In the year of its birth as a full fledged department, 13 students joined the department for award of the Diploma of Indian Institute of Science (D.I.I.Sc). The programme was of a 3-year duration to students holding the B.Sc degree and of 1-year to students holding the B. E. degree. This Diploma has since been recognised as equivalent to the Master’s degree. On the Institute receiving the status of a deemed University, D.I.I.Sc was designated as B.E. degree.