Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

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Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur
IIEST Shibpur Logo.svg
Former names
Calcutta Civil Engineering College
Government Engineering College, Howrah
Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur
Bengal Engineering College
Bengal Engineering and Science University
MottoUttiṣṭhita jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.
TypeResearch Institute
Established24 November 1856; 164 years ago (24 November 1856)
Academic affiliations
Institute of National Importance
ChairmanV. K. Aatre
DirectorParthasarathi Chakrabarti[1][2]
Location, ,
22°33′21″N 88°18′20″E / 22.55583°N 88.30556°E / 22.55583; 88.30556Coordinates: 22°33′21″N 88°18′20″E / 22.55583°N 88.30556°E / 22.55583; 88.30556
CampusUrban , 123 acres

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST Shibpur) is a public technical and research university located at Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal. It is recognised as an Institute of National Importance under MHRD by the Government of India.[3][4] It comes under the Council of National Institutes of Technology. [5][6][7]


Bishop's College, Howrah
The Clock Tower, IIEST

The institute 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 space was changed to 'Bengal Engineering College'. B.E. College was previously affiliated to the University of Calcutta. At this time in contained only civil and mechanical engineering departments.[8] 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.[9] It was formally inaugurated as Bengal Engineering and Science University by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, on 13 July 2005.[10]

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.[11][12] President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated it as IIEST on 24 August 2014.[13][14]

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.[15][16]


Departments, centers and schools[edit]

IIEST Shibpur has 16 departments, 2 multi-disciplinary centers and 8 schools of excellence. The academic departments (sorted by the year of establishment) are:

Department[17] Year of establishment Notes
Civil Engineering 1856
Mathematics 1870
Chemistry 1898
Mining Engineering 1906
Electrical Engineering 1912 The degree course was introduced during 1935–36 with the first batch obtaining the degree from Calcutta University in 1936
Earth Sciences 1920
Mechanical Engineering 1921 Degree course introduced in July 1930
Physics 1926
Metallurgy and Materials Engineering 1939 The second oldest metallurgy department in the country
Humanities and Social Sciences 1945
Architecture, Town and Regional Planning 1947 Started on the recommendation of a committee appointed by Government of West Bengal; first of its kind offering degree courses in India
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 1968
Computer Science and Technology[9] 1982
Human Resource Management 1994 Erstwhile Training and Placement Institute
Information Technology 2000
Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics 2010 Youngest Department of IIEST

Following are the multi-disciplinary centers located in IIEST Shibpur:[18]

  • Center of Excellence for Green Energy and Sensor Systems
  • Center of Healthcare Science and Technology

Eight schools of excellence are:[19]

Dr. M. N. Dastur School of Materials Science and Engineering
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.[20]The library has old and rare books and journals of the nineteenth century.[21]

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.[22] Students from any discipline other then 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.[23] For PG programs admission is through GATE for M.Tech. courses and Joint Entrance Screening Test for MSc.[24]Students are also admitted in Ph.D programs twice a year through online applications.[25]


University and college rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[26]43
Engineering – India
NIRF (2020)[27]21

IIEST Shibpur was ranked 21st by the NIRF 2020 rankings among engineering institutes.[27]

OIKOTAAN 5 performance
Guest performance in OIKOTAAN

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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