Amidst the green beautiful Sahyadri Hills, overlooking the picture-esque Khadakwasla lake,is situated the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, (DIAT), which came into existence on 1st May 1952 as Institute of Armament Studies at the sprawling campus of the College of Military Engineering, Dapodi, Pune. In the year 1967, the Institute, renamed as the Institute of Armament Technology , was shifted to its present location at Girinagar, Pune. Since then the Institute under the aegis of Department of Defence Research and Development, Ministry of Defence Government of India, grew in strength and stature, was recognized as Deemed University on 1st April 2006. The motto of the Institute is .The Institute has also acquired ISO 9001: 2000 certification from DNV Norway. Having conferred the status of category ”A” Deemed University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, the institute is on its way to NBA and NAAC accreditations.
The Institute, a premier autonomous educational entity, equipped with modern laboratories, well-qualified faculty members, is engaged in post graduate education and research leading to M.Tech and Ph.D degrees.
Efforts are continuously on to maintain higher standards of quality training in the critical area of modern Defence Technologies ,thereby enhancing the technical capabilities of DRDO Scientists, Service Officers, Officers from Defence Industries and fresh engineering graduates. The institute also prepares trained manpower for industries engaged in “Make in India”, campaign of Government of India
At DIAT, to meet the needs of Armed Forces, DRDO, Defence Quality Assurance, Defense Ordnance Factories, Directorate of Aeronautical Quality Assurance, and other Public Sector undertakings many specialized / customized PG courses are conducted. In addition to the Ph.D. & M.Tech. Courses, The Institute also conducts 1-1.5yr duration specific limited courses and a variety of specialised short term courses. DIAT opened its gates in the year 2006 for the general public, and since then has been admitting students in open category with scholarships to join its Ph.D / M.Tech programmes. To boost the ongoing research programmes and also to enhance quality of teaching and training the institute has introduced a scheme of “Visiting Professors/Scientists”. The institute is on its way to take a quantum leap in the domain of technical education & research, specific to defense needs.