The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai was established as the Department of Chemical Technology on 1st October, 1933 by the University of Mumbai, through active support of industries and philanthropists. The Institute was most popularly known as UDCT, Mumbai. Research has been an integral part of ICT since its inception and it has created over 500 first generation entrepreneurs. The UDCT grew significantly in stature and was granted autonomy under UGC regulations by the University of Mumbai and further converted in to an Institute on 26th January, 2002. Under the World Bank TEQIP programme, the Maharashtra government granted it full autonomy in June 2004. Due to the recommendations of the Government of Maharashtra and University of Mumbai, the ICT was granted Deemed University Status by the MHRD on 12th September, 2008, with all provisions of the UGC for funding and support as the state owned deemed university.
The Institute has a glorious history of 78 years, having produced many industrialists, academics, bureaucrats, Padma awardees, secretaries to Government Departments, directors of CSIR labs and over 500 first generation entrepreneurs. The institute has very strong linkages with industry and produced some of the topmost academics and industrialists. Some of the distinguished alumni includes- Padmavibhushan Professor M.M. Sharma, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Padmabhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, former Director General, CSIR, Shri Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, Padmashri Dr. K. Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Lab, Shri Ashwin Dani, Vice-Chairman, Asian Paints Ltd., Shri C.V. Gogri, Chairman, Aarti Group of Industries, Dr. K. H. Gharda, Chairman and Managing Director, Gharda Chemicals and the Late Manubhai Shah, Commerce Minister in Pt. Nehru’s Cabinet.
The ICT has been receiving various grants and projects from the UGC, DAE, DBT, DST and other agencies, and Indian and foreign industries, with several centres of excellence: Centres of Advanced Studies in Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering and Technology, Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Physico-Chemical Aspects of Textiles, Fibres, Dyes & Polymers; UGC Networking Resource Centre in Chemical Engineering; DBT-ICT Centre in Energy Biosciences; ICT-DAE Centre in Chemical Engineering Education and Research; Centre for Green Technology. The DAE has sanctioned ` 75 crores for the Centre in Chemical Engineering Education and Research with several projects from BARC and IGCAR for development of indigenous technologies for energy.
Merit is the only criterion for admission, including government reservation policy. Several merit-cum-means scholarships (261) are awarded to needy students which range from ` 3000 to ` 75000 per student per annum. Research has been an integral part of ICT, with state-of-the art research facilities, and hostels. The faculty is highly accomplished, with multi-disciplinary interests and decorated with national and international awards and honours. All leading foreign universities and industries seek ICT graduates. Last year, a record of 161 full-time Ph D students and 120 Masters students, all with fellowships, were admitted.