Aiming to bring technical skills and aesthetics closer, IIT Delhi is planning to start a full fledged department on design.
Interacting with reporters here, Director of the Institute Prof V Ramgopal Rao said consultations are already on and the Institute in the coming days may approach the HRD ministry for starting the Department and the Senate for approving the programmes.
It is being planned that Bachelor as well as Masters level programmes will be offered and the department could have upto 300 to 400 students, he said.
Officials said that the plan is to bring both technical aspects as well as those related to aesthetics and ergonomics closer.
There could be a separate entrance test for these courses and even students with non science background may be eligible, IIT official said though adding that the plans are yet to be finalised.
Presently IIT Guwahati has a Department for Design while some others runs some programmes.
Rao also told reporters that a lot of students who join IITs for Masters’ courses through GATE exam leave mid-way as the same test is used for recruitment to some government agencies.
We are looking into this issue, he said.
Speaking about the nearly 1000 start up companies that are functioning from IIT hostel, Rao said that most of them are related to software and Information and Technology.
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