Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi

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Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi
Official Logo of IIT(BHU),Varanasi,India,2013.png
Motto संस्कार ही शिक्षा
(Sanskar hi Shiksha)
Motto in English Education is Character
Established 1919
Type Public
Chairman Lalji Singh
Director Rajeev Sangal[1]
Academic staff 265
Location Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Campus Urban
Acronym IIT(BHU), IIT-BHU,IIT-VARANASI,IIT-V
Website www.iitbhu.ac.in

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi (IIT (BHU), Varanasi) is a public engineering institution located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Founded in 1919, it was designated an Indian Institute of Technology in 2012. IIT Varanasi has 13 departments and three inter-disciplinary schools.

IIT(BHU),Varanasi has a residential and co-educational campus built on an area of 400 acres within the larger BHU campus which is spread over nearly 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) at the southern end of Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganges. In 1971, three faculties of BHU viz., Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), College of Mining & Metallurgy (MINMET) and College of Technology (TECHNO) were merged to form the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU). IT-BHU was designated as an IIT by The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2012 which was passed by the Lok Sabha on 24 March 2011 and by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012. The President signed the Bill on 20 June 2012 and was notified in the Gazette of India on 21 June 2012.[2]

History[edit]

IIT (BHU), Varanasi has formerly been known as the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET), the College of Technology (TECHNO) and the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU). Its establishment is intimately linked with that of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The first convocation ceremony at BHU was held on 19 January 1919. The Chancellor of the University, Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar of Mysore who had come to preside over and address the convocation, performed the opening ceremony of the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO) Workshop buildings.[3] An Artisan Course was started on 11 February 1919. BHU has the credit of first starting degree classes in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, metallurgy and Pharmaceutics, thanks to the foresight of its great founder, Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya.

The Department of Geology was started under BENCO in 1920. Courses in Mining and Metallurgy were introduced by the Geology Department. The Department of Industrial Chemistry was started in July 1921. In 1923, Mining and Metallurgy was established as a separate department and in 1944 it was raised to the status of a college forming the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET).[3]

BHU was the first Indian university to introduce the study of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.[3] This initiative was taken in 1932 when a new group of subjects for the B.Sc. Examination consisting of (a) Chemistry, (b) Botany with Pharmacognosy and (c) Pharmaceutical Studies was started in 1934 and in 1935 a new three year programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy was introduced. The science departments of the University were under the Central Hindu College. In September 1935, a new College of Science was constituted comprising the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Ceramics. In 1937, the Department of Glass Technology also came into existence under this college. The year 1939 witnessed the establishment of a separate College of Technology (TECHNO) comprising the departments of Industrial Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Ceramics and Glass Technology.[3]

In 1968, BENCO, TECHNO and MINMET were merged into one and the Institute of Technology (IT-BHU) was established integrating the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil and Municipal Engineering, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Silicate Technology and Pharmaceutics. The Department of Silicate Technology subsequently became the Department of Ceramic Engineering. A separate Department of Electronics Engineering was also established.[3] The departments of Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics and Applied Chemistry were established in 1985.

The earlier system of regional admission based on merit lists was replaced in 1972 by admission through Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for undergraduate courses and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for postgraduate courses. In the tenth meeting of IIT Council in 1972, it was also proposed to convert the then IT-BHU into an IIT and a committee was appointed by IIT Council for the same but due to political reasons, the desired conversion could not be achieved then.[4]

In 2003, Committees constituted by MHRD (Professors Joshi and Anand Krishnan Committees)[5] had recommended for the conversion of the Institute into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).[6] On 17 July 2008, the government of India issued a press release granting "In principle approval for taking over the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University – a constituent unit of the Banaras Hindu University, a Central University, its conversion into an Indian Institute of Technology and integrating it with the IIT system in the country."[7] The BHU Executive Council approved the proposal of the HRD ministry to convert IT-BHU to IIT (BHU), Varanasi, retaining academic and administrative ties to BHU.

On 4 August 2010 a bill seeking to amend the Institutes of Technology Act 1961 to declare IT-BHU an IIT was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for HRD, D. Purandeswari.[8][9][10] The Lok Sabha passed The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 on 24 March 2011[11] and the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012, thereby formalizing the IIT status of the Institute.[12] The Bill was signed by the President of India on 20 June 2012 and notified in the gazette on 21 June.[13] The Central Government released a notification on 29 June that as per the Act, the transformation process was complete and IT-BHU was officially rechristened as IIT (BHU) Varanasi.[citation needed]

Academics[edit]

Undergraduate programme[edit]

IIT (BHU) Varanasi offers four year instructional programmes for the degree of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm). Five year programmes are categorized into the Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) programme and Integrated Master’s Degree (IMD) programme. The IDD programme offers combined B.Tech and M.Tech or alternatively B.Pharm and M.Pharm degrees. Admission to all programmes including B.Pharm is expressly through the Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology.[14] Earlier half of the intake for Pharmaceutical sciences was through JEE and the other half through BHU-PMT .But after the college was converted into an IIT, intake for B.Pharm and the IDD in Pharmaceutical sciences is exclusively through Joint Entrance Exam.

Courses in the undergraduate programme[15]
Programme Course
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Mining Engineering.
Bachelor of Pharmaceutics (B.Pharm) Pharmaceutical Sciences
Integrated Dual Degree (B.Tech and M.Tech) Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering with M. Tech in Biomedical Technology, Ceramic Engineering, Civil Engineering with M. Tech in Structural Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering with M. Tech in Power Electronics, Materials Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Mining Engineering.
Integrated Dual Degree (B.Pharm and M.Pharm) Pharmaceutical Sciences
Integrated Master's Degree (M.Tech) Engineering Physics, Industrial Chemistry and Mathematics and Computing.

An academic year is divided into two semesters each of twenty weeks duration. Each theory and laboratory course has credits assigned to it depending on the number of lectures and laboratory contact hours, Tutorial Hours and Self Study hours in a week. A seven-point letter grade (from A* to F each with a specified number of grade points) is awarded in each course. Performance is evaluated on the basis of the number of credits earned and also by the weighted grade point average earned for a course.

Postgraduate programme[edit]

Postgraduate courses offer Master of Technology (M.Tech) and Ph.D. degrees. Admissions to the M. Tech programme are made through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institutes of Technology.

  • Postgraduate Programmes:[16]

M.Tech. in Ceramic Engineering

M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering

M.Tech. in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Water Resources Engg., Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Transportation Engineering)

M.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems, Electrical Machines and Drives, Control Systems and Power Electronics)

M.Tech. in Electronics Engineering (Microwave Engineering, Digital Techniques and Instrumentation, Microelectronics and Communication Systems Engineering)

M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design, Heat Power Engineering and Production Engineering)

M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy, Metals and Materials Processing, Alloy Technology)

M.Tech. in Mining Engineering (Mine Environment, Rock Mechanics and Mine Planning)

M.Tech. in Systems Engineering

M.Tech. in Biochemical Engineering

M.Tech. in Industrial Management

M.Tech. in Biomedical Engineering

M.Tech. in Materials Science & Tech.

M.Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy)

Admission[edit]

Admission for undergraduate students is through Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for undergraduate courses and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for postgraduate courses.
From 2013 admission to undergraduate programs will be based on two tier test called (1) JEE (MAIN)[17] (2) JEE (Advanced).[18] In addition the students qualifying through JEE (Advanced) test need to be in the top 20 percentile of the respective categories in the qualifying exam conducted by the boards of their respective state/UT.

Departments[edit]

Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT (BHU)

IIT (BHU) has 17 academic units including 10 Engineering Departments, 3 Science Departments, 3 Interdisciplinary Schools and 1 Humanities & Social Sciences Section. The academic departments at IIT (BHU) Varanasi are:

  • Engineering:
    • Ceramic Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science & Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Mining Engineering
    • Pharmaceutics
Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT (BHU)
  • Sciences:
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
  • Interdisciplinary Schools:
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Material Science and Technology
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Section

The departments of Metallurgical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mining Engineering and Chemical Engineering have been recognized as Centres of Advanced Studies (CAS) by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. The Department of Metallurgical Engineering was the first engineering department in India to be thus recognized. The departments are supported under the FIST, SAP and DST schemes of the Government of India.

MCIIE and Entrepreneurship Cell[edit]

Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (MCIIE) was established in 2008. The objective of the MCIIE is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable. Incubator tenants not only benefit from business and technical assistance, they also benefit from official affiliation with the incubator, a supportive community with an entrepreneurial environment, direct link to entrepreneurs, and immediate networking and commercial opportunities with other tenant firms.[19] Programmes under MCIIE include:

  • Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship (OLPE)
  • Entrepreneurship Development and Awareness Programs
  • Technology Business Incubator (TBI) sponsored by National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, DST, New Delhi.
  • Techno Entrepreneurial Promotion Program: TePP Out Reach Centre[20]

Student activities[edit]

IIT (BHU) Varanasi provides on-campus housing to students, research scholars and faculty members. Students are required to live in one of the 13 hostels throughout their stay at the institute. There are ten hostels for male students, two for females and one married hostel. The Student's Gymkhana popularly called King's Pavilion functions through 4 Councils namely, the Cultural Council, the Science and Technology Council, the Films and Media Council and the Sports Council.


Festivals[edit]

Technex is the annual technical festival. It has footsteps dating back to 1939. It brings together students from all over the country to participate in the celebration to exploit their knowledge and creative extravagance along with experts from the fields of both academia and industry. While events may vary from year to year, generally they include or are based upon software development, model exhibition, paper and poster presentation, astronomy, robotics and general awareness.

Kashiyatra is the annual social and cultural festival. Started in 1981, it has been named Sparsh and Spandan in the past. Indian rock bands Parikrama and Indian Ocean, Indian classical musicians Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Ustad Bismillah Khan, and singers Shubha Mudgal, Shaan, Lucky Ali, Shibani Kashyap and Javed Ali, have performed at Kashiyatra. In 2006, Miss India Earth 2005 Niharika Singh took part in a fashion show organised as a part of it.

Spardha is the annual sports meet in which over 3500 competitors from close to 80 colleges take part. Events include athletics events and games such as cricket, football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and kabaddi.

Various Intra-IIT Events, also called IIT Open, are also organized separately by various clubs. They include Manthan (First year Inter-Branch) (hitherto known as Fachcha Event), Jhankaar (Dance Club, Western Music Club and Indian Music Club), Kshitij (Theatre Club), Rhetorica (Lit Club and Quiz Club), etc.

Departmental fests[edit]

Almost of every Department of IIT (BHU) Varanasi organizes a fest of its own in order to promote practical application of classroom knowledge and to bring together students of same branch from different colleges all over India. Some of these fests are internationally acknowledged and attract participation from Europe and US as well.

  • Chemical Engineering : Udbhav
  • Civil Engineering : Shilp
  • Computer Science and Engineering : Codefest, Adhyayan
  • Electrical Engineering : Prastuti
  • Electronics Engineering : Aayam
  • Mechanical Engineering : COMET
  • Metallurgical Engineering : Anveshan
  • Mining Engineering : Mettle
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering : Spirit

Kashi Utkarsh[edit]

Kashi Utkarsh is a student-run, non-profit organization working for the alleviation of misery, penury and disease chiefly in the village of Lehartara. In fact Kashi Utkarsh is NOT an organization. It is a platform for all human strivings, for all those who have a dream, a vision of a better tomorrow. All it stands for is the COURAGE to DREAM and the STRENGTH to turn them into REALITY. This modest and humble forum has never stood for providing charity to any poor or needy. What it envisaged was giving strength, power and opportunity to people, all who could ever feel needy. A.D. 1997, two students of IIT-BHU Anupam Bansal and Vinod Chaudhary of Ceramic Engineering laid the foundation stone of this organization after realizing that the people amongst the deprived classes or those from the slum clusters lacked in strength as well as motivation. They do not have the vision for a better life. So perpetually prevalent is the lack of confidence and self-respect as well as a conscience that the realm of achievements has grown too narrow, swallowed by an ever pervading monster of impossibility. MILE STONES

  • Annual Blood Donation camps, which have provided greater amount of blood to Sir Sunderlal Hospital, IMS-BHU, than any other camp in all over Varanasi. A record collection of 335 units of blood was donated by IIT students on 24 March 2010.
  • Nearly 330+ students in the said areas regularly go to school .
  • Many of the students have reached higher classes and have been able to effectively develop a dream for their future.
  • Organising medical camps in basti.
  • 30 students have been selected through Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Entrance Exam till now and are studying in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Gagokhar,Varanasi.

Rankings[edit]

Institute rankings
Engineering – India
India Today[21] 7
Outlook India[22] 7
Dataquest[23] 5

IIT (BHU), Varanasi (Previously known as IT-BHU) was ranked #7 on Outlook India's Top Engineering Colleges of 2013.[22] Dataquest's Technology School 2013 ranking placed it at #5.[23] Also in India Today's Best Engineering colleges of 2013 it has been placed at #7.[21]

Alumni[edit]

IITBHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA)[edit]

The IITBHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA) is the official alumni association with Chapters present all over the world. It is the largest alumni association among all of the IIT's. It brings together the alumni, students and faculty of IIT (BHU) to come up with projects for the improvement of the institute which can then be implemented collaboratively. Some of the projects by the Association include Wi-Fi connectivity on the campus, a lecture theatre for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, an alumni guest house, and a girls’ hostel.

The IIT (BHU) Chronicle is a monthly e-magazine published by the IITBHU Global Alumni Association. It was first published in May 2005.[24] It provides an account of events at the institute as well as notable achievements of members of the alumni community. It also publishes news and articles, sourced from a number of published sources, stating recent developments around the world. The magazine is published around the 25th of each month. It is emailed to over 11,000 alumni, students and faculty of the institute.[25]

List of Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U.), Varanasi Alumni[26][edit]

The Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi[27] has had numerous notable alumni.[26][28][29]

Science, engineering and academics[edit]

[38][39]

Corporate[edit]

Government and social work[edit]

Arts, media and entertainment[edit]

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