Program Overview

The program has been specially designed to meet the increasing needs of professionals who would be able to respond to the convergence between computers and communication Systems. The program aims to provide exposure to students who wish to build a professional career in ICT, working at the cutting edge of technology, research and development. On successful completion of the program, the students will be able to acquire essential technical and practical knowledge for solving real-world problems in the ICT domain using modern technologies and tools, and will have ability to demonstrate excellent analytical, logical and problem solving skills that would bridge the digital divide between urban and rural developments. The student will also have ability to acquire social and ethical attributes that enable them in applying their skills for societal needs with effective communication both orally and in writing.

The curriculum is organized with core courses, elective courses and thesis/project work. Program Core courses are foundational and compulsory, which will build core competence for getting into ICT domain knowledge areas. Once the student acquires knowledge in foundational courses, he/she will have choice for selecting Group Core courses which are interdisciplinary in nature and will provide breadth in ICT research exploration. Subsequently, the student will have adequate choice of electives in order to dwell deeper into areas of his/her research interest. Finally, student will have option to pursue one full year (two semesters) of research work in the form of thesis or a semester long internship/project work, depending on his/her category (Thesis or Project mode) in the program..

The structure of the curriculum is broadly classified into 4 categories. The first category, referred to as Foundation (Program Core), is a set of compulsory courses required to be taken by every student in the program. The next one is domain knowledge in ICT, termed as Group Core. The third category is Electives in ICT. The fourth one is either a Thesis spread over in third and fourth semesters or a Project in fourth semester.

Program Core
Program core courses are designed to make the students acquire the necessary mathematical background and basic foundations in ICT, which will enable them to cope with Group core courses, electives and to pursue research in interdisciplinary areas in the subsequent semesters. As the input to the program is primarily from CSE or ECE disciplines, the curriculum aims to train students with Program core courses in First semester for building their basic foundation in ICT, which are common to all students.
Group Core courses

Group core courses are technical courses in the areas of CSE, ECE and interdisciplinary areas. The Group core courses would enable students in broadening their knowledge of ICT disciplines and then would motivate them to specialize in specific disciplines through elective courses.A student requires to take a minimum of 3-4 Group core courses based on his/her options in Thesis mode or Project mode. Following are the Group courses offered by faculty from the respective research groups.

  • Machine Intelligence and Analytics: Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning;Image Processing; Computer Vision; Information retrieval;Approaches to Semantic Web; Data Analytics;Artificial Intelligence;Neural Networks;Language Processing.
  • Intelligent Systems and Security: Network architecture and protocol design;Network and System Security; Internet-Of-Things; Wireless Sensor Networks; Human Computer Interaction; Control System.
  • Parallel & Distributed Computing: Distributed Systems; Cloud Computing;Parallel and Distributed Algorithms; Graph Algorithms.
  • Software Engineering: Advanced Software Engineering;Software Project Management;Formal Specification and Verification.
  • Signal and Image Processing: Speech Communication;Computer Vision;Image Processing; Detection and Estimation Theory;Biomedical Signal Processing;Adaptive Filter Theory;Deep Learning.
  • Communication Systems: Advanced Wireless Communications;Satellite Communications; RF/Microwave Applications;Smart Antennas andRadar Systems;Information Theory and Coding; Wireless System Design;Statistical Signal Processing; LTE, 4G/5G and MIMO Channels.
  • VLSI and Embedded Systems: Embedded Systems;VLSI Subsystem Design;Low Power VLSI Design; Advanced Solid State Devices; Nano-electronics.

Electives courses are adopted from the disciplines of Computer Science, Electronics, Communication and Signal Processing, and interdisciplinary areas of ICT. Students will have a wide variety of choices amongst the currently existing technical and science electives. A representative list of elective courses is as follows.
Logic for Computer Science; Web Data Management; Introduction to Coding Theory and Applications; Elements of Synthetic Biology; Combinatorial Algorithms; Introduction to Data Science; Artificial Neural Networks; Fuzzy Logic and Applications; Topics in Deep Learning; Advanced Digital Communications; Real Time Embedded Systems.

Thesis Mode

Student entry in Thesis mode will be decided based on student choice and counseling by faculty at the end of First semester. Student in thesis mode is expected to carry out research work in the form thesis in third and fourth semester. The student will carry out research under the supervision of a faculty member at DA-IICT in an area of mutual interest.

Project Mode

Like Thesis mode, student entry in Project mode will be decided based on student choice and counseling by faculty at the end of First semester. The student is required to take a semester long MTech project (MTP)in the fourth semester, during which he/she is required to demonstrate his/her ability to learn current areas of research and/or industrial interest. A student will have option to do his/her MTP as on-campus or off-campus mode, where the on-campus mode allows the student to explore his/her research interest under the supervision of a faculty and the off-campus mode allows the student in getting exposure to industry and/or other R&D organizations/universities.

Semester-wise Program Structure

(L-lecture, T-tutorial, P-practical, C-credit)

Thesis Mode Project Mode
Semester I L-T-P-C Semester I L-T-P-C
Mathematical Methods for ICT 3-0-0—3 Mathematical Methods for ICT 3-0-0—3
Probability and Statistics 3-0-0—3 Probability and Statistics 3-0-0—3
Computer Systems 3-0-2—4 Computer Systems 3-0-2—4
Basics of Communications Systems 3-0-0—3 Basics of Communications Systems 3-0-0—3
Introduction to Digital Design 2-0-2—3 Introduction to Digital Design 2-0-2—3
ICT Foundation Lab 0-0-4—2 ICT Foundation Lab 0-0-4—2
Semester credits 14-0-8—18 Semester credits 14-0-8—18
Semester II L-T-P-C Semester II L-T-P-C
Communication Skills & Technical Writing 3-0-0—3 Communication Skills & Technical Writing 3-0-0—3
Group Core – 1 3-0-2—4 Group Core – 1 3-0-2—4
Group Core – 2 3-0-2—4 Group Core – 2 3-0-2—4
Group Core – 3 3-0-0—3 Group Core – 3 3-0-0—3
Elective – 1 3-0-0/2—3/4 Elective – 1 3-0-0/2—3/4
Semester credits 15-0-4/6—17/18 Semester credits 15-0-4/6—17/18
Semester III L-T-P-C Semester III  L-T-P-C
Elective – 2 3-0-0/2—3/4 Group Core – 4 3-0-0—3
Research Unit –1, 2, 3 0-0-18—9 Elective – 2 3-0-0/2—3/4
    Elective – 3 3-0-0—3
    Elective – 4 3-0-0—3
Semester credits 3-0-18/20—12/13 Semester credits 12-0-0/2—12/13
Semester IV  L-T-P-C Semester IV  L-T-P-C
Research Unit – 4, 5, 6, 7 0-0-26—13 Project 0-0-26—13
Semester credits 0-0-26—13 Semester credits 0-0-26—13

The curriculum mandates 60 credits.

A Thesis Mode student is required to earn 38 credits from coursework and 22 credits from thesis work. Out of the 38 required coursework credits, 21 credits are allocated to compulsory courses (Program core in the First semester) and 11 credits are allocated to three Group core courses, and 6-8 credits are allocated to two electives.

A Project Mode student is required to earn 47 credits from course work and 13 credits from project work. Out of the 47 required coursework credits, 21 credits are allocated to compulsory courses (Program core in the First semester) and 14 credits are allocated to four Group core courses, and 12-14 credits are allocated to four electives.

Semester Load
The load of a student is 17 credits per semester in the first year and 13 credits per semester in the second year. The total credits requirement for the degree is 60 credits, so the average load per semester is 15 credits.

Graduation Requirement
Total Credits ≥ 60

Thesis Mode: Project Mode:
Course Credits ≥ 38 Course Credits ≥ 47
Research/Thesis Credits: 22 Project Credits: 13

CPI (Cumulative Performance Index)≥ 6.0