History of Chemical Engineering at IITD
IIT Delhi was first established as College of Engineering and Technology Delhi in 1959 with the aid provided by the British Government. This aid continued until the early 70s. The academic assistance came from Imperial College London. During this initial phase, many IITD faculty were sent to UK for their higher education, in particular for a doctoral degree, and many distinguished faculty from UK came to India to teach at IIT Delhi. One of these professors was Dr. Rumford who also became the first Head of the Chemical Engineering department. The last teacher in this series of instructors was Dr. D.J. Gunn from University of Wales, Swansea who spent approximately 6 months in IIT Delhi in 1975.
The current Chemical Engineering and Textile departments were inherited from the erstwhile Delhi Polytechnic located at Kashmere Gate (near ISBT and old Delhi railway station) which later became Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) now known as Delhi Technical University (DTU). All the existing facilities were shifted lock, stock and barrel from Delhi Polytechnic to the present IITD campus in Hauz Khas and since then, the departmental has seen many transformations only to emerge as one of the most productive Chemical Engineering departments in the country.
Evolution of UG and PG programmes
The current batch size of students stands at a whopping 75!
Currently, both streams have been merged into one known as the Master of Technology and the student intake is close to 50!
At present, there is only one programme known as the Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering with a total intake of 40 students. A separate Department of Biochemical and Bioengineering (DBEB) now exists in IIT Delhi which conducts its own independent undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.