Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi

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Coordinates: 25°16′7″N 82°59′25″E / 25.26861°N 82.99028°E / 25.26861; 82.99028

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi
भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान(का.हि.वि.),वाराणसी
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Official Logo of IIT (BHU), Varanasi
Motto संस्कार ही शिक्षा
(Sanskar hi Shiksha)
Motto in English
Education is Character
Type Public
Established 1919
Parent institution
Banaras Hindu University
Director Rajeev Sangal[1]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 4500+
Postgraduates 414
Location Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Campus Urban
Acronym IIT (BHU), Varanasi

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi (commonly known as IIT (BHU), Varanasi) is a public engineering institution located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Founded in 1919 as the Banaras Engineering College, it became the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 1968. It was designated an Indian Institute of Technology in 2012.[2][3] IIT (BHU), Varanasi has 13 departments and three inter-disciplinary schools.


IIT (BHU), Varanasi has formerly been known as the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET), the College of Technology (TECHNO) and the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU). Its establishment is intimately linked with that of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The first convocation ceremony at BHU was held on 19 January 1919. The Chancellor of the University, Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar of Mysore who had come to preside over and address the convocation, performed the opening ceremony of the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO) Workshop buildings.[4] An Artisan Course was started on 11 February 1919. BHU has the credit of first starting degree classes in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, metallurgy and Pharmaceutics, thanks to the foresight of its founder, Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya.

The Department of Geology was started under BENCO in 1920. Courses in Mining and Metallurgy were introduced by the Geology Department. The Department of Industrial Chemistry was started in July 1921. In 1923, Mining and Metallurgy was established as a separate department and in 1944 it was raised to the status of a college forming the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET).[4]

BHU was the first Indian university to introduce the study of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.[4] This initiative was taken in 1932 when a new group of subjects for the B.Sc. Examination consisting of (a) Chemistry, (b) Botany with Pharmacognosy and (c) Pharmaceutical Studies was started in 1934 and in 1935 a new three-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy was introduced. The science departments of the University were under the Central Hindu College. In September 1935, a new College of Science was constituted comprising the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Ceramics. In 1937, the Department of Glass Technology also came into existence under this college. The year 1939 witnessed the establishment of a separate College of Technology (TECHNO) comprising the departments of Industrial Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Ceramics and Glass Technology.[4]

In 1968, BENCO, TECHNO and MINMET were merged into one and the Institute of Technology (IT-BHU) was established integrating the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil and Municipal Engineering, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Silicate Technology and Pharmaceutics. The Department of Silicate Technology subsequently became the Department of Ceramic Engineering. A separate Department of Electronics Engineering was also established.[4] The departments of Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics and Applied Chemistry were established in 1985.

The earlier system of regional admission based on merit lists was replaced in 1972 by admission through Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for undergraduate courses and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for postgraduate courses. In the tenth meeting of IIT Council in 1972, it was also proposed to convert the then IT-BHU into an IIT and a committee was appointed by IIT Council for the same but because of political reasons, the desired conversion could not be achieved then.[5]

In 2003, Committees constituted by MHRD (Professors Joshi and Anand Krishnan Committees)[6] had recommended for the conversion of the Institute into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).[7] On 17 July 2008, the government of India issued a press release granting "In principle approval for taking over the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University – a constituent unit of the Banaras Hindu University, a Central University, its conversion into an Indian Institute of Technology and integrating it with the IIT system in the country."[8] The BHU Executive Council approved the proposal of the HRD ministry to convert IT-BHU to IIT (BHU), Varanasi, retaining academic and administrative ties to BHU.

On 4 August 2010 a bill seeking to amend the Institutes of Technology Act 1961 to declare IT-BHU an IIT was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for HRD, D. Purandeswari.[9][10][11] The Lok Sabha passed The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 on 24 March 2011[12] and the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012, thereby formalizing the IIT status of the Institute.[13] The Bill was signed by the President of India on 20 June 2012 and notified in the gazette on 21 June[14]


Undergraduate programme[edit]

IIT (BHU), Varanasi offers four year instructional programs for the degree of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm). Five year programs are categorized into the Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) program and Integrated master's degree (IMD) program. The IDD programme offers combined B.Tech and M.Tech or alternatively B.Pharm and M.Pharm degrees. Admission to all programs is expressly through the Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology.[15] Earlier half of the intake for Pharmaceutical sciences was through JEE and the other half through BHU-PMT .But after the college was converted into an IIT, intake for B.Pharm and the IDD in Pharmaceutical sciences is exclusively through Joint Entrance Exam.

Courses in the undergraduate programme[16]
Programme Course
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Mining Engineering.
Bachelor of Pharmaceutics (B.Pharm) Pharmaceutical Sciences
Integrated Dual Degree (B.Tech and M.Tech) Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering with M. Tech in Biomedical Technology, Ceramic Engineering, Civil Engineering with M. Tech in Structural Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering with M. Tech in Power Electronics, Materials Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Mining Engineering.
Integrated Dual Degree (B.Pharm and M.Pharm) Pharmaceutical Sciences
Integrated master's degree (M.Tech) Engineering Physics, Industrial Chemistry and Mathematics and Computing.

Postgraduate programmes[edit]

Postgraduate courses offer Master of Technology (M.Tech) and Ph.D. degrees. Admissions to the M. Tech programme are made through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institutes of Technology.[17]

  • M.Tech. in Ceramic Engineering
  • M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering
  • M.Tech. in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Water Resources Engg., Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Transportation Engineering)
  • M.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems, Electrical Machines and Drives, Control Systems and Power Electronics)
  • M.Tech. in Electronics Engineering (Microwave Engineering, Digital Techniques and Instrumentation, Microelectronics and Communication Systems Engineering)
  • M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design, Heat Power Engineering and Production Engineering)
  • M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy, Metals and Materials Processing, Alloy Technology)
  • M.Tech. in Mining Engineering (Mine Environment, Rock Mechanics and Mine Planning)
  • M.Tech. in Systems Engineering
  • M.Tech. in Biochemical Engineering
  • M.Tech. in Industrial Management
  • M.Tech. in Biomedical Engineering
  • M.Tech. in Materials Science & Tech.
  • M.Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy)


Admission for undergraduate students is through Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for undergraduate courses and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for postgraduate courses.
From 2013 admission to undergraduate programs will be based on two tier test called (1) JEE (Mains) and (2) JEE (Advanced).[18] In addition the students qualifying through JEE (Advanced) test need to be in the top 20 percentile of the respective categories and/or have secured 75% or above in the qualifying exam conducted by the boards of their respective state/UT.

Library facilities[edit]

The Institute has one Main Library along with many Departmental Libraries. These libraries house more than 1,00,000 books and subscribe to a large number of scientific and technical journals. Online access to these journals is also possible. All the students are provided with text book bank facilities where a certain number of books are issued to them for the semester.[19] Apart from this, students also enjoy the access to the central library of Banaras Hindu University.

Student Life[edit]


Technex is the annual techno-management festival. It has footsteps dating back to 1939. It brings together students from all over the country to participate in the celebration to exploit their knowledge and creative extravagance along with experts from the fields of both academia and industry. While events may vary from year to year, generally they include or are based upon software development, model exhibition, paper and poster presentation, astronomy, robotics and general awareness.

Kashiyatra or KY is the annual social and cultural festival. Started in 1982, it has been named Sparsh and Spandan in the past. It is a 3-day long extravaganza blending the disciplines of music, literature and arts into a fest of gargantuan proportions. Over the years, Kashiyatra has grown to become one of the biggest galas of North India with a footfall of 25,000+ college students spanning the entire nation. It's events consist of Dramatics, Dance, Indian and Western Music, Literary events, Quizzes, Fine Arts and Fashion Show. A plethora of informal events coupled with the competitions consumes your day while we leave the nights for the dazzling pro-nites to get you in the groove

MCIIE and Entrepreneurship Cell[edit]

Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (MCIIE) was established in 2008. The objective of the MCIIE is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable. Incubator tenants not only benefit from business and technical assistance, they also benefit from official affiliation with the incubator, a supportive community with an entrepreneurial environment, direct link to entrepreneurs, and immediate networking and commercial opportunities with other tenant firms.[20] Programmes under MCIIE include:

  • Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship (OLPE)
  • Entrepreneurship Development and Awareness Programs
  • Technology Business Incubator (TBI) sponsored by National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, DST, New Delhi.

MCIIE has some established startups incubated there like Internlelo,[21] Bridgedots( etc.


Institute rankings
Engineering – India
NIRF[22] 31
India Today[23] 6
Outlook India[24] 6
Dataquest[25] 4

IIT (BHU) is ranked 31 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework in engineering category published by Ministry of Human Resource Development in April 2017.[22] In India Today's Best Engineering colleges of 2016 it has been placed at 6th position.[23]


The IIT (BHU) Chronicle is a monthly e-magazine published by the IITBHU Global Alumni Association. It was first published in May 2005.[26] It provides an account of events at the institute as well as notable achievements of members of the alumni community. It also publishes news and articles, sourced from a number of published sources, stating recent developments around the world. The magazine is published around the 25th of each month. It is emailed to over 11,000 alumni, students and faculty of the institute.[27]

IIT BHU Notable Alumni[edit]

The Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi has had numerous notable alumni.[28]


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