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Indian Institute of Technology ,Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology ,Roorkee

Roorkee- Haridwar Highway, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
City: Roorkee
State: Delhi
Contact No: (01332) 285311, 284289, 285200, 285875, 284010
Established: 1847
Type: Government

About Institute

About Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Roorkee

The establishment of an Engineering college at Roorkee was suggested to the Honourable James Thomason, Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Provinces, about 1846, by Colonel Cautley of the Royal Artillery, who had been Superintendent-General of Canals since 1836 and was busily engaged in the scheme, first contemplated by Colonel Colvin of the Bengal Engineers, for the employment of the waters of the Ganges for irrigation. Instituted as Thomason College of Civil Engineering in year 1847 by the British, it was rechristened as University of Roorkee in year 1949. 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. On 21 September 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. Along with the engineering courses, IIT Roorkee also offers a 2 year residential MBA program. The Department of Management Studies also offers Ph.D. 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 full time degree course consisting of six semesters. The Institute has two campuses. The main campus is at Roorkee in Uttarakhand and the other one is 50 km away at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The campus at Roorkee is spread over 356 acres of landscaped lush greenery. Nestled within this are several heritage buildings, modern academic departments, twelve hostels, messes, hospital, school, banks, community centres, indoor and outdoor sports facilities which include three sports stadiums, a modern swimming pool, yoga bhawan, dairy, students’ clubs and several activity centres and other buildings. The Department of Paper Technology is located in a 25 acre campus at Saharanpur. A 10 acre campus is being developed as an extension centre at Greater Noida.

Location  - IIT Roorkee is situated at the foothill of the Himalayas, in Hardwar district, within the state of Uttarakhand. It is situated on National Highways 58 and 73 and is on Amritsar-Howrah main rail route.  Location Map

Transportation - Roorkee is well connected to Delhi by rail and road.

  1. By Roadways - Travelling from Delhi, Roorkee is located towards north approximately 170 kilometres. Take the highway NH58, and it passes through Roorkee. The city of Haridwar is located further on the same highway about 29 kilometres from Roorkee. The main bus depot of Roorkee is located on NH58. Several buses run from various cities in North India.
  2. By Airways - Nearest airport to Roorkee is Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport which has Air Deccan services from New Delhi. But most preferable airport nearest from Roorkee is the New Delhi International Airport which is about 180 kilometres away.
  3. By Railways - Easiest way to get to Roorkee is by train. There are several trains serving Roorkee daily from various cities around. The high speed trains Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi also stop at Roorkee on their route Delhi - Dehradun. By train, it takes less than 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach Roorkee from Delhi, so it is the fastest and most economical way of travel.


  • Architecture and Planning.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Chemistry.
  • Civil Engineering.
  • Earthquake Engineering.
  • Earth Sciences.
  • Electrical Engineering.
  • Electronics and Computer Engineering.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Hydrology.
  • Management Studies.
  • Mathematics.
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
  • Paper Technology.
  • Physics.
  • Water Resources Development and Management.

Institute Centres

AHEC - Alternate Hydro Energy Centre (AHEC) has been providing professional supports in the field of Small Hydro-power Development covering planning, Detailed Project Reports, Detailed Engineering Designs and Construction drawings, Technical Specifications of Turn Key execution/equipment Supply etc. AHEC has been imparting training to the field engineers and technologists through short-term training courses. AHEC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Uttaranchal, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir to work as expert agency for the development of small hydro-power in Uttaranchal. It has set up Instrumentation laboratory to provide independent performance testing of hydro-power plants. Know more - http://www.iitr.ac.in/departments/AH/pages/index.html

CEC - The Continuing Education Centre (CEC) conducts about 60 to 70 short term training programmes in Continuing Education every year in various disciplines of management, engineering, science and technology in which the professionals are trained from all parts of the country as well as from the neighbour countries. The Centre is fully equipped with the facility of conference hall, accommodation, dining and recreation. Know more -  http://www.iitr.ac.in/centers/CCE/pages/About_Us.html

ISC - Information Super Highway Centre (ISC) is the nodal centre for outside/inside connectivity to the campus and serves as an Information Technology Centre for promoting the effective use of IT, IT Systems, resource management and facilities for modernization/automation of the IP Infrastructure of the Campus. The Institute has a star topology Gigabit Ethernet Switch based, state-of-the-art Enterprise network with data, voice and video communication capabilities. All department and Centres are connected to the Information Superhighway Centre through Optical Fibre. The network covers 365 acres of area through 25 Km of OFC and 45 km of E CAT 5 UTP, connecting all Departments/Centres, Hostels and DPT Saharanpur. The Intranet has 2500+ nodes. Know more - http://www.iitr.ac.in/centers/ISC/pages/index.html

ICC - Institute Computer Centre (ICC) caters to the computational requirements of the entire region. Know more -  http://www.iitr.ac.in/centers/CC/pages/About_Us.html

IIC - Institute Instrumentation Centre houses sophisticated instruments and provides state of the art analytical facilities to the students and faculty of this institute and to researchers from other organizations of the country as well. Summer practical training is also offered to engineering students of the state. This centre has a unique record of in-house repair and maintenance of sophisticated instruments along with the repair of other electronic instruments of the Institute. Know more - http://www.iitr.ac.in/centers/IIC/pages/Objectives_and_Preamble.html

IPR Cell - Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cell runs a program named TePP (Technopreneur Promotion Programme) which converts technical ideas of students of IIT Roorkee and other residents of Uttarakhand as well into companies. Know more - http://www.iitr.ac.in/centers/IPR/

QIP Centre - Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) Centre has been constantly making efforts to upgrade the teaching curricula and enhance the knowledge of teachers of various engineering colleges/ institutions. The Centre has been assisting many institutions across the country by publishing technical literature in the form of text books, monographs, laboratory manuals etc. and also keeping regular interaction with them for improving the standards of technical education. Know more - http://www.iitr.ac.in/centers/QIP/pages/About_Us+History.html

CTRANS - Centre for Transportation Systems.

CoEDMM - Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation & Management.

Centre of Nanotechnology.

Educational Technology Cell.



Central Library - The Central Library of the Institute is one of the best academic libraries in the country. With its collection of more than 3,20,000 documents it provides the world class information support to its users. Besides printed books and journals, its collection contains all forms of documents such as  CD-ROMs, On line databases, audio-video material, standards, specifications, theses, reports etc. The library has access to more than 8000 electronic journals which is available through the campus wide fibre-optic network to all computers in the institute.

Hostels - There are seven Boys' Hostels and two Girls' Hostels. The Hostels provides various facilities like carom board, chess, Table Tennis, Barber shop, Tailor Shop, Cafeteria. Each hostel has a state of art Cyber Cafe, managed by students. All hostels are fully Wifi connected. There is also provision for Canteens.

Research - The research that is associated with the Institute can be broadly classified into two categories:

  1. Departmental Research and Research at Academic Centers.
  2. Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy.

Know more - http://www.iitr.ac.in/research/pages/index.html

Institute Hospital - It has 60 bed hospital with 24 hour emergency ward and a host of other facilities and laboratories. The hospital provides immunization and  preventive approach towards health and treatment, on a broad scale.

Clubs - The students' clubs: the Hobbies club, the U.G. club, the P.G. club, the Alaknanda club and the Jawahar club house the indoor sports facilities including seven Billiards & Snooker Tables, Carrom boards, Chess boards, Table Tennis facilities and a Football table. The hobbies club also has sections devoted to pursuits like star-gazing, philately and numismatics, and robotics. The clubs also have reading rooms with a plethora of newspapers and light magazines. Each of the clubs have a TV room with a seating capacity of a hundred-odd people providing a great atmosphere for watching the winning sixer or the not-so-interesting soap operas.  

Sports - The Institute has some of the best facilities in a number of games and sports and awards proficiencies in 14 games. Some of these are - Badminton, Athletics, Rowing, Tennis, Swimming, Hockey etc

Groups - These are as follows:

  • NCC - National Cadet Corps.
  • NSS - National Service Scheme.
  • HEC - Himalayan Explorers' Club.
  • IMG - Information Management Group.
  • Watch Out - Official Students' News Magazine.
  • Kshitij - Institute's Literary Magazine.
  • SAC - Students Affair Council.

Cultural Councils - These are as follows:

  • Dramatics Section.
  • Choreography Section.
  • Programme Management Section.
  • Audio Section.
  • Light Section.
  • Music Section.
  • Literary Section.

Societies - These are as follows:

  • ChESS - Chemical Engineering Student's Society.
  • CEC - Civil Engineering Consortium.
  • EDC - Entrepreneurship Development Cell.
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • IIChE -  Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • EESS - Electrical Engineering Students' Society.
  • MIESS - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Student's Society.
  • SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers.
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Spic Macay - Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth.

Placement - The invitation, containing the relevant information and the job annexure, is sent to the companies/organizations through email/post. The Training and Placement Cell allots a date to the company as per the ranking by the students. Companies visit the campus on the given date and conduct the written technical/aptitude test, group discussion/personal interview as a part of their selection procedure.


  • IIT Roorkee is placed at 63 in the QS.com Asian University Rankings 2009.
  • Dataquest  ranked IIT Roorkee at  No. 3 among top technical Indian colleges for 2007-08 session.
  • Dataquest  ranked IIT Roorkee at  No. 5 among top technical Indian colleges for 2006-07 session.
  • It was ranked 14th best in Asia by Asiaweek in 2000.

Information compiled from: Indian Institute of Technology ,Roorkee - website

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