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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Technology (Electrical Engineering)

The department offers four year Bachelor of Technology (BTech) program (comprising of eight semesters). BTech in Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay is one of the best rated undergraduate engineering Programs in the country and recognized world over for its academic excellence.

The curriculum of BTech program comprises of core courses, department elective courses, institute electives, seminar, experiments in laboratory, projects etc. The program offers sufficient flexibility so that the students can undertake various elective courses that provide exposure in various disciplines of EE such as Telecommunications, Microelectronics and VLSI design, Power Electronics and Power System, Control System and Embedded Systems. The undergraduate students can also undertake various research projects either through Undergraduate Research Award (URA) or through BTech project. More details about URA opportunities are given here.

BTech with Honors

Apart from the normal BTech curriculum, students have an opportunity to increase their depth in Electrical Engineering by undertaking additional courses. By completing 30 credits (approximately five courses) from a broad list of prescribed courses,a student can earn Honors in Electrical Engineering.

Dual Degree Program

Dual Degree program is a five year integrated program where a student is awarded BTech degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Technology (MTech). Currently, Dual Degree program is offered in two specializations: (1) where MTech is awarded in Communications and Signal Processing and (2) where MTech is awarded in Microelectronics. In both the dual degree Programs, MTech thesis forms one of the most important components of the program.

More details about the above Programs and various related rules and regulations can be found here.

Post Graduate Programs

Master of Technology (MTech)

The department has a very vibrant postgraduate program with a strong focus on research and development. The number of postgraduate students is more than the number of undergraduate students in EE and the department attaches lot of importance to its Master's students as they constitute the backbone of research and development. The department offers Master of Technology (MTech) program in five research areas or specializations

  1. Communications Engineering (termed as EE1)
  2. Control and Computing (EE2)
  3. Power Electronics and Power System (EE3)
  4. Microelectronics and VLSI (EE4)
  5. Electronic Systems (EE5)

MTech program comprises of core courses, specialization related electives, institute electives and supervised research exposition. MTech thesis enables graduate students to display their skills in performing independent research. It is expected that MTech thesis would result in high quality research publications or patent or prototype technology development.

MTech in EE can be undertaken with either of the following two options-

  1. Full Time MTech which is two years in duration
  2. Part-Time MTech which is three years in duration.

The above options differ only in terms of minimum number of credits to be earned per semester and thereby different durations. Both these options are available in the above-mentioned five specializations. The final degree awarded in both the cases is MTech in the respective specialization.

MTech with two year duration

The two year MTech program is a full time program and limited Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are available in the department. Teaching Assistant positions through sponsored projects may also be available sometimes. These positions are called Teaching Assistant through Project (TAP). All teaching assistants (whether TA or TAP) are required to assist course instructors for the prescribed hours per week. TA or TAP positions require valid GATE score in EC/EE/IN/PH/CS disciplines as prescribed for various specialization. More information about GATE including procedures for appearing in GATE can be found here.

Employees working in the industry or teachers of universities/colleges, who are sponsored full time by their respective organizations, can also apply for full time MTech program. All such persons are required to satisfy minimum working/professional experience of 2 years. Detailed eligibility conditions in terms of academic qualifications and experiences for the above program can be found here.

MTech with three year duration

Sponsored staff, employees working in IIT Bombay either as permanent staff (IS) or employed in sponsored research projects as Project Staff (PS) and Research Assistant (RA) are eligible for part time 3 year MTech program. Except RA, all others, sponsored staff, institute's permanent staff, and project staff require minimum working/professional experience of 2 years before they can be considered for admission.

Research Assistant (RA) Positions

Limited RA positions are available in the department either as Institute RA or through funding support from sponsored research projects as Project RA. Both Institute RA and Project RA may be required to have valid GATE score in EE/EC/IN/PH/CS as prescribed for various specializations. However, selection to such positions may give more weight to specific skill-set required for their profiles.

Institute RAs are assigned duties in various teaching laboratories of the department like basic electronics, microprocessors, analog and digital circuits, machines and electrical drives etc. The primary function of RA is to work with Professor in-charge of the respective laboratory for day to day functioning of the lab including maintenance of the equipments, system administration and organizing experimental set-up. Institute RAs may also be assigned any other academic or administrative duties related to conduct of examinations, admissions process etc by the Head of the department.

Project RAs are assigned duties in sponsored research projects being undertaken in the department by various faculty members. The primary function of Project RA is assist the Professor in-charge or Principal Investigator of the respective project either on a research project or any academic or administrative work related to the project. Normally, it is expected for a Project RA to carry out his/her research as part of his/her MTech thesis in the same project/faculty. Both Institute RA and Project RA are expected to spend about 20 hours per week towards their assigned duties of RA in addition to working towards fulfillment of academic requirements of MTech.

Detailed eligibility conditions in terms of academic qualifications and experience for various positions as described above can be found here.

More details about MTech program and the related rules and regulations can be found here.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is a flagship program of the department's research. All PhD scholars contribute in a significant way to the research activities of the department. Students after graduating with a PhD degree from EE department are expected to play leadership roles in research and development in various disciplines of EE either in industry or in academic institutes.

PhD Programs are available in all five specializations as mentioned above for MTech.

Requirement for successful completion of PhD

PhD program comprises of course work for prescribed credits with a minimum prescribed performance and a research dissertation reflecting original and independently performed research contributions in the respective area.

In Electrical Engineering department, all admitted students are required to successfully complete PhD qualifier examination after completing the prescribed course work. PhD candidacy is confirmed only after the student has been declared successful in qualifier examination. PhD thesis is expected to result in high quality publications in peer reviewed international journals and conferences with a minimum of one journal and one conference paper publication before the thesis can be submitted for review.

Eligibility conditions for PhD program in EE can be found here.

Funding support for PhD

Limited Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are available in the department. Teaching Assistant positions through sponsored projects may also be available sometimes. These positions are called Teaching Assistant through Project (TAP). All teaching assistants (whether TA or TAP) are required to assist course instructors in grading, conducting tutorial and examinations etc for the prescribed hours per week. PhD scholars getting support as TA or TAP may also be assigned any academic or administrative duties related to various activities of the department such as admissions, examinations duty etc by the Head of the department.

Project Research Assistant positions may also be available through sponsored research projects being undertaken by faculty members of the department. Normally, research work leading to PhD may be closely related to the objectives of the respective project.

If you are interested in enquiring a position available with a faculty member in his/her sponsored research grants for PhD, you may contact the faculty member/s relevant to your research areas.

Dual MTech+PhD program

The department offers admissions to a new, dual degree (M.Tech. + Ph.D.) programme. The program is designed to induct bright students who have completed their B.E./B. Tech./M.Sc. degrees directly to the doctoral programme. Key features of this programme are:

The timelines and key milestones of this programme are aligned with the M. Tech and Ph.D. programmes currently offered.

The student will be required to complete mandatory coursework in the first three semesters (similar to that of M. Tech programme).

Successful completion of annual progress seminar/qualifier examination after first year may entitle the student to Assistantship as admissible for a Ph.D. student with Master's qualification after the date of successful examination of Research Proposal, for a maximum of FIVE years from the commencement of the M.Tech. degree.

On successful completion and examination of the Doctoral Thesis, BOTH the degrees (M.Tech. and Ph.D.) are awarded to the candidate

Under exceptional circumstance when a student is unable to complete the requirments of the Ph.D. programme, an exit option with the M.Tech. degree is available subject to completion of required coursework and M.Tech. dissertation

Students admitted to MTech program either with 2 year or with 3 years options can apply for conversion to Dual MTech+ PhD program. All such applications are reviewed by the respective faculty advisor and Department Post Graduate Committee (DPGC) and then recommended for conversion.

Rules and regulations regarding Dual MTech+PhD program can be found here.