the most beautiful and mesmerizing building. The main attraction of this hall is its design. The hall was designed by the professors of IIT Delhi, and is a parabolic hyperboloid. Interestingly, the roof of the campus is only supported at the ends, which makes it look unbelievable. It has a seating capacity of 800 candidates and the famous ‘Townhall’ with Mark Zuckerberg also took place here. Take a look at the picture –

The Alumni Network

IIT Delhi has to its name a brilliant and very famous alumni network. And if you do not acquainted with the famous alumni of IIT Delhi, read the names below to understand the maestros this institute has produced, and that too not just in the field on engineering, but in various other fields as well.

To begin with, the famous writer Chetan Bhagat, and Kiran Bedi, the first female IPS officer of the country have studied in IIT Delhi. Modern Entrepreneurial Role models of the country, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (founders of flipkart) also belong to IIT Delhi. Raghuram Rajan, former RBI governer, Jayant Sinha, current member of Loksabha are the alumnus of IIT Delhi as well. Famous corporates like Vinod Khosla and Rajat Gupta are also a part of the alumni of this college, along with many others.

The RENDEZVOUS Fest

If you ask the IIT Delhi students about their favorite part of the year in the college, most of them would answer with‘Rendezvous Fest’. It is the annual fest organized in the campus and is really a great one.

Rendezvous 2017 is to be organized from 13th October to 17th October. In 2016, this fest witnessed a total audience of 70,000, with more than 225 events organized in it. More than 13,000 people participated and artists from more than 20 countries featured in the fest.

Rendezvous is undoubtedly one of the best college fests in the country. The popularity of this festival can be known by the fact that personalities like KK, Javed Ali, Rabbi Shergill, Farhan Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone and many others have been a part of it.

The satellite view of IIT

Many say that the building of IIT Delhi was designed in such a way that when you look at the building from a considerable height, it reads IIT. However, when more and more students were given admissions, the number of departments had to be increased, which also led to an increase in number of buildings inside the campus. And due to this, instead of IIT, the satellite view now reads as IIIIT. Take a look at the pictures below –

These are some of the many factors that declare the prominence of IIT Delhi and proves that its reputation as the country’s most prestigious institute for technical education is factual, and not just imaginary!

The only way to pursue your B.Tech from IIT Delhi is through hard work and dedication. So make sure that you rightly strategize your preparation and put in your best efforts. Good luck!

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Jeffrey Elder