Textile Engineering at IIT Delhi

This branch deals with how from the small polymer chips or fibre, we get thread and finally the textile fabric, besides these we look at developments in textile industry in terms of machinery and other things. Courses involve mostly chemistry which involves more of cramming part and a little bit of understanding. The courses are quite easy and if you are good at cramming then you will score good.

Textile Technology is generally filled the last in IIT Delhi so if you have option you should choose something better like Civil (except Biotech in case you don’t like Biology, or you don’t want to invest 5 years).

But if you have no option then remember IITD is itself good as a brand. You get better than any other IIT except Bombay. We had 18 Day1 companies here and only 12 in Kanpur.

If you want to the technical side of the department, be assured, there exists none. So, if anyone is interested in core, stay away from textile. Labs, professors and the department organizations are not good.

But if you have no option -take it for the brand. Study for 2 years, get a decent CGPA. Put in some decent positions of responsibility and extra curriculum and get a non-core Day 1 job. If you can do this, the department is great.

You can also try for a department change but for that you will have to work really very hard.

So, the conclusion is:

Interested in core: No textile

Interested in Delhi exposure: Yes textile

Interested in non-core job: Department doesn’t matter. You will get a job with hard work.

Want to learn something as far as engineering is concerned: No textile

Want to learn something about life (as in get some awesome exposure): Yes textile (primarily yes IITD)

Have other options in IITD (except Biotech): No textile

By: Kirtika Sharma

Helped by: Sarvesh

Mathematics and Computing at IIT Delhi

This is a 5 years course offering an Integrated M.Tech degree in Mathematics and Computing. There’s no B.Tech Degree though that hardly matters.

This course contains a variety of courses from abstract and applied mathematics, computer science and electronics giving a lot of exposure to various fields. The content of mathematics courses is entirely different from high-school stuff with more focus on understanding and writing proofs rather than computing anything. So, in a way don’t relate this to the mathematics you have studied till now.

The computer science courses are mostly taught by the professors from mathematics department and currently there are only a couple of the professors in such areas from mathematics department.

There is a faculty shortage in the department and at times, one may have to suffer from lack of electives (subjects that are chosen based on interest).

Overall, if you’re willing to come to Delhi and unable to get Computer Science and Electrical Dual then Mathematic and Computing is a good option for keeping your career pretty much open to everything.

Mechanical Vs MCA: Mechanical dept. on the other hand has a better faculty in general but if you love the computers stuff and want to be in Delhi, then choosing mechanical engineering will not be a very wise option.

As far as the placements are concerned, they’re quite good and in high-earning sectors like finance, consultation, software engineering etc.

The best thing about MCA- curriculum and career opportunities

Worst thing – Faculty issues


Rohan Anand

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.


Kanika Khanna & Charu Mehta

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.


Rohan Buddhiraja & Anshul Singhal

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