Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), is a technological university located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. It is named after the Gujarati entrepreneur and Reliance group founder Dhirubhai Ambani. It is run by the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation and is promoted by the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.
DA-IICT began admitting students in August 2001, with an intake of 240 undergraduate students for its Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) program in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Since then, it has expanded to include postgraduate courses such as Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in ICT, Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Information Technology, Master of Science (ICT) in Agriculture and Rural Development, Master in Design (M. Des.), a five-year dual degree program, along with a Doctorate program. The duration of the bachelor’s program is 4 years. The first batch of DA-IICT post-graduates passed out in 2004 and the first batch of graduates in 2005.
|Motto||Knowledge is Leadership|
|Established||August 6, 2001|
|Director||Dr. R. Nagaraj |
|Address||Near GH-0, Gandhinagar, Gujarat|
|Campus||60 acres (240,000 m2)|
Thousands of students apply every year. Due to limited seats, selection is done on the basis of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) rank. A few seats are reserved for Non-Residential Indians (NRIs) and Foreign Nationals (FNs), who are admitted through the Direct Admission of Foreign Student (DAFS) channel.
It is the first institute in India to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Information and Communication Technology.
Campus at night
B.Tech. Honours (CS*) and B.Tech (ICT) – Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology
The institute’s flagship B.Tech program in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a 4-year program starting in July or August and consisting of eight semesters. Students at undergraduate level take foundation courses in Computer Science, Electronics, and Communications for two years. From third year onwards, students opt for elective courses alongside some compulsory ones. Open electives are compulsory for all students. Undergraduate students take summer/winter internships in rural sites, industry, or academic institutions, including DA-IICT. Hostel residence is compulsory for all B.Tech. (ICT) students.
The program includes:
- Core courses in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE), basic sciences and mathematics, humanities and social sciences, communication skills.
- Technical, science, and open electives.
- Two of the three offered internships in breaks (summer or winter).
- B Tech project (full semester). There are 27 core courses (including two individual seminar courses), two track core courses, two science courses (as elective), six technical electives and three open electives along with two internships and one B.Tech. Project.
MTech (ICT) – Master of Technology in Information and Communication Technology
- This is a full-time two-year program open to graduates in ICT, Computer Science, Electronics and Communication, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation, IT or equivalent OR MSc degree in Physics, Electronics, Mathematics or Statistics, Bio-Technology. The M.Tech (ICT) program meets the needs of students who wish to work in the area of Information and Communication Technology.
MSc (IT) – Master of Science in Information Technology
- This is a full-time two-year program open to graduates in any discipline. Applicants must have at least two courses of Mathematics or Statistics in their undergraduate curriculum and must have completed at least one course on computer programming.
- The program produces software developers to meet the needs of the IT industry. Subjects are Communications, Programming Paradigms, Algorithms, Network Programming, Software Engineering. At the end of the first year, the students undergo summer internship and during the last six months of the course, students do industrial training.
MSc (ICT-ARD) – Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Agriculture and Rural Development
- The program is a full-time two-year program open to graduates in agricultural sciences, engineering and allied fields. The program is designed to meet the needs for professionals who can apply Information Technology in agricultural and rural development and agri-business.
M Des – Master’s in Design (Communication Design)
- M Des (CD) is a full time two-year program, which is divided into four semesters that offers specializations in Visual Communication Design and Interaction Design. It’s unique pedagogic format encourages learning of basic design skills, the use of digital technologies and an understanding of the cultural and aesthetic aspects of communication practices. The program prepares young professionals for careers in the creative media industries and the academia. This program blends Design concepts, skills and practices with inputs from the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural studies. Students are encouraged to understand and engage with real life contexts and evolve habits of critical thinking for effective problem solving. At the end of the 2 year program students are expected to understand Design processes and methods and be able to conceptualize and prototype solutions to communication problems in various social and cultural contexts. The M Des program is one of the very few in the country that is open to graduates from all disciplines. Design that makes a difference is at its core. The detailed course structure consisting of both core courses and elective courses can be found on Institute website at http://mdes.daiict.ac.in/
Ph.D. – Doctor of Philosophy
- A three- to five-year program. The doctoral program leading towards the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) provides the students an opportunity to train for independent research as a preparation for a career in academia or in R&D establishments. The program comprises both course and research work. The research work to be undertaken for Ph.D must include original work, and culminates in a thesis to be submitted for the doctoral degree.
- 17 students from DA-IICT selected for the prestigious Google Summer Of Code, 2013.
- Team DA-Developers represented DA-IICT at the Imagine Cup 2013 National Finals and stood third in India for Imagine Cup World Citizenship contest with their app “Read For Blind”.
- Team of 4 students stood 3rd at the National Finals for “Samsung USID Design Challenge”, 2012 for their app “Location Alarm”.
- 17 students selected for Google Summer of Code, 2012, the highest number in India and third highest in the world.
- A student won Innovate4Women Award of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2010 and One of its team were National Finalist in Microsoft Imagine Cup India.
- Team of 4 students won the Unlimited Potential Multipoint Education Award of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2009, World Finals. The same team stood 3rd in the National Finals in the Software Design category of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2009, India Finals
- Two students won Google Women Engineering Award in year 2009 and 2010
- Two of its teams were winners at the Microsoft, High Performance Computing Scholars Program 2008
- Teams of four students each won the Microsoft Imagine cup for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007
- Student teams won the TI DSP Design Competition in 2005, 2006 and 2007
In 2004, three MSc (IT) students of DA-IICT challenged in the Gujarat High Court, the IIMA decision to not offer admission interviews to them citing their eligibility criteria (AIU or AICTE affiliation was needed at that time). The judgement was passed in the favour of students and the CAT eligibility criteria were subsequently modified.
DA-IICT has a modern, networked campus with optical fibre cable connectivity between buildings. It has IT infrastructure, computing and communication resources, electronic access controls and a payment system through smart cards.
The environment of the institute — a cluster of minimalistic structures in the midst of the trees, shrubs and well-laid out lawns — provides a serene ambience to the campus. The campus has three air-cooled lecture theatres, two with a seating capacity of more than 200 and one with a seating capacity of about 250, with audio and video presentation systems. The classrooms and tutorial rooms are equipped with audio-visual aids and have Internet connectivity.
Utilities and services such as the cafeteria, food courts, ATM, medical centre, campus shop, telephone kiosk, photocopying facility, open-air theatre are on the campus.
More than 1200 nodes connected via 100 Mbit/s switches and a 1 Gbit/s fiber backbone form the superstructure of the network. Each computer is at least a Pentium IV multi OS, fully connected terminal. Thus ensuring that there is at least one high-end computer available to each student and faculty on the campus.
The laboratory building houses teaching and research laboratories for electronics, communications, computers and networks. More than 800 computers are installed in these laboratories. Students use resources of laboratories (open until midnight) to solve problems, perform developmental experiments and work on projects guided by faculty.
By granting 24 hours lab facility and access to the network from each classroom and lecture theater information is made easily accessible from any point on campus. The students are provided a 16 Mbit/s line for their hostel rooms.
The lab structure is divided as follows:
- Multimedia labs have a main Apple Xserver having a 2.5 terabyte capacity, Apple iMate, iBooks (G5) and HP based high-end systems. The software available to students in this lab includes Apple Works, Maya, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Sony Soundforge Pro, AutoCAD and 3DMax.
- The Grid lab has 20 servers build using a Globus toolkit. This lab is where most of the research into service-oriented computing and distributed computing, especially different grid architectures, take place.
- The Network lab allows students to operate and configure networking equipment like routers, mail/http/name servers, and to use and create wireless networks. There are LAN trainer kits and network simulators.
- VLSI lab consists of three labs: the two main labs have access to the tools required for design and implementation in VLSI including access to Xilinx FPGAs, mentor graphics tools (multi-user licenses) and Cadence tools.
- RF lab consists of RF equipment including three types of spectrum analyzer: Agilent in the range of 3 kHz to 3 GHz, Hameg around 1 GHz and LG within frequency range of 9 kHz to 2.75 GHz. Signal generators from Agilent that are able to operate over the range of 250 kHz – 3 GHz and Network Analyzers are part of the lab. There are CDMA trainers and Antenna training sets.
- English Language lab with Linguaphone and Globarena software. Though the software can be used independently, as there is self-monitoring feed back facility for users, there is provision for Teaching Assistants’ help as an additional resource for the students with language handicaps.
Faculty and administrative block
The Faculty Building Complex consists of four faculty blocks, each with eighteen faculty rooms and two teaching assistant rooms. The administrative block houses the offices of the director, registar and other support services.
DAIICT Resource centre have various kind of book related to information technology,electronics, mathematics, science , economics, environment etc. and Daiict has Digital Resource centre of CDs and DVDs.There are many magazine also subscribed.
Sports and Cultural Complex
The Sports and Cultural Complex has facilities for outdoor sports such as cricket, football, basketball, volleyball and indoor games like badminton, table tennis, chess and carom. It has a gymnasium and a music room.
Halls of residence
There are two residence halls, one for men and one for women. The men’s hall has eight wings labelled A to H. Each wing has about 60 rooms. The total capacity of the eight wings is about 900 students on twin sharing basis.
The women’s hall has two wings, the J and K wings, with a capacity of 195 residents. The women’s hall has a guest room for mothers of residents. For students using their own computers in the room, internet facility is provided at a per-semester charge.
Hot water (using solar panels), laundry (dhobis come to collect and deliver clothes) and TV rooms with Dish TV are available at both halls of residence. A convenience store, local/STD/ISD facility and student warehouse are available at the men’s hall of residence.
Residence at the halls is compulsory for B.Tech. students. Male postgraduate students are provided rooms subject to availability. All female post-graduate students, who choose to stay on campus, can be provided accommodation in the women’s hall of residence.
The institute has a Medical Centre with two doctors visiting the centre at specified hours. The students can consult them without any charge. DA-IICT has arrangements with the Apollo and SAL Hospitals which allows the students to be admitted on concessional rates without advanced deposit. All students are covered under the Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy and Personal Accident Insurance Policy. A cashless transaction facility has been provided to the students under the Mediclaim scheme.
Culture and student life
Extracurricular activities include solving rural and urban problems, organisation of national level events and workshops, social service, stage and street plays, critical appreciation of films, learning foreign languages, appreciating cultural events organised by SPICMACAY and the like. The college celebrates an annual techno-cultural festival, Synapse, annual sports festival, Concours, and an annual tech festival, iFest. These festivals see participants from various colleges in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.
- Chitra Gurnani Daga, CEO & Co-founder of Thrillophilia
- Bhavesh Manglani, Co-Founder of Delhivery
- Swapnil Khandelwal and Rubish Gupta, Founder of Alma Connect
- Pavitar Singh, Vice President, Product Development at Sprinklr