Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
|Calcutta Civil Engineering College
Government Engineering College, Howrah
Bengal Engineering College, Sibpore
Bengal Engineering College
Bengal Engineering and Science University
|Motto||Uttiṣṭhita jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata (Sanskrit)|
Motto in English
|Arise, Awake, Obtaining worthy Teachers, Know the truth|
|Type||Public engineering school|
|Established||24 November 1856|
|Director||Ajoy Kumar Ray|
|Location||Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal, India
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST Shibpur) is a public engineering and research institution located at Shibpur, Howrah district, West Bengal. It is classified as an Institute of National Importance. The institute was established to train scientists and engineers even before India gained its independence dating back to 1856.
The institute offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in engineering and architecture as well as master's and doctorate degrees in science and management.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Departments
- 4 Student life
- 5 Games, sports and refreshments
- 6 Ranking
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Prompted by the idea of meeting the requirement for trained engineering personnel for the Public Works Department, the Council of Education, Bengal, decided to open Civil Engineering classes and a Professorship in Civil Engineering. A college was established on 24 November 1856 named Calcutta Civil Engineering College, training personnel for the Public Works Department, and located at the Writers' Building, Howrah. With the establishment of Calcutta University on 24 January 1857, the college was affiliated to this university in May 1857. The first degree examination for the Bachelor of Civil Engineering was held in 1864, when two students graduated. In 1865, the college merged with Presidency College, Kolkata and from 1865 to 1869 the college functioned as the Civil Engineering Department of Presidency College. In 1880, the college was shifted to its present campus at Shibpur, Howrah, and was christened the Government College, Howrah, in the premises of Bishop's College. The college became wholly residential from the year 1889. In 1906 Mining Engineering as a discipline was first started in India in this college to meet the requirements of statutory provision in Indian mines. After independence, Dr. B. C. Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, revamped the department to satisfy the demand for mining professionals, and the Department of Mining & Geology was reborn in 1956. On 12 February 1920 the name was changed to Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur. The word Shibpur was deleted on 24 March 1921 and it became Bengal Engineering College. The Department of Electrical Engineering came into existence as a separate department from 1912. The B.E. degree course was introduced during 1935–36 with the first batch obtaining the degree from Calcutta University in 1936.The inception of the Mechanical Engineering Department may be traced back to 1921 when a diploma course in Mechanical Engineering was started in this Institute. The first degree course in Mechanical Engineering started in July 1930. The Department of Metallurgy started its journey at the Bengal Engineering College in the year 1939 with the introduction of a three-year degree course in Metallurgy under the Calcutta University. The department is the second oldest metallurgy department of the country.
After the independence of India in 1947, the Department of Architecture, Town and Regional Planning was started on the recommendation of a committee appointed by Government of West Bengal. Two new courses were started at the same time – one with a five-year degree programme in Architecture another with a two-year part-time diploma programme in Town & Regional Planning. The Department of Architecture, Town and Regional Planning (established in 1949) that offered the First Degree in Architecture and the First Diploma in Town Planning in INDIA. This department has produced more than 800 graduates in Architecture and more than 300 postgraduates in Town Planning in the last fifty years. Its students also founded the National Association of Students of Architecture, briefly designated as NASA India, a non-political, non-profit Student Body Association for the Undergraduate Students of Architecture in India in 1957, with six other colleges. With the end of the Second World War, a 'Committee for the Development of Higher Engineering and Technical Education in Bengal' under the Chairmanship of the Director of Public Instruction recommended two plans – one 'Immediate' and the other 'Five Year Plan' for the college. Under the 'Immediate' plan the committee made recommendations regarding the increase of student strength from 300 to 520, an improved curriculum, better teaching staff, a greater range of degree courses and a close liaison with industry. The objective of the 'Five Year Plan' was to upgrade the college to the status of a modern institution with facilities for postgraduate study and research. A new building was constructed in 1949 and all academic departments were moved to the new building. In 1954, postgraduate courses in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Metallurgical were introduced. A postgraduate certificate course in Naval Architecture was introduced during this period. Doctoral programs were introduced at this time and approved by Calcutta University to enhance research activities in the college. In 1954 an agreement was concluded by the college and the University of Wisconsin, USA, whereby six guest professors from the USA joined the college and in exchange, five teachers from the college went to the USA as Research Associate. This scheme, known as Technical Co-operation Programme of the USA, helped the college in developing laboratories, postgraduate programmes and research facilities. The college celebrated its gala centenary function inaugurated by Dr. B.C. Roy on 25 December 1956, and the concluding session was attended by Pandit Jawarlal Nehru on 14 January 1957. The Department of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering started functioning as a separate discipline of engineering in July 1968. The college started its first Computer Centre in 1976 and a Microprocessor Laboratory in 1979. The 125th Anniversary of the college was celebrated on 11 December 1981, with inauguration by Sri N. Sanjiva Reddy, the then President of India. The Department of Computer Science and Technology was established in 1982. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate engineering courses. The department started offering the Master of Engineering courses in 1988 and Master of Computer Applications courses in 1991. The college was selected as a participating institute under the World Bank EIDP Project and an endowment for Rs. 200,000,000 was received for upgrading the teaching facilities and laboratories in the Electronics and Computer Science Departments. In recognition of its service to the nation, the college was elevated to the status of a Deemed University in 1992, breaking its ties with the Calcutta University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India on the recommendation of a UGC Expert Committee. Formal inauguration was done on 13 March 1993, by the then President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma.  School of Management Sciences (SMOS) and School of Information Technology were established in 1998 and 2000 respectively. It is the second youngest of the ten engineering departments in BESU. The School of Material Science and Engineering (2001), School of Community Science and Technology (2002) were introduced. On 1 October 2004 the institution was elevated to a full-fledged university with the present name. It was formally inaugurated by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, on 13 July 2005. In 2010 Department of Aerospace Engineering started along with the Applied Mechanics department.
In March 2014, it was upgraded to the status of Institutes of National Importance under the banner of Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology, thus renaming it IIEST Shibpur.
In June 2014, Govt. of West Bengal appointed IIEST Shibpur as the Mentor Institute for Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kolkata, the eleventh addition to the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) family of engineering institutes. It was inaugurated by the President of India on 24 August 2014.
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Admission to most undergraduate and postgraduate courses in IIEST Shibpur is granted through written entrance examinations. Currently it's JEE (Main) conducted by the CBSE.
Admission to undergraduate courses is through Joint Entrance Examination (Main). Candidates who qualify in the test are eligible to apply for admission in different courses through four-year BTech (Bachelor of Technology with an option to change it to dual degree i.e., BTech+MTech in five years) and five-year BArch degree.
The admissions to postgraduate programmes (M-Tech) Master of Technology are done through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Other postgraduate entrance exams also include Joint Admission to MSc (JAM) for MSc, and Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs for management studies.
From 2017, the admission will be to B.Tech program only and students will be given a choice after 2nd year to complete their 4-year B.Tech or obtain a 5-year Dual Degree(B.Tech-M.Tech). The decision has been taken and implemented by the Board of Governors.
IIEST Shibpur offers a multitude of degrees in undergraduate courses, notably
- 4-year B.Tech. Degree
- 5-year B.Arch. Degree
- 5-year Dual Degree (B.Tech.-M.Tech.)
The B.Tech degree is the most common undergraduate degree in IIEST Shibpur. It is based on a four-year programme with eight semesters.
- The first year of the B.Tech. curriculum has common courses from various departments.
- From the second year, the students take courses offered by their respective departments.
- At the end of the third year, the B.Tech undertake industrial training as part of the curriculum.
- In the final year of their studies, most of the students are offered jobs in industries and other organisations through the Training and Placement section of the institute. Some students opt out of this facility in favour of higher studies or by applying to recruiting organisations directly.
IIEST Shibpur offers postgraduate programmes including Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) and Master of Sciences (M.Sc.).
The institute also offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) as part of its doctoral education programme. The doctoral scholars are given a topic by the professor, or work on the consultancy projects sponsored by industry.
IIEST Shibpur also used to offer 5 year dual degree programme courses in undergraduate levels from year 2015. The Dual Degree program spans five years as against six years in conventional BTech (four years) followed by an MTech or MBA (two years). In the year 2017 it did away with the compulsory dual degree courses and decided to include 4-year B.Tech. courses as a part of the curriculum.
- Purabi Das School of Information Technology
- Dr. M. N. Dastur School of Material Science & Engineering
- School of Management Science
- School of Community Science & Technology
- School of Disaster Mitigation Engineering
- School of Ecology, Infrastructure & Human Settlement Management
- School of Mechatronics & Robotics
- School of Safety & Occupational Health Engineering
- School of VLSI Technology
- Research & Consultancy
- Entrepreneurship Development Cell
- Career Counselling
- Computer Center
- Facility of Video Conference
- Center of Excellence for Green Energy and Sensor System
- Center of Healthcare Science and Technology
- Cognizant innovation lab
- Tagore centre for Green Technology Business Incubation
- Sophisticated Analytical Test Facility (SAIF)
- Integrated Bio-solar-wind microgrid centre
- Center of water and environmental research
- Center of homeopathic research
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The area of the library is 3,000 square meters. The collection of books is about 158,000 and 41,000 bound volumes of journals, and a collection of documents, such as patents, standards, technical reports and pamphlets. The library has old and rare books and journals of the nineteenth century.
Halls of Residence
IIEST Shibpur has on-campus residential facilities for students, research scholars, faculty and staff.
The Institute, with a student population of more than 3200, has 17 hostels including two girls' hostels for UG students and one girls' hostel for PG and Research Scholars.
There are 9 hostels for boys:
- A.C. Roy Hall (Hostel 7)
- D. Banerjee Hall (Hostel 8)
- B.Sen Hall (Hostel 9)
- A.K. Seal Hall (Hostel 10)
- Hostel 11
- Hostel 13 -(exclusively for PG and Research Scholars)
- Hostel 14
- Hostel 15
- Hostel 16
There are 5 single-seated halls for boys:
- Richardson Hall
- Macdonald Hall
- Sen Hall
- Sengupta Hall
- Wolfenden Hall
There are 3 girls' hostels (single and multi-seated):
- Sister Nivedita Ladies Hostel
- Pandya Hall
- Lt. William Hall of Residence - for PG and Research Scholars
Games, sports and refreshments
Undergraduate students can choose between National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS) during their first year. The institute has many sports ground for different sports like cricket, football, volleyball and swimming pools for aquatic events along with badminton and table-tennis court in each of the halls and hostels.
There are two main sports grounds - named after the famous English stadiums - the Lords, and the Oval. Lords ground is for general purpose games and sports, and also serves as main venue for the Convocation Ceremony and the College Fest - REBECA. The Oval Ground is more well-maintained and is used for Physical Training, Sports Meets, and inter and intra-college Cricket and Football matches.
The institute has a basketball court near the Hospital Building, opposite to Oval Ground. Basketball enthusiasts flock here in the evenings for friendly matches.
Alumni Swimming Pool
The Alumni Swimming Pool is a gift from the institute's official alumni association, GAABESU, to the residents of the institute. It started operating from April 2013.
The century old heritage athletic club building houses the gymnasium. GAABESU, the alumni association, has renovated the building, bringing in new equipments, and inaugurated the upgraded gymnasium in August 2014.
Students' Amenities Center
This is a common-room complex for students, just beside the Lords Ground. It serves multi purpose, and also houses the Drama Club of the institute. It was initiated with the contribution from an alumnus of 1948 batch. It is regularly used by various student societies.
|University and college rankings|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2017)||73|
|Engineering – India|
|The Week (2017)||19|
IIEST Shibpur was ranked 17 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017. and 73 overall. It was ranked 19th among engineering colleges in India in 2017 by The Week.
Notable alumni include:
- Soumitro Banerjee, electrical engineer, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Amitabha Bhattacharyya, production engineer, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati
- Bimal Kumar Bose, scholar in Power Electronics, Chondra Chair of Execellence in Power Electronics, Professor Emeritus at University of Tennessee, member of National Academy of Engineering
- Pradip Chatterjee, flautist and singer, founding member of Mohiner Ghoraguli
- Arunendu Das, songwriter
- Chaitanyamoy Ganguly, nuclear scientist, Padma Shri recipient
- Buddhadev Das Gupta, classical sarod player, Padma Bhusan recipient
- Fazlur Rahman Khan, Known as "Einstein of Structural Engineering"; Designer of the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center USA.
- Binoy Majumdar, poet, Sahitya Akademi Award winner
- Biren Mookerjee, industrialist, CMD Martin Burn & Co.Ltd. MD IISCO Ltd.
- Rajen Mookerjee, industrialist, co-founder of Martin Burn & Co. and founder of Indian Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.
- Tathagata Roy, Ex GM / Chief Engineer Metro Railway and politician, Governor of Tripura
- Narayan Sanyal, Novelist, Writer of "Shatyakam" Filmed in Bollywood.
- Badal Sarkar, dramatist and theatre director, Padma Shri recipient
- Jatindranath Sengupta, Poet and Writer.
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