Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

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Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra logo.png
Motto Sā Vidyā Yā Vimuktaye
Motto in English
Learning is that which Liberates
Type Deemed University
Established 1955
Chairman CK Birla
Chancellor Draupadi Murmu
Vice-Chancellor M. K. Mishra
Location Jharkhand, India
Campus 780 acres (3.2 km2)

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (BIT Mesra) is an Indian institute of higher education and a deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act. It was established in the year 1955 at Mesra, Ranchi in the state of Jharkhand, India by the philanthropist and industrialist Late Shri. B. M. Birla. The institute was later headed by Late Shri G.P Birla and the present chairman of the board of governors is Shri C.K Birla.

The main campus at Mesra is a wholly residential campus. Following the establishment of the main campus in Mesra, extension centres have been established in several regions of India including Jaipur, Noida, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, and Deoghar as well as offshore centres in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE and Muscat, Oman.

Every year students are admitted strictly based on Merit[1] assessed by All India Rank(AIR) in JEE-Main-CSAB and AIPMT for its UG courses.


BIT Mesra Main Building

The Birla Institute of Technology was established in 1955 at Mesra by industrialist and philanthropist B. M. Birla. The institute was affiliated to Patna University until 1960, and then to the Institute of Science and Management, Ranchi. In 1986 BIT was elevated to the status of deemed university under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.

Space & Rocketry Department at BIT Mesra

BIT was the first institute in India to establish a department of space engineering and rocketry, in 1964.[2]

BIT introduced the concept of a small industries entrepreneurs park, and is the first institute in India to facilitate for young entrepreneurs the initial project funding, besides providing nursery sheds, central design and workshop facilities.[citation needed]

The Small Industries Research and Development Organization (SIRDO) was set up in 1970 as a launching pad for small manufacturing enterprises managed by graduates of BIT. Companies created from this concept include Meditron and Alcast.[citation needed] This idea was appreciated by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; and was spread to other institutes such as IITs by the Government with a concept named Science and Technological Entrepreneurs Park (STEP).[citation needed] The first STEP was approved and located in BIT Mesra.[citation needed] The entrepreneurship development cell was founded in 2007 and is run by the students. To add financial strength to this effort, BIT has set up SIDBI Centre for Innovation and Incubation (SCII) by an arrangement with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to provide funds for a limited period of time to new entrepreneurs, start up companies, and technology based organisations, to facilitate Research and Development in areas of interest with the faculty of the institute.[3]

BIT established an offshore centre in Bahrain in the year 2000. It has a PARAM 10000supercomputer at the core of its IT infrastructure.[4]

Organisation and administration[edit]

BIT functions under the control of a Board of Governors, comprising representatives of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, the UGC, the State Government, the Chancellor, the A.I.C.T.E., the Hindustan Charity Trust and the Institute Faculty. CK Birla is the chairman of the board of Governors. The Governor of the state of Jharkhand is the Chancellor of the Institute. The Technical Council headed by vice chancellor decides the academic policy of the Institute.[5]


The main campus of the Institute at Mesra is located 16 kilometers from Ranchi in a 980-acre (4.0 km2) setting at the confluence of the rivers Jhumar and Suvarnarekha. The Mesra campus is entirely residential, providing accommodation to undergraduate and postgraduate students and 550 members of faculty and staff. The infrastructure includes research laboratories, lecture halls, workshops, playground, gymnasium and a central library with over 100,000 books, journals and electronic databases.

Central facilities[edit]

Central The CAD Laboratory is a central facility of the institute where all users – undergraduate and postgraduate students, research scholars and faculty members – can work with design and analysis software.

R&D Building

Central Computing Facilities (CCF) The maintenance and upkeep of the CCF is done by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering; however the CCF is used by students and staff from all departments of the Institute.

The PARAM 10000 Supercomputer was gifted to the Institute by C-DAC, in recognition of the Institute's commitment towards quality higher education and research. The PARAM supports projects that require parallel processing and multi processor capabilities.

Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) The Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) was established in 2006 under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), funded by the World Bank and Government of Jharkhand, with an objective to provide instrumentation facilities for advanced research, to faculty.

Central Library The Central Library was established in 1955. It has print and electronic resources in the fields of science and technology. The collection includes 10,000 online journals, 100 print journals, 113,000 books, 2500 CDs, 60 audiocassettes and 4000 project reports.


Departments and programmes[edit]

BIT has 21 academic departments. It offers undergraduate BE/BTech degrees and ME/MTech degrees in the various engineering departments. MSc degrees are offered in applied sciences and B.Pharm./M.Pharm. in pharmaceutical sciences. The department of IT also offers Master of Computer Application. The department of architecture offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degrees. The university also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme and a Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT).

International Relations[edit]

BIT Ras al khaima Campus

National collaborations[edit]

BIT offers programs in collaboration with Indian institutes and industry.

Institute publications[edit]

BIT publishes international journals through its departments. These journals have eminent personalities from India as well as abroad on their Editorial Advisory Boards.

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Hotel Management and Catering Technology
    • Journal of Hospitality Application and Research (JOHAR) ISSN 0973-4538
  • Department of Management
    • Journal – The Alternative
    • NewsletterBIT by BIT
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Department of Production Engineering
    • Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Research ISSN 0973-0281


Admissions for BIT Mesra are based on All India level exams in respective fields.

Undergraduate Courses

  • BE: through JEE Main conducted by CBSE and Central Counselling by CSAB (CCB before 2014)
  • BArch: through JEE Main and Central Counselling by CSAB (CCB before 2014).
  • B.Pharm.: through JEE Main and AIPMT
  • Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT): through Institute Entrance Exam and Interview.

Postgraduate courses

  • ME/MTech/M.Pharm./MUP: based on GATE scores and interviews (for GATE candidates) and Institute Entrance Exam and personal interviews (for non-GATE candidates)
  • MBA: through CAT conducted by IIMs, Group Discussions and Interview
  • MCA: based on Online Entrance Exam followed by Counselling.
  • MSc: based on scores in the Institute Online Entrance Exam and Counselling/Interviews.
  • Integrated Master of Business Administration (Discontinued)
  • Integrated Master of Computer Application (Discontinued)


University rankings
General – India
Careers360[20] 75
Engineering – India
NIRF (2017)[21] 31
India Today (2017)[22] 8
Outlook India (2017)[23] 21
The Week (2017)[24] 16

BIT Mesra was ranked 75 by Careers360's Top Universities in India 2017, 10th among private institutes.[20] Among engineering colleges, it ranked 9th by India Today in 2017,[22] 21 by Outlook India[23] and 16 by The Week.[24] It was ranked 31 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017.[21]

Student life[edit]

Student organisations[edit]

There are numerous active student clubs, covering various activities and events on campus:

  • Team Firebolt Racing [SAE BIT MESRA]
  • Rotaract Club of BIT Mesra
  • Robolution (Official Robotics Club)
  • Leo Club, BIT Mesra
  • Team Srijan (
  • Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) Students' Chapter BIT Mesra
  • BIOTS (Society of Biotechnologists)
  • Electronics and Communication Society (ECESOC)
  • Dance Club
  • DRISTI (Directing Rural India Towards Social and Technological Integration)
  • Ehsaas - The Dramatics Society
  • Entrepreneurship Development Cell
  • Environment Protection Awareness Club Club
  • Electrical and Electronics Society (EEESOC)
  • Fine Arts Society
  • Literary Society
  • Music Club
  • National Cadet Corps
  • National Service Scheme
  • News and Publication Society
  • Photographic Society
  • Public Speaking Forum
  • Sports and Adventure Club
  • BIT Linux User Group
  • Opera Campus Crew

There are student chapters of professional organisations including the Association for Computing Machinery, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institution of Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Lions Clubs International, Rotaract, Society of Automotive Engineers and TED conferences.[25]


The institute has hosted several All India as well as Zonal Level tournaments. Sports facilities are:

  • Gymnasium including multi gym
  • Stadium for track and field events
  • Cricket/football/hockey ground
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis courts
  • Badminton courts (three indoor and five outdoor)

Annual festivals[edit]

Bitotsav is a five-day festival organised every year in February. Teams from BIT and other colleges participate to win prizes during the event. The main attractions are Band-Nite, Dance-Nite, Music-Nite and Pro-Nite.

Pantheon is a three-day techno-cultural fest organised by the Student's Activity Council of BIT Mesra (which consists of members from all the technical and cultural clubs). Started in 2010, Pantheon is held in the monsoon semester and is usually the first event of the year. It has technical events (organised by the IETE Students' Chapter, Robolution and the IEEE Student Chapter) and three cultural nights (Music Night and Drama Night, Dance Night and Fugiya Night).

TechNIEEK is BIT's biannual monsoon session technical festival, conducted by the IETE Students' Chapter of BIT Mesra. Technieek is a team based technical fest in which students form teams and compete in technical and non-technical events. On the final day the first six teams battle it out in a Core-Night, which determines the winning team of Technieek.

ColossIEIum was an annual festival organised by The BIT Students Chapter (CS and ET Division) of The Institution of Engineers. The online events of Pantheon now go under the name 'Colossieium'.

Samaagam is an All India Management Festival, organised each year by the Department of Management, with participation from nationwide B-schools. Some of the events are Business Quiz, Brand Equity, Stock Exchange, Business Bazigaar, Paper presentation.

Technika is the annual technical festival of the Patna Campus of the institute. Started in 2009 TECHNIKA has emerged to be one of the largest technical festival in the region drawing more than 1000 participants.

Deepotsav is a cultural festival which is organised during DIWALI break by LEO CLUB, for the institute students and teachers. Rostra is the annual National Literary Meet organised by Literary Society. Started in 2012, it has emerged as one of the largest college level Literary meets of the nation. Srijan is an annual art and photography exhibition at BIT, Lalpur organised by the Fine Arts Society. Dandia Nite is an annual cultural event organised every year by Dance Club during Navratris which is one of the most awaited and successful event at the institute.

Dhwani was a three-day musical fest organised by the music club (now held during Bitotsav). Unnayan was a biennial international level technical festival organised by the IEEE Student Chapter at BIT Mesra, started in1997 (now held during Pantheon). Drishtant was a national techno-management fest organised biennially by the IET Student Chapter that started in 2005 and is now a part of Bitotsav. Zeitgeist was a techno-management event organised biennially by the IEEE Student Chapter. It witnessed events like Den Katalveno, Cashflow, Ne Plus Ultra and Galazio. Spardha was an annual intra-BIT technical festival organised by the IEEE student chapter, BIT Mesra.

University Polytechnic[edit]

The University Polytechnic was established in 2001, as a joint venture of the Department of Welfare, Government of Jharkhand and BIT, Mesra, to impart Diploma level technical education amongst the youths of Jharkhand. The campus of the University Polytechnic is located close to the National Highway 33 in the vicinity of the BIT Main campus. Spread over an area of 13 acres (5.3 ha), it is on the outskirts of Ranchi, surrounded by green forests.

The University Polytechnic is fully residential with three large hostels, (two for boys and one for girls), accommodating about 450 students. It has twenty full-time faculty and an equal number of visiting faculty from BIT Mesra. It has a library, laboratories, training and placement cell and sports and games facilities.

The University Polytechnic conducts the following 3-year courses:

  • BSc in Medical Laboratory Technology (BMLT)
  • Diploma in Technology (Electrical)
  • Diploma in Technology (Electronics)
  • Diploma in Technology (Computer)
  • Diploma in Technology (Manufacturing)
  • Diploma in Technology (Mechanical)

Centres in India and Offshore[edit]

BIT has established extension centres, in cities within the country as well as overseas, which function under the administrative control of BIT Mesra. Intake process for these campuses is not as stringent as that of the main campus (mesra) and they lack in infrastructure as well.

India– Allahabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Noida, Patna, Deoghar, Lalpur.
Overseas– Muscat, Ras al-Khaimah.

Allahabad Extension Centre[edit]

The Birla Institute of Technology, Allahabad Extension Centre was established in January 1998. It has five academic departments namely Department of Computer Science, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering. The centre has a library with a large number of books and technical journals. A digital library for on-line access of books and journals has also been provided for staff and students.

Deoghar Extension Centre[edit]

The Jharkhand Government, willing to spread BIT further across the state, made a request to the institute to establish an Extension Centre at Deoghar, Jharkhand. A MoU was signed between the Institute and the Government of Jharkhand.Thus, Birla Institute of Technology extension Deoghar commenced functioning in October 2007. As per the provisions of the MoU it was decided that 50% seats would be for students acquiring eligible qualifications from Institutions located in Jharkhand while the remaining 50% would be for students from the other states of the country.Admission has been through JEE Main with Central Counselling conducted by the Central Counselling Board.

Jaipur Extension Centre[edit]

The Birla Institute of Technology, Jaipur Extension Centre[26] was started in 1995 in the campus of the Birla Institute of Scientific Research (BISR). The centre started by offering postgraduate programmes and now offers undergraduate programmes as well.BIT Jaipur is situated in Malviya Industrial Area. The Jaipur Campus offers Bachelor of Engineering courses in various disciplines. The campus also offers M.B.A, MSc, B.B.A, B.C.A, M.C.A and B.A.M. The institute also offers BSc Animation courses which is one of the best in the country.

BIT Mesra, Jaipur campus has various active clubs and committees for organisation of events and festivals. Major festivals of the campus are:

  • TechVibes : Techvibes is the famous technical festival of the BIT Jaipur. It is a two-day inter college event being organised in the Spring Semester. Events include Coding Events sponsored by TopCoders and Codechef, Robotic events, Technical Quizzes and Seminars, DJ and EDM Nites. In the Year 2014 Raeth Band of Pakistan performed during the Techvibes.
  • Cavorts: It is an Inter College Sports Event held every year in the Monsoon semester. The events include cricket, basketball, volleyball, kabbaddi, badminton and chess.
  • Vibrations: It is the Cultural Fest and one of the most awaited event of the Jaipur Campus. Held every year in the Spring Semester, The fest boasts of Dance Competitions, BIT Idol, War of the Bands, Pro Nite and DJ Nites.

BIT Jaipur has many active clubs which gives Students to showcase their talent in various extra Co Curricular activities. There are also societies like LENSOC (The Photography Committee), CSI (Computer Society of India BIT Jaipur Chapter),[27] IETE, CodeChef Student Chapter, Tech Addicts( Robotics Club), Google Student Committee, DELL Student Ambassador, Literature Club, Technical and Management clubs, Quizophilic ( The Quizzing Club) etc.

Admission to the BE Programme is through the JEE Main Examination. The selection is based upon the JEE Main rank.

Kolkata Extension Centre[edit]

The Birla Institute of Technology, Kolkata Extension Centre was established in 1990 . It is located in the southern part (Rajdanga, Kasba) of the city. The premises of the Centre includes a computer laboratory with a server room, several lecture rooms, a seminar hall, and a library. Students have free access to online journals through ACM, IEEE and Emerald-online. The whole Centre is networked and internet facilities are provided.

Lalpur Extension Centre[edit]

The institute started an extension centre in 1976 at Lalpur in Ranchi. It was primarily for the benefit of officers working in Ranchi-based public sector undertakings and private industries such as MECON, SAIL, HEC, CIL, CMPDI, Shriram Ball-bearings Limited, Usha Martin Industries Limited, and nationalised banks to upgrade their technical skill. The laboratory classes are conducted on Sundays and holidays at the Mesra campus. This Centre is now referred to as the BIT Lalpur Extension Centre.

Noida Extension Centre[edit]

The Birla Institute of Technology, Noida Extension Centre was started in 1998.The centre registers scholars for PhD programmes in Mass Communication and Computer Science. The Noida centre was the first institute in India to set up a full-fledged degree course in BSc Animation and Multimedia. An International Research Centre on Fourth Generation Mobile Communication System (IRC – 4G) has been set up under EAGER -NetWiC Project of Asia Link Programme by European Commission.[28]

Patna Extension Centre[edit]

The Birla Institute of Technology, Patna Extension Centre was established in 2006[29], on the request of the Government of Bihar. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Institute and the Government of Bihar in December 2005. Subsequently, the Government of Bihar allotted 25 acres (10 ha) of land located between the Bihar Veterinary College and the Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport at Patna and also agreed to release the requisite funds for establishing the campus. The foundation stone of the campus was laid on 24 December 2005 and construction started in April 2006.

The Patna centre is partially residential. All the hostels are inside the institute campus. Both technical as well as none technical courses are afford in this campus[30]. The infrastructure includes laboratories, lecture halls, workshops, playgrounds, gymnasium, canteen, and a library. The plans for the campus include construction of 525,000 square feet of academic space, hostel accommodation for students and residential facilities for staff, dispensary, playgrounds, gyms and guesthouses.


Some notable alumni of the Institute are listed below. A detailed list is available here.

See also[edit]


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  32. ^ Subhani Sayeed -Innovator, technocrat, BUSINESS national Award, MANUFACTURER OF RAIL TRACK CONSTRUCTION MACHINES
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Coordinates: 23°24′44″N 85°26′24″E / 23.41222°N 85.44000°E / 23.41222; 85.44000