The foundation stone of the Dawood College of Engineering & Technology was laid by the former President of Pakistan (Late) Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan in 1962. The College was established by Dawood Foundation under the supervision of Seth Ahmed Dawood in 1964.
On March 2013 the Sindh Assembly passed the Sindh ACT No. XII of 2013, upgrading it to a University. Its academic and administrative control has been vested in the Syndicate, Senate and Academic Council as per ACT. The Vice- Chancellor is the Principal Executive and Academic Officer of the University.
The University offers four year degree programs in the field of engineering and Five year in the Field of architecture.
The Engineering departments include Electronics, Chemical, Industrial & Management and Metallurgy & Materials. From the session 2010-2011, the University has introduced four new departments namely Energy & Environment, Petroleum & Gas, Telecommunication, and Computer System Engineering.
The University has two campuses, one located near Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum and the other situated at Block-17 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. These campuses comprise various facilities including class rooms, state of the art lending and reference libraries, laboratories, workshops, drawing halls, Students cafeteria, auditorium, with a capacity of 650, seminar rooms girls common room etc.
The University has a fleet of seven buses for pick and drop facility to the students. DUET has well-equipped computer laboratories. We are situated in the heart of Karachi with an outreach to all the Industrial zones of the city. Our students have a regular opportunity to visit industries for practical training.
It shall be pertinent to note that with the assistance and support of the Higher education commission (HEC) a Video Conference room with state of the art facilities has been established under the PERN, which also provides access to Digital library.
Realizing the importance of Quality Assurance, DUET has established its Quality Enhancement Cell in November 2009 to implement quality improvement programs in all the departments and faculties of DUET under the supervision and guideline of the Higher Education Commission and QAA.
Since DUET is located in the largest industrial city of Pakistan, various Engineering department are directly involved in providing solutions/consultation to local industries. Students are assigned final year projects with the in plant training and internship in and outside Karachi under active supervision of experts in the industry.
In order to develop entrepreneurial qualities in our students and develop a base for impact based research DUET has recently established a center for innovation research creativity learning and entrepreneurship (CIRCLE). The Center is expected to be the hub of research and also act as an incubator for our students to enter into the world of industry and business.