Women students who want to pursue higher education in the field of technology and research now have the first University in the country dedicated to them with the inauguration of the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTU), created after the upgradation of what was previously the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology.
Chief Minister of Delhi Smt Sheila Dikshit today inaugurated the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTU), giving the capital its first Technical University for women that is offering new M Tech programmes to women candidates.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the University in the presence of Minister for Higher Education & Training and Technical Education, Dr A K Walia, Vice Chancellor, IGDTU for Women, Prof Nupur Prakash and Parliamentary Secretary to the CM, Shri Parlad Singh Sawhney.
The University has opened its gates to women students who have BTech, MSc or MCA degrees and are looking to pursue research in the field of technology and innovation.
The erstwhile Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) was established in 1998 by Directorate of Training and Technical Education, Govt of NCT of Delhi as the first engineering college for women only and was functioning as a constituent college to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
“Women’s participation in technical education plays an important role in the economic growth and development of the country. Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University (IGDTU) for Women has been set up to impart quality education to women so that well qualified female engineers become part of the workforce to meet growing demands of the industry,”said Smt Sheila Dikshit.
The University is commencing M Tech programmes from August, 2013 with the degrees being offered in multiple disciplines like Information Security Management, VLSI Design, Mobile and Pervasive Computing, and Robotics and Automation. In fact, the sale of the admission brochure has already started from June 1.
“Women constitute a major part of the nation’s workforce and their contribution is vital to the progress of the nation. I am happy to note that Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology has been upgraded to Indira Gandhi Technical University for Women and has made rich contribution towards providing higher technical education to the women of the country,” said Dr A K Walia.
The University is expected to play a significant role in providing knowledge workers to the Indian industries and help correct the traditionally low representation of women in the field of Science and Technology.
“It is a historical moment as IGDTUW embarks on its journey to become the first Technical University for Women in the country. Over the past 15 years, the institute has emerged as the most sought engineering college among girls of Delhi and NCR and has become a brand name,” said Vice chancellor Prof Nupur Prakash.
The University is offering industry relevant courses in cutting edge technology areas through its M.Tech programs with an intake of 30 students for each course. The program has a strong E-learning component offering a wide range of electives delivered by experts and eminent academicians from IIT’s, IISc Bangalore and prestigious foreign Universities.