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Historical Background

Delhi College of Engineering (initially established with the name- Delhi Polytechnic) came into existence in the year 1940 to cater the needs of Indian Industries for trained manpower with practical experience and sound theoretical knowledge. The Delhi Polytechnic consisted of a technical high school and specialized senior departments.

The senior departments offered courses in the following disciplines:

1. Arts
2. Architecture
3. Commerce
4. Engineering
5. Applied Science (Chemical Engineering & Technology)
6. Textiles

All-India Certificate, All-India Diploma, Senior Diploma and Advanced Diploma were awarded to the students. In addition, pre-engineering course was also available to matriculates. All these courses were having one very important feature- the student must undergo all thorough practical course of training in commercial firms, mills or factories as an integral part of the curriculum. The main building of the Technical High School was, in 1639, the library of Dara Shikoh and the colonnaded portico was added by Sir David Ochterlony, British Resident at the Moghul Court , at the beginning of the 18th century. Prof. Walter William Wood, the father of technical education in India became the founder Principal of Delhi Polytechnic and the institute organized inaugural Meeting of the Association of Principals of Technical institutions of India, which was participated by John Sargebt Esq. the then Educational Commisioner, GOI; S.M.M. Jaffrey Principal Osmania Technical College Hyderabad, Dr. A.H.Pandya Principal Bengal Engineering College Sibpur; C.R. Gerrard Esq. Principal College of Engineering Bangalore; P.N. Joshi Principal Victoria Jublee Technical Institute Bombay; P.C. Dutt Esq. Principal Summer Valley Technical Institute Sylhet; C.Forrester Esq. Indian School of Mines Dhanbad; A.C.Sahgal ESq. Principal Kala Bhawan Technical Institute Baroda; Mukul Dey Esq. Principal Government School of Art Calcutta, which has presided by W.W.Wood Esq. Principal Delhi polytechnic Delhi.. The National Diploma awarded by the Delhi Polytechnic was considered equivalent to B.E. Degree by the then UPSC.

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