Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology

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Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology
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Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology
Motto علم الانسان ما لم يعلم
Motto in English
Teacheth the Man which he knew not (Qur'an 96:5, Surah Iqra)
Established November 21st, 1938
Type Education and Research institution
Endowment US$ 12 million
Vice-Chancellor Lt. General(Retd)Zameeruddin Shah
Principal Professor Mohibullah
Dean Professor Mohibullah
Administrative staff
Students 2,000
Undergraduates 1440
Postgraduates 550
Location Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
27.914914, 78.077745
Campus Aligarh
Affiliations AMU, NBA, AICTE
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The Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET) is a college which is among many colleges within the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is named after Zakir Hussain, President of India (1967–69), who is an alumnus of AMU and was its Vice-Chancellor from 1948 to 1956. The foundation was laid on 21 November 1938. Course fees and boarding fees are the lowest in India and, as such, it is preferred by students when they consider both tuition costs and quality of education.


The college offers courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research level. The language of instruction in all courses is English. There are eleven associated academic departments:

Department of Architecture[edit]

The Department of Architecture was established in the year 1993 & the First batch graduated in the year 1998. The Department is under the faculty of Engineering and Technology and runs as per the norms of the Council of Architecture and AICTE. The department aims to develop a great seat of learning for young Architects with high intellectual qualities to meet the challenges of the changing scenario of the world. The department is committed to maintain high standards of discipline and achieve high academic excellence. To achieve this, the effort has to be planned in a pragmatic manner taking stock of what exists and what needs to be developed/ required in time with the standards prescribed by COA in a phased manner.

COA is apex statutory body which regulates & controls the profession& education of Architecture in the country. It is thus mandatory for any & every Institution imparting education in Architecture at UG & / PG level, to meet their prescribed standards for the same. Every graduate is supposed to get registered with the body to be legitimately called as "Architect" & pursue the profession of Architecture in the country. Major Thrust Areas Of The Departments

  • Computerized Studios
  • Computer designing and drafting labs with the related infrastructure.
  • Availability of latest software for design and drafting.

Department of Chemical Engineering[edit]

The idea of the creation of the Department of Chemical Engineering at A.M.U. was born with the visit of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan of the UAE in 1975 as a beginning towards the larger goal of establishing an Institute of Petroleum Studies. As a first step in this direction, the approval of the UGC was obtained for the creation of the Department in the fifth Five Year Plan and it came into existence in 1978, when the first five year undergraduate course in Chemical Engineering started with an intake of thirty students (now it is a four year degree course as everywhere). A Post-graduate Diploma in Petroleum Processing was started in the Department in 1987, which was upgraded to full-fledged degree in M.Sc. Engg. (Petroleum Processing) in 1988. The course was, however later transferred to the Department of Petroleum Studies in 1993. There was no PG programme in the Department for about 06 years.

A Masters programme of M.Tech. (Chemical Engineering) was started in 1999 with specialization in Process Modeling and Simulation. Another specialization, "Computer Aided Design of Process Plant has also been approved by the University. However, this specialization could not be started due to shortage of teaching staff.

Department of Civil Engineering[edit]

Many research projects sponsored by A.I.C.T.E., U.G.C., D.S.T., C.S.I.R., D.R.D.O., C.S.T. (U.P.), Ministry of Environment and Forest and Indian Oil Corporation, Govt. of India have been successfully completed in the past. The faculty members have published significant number of Research papers in International Journals, National Journals and the Proceedings of various International and National Seminars, Conferences, Symposia and Workshops.

The faculty members have also published several textbooks and prepared an appreciable number of Technical Reports, Laboratory Manuals, and other Teaching Aids. The faculty members also have to their credit many awards such as Khosla Award, Suchit Kumar memorial Award, Institution of Engineers (I), Khosla Research Prize, ISET Best Paper award, Deshpande award (FM & FP, India), Jai Krishna Award, Sir Arthur Cotton Memorial Gold Medal to name a few.

Many faculty members have chaired technical session of different National and International meets and have also been the members of the various technical committees within the country and abroad as well. The research publications of the faculty members have been widely cited and some of the faculty members are also the reviewers of International Journals.

At the under graduate level, the Civil Engineering Department offers B. Tech. (Civil) course and at the post graduate level M. Tech. course is offered in three major fields of specialization viz. Structural Engineering, Hydraulic Structures, and Environmental Engineering. At the Doctoral level, the Department offers Ph. D. in Structural Engineering, Hydraulic Structures, Environmental Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.

Zakir Husain college of Engineering and Technology is one among the seven institutes identified by M.H.R.D., Government of India, for the upgradation to the level of Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.).

First installment of the grant for this purpose has already been received and the process of upgradation has begun with the upgradation of laboratories. The process of upgradation is expected to take five more years during which period the department is expected to become at par with I.I.T.

Major Thrust Areas Of The Departments:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Fibre Composites and New Construction Materials
  • Transient Dynamic Analysis of Structures
  • Structural Masonry
  • Experimental Stress Techniques and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Numerical Modelling and Optimization Techniques
  • Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment of Structures
  • Earthquake Resistant Low Cost Housing
  • Wind Engineering
  • Offshore Structures
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Fly ash Utilization
  • Instrumentation Technique, Application of Optical Fibre
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • Hydrology
  • Computational Hydraulics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Fly Ash Utilization and Disposal
  • Ring/Annular/Shell and Pile Foundations
  • Soil Structure Interaction and Environmental Geo-Technology
  • Application of Geo-synthetics in Ground Improvement Techniques
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste ManagementPhysico Chemical Treatment ProcessesCorrosion ControlAir Pollution
  • Modelling and Simulation of Treatment Processes

Department of Computer Engineering[edit]

The department of Computer Engineering was created in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology by the president of India in his capacity as the visitor of the Aligarh Muslim University vide letter no. F.7.22 (C.E.)/91-NRO/ED-1352 dated 13.06.1991 from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Department is currently running a B.Tech. Programme in Computer Engineering and an M.Tech. Programme in Computer Science and Engineering with specialization in Software Engineering. In a short span of time since its creation, the Department of Computer Engineering has performed exceedingly well on academic front. The success of a Department is best judge by the performance of its students. The students have fared commendably in various national as well as International level competitions like, GATE, CAT, GRE, SAT etc. They have secured admissions to higher studies at institutions of repute. The training and skills that they acquire have aided in their overwhelming success at placements in prestigious organizations both at national as well as global level.

The Department is also actively involved in conducting Faculty development programmes as well as training programmes for the benefit of the staff as well its students. It is also keeping abreast with the rapid advancements in the field of Computer Engineering by frequent revision of course structure and syllabi.

Thrust Area Of The Department:

  • Parallel Computing
  • Soft Computing
  • Web Mining
  • Software Engg
  • Computer Graphics

Department of Electrical Engineering[edit]

The department of Electrical Engineering (EED) was established in 1935 with an intake of 20 students for certificate courses and subsequently started Bachelors Degree programme in 1940 and produced its first graduate in 1943. A new phase of major developments in the department started during third five-year plan when the intake was raised to 90.

The UGC sanctioned the funds for the additional space, equipments and staff to meet the requirements of the increased intake. While implementing the new schemes, changes and modifications were made in the curriculum of the B.Sc. Engineering course in order to be at par with the International standards. A postgraduate course in "Instrumentation and Control", the first postgraduate course in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, was sanctioned and started in 1964 with an intake of 10 students. During the fourth five-year plan, the number of postgraduate course increased to three with a total intake of 25 students with scholarship. The department was bifurcated in 1988 with creation of a separate Deptt. of Electronics Engg. In effect 60 UG and 34 PG (With two streams; Power System & Drives and Instrumentation & Control) intake were left with the EED.

The EED, in its efforts to improve the academic qualifications of its staff, had been availing various National and International scholarships to send the faculty members abroad. However, the greatest boost to this came with the introduction of quality improvement programme (QIP) by the Government of India. Till now, quite a good number of teachers have made use of this programme to develop expertise in various areas of Electrical Engineering.

With the rejoining of these faculty members to the EED the research work has been accelerated.

The first Ph.D. in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University was produced by this department in 1977. Since then a good number of Ph.D students are enrolled and successfully complete their studies.

Presently (2006-07) 13 Ph.D. students are enrolled in the EED. Further, the faculty members of the EED have till date, published more than 800 research papers. The EED has organised several short-term training courses and the national level seminars/conferences for young Engineers in industries and academics.

Major Thrust Areas Of The Departments:

Although the department is putting all the sincere effort to grow in multi dimensions in several areas of Electrical Engineering but some of the identified thrust areas are:

  • Power System Dynamics and Control including Parallel AC/DC & Simultaneous AC/DC Transmission system.
  • High Voltage Engineering with special emphasis on the development of Superconducting and Insulating materials.
  • Power Electronics and Drives focusing on the development of novel converter topologies and Multi-Phase Motor Drives.
  • Renewable Energy Sources with effort in optimising the tapping of energy from solar photo-voltaic systems.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing with orientation towards bio-engineering.

The Department of Electrical Engineering is equipped with the Laboratories. This are listed below:

  • SCADA and Industrial Automation Laboratory (most recently added)
  • High Voltage Laboratory
  • Electric drives laboratory
  • Power electronics laboratory
  • Simulation laboratory
  • Power system laboratory
  • Electric Machine laboratory
  • Advance Instrumentation laboratory
  • Non- Conventional Energy laboratory
  • Centre of Renewable Energy


Department of Electronics Engineering[edit]

The Department of Electronics Engineering was formally created in February 1988 on a proposal submitted by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, to the University Grants Commission. In its original recommendations, the Faculty had submitted proposals for a comprehensive Programme in Electronics Engineering catering to the requirements in the area at the Undergraduate (UG), Postgraduate (PG), and research levels. These proposals were basically made in view of the national requirements in the thrust area of electronics, and after taking into consideration the availability of a strong infrastructure in this area at the Aligarh Muslim University. The expert committee of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Northern Region, visited the university on 19 August 1986 and examined the proposals for the creation of new department.

On the recommendations of this committee and subsequent sanction of the UGC (under VII Plan), a Bachelor’s degree Programme (with an intake of 30 students diverted from the Electrical Engineering Department) was started, with the name "Department of Electronics Engineering".

The faculty has supervised a good number of Ph.D. thesis, M.Tech. Dissertations and undergraduate projects. In addition, the department has floated a number of projects to the funding agencies. It has already been awarded financial assistance by various agencies including DRDO, MHRD, AICTE, UGC and CSIR etc.

Thrust Area Of The Department

  • Exploring novel algorithms and architectures for wired and wireless multimedia for various applications
  • Strengthening Research activities
  • VLSI Design
  • Low power Design
  • SoC and NoC Design issues in Deep submicron
  • Novel and energy efficient FPGA architectures
  • Signal Processing & Applications
  • Audio & Speech Processing
  • Image and Video Coding
  • Video streaming
  • Wireless Systems and Networks
  • RF Design & Transceiver algorithms
  • Multimedia over wireless
  • New wireless systems and application

Department of Mechanical Engineering[edit]

The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aligarh Muslim University was established about sixty years back. Ph.D., M.Tech., B.Tech. & B.E. (Evening) programmes are being offered. Ninety two students in B.Tech. and forty two in the three M.Tech. Courses (Thermal Engineering, Industrial & Production Engg. and Machine Design) are admitted every year on the basis of written competitive tests on all India basis. The department offers 85 UG & 33 PG Courses in the various disciplines of mechanical engineering. The Deptt. has a very well qualified teaching staff actively engaged in teaching & research and contributing effectively in administrative & corporate life of the campus. The faculty has published over 600 research papers in the International & National Journals of repute. Their participation in the International & National Conferences and Seminars has been quite encouraging and enthusiastic. Under the MODROB and TAPTEC programmes of the All India Council for Technical Education, a number of projects of the faculty have been funded this year amounting to Rupees fifty lacs.

The experimental computational and related facilities available in the department are located in the following Laboratories: Turbine/Pump, Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics/Turbomachines, Microprocessor Applications, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Internal Combustion Engines, Heat Power, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Combustion & Pollution Control, Heat Transfer, Machinery Dynamics, Stress Analysis/Tribology, Production Engineering, Computers and Robotics, Material Science, Metrology & CNC, Quality Assurance, CAD & CAM.

We have recently established an Instructional & Research Resource Centre (IRRC) in the department to impart modern education through Multimedia Projection system. Dozens of audio-visual cassettes on state of the art information on current topics, software packages, over forty computers for our UG/PG students and fully furnished Conference room constitute this IRRC. Series of lectures by invited experts from Industries and Institutions are planned every year for the benefit of students and faculty.

The students are taken on educational tour to various industries and have to undergo summer training (which is required part of curriculum) in order to acquire practical knowledge of modern machines, materials and processes. Training & Placement Office takes care of campus interviews and helps the students in getting suitable jobs.

Department of Petroleum Studies[edit]

The idea of establishing an Institute of Petroleum Technology at Aligarh Muslim University was conceived following the visit of His Highness Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of UAE who visited Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh on 1 January 1975. A sum of US $ 2 lacs was also contributed by H.H. Sheikh Zaid for the Institute. In view of the above and realizing the importance of the job oriented courses and future demand of the country in the area of Petroleum Studies, the University submitted a proposal for the Establishment of the Petroleum Institute to the University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

The UGC sanctioned the Establishment of the Institute of Petroleum Studies & Chemical Engineering in 1983 in phased manner, renamed as "Department of Petroleum Studies".

The UGC also sanctioned a one year Post- graduate Diploma in Petroleum Processing .The P.G. Diploma in Petroleum Processing course was started with an intake of 10 students from the session 1984-85.

Various laboratories relating to testing and determining the characteristics and properties of refinery and petrochemicals products, petroleum and petrochemical processing and other facilities have also been established from the UGC grant.The P.G Diploma in Petroleum Processing course sanctioned by UGC was upgraded to full – fledged M.Sc.

Engineering in Petroleum Processing from the session 1988-89 to enhance the job potentialities of the post graduate students and to initiate research work in the area of Petroleum Processing and Conversion.

In addition, the department has floated a number of projects to the funding agencies. It has already been awarded financial assistance by various agencies including DRDO, MHRD, AICTE, UGC and CSIR etc.

The Department has research facilities in the area of Hydrodesulfurization, Heat Transfer Studies to Boiling Hydrocarbon Liquids and their Mixtures in Vertical tube Thermosiphon Reboiler, Nucleate Boiling of Hydrocarbon Mixtures on Smooth and Enhanced surfaces, Studies on Corrosion & its Control for Petroleum Industries, Kinetics Studies of Hydrogenation and Oxidation reactions, etc. are also available.


Book bank[edit]

The Library of Z.H. College of Engineering & Technology, AMU Aligarh was established in 1938 with about 300 books. Apart from the main College Library, the College has departmental libraries/ seminars located in all departments of studies of the Engineering College. The Book bank Section of the Library was started in 1964 to provide books on hire basis to all UG students. The College Library is placed in a two-storied building with a total covered area of about 1000 Sq. m. The College Library is run with services of 15 technical staff, one LDC, two Office Attendants, one MTS. The College Library is a member of INDEST Consortium (Level 3) sponsored by AICTE.

The College Library caters to the need of more than 2000 UG, PG students and research scholars apart from about 225 teaching faculty. The Library presently possesses the following resources at its disposal:

  • Stack & Circulation Section: More than 65,579 books
  • Book Bank Section: About 93,000 books.
  • Periodical Section: Printed Journals/Periodicals: 130
  • Electronic Journals through: INDEST UGC INFONET

The automation of College Library is under process. As of now all the books in Circulation Section are issued with help of automated system using bar coded member card. From next year onward all issue and receipt of books in the Book Bank will be through an automated system using Libsys Software.

Student Activities[edit]

Apart from the students' forums are technical societies like:

  • IEEE
  • IETE
  • ASME
  • SAE
  • ASCE


The college was ranked 60 out of the top 75 Engineering Colleges of India in 2012 by Outlook India.[1] It was ranked 51st in top 100 Engineering Schools of India by Dataquest in 2005.[2]


  1. ^ "Top Engineering Colleges | Outlook". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ Cyber India Online Ltd. "Dataquest : Top Stories : The Complete Scorecard". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 

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