The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (abbreviated IIT Delhi or IITD) is a public engineering institution located in Delhi, India. It was declared to be Institute of National Importance by Government of India under Institutes of Technology Act.
The Government of India negotiated with the British Government for collaboration in setting up an Institute of Technology at Delhi. The British Government agreed in principle to such a collaboration, but were inclined initially to start in a modest way. It was therefore agreed that a College of Engineering & Technology should be established at Delhi with their assistance. A trust called the Delhi Engineering College Trust was established with the help of the UK Government and the Federation of British Industries in London. Later H.R.H. Prince Philips, Duke of Edinburgh, during his visit to India, laid the foundation stone of the College at Hauz Khas on January 28, 1959. The first admissions were made in 1961. The students were asked to report at the College on 16 August 1961 and the College was formally inaugurated on 17 August 1961 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Minister of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs. The College was affiliated to the University of Delhi. The school was later accorded the status of a University and was renamed as Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
IIT Delhi is located in Hauz Khas, South Delhi. The campus of 325 acres (132 ha) is surrounded by the beautiful Hauz Khas area and monuments such as the Qutub Minar. The inside of the campus resembles a city, with gardens, lawns, residential complexes and wide roads. The campus has its own water supply and backup electricity supply along with shopping complexes to cater to the daily needs of residents.
The IIT-D campus is divided into four zones:
• Student Residential Zone
• Faculty and Staff Residential Zone
• Student Recreational Area, that includes the Student Activity Center (SAC), football stadium, cricket ground, basketball courts, hockey field, lawn tennis courts and swimming pool
• Academic Zone that includes department offices, lecture theatres, libraries and workshops.
The student residential zone is divided into two main sectors—one for boys hostels and another for girls hostels.
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (eDC), IIT Delhi is a cell which aims to support and augment the efforts of budding entrepreneurs in the college level to get established as a successful and independent entrepreneurs. eDC IIT Delhi wishes to inculcate and Enrich the entrepreneurial environment in India by creating an easily accessible and exhaustive set of resources for the entrepreneurs, which including the students, the budding professionals, mentors, angel investors and the venture capitalists through various fun-filled yet educating sessions such as Startup Showcases, competitions, eTalks and so on and so forth.