IIEST, Shibpur

Coordinates: 22°33′21″N 88°18′20″E / 22.55583°N 88.30556°E / 22.55583; 88.30556
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IIEST Shibpur
IIEST Shibpur Logo.svg
Former names
  • Calcutta Civil Engineering College (1856–1880)
  • Government Engineering College, Howrah (1880–1921)
  • Bengal Engineering College (1921–2004), affiliated to University of Calcutta
  • Bengal Engineering and Science University (2004–2014)
MottoUttiṣṭhita jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata
Motto in English
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.
TypePublic university
Established24 November 1856
(166 years ago)
 (24 November 1856)
Academic affiliations
Institute of National Importance
Budget171.43 crore (US$21 million)
(FY2021–22 est.)[1]
ChairmanV. K. Aatre
DirectorParthasarathi Chakrabarti[2][3]
Academic staff
284 (2023)[1]
Students4,493 (2023)[1]
Undergraduates2,779 (2023)[1]
Postgraduates885 (2023)[1]
829 (2023)[1]
Location, ,
22°33′21″N 88°18′20″E / 22.55583°N 88.30556°E / 22.55583; 88.30556
123 acres (50 ha)
Websitewww.iiests.ac.in Edit this at Wikidata
IIEST main entrance in Shibpur, Howrah.

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST Shibpur), erstwhile Bengal Engineering College (also known as B.E. College), formerly Bengal Engineering and Science University (also known as BESU), is a public university located at Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal. Founded in 1856,[4] it is recognised as an Institute of National Importance under MHRD by the Government of India.[5][6][7] It is controlled by the Council of NITSER.[8][9][10]


Bishop's College, Howrah
The Clock Tower, IIEST

The college was founded as the Civil Engineering College on November 24, 1856, in Writers' Building, Calcutta (now Kolkata).[11][12][13] The college was established as an independent entity in 1880 as Government College, Howrah, in the premises of Bishop's College in Shibpur, Howrah. In 1921, the name of the college was changed to Bengal Engineering College. B.E. College was previously affiliated to the University of Calcutta. At that time it contained only civil and mechanical engineering departments.[14] Several other departments were created subsequently over the years, the last among them being that of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 2010.

On 1 October 2004, the institution was conferred the status of a full-fledged university.[15] It was formally inaugurated as Bengal Engineering and Science University by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, on 13 July 2005.[16]

In March 2014, the institute was conferred the status of an INI and was renamed Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur by the Govt. of India by suitably amending the National Institutes of Technology and Science Education and Research Act, 2007. The conversion process of BESU to IIEST was mentored by IIT Kanpur.[17][18] President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated it as IIEST on 24 August 2014.[19][20]

In June 2014, Govt. of West Bengal appointed IIEST Shibpur as the Mentor Institute for Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kalyani, which was inaugurated in June the same year.[21][22]

Schools and centres[edit]

Following are the multi-disciplinary centers located in IIEST Shibpur:[23]

  • Center of Healthcare Science and Technology

Eight schools of excellence in IIEST are:[24]

  • School of Advanced Materials, Green Energy and Sensor Systems
  • Purabi Das School of Information Technology
  • School of Community Science and Technology
  • School of Disaster Mitigation Engineering
  • School of Ecology, Infrastructure and Human Settlement Management
  • School of Management Sciences
  • School of Mechatronics and Robotics
  • School of VLSI Technology



The institute's Ramanujan Central Library occupies 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) and houses 158,000 books, 41,000 bound volumes of journals, and a collection of documents, such as patents, standards, technical reports and pamphlets.[25] The library has old and rare books and journals of the nineteenth century.[26]

Admission procedure[edit]

Undergraduate programs to the various engineering disciplines (4-year B. Tech. programs) and architecture (5-year B.Arch. program) are granted via JEE Main, taking 50% students from the home state (West Bengal) and 50% from other states.[27] Students from any discipline other than Architecture, on the basis of their performance, are allowed to change their disciplines at the end of the 1st Year (i.e., second semester) and may opt for dual degree (B.Tech.-M.Tech.) courses extending over 10 semesters as per terms and conditions specified by the institute.[28] For PG programs admission is through GATE for M.Tech. courses and Joint Entrance Screening Test for MSc.[29] Students are also admitted in Ph.D programs twice a year through online applications.[30]


University and college rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2021)[31]301-350
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2022)[32]66
Engineering – India
NIRF (2022)[33]40

IIEST Shibpur has ranked 301-350 among the top 650 Universities in Asia category by the QS Asia Ranking 2021,[31]

In India, IIEST Shibpur was ranked 66th overall and 40th among engineering institutes by the NIRF rankings in 2022.[33]

Noted people[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  5. ^ "The Gazette of India" (PDF). Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Department of Higher Education | Government of India, Ministry of Education". www.education.gov.in. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
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  32. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 15 July 2022.
  33. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 15 July 2022.
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  35. ^ "Former Bengal power minister Sankar Sen passes away". Outlook. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
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  40. ^ Ahmed, Wakil (2012). "Sengupta, Jatindranath". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

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