Harcourt Butler Technical University

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Harcourt Butler Technical University
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute
Harcourt Butler Technical University Logo SSH.png
Former names
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute
Motto in English
Work is Great Austerity
TypeState University
FounderSir Spencer Harcourt Butler
ChancellorGovernor of Uttar Pradesh
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Narendra Bahadur Singh
Undergraduates540 per year
Uttar Pradesh


HBTI Main (Administration) Building

Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU)(formerly HBTI) is a state technical university located at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh in India. The HBTU was named after Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler, governor of the United Provinces in British India. All Its programs have been conferred in autonomous status under the university.[1] It is one of the oldest engineering institutes in the country and holds the ISO 9001:2000 certification. It offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs in engineering, as well as Masters program in Computer Applications.

HBTU is the mother institute of the National Sugar Institute (in 1936, then known as Imperial Institute of Sugar Technology),[2] the Government Central Textile Institute (in 1937),[3] now known as the Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur(IIT/K)in 1960,[4],the Glass Institute and Rajkiya Engineering College Mainpuri(Also known As Government Engineering College (GEC/M) in 2015. It was also one of the 127 technical institutions in India which were the recipients of funding from World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) in the phase one (2004-2009) of the Technical Engineering Educational Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP) - the first World Bank project in Higher education in India.[5]


The history of Harcourt Butler Technical University dates back 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, 1916–18, at its Nainital meeting proposed two institutions for engineering — one at Roorkee and the other at Kanpur. To boost entrepreneurship, accelerate industrial development, create a sound environment for contemporary applied research, and inculcate scientific temper, an institute called Government Research Institute, Cawnpore was started in 1920. It was housed in the two rooms of what was called Bhoot Wali Kothi. The old majestic building is still intact at the northwest corner of the Company Bagh crossing, near Nawabganj. Dr. H. E. Annett, who was then the Principal of the Opium Research Laboratory, Cawnpore, of which the new institute was an adjunct, was appointed as the head.

On 25 November 1921, the then governor of the United Provinces, Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler (1869–1938), K.C.S.I., C.I.E., formally laid the foundation of the present main (administration) building. It was rechristened Government Technological Institute in 1921. In 1928, it got the name Harcourt Butler Technological Institute.[6] Its first principal of Indian nationality was Shri Dattatreya Yashwant Athawale. As of 1 September 2016, it was granted a university status and renamed Harcourt Butler Technical University under the HBTU Act, 2016 passed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.[7]


HBTU is a government residential university and has the following six authorities overlooking its complete administration:[8]

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

The university is headed by the Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Narendra Bahadur Singh[9] who succeeded the VC, Professor Vinay Kumar Pathak.[citation needed]


The university is in the northern part of the city, near the Kanpur Zoo, and less than five kilometres away from the Ganga barrage. It is spread across two campuses - the east campus (77 acres), and the west campus (271 acres) - roughly 3 km apart.[6]

East campus (academic block)[edit]

The academic campus shares a border with the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology's premises. It comprises:[10]

  • The main building which was inaugurated in 1921. It houses the administrative offices, and departments of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology (four out of five branches), Biochemical Engineering, 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, Cafeteria, GIIEC Building, Parking Lot
  • 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
  • Garden of Bliss, BE/FT Lawn & Lawn Tennis Court Lawn
  • Guest House
  • Medical Centre
  • Electronics Department
  • Central Bank of India (CBI) branch, and its ATM
  • Central Workshop (Foundary Shop,Welding Shop, Machine Shop, Blacksmithy Shop, Carpentary & Fitting Shop)
  • Four girls' hostels (GH1, GH2 ,GH3 & GH4)
  • Two boys' hostels: Lake View Old (Home like Hostel), and Lake View New
  • Badminton and Lawn tennis courts
  • Football and Cricket ground
  • Old Gymnasium (wrecked)

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)
  • DBRA hostels(DBRA 1 and DBRA 2 hostels)
  • New hostels(Now officially known as WCH 4)
  • Gymnasium
  • Community centre
  • Residential quarters for faculty members, and other staff
  • State Bank of India (SBI) ATM
  • Postal facilities
  • Playgrounds for cricket, basketball and volleyball.


HBTU offers its students a vide variety of UG and PG courses, awarding Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Master of Technology (M.Tech.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

B.Tech. courses are offered in 13 fields of engineering and technology.


  • Ranked 25 in top 100 Engineering Colleges in india by outlook in 2017
  • Ranked 52 in India by the week in the year 2016
  • Ranked 54 in India by The Week 2017
  • Ranked 45 in India by edu rand in year 2015
  • Ranked 20 in India Best Govt Engineering College in India by India today in 2018
  • Ranked 19 in India Best Govt

Engineering College in India by India Today in 2019

  • Ranked 1 consistently in the list of best state engineering colleges in UP
  • ABP News awarded HBTU with National B-School Award as Best Engineering College in year 2011, 2012, 2013 and (2015 by VIT Vellore)
  • Honored by INTEL as the Center of Excellence for continuously providing quality technical education.

Apart from this,For decades the institute has been a member of the top 50 engineering colleges club,Hbti was Awarded the Excellence Award by VIT University Vellore in 2015,Ranked AAAA by careers360

Student 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. Elections are held in starting of each odd semester for the academic year.

Clubs and Societies[edit]

  • GIIEC,Entrepreneurship Cell
  • Qfrat - Quizzing Club
  • Debnexus - Debating Club
  • Harcourtian Words - Poetry and Writing Club
  • HBTU Kalakriti - Painting and Sketching Club
  • Harcourtians F.C. - Football Club
  • Nukkad Team - Dramatics Society
  • Aeroclub HBTU - Aerospace Club
  • Robo Club HBTU - Robotics Club
  • Decoders - Coding Club


HBTU alumni are popularly known as Harcourtians. The Alumni Association of HBTU works together to organise all the alumni national and international meets. Notable alumni include:

  • Prof. Vinay Kumar Pathak, Formar Vice Chancellor of Uttarakhand Open University, Vardhaman Open University and for two times in Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow
  • Prof. J.S.P. Rai, Vice Chancellor of JapPee University of Information Technology, Guna
  • Prof. Onkar Singh, Founder Vice Chancellor of Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur


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Coordinates: 26°29′37″N 80°18′27″E / 26.4935°N 80.3075°E / 26.4935; 80.3075