Counselling JEE Advanced: Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Delhi

The computer science degree is a general program that focuses on algorithms, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific/mathematical perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, and computing theory; computer hardware design.

 

Don’t worry if you could not understand the technical terms above, you will learn them in due course of time. You are not taught programming explicitly but are rather taught the concepts behind writing programs in form of how to efficiently store the data with the help of Data structures and how to efficiently operate on them. These two concepts form the core of whatever you learn about programming during your stay. For example, you will be taught the theory behind a program, how to approach the problem, how to formulate the solution, essentially what all steps to do in the form of an algorithm. However, you will not be taught a definite “code” for the same since it can change from language to language. You will end up doing as much mathematical stuff as the conceptual theory stuff with courses like Discrete mathematics, Probability and lots of Induction based proofs but be rest assured, although a bit abstract, the computer science courses are some of the most logical ones you are going to find.

 

So, if you like mathematical stuff and are interested in conceptual theory and deductive and inductive reasoning, the computer science is the course for you. It might be noted that many of the courses computer people do are from electrical and mathematics department. Therefore, your interests in these fields may also be developed further on the way.

 

However, as for what it is not. The programming IS NOT TAUGHT TO YOU IN THE CLASSES and only the basic concepts are taught. You learn to code while doing your assignments all by yourselves. Given that, I feel that this is in fact one of the strong points of the computer science department. You can adapt to any language you want. Another thing is that you WILL NOT LEARN ANYTHING RELATED TO INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF COMPUTER OR APPLIED PROGRAMMING FIELDS LIKE WEB DESIGNING. Only the underlying logical representations are considered, and you learn the core topics of Networks, Operating systems and Probability. As far as the jobs are concerned, computer science people find use of their skills in fields as diverse as programming to algorithmic trading to research to banking and finance. So, you can end up in companies like Google, Towers, Microsoft, IBM, Sony, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Bell Labs among many others.

 

By:

Srijan Sanket

Counselling JEE Advanced: Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi

Electrical Engineering department at IITD offers 3 courses

1) B.Tech in Electrical Engineering

2) Dual Degree in Electrical Engineering

3) B.Tech in Electrical Power

Note: Electrical Power (3) relates to what is usually called Electrical in other colleges which deals with power systems, machines, distribution and transmission systems. While, Electrical (1) and (2) includes what is generally called Electronics and Communication. The M.Tech in Dual Degree course is in Information and Communication Technology.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The best thing about Electrical Engineering is that it is a very vast subject with as many as 4 different streams from which students can choose. These streams are:

  1. Information and Communication – Here, you study Signal Processing, Communication Systems, Networks, Computer Architecture and other things like that.
  2. Control and Automation – Here you do things like robotics and control systems.
  3. VLSI – This stream is about semiconductor electronics that has revolutionized the chip design methods and hence enabled us to have as small laptops and mobiles, with so much capacity as we see today.
  4. Power – This stream deals with power systems, machines, distribution and transmission systems.

Very few other departments offer so much choice and diversity to their students. As a result, students can choose what they would like to study and, they have many different job options available to them. Thus, unlike Computer Science and Mathematics and computing (MCA) which tend to be very specific, it has a nice combination of coding, Mathematics and science

Courses

There are quite many good courses if you seriously wish to explore Electrical engineering including the practical components. And they are relevant to the domain. Like – Communication Engineering, Digital Electronics (My favourite course), Image Processing, Computer Architecture (Another of my favourites), Signals and Systems.

Then there is the added advantage of doing lots of Computer Science (CS) Courses more than any other department due to the proximity of content of courses. Some CS courses are core for us – Data Structures (Excellent course), Intro to Programming (Basic course).

Maximum people find the electrical power courses extremely boring that we need to do (as they are core courses) but then there are boring courses in every department.

Professors

If you are on lookout for humble and helpful professors, you will find 2-3 such professors who would be of such a type and teach you. They would “generally” be good in teaching as well. Make them your best friends, and they would behave like one as well.

There are of course the sleepy and mundane professors of classroom teaching but then they are in every department. Don’t worry about such professors or their courses, you would learn the best approach as and when you enter their course. Believe me, it is true and the best way to deal with such courses and professors.

Activities and Jobs

Departmental activities are normal pretty much like any other department.

There are lot many students from our department who love to explore many activities be it cultural like dancing, singing etc or techno-cultural like Robotics etc.

There is no dearth of facilities of labs, equipment, budget or anything and if you are enthusiastic, this department is one of the best to be in IITD.

There is a prospect of excellent projects as well if you are truly an electronics freak. Trust me, you will like this department if you manage things well and are enthusiastic.

In terms of jobs and salaries, as you all know, it is second only to Computer Science.

Dual degree program

Though you may not understand this a lot, but this is just to give you are an electrical engineer, you will be doing courses like Digital electronics, Analog electronics (BJTs, MOSFETs and Amplifiers), Signal and systems & communication (Transforms, filters, realization of different systems), Control engineering, Circuit theory as are done by the Electrical B.Tech students.

Apart from these you will be doing courses specifically in communication and information technology stream that includes multimedia systems, signal theory, computer networks etc as a part of the post-graduation degree. You can also choose to do some CS courses apart from the core ones if you enjoy programming. Some aptitude in mathematics will help for sure since probability and some other courses of mathematics are used in several department courses and some of the courses are pure mathematics. Rest it’s all the same as Electrical engineering B.Tech. Electrical Dual is a very good opportunity for those who are interested in electrical engineering because the courses are almost same as that of B.Tech. Though you must study for an extra year but that is worth it if you like your subjects and jobs are at par with that of electrical B.Tech students.

For electrical power program: Courses are same till the second year and start deviating from the third year when you start to study more about the power distribution. Jobs are pretty much the same because most of the people opt for the non-core jobs.

By: Akshay Sharma & Rohit Taneja

Helped By: Sonali Ranga & Praveen Vera

Counselling JEE Advanced: Mechanical at IIT Delhi

Mechanical engineering is not about purely cars and bikes. It envelopes all sectors like agriculture, defence, mining, etc. Don’t be surprised to hear that mechanical engineering can be applied to jam production. It is basically concerned with machines and how to improve their working efficiency.

Mechanical Department is broadly classified into 3 categories namely: 

1. Design Group

2. Thermal Group

3. Production Group

4. Industrial Group

Out of these three, a mechanical engineer looks at mostly design, thermal and production aspects. Combination of third and fourth is a separate branch (refer to Production and Industrial Engineering).

Design field involves from making simple mechanisms like valves, gears to building a complex robot. Design field is very interesting as you get a lot of experience during your stay and might just end up designing something very useful. For example: A team of students designed a system that can take the wheelchairs through the stairs of a building, which is very useful in places where there is no lift.

Courses in thermal field offer in teaching Engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer and its applications in Compressors, Turbines, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Power Plants, Internal Combustion Engines and Jet Engines. If you aspire to learn about all these mechanical engineering is the right choice for you. For example, if you want to design the air condition system for Delhi Metro, you will require knowledge about this field.

In general courses involve a lot of practical stuff and give you a new insight. Many courses are laborious and demand large time input, but it is worth it. By name, it seems that courses do not involve any mathematics but in actual, they do involve a lot of calculations. In the first year itself you get some hands-on training in the central workshop – i.e. you work with drilling machine, milling machine, sheet metals, etc. You are also provided a sound knowledge in solid and fluid mechanics. It is interesting as you get to see what happens.

Apart from courses, various clubs namely: FSAE, Mini BAJA and Robotics at IITD facilitate in gaining a lot more practical knowledge (don’t worry if you don’t understand them, you will in due course of time). These clubs work on building Formula Style Car, All Terrain Vehicle and Robots respectively. All the clubs have been regularly participating in International Competitions and are working hard in bringing pride to IIT Delhi.

Faculty is very good as they have a lot of knowledge and some of the best professors of IIT Delhi are from this department.

Purview for higher studies is good. People have qualified in top US universities in the past and this trend will continue because of the sound training that you get here. Placement scenario has been quite good till date.

Jobs in both core companies (where you use mechanical engineering) and non-core companies are decent. You might end up with a company like HUL, ITC, Proctor and Gamble, Hero Honda etc.

 

By: Achin Jain & Divya Kalvit

 

Counselling JEE Advanced: Productional and Industrial at IIT Delhi

Production and Industrial Engineering is a part of Mechanical Engineering, which mainly covers Industrial and production par out of the four subgroups of mechanical engineering: Industrial, Production, Design and Thermal. Design is also studied although not in greater depths.

 

Production courses provide great technical and practical (hands on experiences) knowledge. It is fascinating to learn how the products we see in our daily life are manufactured through various processes (about which most people never think).

 

Design courses involve fair amount of mechanics and deals with designing of a component according to the functional requirements before its real manufacturing. In Industrial, students learn great managerial knowledge. It includes aspects like Supply chain management and operations research which aim at management and optimization of operations.

 

The industrial courses involve fair amount of maths (a large part of which is probability). It involves fair amount mechanics (stresses, strains as you know it) and a fair bit of study and analysis of the production processes. Other than these mandatory courses, students can always opt for elective courses according to their area of interest.

The branch is in only one way different from mechanical Engineering, an apprehension many people have, that it involves absolutely zero amount of thermodynamics. Other than that, there is no difference and for first the two years, the design and production courses of both the streams are similar.

 

Job prospects are very good. For future in Industrial engineering, students can opt for jobs in FMCG’s (fast moving consumer goods) or in industries related to Supply chain management or Operations Research while Production industries also come in good numbers for recruitment of people with interest in Production engineering (Don’t worry about the technical terms written here, you will understand them while reading them). Further research options are also splendid whichever field it may be design, industrial or production. Higher study options like master’s or an integrated MS & PhD is being popular among students.

 

By:

Rohan Buddhiraja & Anshul Singhal

Counselling JEE Advanced: Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology at IIT Delhi

This branch is not concerned with human biology at all as many might perceive. The major two divisions of this branch are:

 

1) Biochemical Engineering: This basically deals with the design, optimization and construction of bioreactors that involve biological organisms or molecules.

 

2) Biotechnology: This mainly involves application of pure sciences i.e. Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Enzymes, Bio-nanotechnology etc.

 

Overall it is concerned with Research & development of various microbial and enzyme system and developing understanding of biological / biochemical phenomena underlying such systems. As a biochemical engineer, you are expected to undertake industrial consultancy jobs to solve the specific problems of bioprocess industries. For example, you might be asked to give dimensions to a chromatography column i.e. column diameter, column height or you might be asked to scale-up (increase the volume many times) a bioreactor from lab scale to industrial scale.

Courses involve some basic mathematics and you need not have any pre-requisite knowledge of biology at all. Whatever biology is necessary will be taught to you there and then. Most of the courses are easy to handle and the faculty makes it even easier (leaving a few of course). The field is growing by leaps and bounds and will be able to keep anyone interested throughout, more if you like Biology.

 

As far as prospects are concerned it is a very good and interesting branch if you are looking for research area but since last year not many core companies are coming for it. The fact that it is a 5-year course should not prevent you from opting for it if you have even the slightest of interest for it but if you are planning to study Management or work in Non-Core fields (the choice of many) then you need to spend one year extra.

 

By:

Kanika Khanna & Charu Mehta