Interesting facts about IIT DELHI:
- The concept of the IITs was first introduced in a report in the year 1945 by Sh. N. M. Sircar, then member of Education on Viceroy’s Executive Council. The Government of India negotiated with the British Government for collaboration in setting up a technical institute at Delhi. For the establishment of a College of Engineering & Technology at Delhi with the assistance of British Government, the Delhi Engineering College Trust was established with the help of the UK Government and the Federation of British Industries in London. Later H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during his visit to India, laid the foundation stone of the College at Hauz Khas on January 28, 1959.
- The Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) now the Delhi Technological University (DTU)'s departments of Chemical Technology and Textile Technology were shifted at IIT Delhi's new campus to mark the beginning of IIT Delhi at Hauz Khas. The Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) is thus the mother institution of IIT Delhi.
- IIT Delhi is surrounded by the beautiful Hauz Khas area and world famous monuments such as the Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple. The campus is also close to other educational institutions such as the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).
- There is an association named as Association for Computing Machinery. The association is an educational and scientific society which works with the motto of "Advancing Computing as a Science and Profession". The IIT Delhi Student Chapter of the ACM was established in 2002 to address the needs of the IIT Delhi computing community. The goal of the chapter is to create interest among the students for computer science, apart from what they learn during the course work.
- National Service Scheme (NSS) is an initiative taken up by IIT Delhi students to take part in service of humanity. It has a volunteer base of around 2000 students belonging to various disciplines and degrees of IIT Delhi. The student team works on a diverse range of social issues like voluntary blood donation (Blood Connect), for the education of the under-privileged, environmental issues, etc.
- There are several student bodies like Board for Student Welfare (BSW), Board for Recreational and Creative Activities (BRCA), Board for Student Publications (BSP) and Board for Sports Activities (BSA). All these student bodies work for the welfare of the students of IIT Delhi and also help them for their innovative ideas and creativity. Other than these student bodies, there is a student council; Co-curricular and Academic Interaction Council (CAIC), which deals with the academic and co-curricular activities of the students.
- Kiran Bedi: first female IPS officer of India
- Raghuram Rajan: Chief Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of India and Eric Glecher at Chicago Booth; 23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
- Chetan Bhagat: Indian novelist.
- Sachin Bansal: Founder of Flipkart.
- Binny Bansal: Co-founder of Flipkart.
- Rajat Gupta: first Indian-born CEO of a global corporation, served as Managing Director of McKinsey & Company.
- Vinod Khosla: one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, where he served as its first CEO & Chairman in the early 1980s.
- Padmasree Warrior: Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Cisco Systems and Former Chief Technology Officer of Motorola, Inc.
- Jayant Sinha: former Managing Director at Omidyar Network, Member of Parliament in the Indian Lok Sabha.
- Manvinder Singh Banga: Former Chairman, Unilever.