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Innovations Galore at Delhi College of Engineering


Delhi College of Engineering, DCE, India’s leading technological institution recently made headlines for the first Hybrid Car of India designed and developed by DCE students and for its innovative research and development in the area of Bio-Diesel. Both these innovations are targeted to significantly improve India’s energy security by cutting down dependence on crude oil imports. India currently imports around 100 million metric tons of crude oil each year to meet its current demands for transportation and energy sectors. Rs. 1168.06 crores were spent during 2004-05 for crude oil imports as per petroleum ministry figures. While bio-diesel is a sustainable bio fuel, the exhaust emissions from bio-diesel automobiles are almost 70% less as compared to the present day diesel vehicles. Further, the local petro-plant varieties such as Jatropha and Karanga make India a highly potential country for bio-diesel cultivation and production of bio-diesel. India’s Planning Commission report estimates that 11.2 million hectares of land, largely waste and forest land could be utilized for bio-diesel cultivation. India is sitting on the gold mine of bio-diesel and DCE has taken major strides in designing and developing bio-diesel reactors of varying capacity ranging from 10 liters to 600 liters per day to propel the bio-diesel mission for the country, says Prof. PB Sharma, Principal Delhi College of Engineering who is also the DCE Chief Bio-Diesel Research Co-ordinator along with Sh. Naveen Kumar. Likewise, the DCE Hybrid Car opens a new horizon for battery operated cars and three-wheelers which shall further cut down the import of petroleum fuel for transportation. These are not the only two innovations at DCE, as the institution has embarked upon in a major way to boost its R&D and industry relevant technology development capabilities


TIFAC CORE Center of Relevance and Excellence

  The TIFAC CORE Center of Relevance and Excellence in the area of optical communication at DCE established as a joint venture of Govt. of India and Govt. of Delhi is developing cutting edge technologies for communication and telecom industry. Dr. R. K. Sinha, Chief Co-ordinator of the CORE center informs that industry majors like Reliance Infocom and Sterlite Optical Technologies are being involved from the concept level to new product development so that the benefit of R&D is translated into marketable innovative products without loss of time. This is the best way to enhance industry institution partnership and create Advantage India from India’s R&D efforts, says Prof Sharma. The research group has already developed novel designs of electro-optical sensors, a photonic band gap polarizer and is in process of developing nano-scale photonic devices which shall revolutionize the telecom sector as these devices significantly enhance the speed of data transmission and bandwidth.    

EMC Regional Academy at DCE


Recognizing the need for developing world class competence and capabilities for information management, DCE has recently entered into an agreement with the world leader in data storage and information management company, EMC Corp. Under this agreement DCE as a Nodal Academy will act as the regional hub for the EMC Academy Program in North India. This agreement with EMC will enable DCE students to acquire capabilities of information storage and management, the fastest growing segment of the IT industry. Starting from June 12 this year DCE aims to train 100 of its students and about the same number of faculty members of other institutions in data mining, data warehousing and software development for data management. The course on storage technology will benefit the students of graduate and post graduate level courses from DCE’s Computer Science, IT, Electronics and Communications disciplines. It will also benefit students of institutes that sign up as EMC Academies in North India, under the nodal leadership of DCE. At a time when India is embarking upon intelligent information infrastructure, digitization and networking in a major way in all sectors of economic activity, the global requirement of information storage and information management professionals has been estimated to be about 7.5 million professionals by 2007. The DCE EMC Academy is praise worthy initiative towards building India’s capacity of Information Management professionals.


Information Security Research at DCE


Information security being a major focus area for tomorrow’s IT and KT (Knowledge Technology) industries, the Ministry of IT (MIT) of Govt. of India has launched a major program for education and research in areas relating to information security. DCE has been selected as a resource center for Info-Security education and research by the MIT. The ministry has provided the necessary IT infrastructure and the DCE faculty led by Professors Asok De and Dr. Goldie Gabrani of IT and Computer Science and Engineering shall mount a number of challenging programs on Info-Security R&D in addition to conducting information security training programs for the working professionals. Already the students of DCE have taken strides in Info-Security. Abhishek Arya, the outgoing IT graduate of DCE has developed and patented SecureLock, new revolutionary product in the field of data security. It prepares an output secure file without which the required file/folder/drive can not be unlocked. The software further protects from malicious attacks on stored data and information even with expertise of a disk editor currently used by professional hackers. Software tool which provides multi-layers of security in handling data packages and information packets. Another 3rd year student Sparsh Gupta has developed an innovative approach to the detection of piracy in video and audio streams. Abhishek is joining Carnegie Mellon for his MS in Information Security and Sparsh has been selected for summer research internship at Cambridge University for development of a digital book.


Intel Planet Lab at DCE

The R&D in Info-Security is further strengthened by Intel Planet Research Lab at DCE, being established with the support of Intel Technology Pvt Ltd and ERNET (Intel is the world leader in design and development of microprocessors. Vinod Dham, an Alumni of DCE, designed the Pentium Chip while at Intel).

Intel Planet Lab is an open, globally distributed test bed for developing, deploying and accessing planetary-scale network services. It provides an environment for testing the next generation of distributed applications and services. There are currently 599 nodes at 284 sites world wide available to support both short-term experiments and long-running network services. In the present scenario, the Internet is highly vulnerable to multiple types of attacks, says Prof. Goldie Gabrani, Head of Computer Engineering and IT. DCE will use Planet Lab approach that integrates a new overlay network constituting of its own intelligent routers and servers on top of the Internet to add new features and services to include a security layer as a component of the present Internet technologies. This security layer would work for the individual node and can also act together with security layer of other nodes in unison to maintain the robustness of the network. Design and development of virtual nodes would be another innovative application. These virtual nodes would ensure that nodes are not dependent on the failure of their physical implementation. Another intelligent capability would involve the design of a protocol suite for wireless Internet with optimal features especially for voice and multimedia applications. All these applications are distributed in nature implying thereby that they run on many machines that are geographically distributed across the global Internet.

Prof. P. B. Sharma, Principal DCE further adds that “DCE has come a long way from being a teaching institute to a hub of research and consultancy services. We, at DCE also promote research activities that are socially relevant and that motivates our younger minds to engage into technology innovations which make the DCEites a class apart among the graduating new generation professionals. The Intel Planet Lab shall strengthen the research capabilities of the students in the cutting age areas of knowledge technologies of tomorrow”. No wonder DCE has been placed among the Top 10 best engineering institutions of India which include the IITs. The DCE ranked 7th as per India Today 2006 rankings of top 10 engineering colleges released yesterday. DCE has made a proposal for its up gradation into an IIT on the strength of its excellent infrastructure, talented students and well-qualified faculty and a long list of its highly distinguished alumni such as father of Pentium chip Vinod Dham, CMD of BHEL Sh. A. K. Puri, MD of Seimens Power India Ltd. Sh. B. K. Khanna, The gold medalist of NASA Dr. Yogesh Sud and many more who are powering the growth of knowledge industries worldwide informed Prof. PB Sharma, Principal who is former Professor of IIT Delhi and the founder Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Technical University.