The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, is one of the six Institutes of Technology created as centres of excellence for higher training, research, and development in science, engineering and technology in India. Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the institute was later declared an institution of national importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed "Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi". It has been accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.
The institute has established academic and research collaboration with various institutions and universities in the UK, USA, France, Japan, Germany, and Russia. The institute has also established academic and research collaborations with several important institutions and universities abroad. These include Tokyo Institutes of Technology, Ohio State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Concordia University, INSA Lyon (France), University of Massachusetts, Benha Institute of Technology (Egypt), University of Aden, Tribhuvan University (Nepal).The Distributed Information Sub-Centre (DISC) at the Indian Institute of Technology was established in 1989 as one of the DISCs by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, under its nationwide networking of biotechnology centres. It provides an integrated information source and serves as a platform for sharing the resources, databases and expertise available at different national and international centres of research. The centre specialises at providing total computer support in the area of MODELLING AND SIMULATION activities in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The centre is well equipped with the facilities in terms of hardware, software, etc. The centre has recently acquired INTERNET connectivity and facilitating softwares for better information retrieval and dissemination.
In the eight years of its existence, the centre has developed many databases in the critical areas of biochemical engineering and biotechnology. These database include CHROMATO - a bibliographic database on chromatography, MONOCON - a database on monitoring and control of bioreactors, database on simulation studies (SIMU), WASTE - a bibliographic database on industrial waste disposal, ANIMAL - a database on recent publication in the field of animal cell culture and METHOD - a database on protocol of analysis procedures in biochemical engineering and biotechnology.

The centre has also organised several workshops and hands-on-training programmes for the benefit of users. The centre has acquired some training software packages for the teaching of basic fundamentals of biochemicals engineering. These are routinely available for the users of the centre. Apart from this some custom made softwares have also been developed for smoothing of the experimental data, statistical analysis and modelling simulation and optimisation of the bioprocesses. These are now available in all programming languages, FORTRAN, Pascal and C++.


Prof. V.S. Bisaria, Head, and
Dr. A.K. Srivastava
Deptt. Of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi - 110 016, India
Phone : 011-6857764, 6861977, 2013
Fax : 011-6868521
Telex : 31-73087 IIT IN
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