Boasting some of the finest schools in the country, Dehradun is often referred as the 'School Capital of India.' However, when it comes to higher education, Dehradun does not have many institutions that offer quality services to the learners. Dreaming to reconstruct the higher education scenario of the state, a charismatic visionary, Late Shri Naveen Agarwal, Founder Chairman, Unison Group had initiated Dehradun Institute of Technology in 1998. Embarked with merely 180 students, today the institution, which has been conferred the university status in 2013, welcomes over 1600 students.
Although, the university addresses varied disciplines through various departments, the Department of Engineering is known as the hallmark of the university. "We started off as an engineering college and have achieved a lot since then. Hence, the Department of Engineering holds a remarkable position in the campus with a history of 19 years in educating several batches of graduates who have made us proud by establishing themselves into productive human beings," says Dr. P.K Raina, Vice- Chancellor, DIT University.
The Department of Engineering offers seven disciplines namely, Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum and Energy Studies. All the disciplines conduct undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD level programmes for the students, so that they can start from graduation and end up doing their doctorate under one roof, if they wish to.
The Department of Engineering engages its students in all the processes of the DIT University, right from the practical and creative learning to entrepreneurship schemes and research activities.
Students coming to study in the department belong 40 percent from Uttarakhand and 60 percent from other states. "As our campus is blessed with a feel of cultural diversity where students from different states enroll to study here, there is also a variation in their medium of studies. Not all the students come from English medium background, many of them are there who had studied in vernacular medium," pinpoints Dr. Raina. Comprehending this, the department has commenced a one of its kind short-term coaching, which is organized by people from the industry, where from the onset of the first semester the students are rendered 120 hours of soft skills training to intensify their communication skills, followed by aptitude training and add-on certificate courses.
Best of Both Worlds
Situated in an oasis of peaceful and pristine greens spread across 21 acres in the beautiful city of Dehradun, the University owns a pollution-free campus, which is a treat for the eyes and soul. The campus encompasses state-of-the-art facilities for the students including, hostels, which would give a feel of home away from home. There are numerous clubs in the institution, which support the recreational activities of the students and helps them to attain holistic development. The environment of the campus is quite friendly and positive where students from all the batches and programme sit together and share knowledge amongst them.
Dr. Raina shares, "In our campus, we earnestly strive to blossom a research-culture. Our students are stimulated to take up research work and gain insights on topics which are not yet explored much." The research activities in the campus are furthermore supported by the different organization like Science and Engineering Research Board, Defence Research and Development Organization Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology and so on by granting a substantial amount of grants.
The Department of Engineering engages its students in all the processes of the DIT University, right from the practical and creative learning to entrepreneurship schemes and research activities. "We are contented to admit that we produce versatile technocrats and they are no less when it comes to competing with students who have pursued a degree from foreign," claims Dr. Raina. Entering into the 4th year of the programme of engineering, the students are provided special Employment Enhance Training (EET) where they are groomed to confront the placement drives and gain a sense of confidence.
Being an education partner with IBM, the university also offers training to students on Big data, cloud computing, cyber security, IOT and so on including Secure Meters Ltd. that trains the DIT students owing to the MOU signed with the university. "Our University is associated with several National and International organizations which represent us as an institution with a strong academia-industry relation," mentions Dr. Raina.
The reputation of the University annually brings a large number of top-notch companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Tata Motors, just to name a few, to recruit students of DIT with decent salary packages. "DIT University is known among its peers for phenomenal transparency and liability. We are adamant to hold this trust and in the next couple of years we are determined to become the ultimate destination for quality education," concludes Dr. Raina.
Dr. P.K Raina, Vice- Chancellor
Currently the Vice- Chancellor of DIT University, Dr. P.K Raina completed his post-doctorate research work from the Manchester University (UK). His contributions to the teaching and research have brought him recognition nationally and internationally through various awards and fellowships. He has also published over 200 research papers in peer review International/national journals and about 50 Invited lectures delivered at International conferences.