Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

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Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
IIEST Shibpur Logo.svg
Former names
Calcutta Civil Engineering College
Government Engineering College, Howrah
Bengal Engineering College, Sibpore
Bengal Engineering College
Bengal Engineering and Science University
MottoUttiṣṭhita jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Arise, Awake, Obtaining worthy Teachers, Know the truth
TypePublic engineering school
Established24 November 1856; 162 years ago (24 November 1856)
ChairmanV. K. Aatre
DirectorParthasarathi Chakrabarti[1]
Location, ,
Coordinates: 22°33′21″N 88°18′20″E / 22.55583°N 88.30556°E / 22.55583; 88.30556

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST Shibpur) is a public university located at Shibpur, Howrah district, West Bengal. It is recognized as an Institute of National Importance under MHRD by the Government of India along with IITs and NITs.[2] 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.



Bengal Engineering College (1870)

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.[3] 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.

Post-independence period[edit]

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. 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. Formal inauguration was done on 13 March 1993, by the then President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma. [3] 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.[3] It was formally inaugurated by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, on 13 July 2005.[citation needed] In 2010 Department of Aerospace Engineering started along with the Applied Mechanics department.

Conversion of BESU to IIEST[edit]

That is Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur (BESU) has become the first IIEST of the country with effect from 4 March 2014. The conversion process of BESU to IIEST shall be mentored by IIT Kanpur[4]. 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 by suitably amending the National Institutes of Technology and Science Education and Research Act, 2007.[5]. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated The IIEST on 24 August 2014[6][7].

In June 2014, Govt. of West Bengal appointed IIEST Shibpur as the Mentor Institute for Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kalyani, the eleventh addition to the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) family of engineering institutes.[8][9] It was inaugurated by the President of India on 24 August 2014.


Admission procedure[edit]

Admission to most undergraduate and postgraduate courses in IIEST Shibpur is granted through written entrance examinations. Currently it's JEE (Main) conducted by the National Testing Agency.

The Clock Tower, IIEST


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.[citation needed]


IIEST Shibpur has festivals like REBECA, KRITI, Instruo, Scintillations. REBECA(REunion and Bengal Engineering College Annuals), is the cultural fest of IIEST Shibpur. It is the oldest student-organised festival in India. From REBECA's very inception since 1932, it has been the annual reunion function of the then B.E. College, later on it has been transformed into an annual college fest cum reunion, being the biggest of its kind in eastern India. It is held in the even semester. REBECA consists of 4 nights: Classical Night (decorated with amazing performances by well known classical singers and dance groups such as Dipankar Roy, Violin Brothers), BEings Night (performances by the students of IIEST Shibpur portraying their talent including dance competitions followed by performance by bands like Fossils), Kolkata Night (spellbinding performances by artists and bands from Kolkata such as Underground Authority, Euphoria, The Local Train giving local artists a huge platform to show their talent) and Mumbai Night (sensational performances by various Bollywood sensations such as Mika Singh, Shreya Ghosal, Shaan, Javed Ali, KK, Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares).


University and college rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[10]36
Engineering – India
NIRF (2019)[11]19
The Week (2017)[12]19

IIEST Shibpur was ranked "19" among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019[13] and 36 overall.[10] It was ranked 19th among engineering colleges in India in 2017 by The Week.[12]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable members of the faculty include:

Notable alumni[edit]


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