Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

name = Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

motto = "Shramam Vina Na Kimapi Saadhyam"
mottoeng = No Achievement Is Possible Without Hard Work
established = 1847
Director = S.C.Saxena
type = Public
city = Roorkee
state = Uttarakhand
country = India
campus = Urban
website= []

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) is located in Roorkee, a township in Uttarakhand, India. Instituted as Thomason college of Civil Engineering in year 1847 by British, it was rechristened as University of Roorkee in year 1949. [ [ Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee ] ] Prior to independence, it awarded the degrees of the University of Calcutta and the Allahabad University, to which it was successively affiliated, followed by its own diplomas. It was restructured in 1948 as the University of Roorkee, as the first engineering university of modern India.

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The oldest institute of technical education in Asia and the erstwhile British Empire to award its own degrees (as the College of Engineering, Guindy was not a degree granting institution since its inception in 1794), IIT Roorkee celebrated its sesquicentennial (150th year) anniversary in October 1996. On September 21 2001, an ordinance issued by the Government of India declared it as the nation's seventh Indian Institute of Technology. The ordinance was converted into an act by the Parliament to make IIT Roorkee an "Institution of National Importance". []

IIT Roorkee offers a wide range of academic programmes. It runs eleven Under Graduate, five Integrated Dual Degree, three Integrated M.Tech.,three integrated M.Sc., sixty one Post Graduate and several Doctoral Programmes. [ [ Academics ] ]

Along with the engineering courses, IIT Roorkee also offers a 2 year residential MBA program. The Department of Management Studies also offers PhD in various disciplines. Admission for these courses are through JMET, a centralized entrance examination for the MBA programs at various IITs.

IIT Roorkee is also running an MCA programme. Typically, the MCA is a 3 year fulltime degree course consisting of six semesters. It covers various aspects of computing, accounting, finance, programming, design and managing networks and databases. Admission for this course is through JAM (joint admission test), a centralized examination for two-year MSc programmes at all IITs, Three-year MCA and M Tech in Applied Geology/ Applied Geophysics at IIT Roorkee, MSc-PhD Dual Degree in Physics at IIT Bombay and IIT Kanpur.

Prior to being converted into an IIT, the University selected students through an entrance exam, REE (Roorkee Entrance Exam) conducted on an All-India level. The selectivity of REE was close to 2%.Fact|date=May 2007 The Institute continues the legacy by admitting students to B.Tech. and B.Arch. courses through the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted at various centers all over India. The Institute is a member of LAOTSE, an international network of leading universities in Europe and Asia exchanging students and senior scholars.There is a big tower in the campus, which is for remote sensing. It belongs to ECE department.


The College was established in year 1847 as the first engineering college in the British Empire.cite web
authorlink = The Directorate of Technical Education, Uttarakhand, India
url =
title = IIT-Roorkee section at the website of Uttarakhand Government | Publisher = National Informatics Centre
] The College was renamed as The Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1854. It was given the status of University by Act No. IX of 1948 of the United Province (Uttar Pradesh) in recognition of its performance, potential and keeping in view the needs of post-independent India. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, presented the Charter in November 1949, elevating the erstwhile college to the First Engineering University of Independent India.

Since its establishment, the University has played a vital role in providing the technical manpower, know-how and pursuit of research to the country. It ranks among the top technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. Before becoming an IIT, University of Roorkee was ranked 14th best in Asia by Asiaweek in 2000 (Behind only the IITs among Indian Universities and Institutes).cite web
authorlink = Asiaweek
url =
title = Asiaweek Asia's Best Universities 2000 | Publisher = Asiaweek


1842 Ganga canal construction begins

1847 Sir James Thomason proposes and NWP approves Engineering College on November 25

1848 (January 1) Roorkee College starts functioning

1853 Sir James Thomason dies, renamed to Thomason College of Civil Engineering, Bengal Sappers and Miners move to Roorkee

1857 Entrance exam started

1861 Municipality of Roorkee established

1864 Affiliated to University of Calcutta

1871 Engineering students mess

1872 Football & Polo

1873 Hockey & Athletic meet

1877 Tennis

1878 Military section abolished

1880 Gymnasium

1890 Swimming

1893 Telegraphy Engg

1894 Affiliated to Allahabad University

1896 Dome clock presented by Sir Bir Shamsher Jung Bahadur of Nepal

1896 Electrical and Mechanical apprentices

1897 Civil/Electrical degrees extended to three years

1898 Electricity comes to the college

1901 Fortnightly tests replaced by term exams

1905 Affiliation to Allahabad University ends

1909 Electrification of the college completed

1910 Textile Engg

1913 First Alumni association, Thomason College Engineers Association

1919 TCEA collapses

1923 Elec/Mech Engg closed

1927 Withdrawal of guaranteed appointments (depression)

1931 College magazine Lion started

1941 RUAA

1943 Military Engg

1946 Elec/Mech restarted, renamed Thomason College

1947 CBRI

1948 Roorkee University act passed

1949 Thomason College gains university status, 100 year inauguration by Pandit Pant

1955 Lion renamed Alumni Journal, WRDTC

1956 Adarsh Bal Niketan, Student Aid Loan Fund

1957 Hobbies club, Architecture, Telecommunication Engg.

1958 Nehru honoured w/ D.Sc.

1959 Dr. Rajendra Prasad honored w/ D.Sc.

1960 Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics started, BE Courses increased to 4 years, consequently in 1963 no batch graduated

1961 First doctorate awarded

1962 The China war threw the BE courses out of gear.

1963 The centenary gate was remodeled, Commission for scientific and technical terminology set up to evolve Hindi technical terms (closed in 1967)

1963 Chemical Engineering Started.

1964 Humanities, Electronics & Communications

1964 The batch due to graduate in summer was accelerated to January and the batch of 1965 graduated in November 1964.

1966 Entrance exam results processed by computer, Dr. Zakir Hussain honoured with D. Sc

1967 Indira Gandhi honored with D. Engg, inaugurates E&C S Block

1968 Mahila Work and Welfare Center

1969 25% seats reserved for direct admission

1971 Industrial Engg

1974 Mangal Ram Memorial Open Billiards Championship, RUSA Constitution passed

1975 E&C Tower completed

1976 All admission via exam reinstated

1978 DPT(Saharanpur), College Magazine renamed to Lion

1979 NIH, Roorkee University Regional Computer Centre

1983 Computer Science and Technology

1986 Bioscience and Biotechnology

1996 Information Superhighway Centre(ISC)

1998 Manangement Studies

2001 (September 21) UoR converted to IIT

2007 establishment of new CENTRAL LIBRARY


*Degrees offered: The Institute offers Bachelor degree courses in 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and Postgraduate degrees in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Sciences, Architecture and Planning. The Institute has facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centres. There are roughly 4200 students in the Institute across all programs. Around 375 faculty belonging to various science and engineering disciplines are engaged in teaching, research and consultancy activities here. With effect from 2003, integrated dual degrees are also offered, which means that students get both B. Tech and M. Tech degrees in 5 years rather than the customary 4+2 years.Fact|date=May 2007

*IIT-JEE: The entrance examination for undergraduate courses conducted jointly by the seven IITs and two other institutes namely IT-BHU, Varanasi (Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University) and ISM, Dhanbad (Indian School of Mining). It is amongst the toughest entrance examinations in the world. About 4,000 students are chosen from about 250,000 candidates.

*Credit system: As in other IITs, IIT Roorkee follows a credit system for evaluating academic performance. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is on a scale of 0 to 10. Different courses are alloted different number of credits according to their importance.


The Institute has several departments and advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and the pure sciences.

The engineering departments of the institute include:
# Architecture
# Biotechnology
# Chemical Engineering
# Civil Engineering
# Computer Science and Engineering
# Earthquake Engineering (offers post-graduate level courses only)
# Electrical Engineering
# Electronics and Communications Engineering
# Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
# Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
# Pulp and Paper Engineering

The departments dealing with pure sciences in the institute are:
# Chemistry
# Mathematics
# Physics
# Earth Sciences
# Humanities and Social Sciences

In addition to them, there are also specialised centers, that are:
# Department of Management Studies [,_IIT_Roorkee]
# Hydrology
# Water Resources Development and Management
# Alternate Hydro Energy Center

Academic Collaboration

The Institute has Academic Collaboration with the following universities:
*University of Texas at Dallas
*National University of Singapore
*University of Waterloo
*Royal Institute of Technology(KTH),Stockholm


With its serene and lush green campus, IIT Roorkee offers a good environment for learning and research. The campus is spread in an area of 360 acres (1.5 km²).cite web
authorlink = IIT Roorkee
url =
title = FAQ about IIT Roorkee
] Various departments and hostels have very impressive architectures and there is hardly any repetition of design in the entire campus. The institute offers a variety of recreational activities for professional development.

IIT Roorkee also has a Saharanpur Campus of 25 acres which offers courses in Polymer Science, Process Engineering and Paper Technology.cite web
authorlink = IIT Roorkee
url =
title = FAQ about IIT Roorkee


Most students at IIT Roorkee live in the hostels, where a large number of extracurricular activities complement the hectic academic routine. The campus has nine hostels, of which two (Sarojini and Kasturba) are exclusively occupied by girls. Hostels in IIT Roorkee may accommodate undergraduate and graduate students along with doctoral students. Students are assigned to hostels by the Institute Administration after their freshmen year. The hostels are named after eminent personalities of India and Britain during the Indian Freedom Struggle. The hostels are:
# Azad Bhawan
# Cautley Bhawan
# Ganga Bhawan
# Govind Bhawan
# Jawahar Bhawan
# Malviya Bhawan (Saharanpur Campus)
# Rajendra Bhawan
# Ravindra Bhawan
# Sarojini Bhawan
# Kasturba Bhawan

In addition to these hostels, there are four hostels for married students, doctoral students and foreign students:
# Mulk Raj Chopra Bhawan
# Ghanand Pandey Bhawan
# A. N. Khosla Bhawan
# Azad Wing

Several new hostels are being constructed to accommodate an increasing intake of students.


Each bhawan has its mess, which is run on the basis of tenders.Mess administration consists of a staff advisor and a chief advisor.Moreover a mess secretory, representative of students, is also in the body for decisions on various the mess-issues.

tudent life

The technical fest of IIT Roorkee is called "Cognizance", the cultural fest is called "Thomso"and the nature & hobbies fest is called SRISHTI. Also, 'Rave' is another cultural fest arranged by the students at the Saharanpur Campus.

There are a annual magazine namely "LIONS" and two campus magazines brought out by the students of IITR namely "Watch Out" and "Kshitij". Also, the students at the Saharanpur Campus bring out a bi-annual campus magazine named 'Renaissance'.

The institute also has a Student Affair Council (SAC), which is the apex students body dedicated to the service of students in the campus and acts as an interface between the administration and the students' community.

There are various sections which have been constituted under the cultural society (CULSOC) which include music, dramatics, chreography section, programme management, audio section and light section. It also has an active SPICMACAY chapter which organizes various cultural programs and help to inculcate the spirit of Indian classical music and culture amongst the students, faculty, etc.

Hobbies Club

The Hobbies Club is the only one of its kind amongst all the IITs. It aims at facilitating activities under its 8 sections: Electronics, Fine Arts, Gardening, Model Section, Philately and Numismatics, Photography, Star Gazing and Web Designing.

The hobbies club council is headed by a Chief Advisor, who is well supported by two Deputy Chief Advisors (for administration and finance) and a council secretary (student representative). Further each section has its own personnel and technicians for proper working. The personnel consist of a Staff Advisor supported by one Secretary and a Joint Secretary, who are selected from amongst the members. This Administrative Hierarchy ensures active student participation as well as the smooth running of the Hobbies Club.

The hobbies club also hosts India's some of the most talked about events like SRISHTI which is an all India contest encompassing technical institutes and educational institutions across the country.

Information Management Group

[ Official website] IMG, an acronym for Information Management Group is a students’ group in IIT Roorkee. It provides technical solutions, tools, resources and knowledge for the enhancement of web applications and information resources, and other technical fields such as GIS, networking and security.

The Information Management Group, (IMG), is called so, because by concept, it works on various programs related to the intellectual and managerial application in diversified disciplines. The group currently is responsible for the development of Information Resources and for the promotion of electronic culture in Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.

Strong linkages of IMG with academia, workplace professionalism, and in-house training and learning have helped it to lay the foundation for growing into a big organization. As the intellectual horizons enlarged to understand better and address the opportunities of the IT era, the group grew in several directions.

Himalayan Explorers' Club

The Mountaineering & Trekking Club founded in 1971 was the forerunner of the Himalayan Explorers' Club (HEC). Between 1971 & 1974 the Institute Sports Association nurtured the Mountaineering & Trekking Club which fostered all mountaineering, trekking and outward bound activities amongst science, engineering and professional student community of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.In July 1975 the first major high altitude expedition in the Himalayas was organized successfully in joint collaboration with the Nainital Mountaineering Club, Nainital. With effect from the academic session of 1975-76 , the Mountaineering and Trekking Club was rechristened as the Himalayan Explorers' Club (HEC). Between July 1976 and August 1977 , the HEC organized a series of three major expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas (to Mt. Rudragaigra (19500 ft) in July 1976, to Mt. Thelu (20,000 ft) in October 1976 and to Mt. Kedar Dome (23,000 ft) in June 1977) in which as many as 35 students of the University of Roorkee participated.With effect from the academic session of 1978-79 , the Himalayan Explorers' Club was accorded the status of a separate functional body . As an independent body, HEC, was restructured and to start with had three different sections:
*The High Adventure Center
*The Region Development Center
*The Conditioning And Training CenterIn its enlarged form as of today, HEC encompasses three more sections. They are:
*The Unarmed Combat Training Section
*The Rovering Section
*The Rangering Section

In addition to organizing mountaineering and high altitude trekking expeditions, rock and ice craft training camps, HEC has during the last ten years pioneered in the field of organizing a new generation of Himalayan expeditions which seek to combine high adventure feats with a whole range of specialized creative endeavors in the Himalayas.


National Service Scheme

With the goal to work for the betterment of society and instill the spirit of social service among the young students, IIT Roorkee established NSS at institute level, headed by Dean of Students Welfare, IIT Roorkee. Currently, NSS, IIT Roorkee has over 200 active members from different disciplines, working rigorously for community health care, literacy drives, and environmental protection. Blood donation camps, AIDS awareness camps, informative lecture on Human values are organized regularly. As highlighted by the motto ' Not for me, but for the nation ' the aim of the organization is to produce engineers, who are socially responsible, and work for the development of nation.Recently,Right To Information (RTI) Cell was also formed under NSS by Kartik Sharma,Secretary,Human Welfare Cell,which would help in spreading awareness about RTI in campus and help students in drafting RTI applications.One Laptop per child(OLPC) initiative has also been taken up by NSS and IIT Roorkee chapter for the same has been formed which would work for the widespread publicity of this noble project.For more details ,visit

Watch Out

[ Official website] Watch Out is the official students' news magazine of Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. It has its origin dating back to the year 1993 when a group of students came up with a novel idea of a newsletter. First issue of Watch out was printed on computer stationery.

Ten years down, Watch Out is now a part of the IIT-R ethos with every event on campus, however insignificant, finding a place in its pages.In order to achieve these unparalleled results over the last decade, WONA (Watch out News Agency) clubs itself into 5 sections: Web Cell, The Editorial Board, The News Bureau, The Finance Section and The Design Board.



SPIC MACAY stands for Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth. It is a non profit, voluntary organization which aims at fighting deculturisation of India by promoting classical music. SPIC MACAY IIT Roorkee Chapter is managed by a group of student enthusiasts who are engaged in a constant endeavor to create further awareness and appreciation of our culture. By organizing classical dance, folks, vocals and lectures on campus as well as in the neighboring schools, IIT Roorkee chapter tries to contribute maximum to the rich Indian culture.


The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of IIT-Roorkee , commonly known as EDC, has been established with the objective of creating, fostering and promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth of the nation. Created in the early months of 2006, the cell has already taken rapid strides in cultivating entrepreneurial temper and has succeeded in carving a niche for itself. The cell has organized a plethora of events under its aegis in the few months since its inception and these events have witnessed healthy participation from students, not only from IIT-Roorkee but also from colleges all across the country. In pursuance of its goals, the cell has set up both short and long-term objectives. The short term objectives aim at bolstering an environment conducive for entrepreneurial thinking and action through the organization of a variety of entrepreneurship-oriented events such as business plan contests, case studies, business quizzes, social entrepreneurship issues' solutions and so forth. The long term objectives aim at setting up an incubator at IIT-Roorkee for aiding students who have a marketable idea or project and aspire to start their own ventures.


Renaissance, a newly founded literary magazine of IIT Roorkee's Saharanpur Campus is a platform for the students to lay bare their point of view on any topic on earth. It is a biannual magazine started on October 6, 2002.

The magazine besides bringing out point of view of students also, serves as a forum to publish the achievements of the students of the campus to industry, the alumni of the institute and other academic institutions. In past the magazine has served as vital point of contact of the student to the other stakeholders of the erstwhile IPT Campus (now called Saharanpur campus).

;See also
* Thomso Cultural Festival of IIT Roorkee
* Cognizance Technical Festival of IIT Roorkee
* Rave Cultural Festival of IIT Roorkee, Saharanpur campus


External links

* [ Official website of IITR]
* [ IIT Roorkee Alumni Network]
* [ RoorkeeInc Global Community]
* [ A Cyber joint for Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee |Roorkee University Alumni]

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