Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology

Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology logo.svg
Motto Knowledge is Leadership
Established August 6, 2001
Type Private
Director S.C. Saharasbudhe
Academic staff 45
Admin. staff 70
Students 1,110
Undergraduates 960
Postgraduates 150
Doctoral students 10
Location India Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Campus 50 acres (200,000 m2)
Nickname DA-IICT
Website www.daiict.ac.in

Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), is a technological institute 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 Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.[1]

DA-IICT began in August 2001 with an intake of 240 undergraduate students for its Bachelor of Technology program in Information and Communication Technology. Subsequently, it has been expanded to include postgraduate courses such as M.Des, MS(IT), MTech(ICT), MS(IT-Agriculture), along with a Doctorate program. The Bachelors programme is of four year duration. The first batch of DA-IICT of post graduates passed out in 2004 and the first batch of graduates in 2005.



Being a premier institute thousands of students apply every year. Due to limited seats, selection is done on the basis of All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) rank. In 2010, out of 1,150,000 aspirants who gave the AIEEE examination, DA-IICT invited students having 15,000 rank or below (general category) living outside Gujarat and 30,000 rank or below (general category) to fill Gujarat quota for admission. A few seats are reserved for NRI students.

Academic programs

It is the first institute in India to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Information and Communication Technology.

Resource Centre, DAIICT

BTech (ICT) - Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology

The B.Tech programme in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a 4-year programme starting in July or August consisting of eight semesters. Students at undergraduate level take foundation courses in Computer Science, Electronics, Communications for two years. In the third year 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 at any academic institutions including DA-IICT.Hostel is compulsory For BTech(ICT) students.

Lotus pond

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 . Track core courses in both Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) as well as Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) (six tracks have been identified, Software Development, Distributed Systems, Computer Systems, Communication Systems, Communication Engineering and VLSI Design and Analysis) Technical, Science and Open elective courses Two of the three offered internships in breaks (summer or winter). B Tech project (full semester) . In all there are 27 core courses (including 2 Individual Seminar courses) appropriately clubbed with tutorials and labs – wherever necessary, 2 track core courses, 2 science courses (as elective), 6 technical electives and 3 open electives along with 2 internships and one B.Tech. Project.

MTech (ICT) - Master of Technology in Information and Communication Technology

The MTech (ICT) program is a full time two years 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 and Ladwa Technology (Bio Technology only). 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

The MS(IT) program is a full time two years 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.

Night view

MSc (ICT-ARD) - Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Agriculture and Rural Development

The MS(ICT-ARD) program is a full time two years 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 - Masters in Design (Multimedia Design)

The M.Des The Master in Design (Multimedia) program is a full time two-year program. The program is open to graduates of any discipline who have at least four years of education after completion of 10+2 or equivalent.


Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D program is a three to five years program. The doctoral program leading towards the award of the degree of Doctorate 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.

Student achievements

  • A student won Innovate4Women Award of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2010[2] and One of its team were National Finalist in Microsoft Imagine Cup India.[3]
  • Two students won Google Women Engineering Award in year 2009 and 2010 [4][5]
  • Two of its teams were winners at the Microsoft, High Performance Computing Scholars Program 2008 [6]
  • Teams of four students each won the Microsoft Imagine cup for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007 [7][8][9][10]
  • Student teams won the TI DSP Design Competition in 2005, 2006 and 2007 [11]

In 2004, three 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 favor of students and the CAT eligibility criteria were subsequently modified.[12]


DA-IICT has a modern, eco-friendly, fully networked campus with optical fibre cable connectivity between buildings. It has state-of-the-art 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 three hundred and one with a seating capacity of about two hundred and fifty, with modern 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 located within the campus.

Laboratory Building In the era of Information Technology, communication and network constitute the core of the information exchange. This has been visualized in every corner of the Institute through the networking map. DA-IICT has a modern, eco-friendly, fully networked campus with optical fiber cable connectivity between buildings. It has state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, computing and communication resources, electronic access controls and a payment system through smart cards. 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 within the campus. Each terminal is not only loaded with the basic software, but also allows students access to the more sophisticated design tools.

The laboratory building houses state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories for electronics, communications, computers and networks. More than eight hundred 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 class room and lecture theater information is made easily accessible from any point within the campus. The students are provided a 4 Mbit/s line for their hostel rooms as well allowing them every opportunity to spend time exploring and utilizing the resources offered and available anywhere anytime.

The labs provide extensive research facilities due to their classifications and specializations on the basis of the research to be carried out. The lab structure has been divided into the following categories.

The MMD Labs : The Multimedia Labs, these labs have state-of-the-art equipment to allow designers to truly harness their creativity without having to worry about technical difficulties. With a main Apple Xserver having a 2.5 Terabyte capacity, Apple iMate, iBooks (G5) and HP based high end systems this lab has systems to cater to all needs. The software available to students in this lab include those like Apple Works, Maya, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Sony Soundforge Pro, AutoCAD and 3DMax. The Sound Studio of this lab is at par with any international standard.

The Grid Lab : The Grid lab consists of a grid of 20 dedicated servers build using Globus toolkit. This lab is where most of the current research into Service Oriented Computing and distributed computing especially different grid architectures take place.

The Networks Lab : The Network Lab allows students to operate and configure networking equipment like Routers, mail/http/name servers, and to use and create wireless networks. The availability of LAN trainer kits and network simulators ensure that students have all the tools required to fully understand the concepts behind what they are doing.

The VLSI Lab : This consists of three labs: the two main labs have complete 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.

The RF Lab : The RF lab consists of specialized RF equipment including three types of spectrum analyzers: Agilent make in the range of 3 kHz to 3 GHz, Hameg make around 1 GHz and LG make 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 also part of this lab. There are CDMA trainers and Antenna training sets to help expose the students to the concepts in modern communications.

The Language Lab : We also have an English Language Lab with Linguaphone and Globarena software available for students to use. Though the software can be used independently, as there is self-monitoring feed back facility for users, we have provision for Teaching Assistants’ help as an additional resource for the students with language handicaps.

Faculty & 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.

Resource Centre The Resource Centre (Library) is the home for library and information services at DA-IICT. It is setup to serve as partner in supporting the teaching, learning, scholarship and research activities of the Institute. With its fast growing collection, both in digital and print forms using the state-of-the-art facilities, the Resource Centre is providing the innovative services to meet the information needs of the DA-IICT community. The Resource Centre operations and services are fully computerized and provide an online access to the core digital resources in the ICT area. It is a member of Indian Digital Library in Engineering Sciences & Technology, New Delhi (INDEST), Ahmedabad Library Network (ADINET) and several other professional bodies, societies and associations.

The collection of the Resource Centre is current and compact. The collection encompasses subjects in computer science, computer engineering, electronics, communication technology, information technology, basic sciences, design, animation, humanities and social sciences, management and related areas. This collection includes books, conference proceedings, reference books, CD-ROMs, floppies, VCDs, DVDs, Video Cassettes etc. Resource Centre receives 196 print journals and provides access to over 1036 electronic journals on regular basis. Resource Centre provides online access to the major digital resources which includes ACM Digital Library, ASABE Technical Library, Computing Review, IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL), IEEE ComSoc Online Tutorials, International Telecommunication Union-Recommendations: Online, JSTOR Collection, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Collection, Springer Online Engineering Collection and USENIX Publications.

The Resource Centre is in an independent and spacious building. It can accommodate more than 450 readers at a time. A separate Digital Resources Unit, Institutional Digital Repository and individual & group viewing facility through number of computers to access the resources have been setup. The Resource Centre operations and services are fully computerized using SLIM software. A catalogue of the holdings is available 24X7 for online access on the campus network. The entire collection of books is bar-coded based on Library Security System (3M). It is open till midnight on all working days and till 2.00 a.m. during examinations. It is closed only on three national holidays. more...

Sports & Cultural Complex The Sports and Cultural Complex has facilities for outdoor sports such as cricket, football, basketball, volleyball as well as indoor games like badminton, table tennis, chess and carom. It also has a gymnasium and a music room.

Halls of Residence There are two Halls of Residence, one for Men and the other for Women. The Men's hall has 8 wings labelled A to H. Each wing has about 60 rooms. The total capacity of the 8 wings is about 900 students on twin sharing basis.

The women's hall has 2 wings, viz. the J and K wings, with a total capacity of accommodating 195 residents. The women's wing has a guest room for mothers' of residents. The lady security staff on 3 shifts ensures safety and discipline round the clock. They also assist in collecting mail for the residents and registering their complaints to be passed on to the proper maintenance personnel.

The rooms are furnished with a bed, table, chair and a cupboard for each occupant. For students using their own computers in the room, internet facility is provided at a very nominal 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 all B.Tech. students. Male post -graduate 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.

Ragging, gambling in any form, consumption of alcoholic drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited. Any violation of the rules of the halls of residence entails harsh punitive actions including suspension/expulsion from the institute.

Medical Facility The Institute has a Medical Centre. There are two doctors visiting the centre at specified hours and 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 also been provided to the students under the Mediclaim scheme.

Culture and student life

Open Air Theatre

Extra-curricular 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 student government of DA-IICT aims to take care of the interests of the student body of DA-IICT. The college celebrates an annual festival, Synapse

See also


  1. ^ "Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Group - Quicklinks". Relianceadagroup.com. http://www.relianceadagroup.com/ada/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  2. ^ witlia (2010-04-30). "Innovate4Women Awards". Blogs.msdn.com. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/icindia/archive/2010/04/30/innovate4women-awards.aspx. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  3. ^ witlia (2010-04-05). "MMLIA Preliminary Results - Imagine Cup India - Site Home - MSDN Blogs". Blogs.msdn.com. http://blogs.msdn.com/icindia/archive/2010/04/05/mmlia-results.aspx. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Google India Women in Engineering Award". Google.co.in. http://www.google.co.in/jobs/womeninengineering/2010/award.html. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Google India Women in Engineering Award". Google.co.in. http://www.google.co.in/jobs/womeninengineering/2010/award2009.html. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft Scholar Vs Scholar 2008". Microsoft.com. http://www.microsoft.com/india/hpcacad/. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  7. ^ DA-IICT wins Microosoft Imagine Cup National Finals[dead link]
  8. ^ "Microsoft Cup Finalists". Thehindubusinessline.com. 2007-05-07. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/05/07/stories/2007050700960200.htm. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Microsoft Imagine Cup India 2007". Efytimes.com. http://www.efytimes.com/efytimes/fullnews.asp?edid=18743. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  10. ^ "Indians' Sonic Map impresses Gates". Hinduonnet.com. http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2006070303511300.htm&date=2006/07/03/&prd=th&. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  11. ^ Presentation of Winning Entry in TI India 2005 Design Contest: "OmniBook" by Deepak Jagdish and Rahul Sawhney of DA-IICT [1]
  12. ^ TNN, Apr 16, 2005, 09.57pm IST (2005-04-16). "High Court rules against CAT stipulation". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1079893.cms. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 

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