Harcourt Butler Technological Institute

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Coordinates: 26°29′37″N 80°18′27″E / 26.49352°N 80.307484°E / 26.49352; 80.307484

Harcourt Butler Technological Institute

"Shramah ayvam Param Tapah"

(Sanskrit for: Work and Great Austerity)
Established 1921
Type Government, Autonomous
Director Prof. (Dr.) A.K Nagpal
Location Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Campus Urban
East Campus
77 acres (31 ha)
West Campus
271 acres (110 ha)
Website www.hbti.ac.in
HBTI Kanpur administration building

Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, popularly known as HBTI, Kanpur or HBTI, is an autonomous engineering college under the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (formerly Gautam Buddha Technical University). Its programs have been conferred autonomous status under the university.[1] It is one of the oldest engineering institutes in the country. The institute holds ISO 9001:2000 certification. It offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in engineering, as well as Masters degrees in Business Administration and Computer Applications.

In 1959, when the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) was established, its classes were held in the canteen building of HBTI until IITK had its own campus.[2] HBTI is the mother institute of the National Sugar Institute, the Government Central Textile Institute, now known as Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute and the Glass Institute.


The history of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute dates to the 1920s when there was a growing realization of the need for advancement in science and technology among the people of what was then called the United Provinces. Consequently, the Indian Industrial Commission at its Nainital meeting proposed two institutions for engineering — one at Roorkee and the other at Kanpur. To boost entrepreneurship, accelerate industrial development, to create a sound environment for contemporary applied research and to inculcate scientific and technical temper, an institute called `Government Research Institute, Cawnpore' was started in 1920. It was housed in two rooms of what was called Sher Wali Kothi. The old majestic building is still intact at the northwest corner of the Company Bagh crossing, Nawabganj. Dr. Annett was then the principal of the Opium Research Laboratory of which the new institute was an adjunct.

On 25 November 1921, the governor of the United Provinces, Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler (1869–1938), K.C.S.I., C.I.E., laid the foundation of the present building. It was rechristened Government Technological Institute in 1921. In 1926, it got the name Harcourt Butler Technological Institute. Its first principal of Indian nationality was Dattatreya Yashwant Athawale (Rao Saheb Rai Bahadur).


HBTI is a government financed institute and has the following six authorities overlooking its complete administration:

  • Board of Governors
  • Finance Committee
  • Administrative Committee
  • Building & Works Committee
  • Purchase Committee
  • Academic Committee

The institute is headed by a director, Prof. M.C. Shukla since January 25, 2014, who succeeded Prof. J.S.P. Rai who in turn took over from Prof. (Dr.) R.K. Khitolia on December 22, 2011. Apart from the director, the institute has several administrative officers and personnel for day-to-day functioning:

  • Registrar & Deputy Registrar
  • Accounts Officer
  • Dean & Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Dean & Assistant Dean of Student's welfare
  • Dean & Assistant Dean of Research and Development
  • Dean & Assistant Dean of Planning and Resource Generation
  • Chief Proctor & the Proctorial Board
  • Controller Of Examinations
  • In-Charge, Training & Placement
  • Public Information Officer
  • Heads of respective academics departments
  • TEQIP - II Co-ordinator
  • Administrative Officer
  • Chairman & Secretary of CSA
  • Senior Superintendent Examinations
  • Librarian & Deputy Librarian
  • System Manager
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Physical Instructor
  • Wardens of respective hostels


HBTI is one of the most reputed and sought after engineering colleges of the state of Uttar Pradesh, and the best college available through the SEE-UPTU examination. It has always been considered to be one of the best 50 engineering colleges of the country. In 2007, India Today ranked HBTI at #25 amongst the top 100 engineering colleges of India. It was also ranked #21, #32 & #48 by Dataquest's DQ-CMR T-Schools Survey 2006, 2011 & 2012.[3] In rankings limited to government colleges, it was ranked #26 and #31 by Mint's Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2008[4] and 2009[5] respectively. In 2009, Current Science (Vol. 97, No. 3, 10 August 2009) ranked HBTI at #17 amongst top 30 engineering and technological institutes of India for their research performance during 1999-2008 and #25 amongst 67 institutes based on the total number of papers published during the same period, using the Scopus database.[6] It was ranked #26, #24,[7] and #25[8] by Outlook India's Survey of Top Engineering Colleges of 2011, 2012, and 2013.[9] HBTI has also been awarded 'Best Government Engineering College' in ABP News (Previously "Star News") National B-School Awards - three years in a row - 2011, 2012 & 2013. In 2012, Career360 ranked it at #39 nationally.[10]


The institute is in the northern part of the city, near the Kanpur Zoo, spread across two campuses, the east campus (77 acres) and the west campus (271 acres) 3 km apart.

East campus (academic block)[edit]

The academic campus shares a border with the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology's campus. It comprises:

  • The main building which was inaugurated in 1921. It houses the administrative offices and departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, with departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Humanities.
  • Five buildings which house the departments of Computer Science & IT, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering and Leather Technology.
  • Central Library, Auditorium, Workshop, Cafeteria and Computer Centre
  • Oil Technologist's Association of India's (OTAI) [11] headquarters, Council of Leather Exports' (CLE) [12] central regional office, Paint and Coating Technologist's Association's (PACT) [13] headquarters and Institution of Engineers (India)'s Kanpur Local Centre.
  • Guest House
  • Medical Centre
  • Central Bank of India (CBI) branch and ATM
  • Four girls' hostels
  • Two boys' hostels-LV old and LV new
  • Lawn tennis and badminton courts
  • Gymnasium

West campus (residential block)[edit]

The West Campus features:

  • Three boys’ hostels: WCH-1, WCH-2 and WCH-3 (WCH stands for West Campus Hostel)
  • Community Centre
  • Residential quarters for faculty and staff
  • State Bank of India (SBI) ATM, operational since late 2012
  • Postal facilities
  • Playgrounds and an athletic track for cricket, hockey, football, basketball and volleyball.


HBTI offers its students the choice of a vide variety of UG and PG courses, awarding the following degrees:

B.Tech. courses are offered in 13 fields of engineering and technology. All have been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):

Oil Technology is the oldest course being offered by the college. Till 1970, HBTI conducted courses in Sugar Technology, Textile Technology and Glass Technology. Subsequently, three new institutes — the National Sugar Institute, Government Central Textile Institute, now known as Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, and Glass Institute — were created out of these departments.

In addition to bachelor level programs, MCA,M.Tech. (part-time and regular), MBA (through STEP-HBTI) and Doctoral programs in all the discipline of Engineering, Technology and Basic Sciences are available. Besides playing an education role, the institute runs research programs sponsored by government institutions and research organizations. The institute is a QIP (Quality Improvement Programme of MHRD, Govt. of India) centre for offering Ph.D. programme in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Electronics Engineering with two seats in each discipline for teachers.

Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park (STEP-HBTI)[edit]

STEP is a project sponsored and managed by HBTI, Kanpur with Department of Science & Technology, government of India, New Delhi. It is financed by financial institutions like IDBI, IFCI and ICICI with active funding from the government of Uttar Pradesh, through its Department of Science & Technology and Department of Industries. It was established in 1986 at HBTI, Kanpur for motivating science, technology and engineering graduates for taking up entrepreneurship as a career. It offers PGDM (since 2011), MBA and DOEACC "O" and "A" level courses.

Student's activities and associations[edit]

Council of Student's Activities[edit]

The Council of Student's Activities is responsible for organising extra- and co-curricular activities in the institute. It is headed by a chairman and has a secretary and assistant secretary, all of whom are faculty members. It has several sub-councils and clubs, each presided over by convener, also from the faculty members. They have a student secretary, elected by the students through direct voting (secret ballot), done on non-party lines.

The sub-councils/clubs are as follows:

Events and festivals[edit]

HBTI is host to several national, international and state-level conferences, seminars and programs — jointly organised by departments of the college and organisations like IEI, OTAI, PACT, and several departments of U.P. and Indian government, etc. Apart from them, the college organises the following events and youth festivals:

  • Odyssey - National Level Cultural Festival.
  • Incord - State level technical event, organised by Department Computer Science & Engineering and Information Technology (M.C.A,CS,IT), with the support from Uttar Pradesh Technical University. Incord Official website
  • Taal - Intra-college cultural festival.
  • Nirmaan - by Department of Civil Engineering. [1]
  • Mecharnival - by Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Resonance - by Department of Electrical Engineering.
  • Techroma - Annual technological fest of paint technology branch conducted for first time on 8 and 9 March 2011 in association with PACT.
  • Samaagam - Oil and Paint Technology department annual technical seminar on surface coatings and paints
  • Genesis - by Department of Food Technology and Bio-chemical Engineering. Genesis Official website
  • Interface - by Department of Chemical Engineering. [2]
  • TechEra - It is annual technical festival of Department Electronics Engineering .This technical festival is organised by Association of Electronics Engineers H.B.T.I. Kanpur.This technical festival was first organised in 1996.It was also organised by the name of 'Anuvartan' in some previous years.
  • " Corium - by Department of Leather Technology.


The departments have their own associations composed of students, alumni and faculty members. They are headed by a faculty convener and a president and secretary from among the students. There is the 'Association of Civil Engineers' (ACE) in the Civil Engineering Department, 'Association of Mechanical Engineers' (AME) in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and the like.


HBTI alumni are popularly known as Harcourtians. The Alumni Association (Official Website) of HBTI works to bring together all the alumni and organises national and international meets. It's executive committee comprises the following:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Joint-Secretary
  • Executive Members

A list of some of the distinguished alumni is as follows:

  • Dinesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, IndiaMART.com[14]
  • Anil Khandelwal Ex. Chairman and Managing Director- Bank Of Baroda.[15][16]
  • Aditya Verma, COO, Makaan.com
  • Dinesh J. Shahra, Managing Director, Ruchi Soya Industries Limited [17]
  • K.C. Purohit, Chairman & MD, Nuclear Power Corporation of India[18]
  • Rajneesh Khare, Chief Innovation Officer, Citibank, India
  • Satish Katiyar, GM, eBay Audience Platform, US & CTO-Shopping.com[19] and Ex-CTO, Cox Digital Sudios, USA
  • Sunil Agarwal, Co-founder and Director, Kamdhenu Ispat Ltd.[20]
  • Atul Saraya, Director (Power), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited[21]
  • Rajesh Mehrotra, CEO, Berger Becker Coatings Ltd, India & Bangladesh
  • Dr. Devendra Kumar, Founder, 'Centre of Science for Villages', and hailed as ‘Doyen’ of ‘Appropriate Technology’ in India[22]
  • Syed Mansoor Ahmed, Vice President and Global Business Head, Wipro EcoEnergy [23]
  • Dr. Yogendra K. Saxena, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tata Power
  • Prashant Swaroop (Chemical 1969), Former Director(Operations), Hindustan Copper Ltd.[24]
  • Mayank Sharma, recipient of "World's Best Product Developer” award (The Stevie Awards: the American International Business Award, 2004)[25]
  • Yashvir Singh, Member Of Parliament-Nagina Lok Sabha Constituency[26]
  • Hari Mohann Kansal, Director and CEO, Uflex Group Company[27]
  • Anu Garg, Founder, Wordsmith.org [28]
  • Dr. Raj Senani, Director, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi[29]
  • Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, CEO, Fine Chemicals & CRAMS, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, Noida[30]
  • Dinesh K. Singh, Associate Project Director, Human Space Flight Program, ISRO
  • Sanjay Srivastava, Lead Environment Specialist, World Bank
  • Ashutosh Chandra, Head/AVP - Real Estate at Bangalore International Airport Ltd
  • Krishna Singh, Sr. Vice President - Technology at Wells Fargo Ltd, USA
  • Sanjeev Mehrotra, President, Business Development, Tirupati Inks Ltd, India and Ex-Head-Sales, Sakata INX (India) ltd.
  • Binoy Chakraborty, Ex-Country Head-Industrial Finishes, Akzo Nobel (India) Ltd[31]
  • Mr. Ajay Goyal, Ex-Vice President-Petroleum Business & Retail Commercial, Reliance Industries Limited
  • Ashish Bakshi, Ex-Country Head, India Operations, BenQ[32]
  • Sudhir Kant, Ex-President, Millipore, India and Founder & Director, U.S. India Importers’ Council[33]
  • Sheit Dhaon, Sheit Dhaon, Chief Financial Officer, FAIR Health, Inc., USA and Ex-VP, Director of Finance, Thomson Reuters, USA
  • Mohit Srivastava, Founder & CEO, Eddvantage, Chile and Ex-Country Manager/CEO- Evalueserve, Chile
  • Avneesh Gupta, CEO, Neemus Software Solutions and ex-CEO, MinVesta Infotech Limited
  • Prof. Onkar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Madan Mohan Malviya University Of Technology, Gorakhpur[34]
  • Prof.(Dr.) Vinay Kumar Pathak, Vice Chancellor, Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota[35]
  • Rear Admiral. Samir Saran Lal (Retd.), Indian Navy

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Autonomy". HBTI Autonomy. Harcourt Butler Technological Institute. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "History of IITK". History of IITK. IIT Kanpur. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.dqindia.com/dataquest/specials/154885/dq-cmr-t-schools-survey-2012-nurturing-indias-top-tech-talent
  4. ^ http://www.livemint.com/r/LiveMint/Period1/oldpdf/22eafcc9-0ae8-4d10-8efa-6cb64d3ff467.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.livemint.com/r/LiveMint/Period1/oldpdf/c44412de-5599-4286-935b-420729bdfc69.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Downloads/download_pdf.php?titleid=id_097_03_0304_0306_0
  7. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Top-Engineering-Colleges-/281299
  8. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Top-Engineering-Colleges/286302
  9. ^ http://www.myengg.com/engg/info/23184/outlook-india-survey-2013-top-75-engineering-colleges-in-india/
  10. ^ http://www.engineering.careers360.com/colleges/ranking/2012?tid=All&term_node_tid_depth=All&field_entrance_exam_target_id=All&page=1
  11. ^ http://www.otai.org/
  12. ^ http://www.leatherindia.org/
  13. ^ http://www.hbti.ac.in/Dept/OTPT/PT/association.htm
  14. ^ "IndiaMART - Board Members". 
  15. ^ http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/anil-k.-khandelwal-book-dare-to-lead-review/1/17512.html
  16. ^ http://www.moneycontrol.com/news-topic/bank-of-baroda-cmd-anil-khandelwal/
  17. ^ http://www.muezhest.com/index.html
  18. ^ http://www.npcil.nic.in/main/KC_Purohit.htm
  19. ^ http://de.shopping.com/sc/management_team
  20. ^ http://www.kamdhenu ispat.com/sunilkumar.html
  21. ^ http://www.bhel.com/press_release/press_pop.php?press_id=36
  22. ^ http://gandhifootpr ints.org/ genesis/index.php
  23. ^ https://wiproecoenergy.com/about-us/
  24. ^ http://hindustancopper.gov.in/corp1.html
  25. ^ http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Indian_is_worlds_best_product_developer-nid-23291.html
  26. ^
  27. ^ http://www.packagingsouthasia.com/news/Ultimate_Flexipack__1477.html
  28. ^ http://wordsmith.org/awad/about.html
  29. ^ http://www.nsit.ac.in/director/dir.php
  30. ^ http://in.linkedin.com/pub/rajesh-kumar-srivastava/11/706/212
  31. ^ http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2008-11-23/news/28481593_1_new-plant-coatings-akzo-nobel
  32. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/2003121/biz.htm#3
  33. ^ http://www.usiic.in/sudhirkant.html
  34. ^ http://www.mmmec.ac.in/VCMessage.aspx
  35. ^ http://www.vmou.ac.in/content/about-vmou

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