Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
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|Director||Sarit Kumar Das|
Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar or IIT RPR) is an engineering, science and technology higher education institute located in Rupnagar, Punjab, India. It is one of the eight newer Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India under The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 to expand the reach and enhance the quality of technical education in the country.
IIT Ropar was established by MHRD in 2008. The classes for academic session 2008–2009 were held at IIT Delhi. The Institute started functioning from its transit campus in Rupnagar in August 2009.
IIT Ropar has completely shifted to its permanent campus since June 2019. Campus architecture is inspired by Indus Valley Civilisation with four 41 feet high stone carved pillars at the entrance. The institute started to operate from its permanent campus from July 2018. Some phases of this campus were still under construction. The campus was being built on the land earlier known as Birla Seed Farms. It is located over an area of 525 acres (2.12 km2). Foundation stone for the permanent campus was laid on 24 February 2009 by Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh. The contract was given to CPWD and a Bangkok-based construction company was assigned the task of finishing the first phase. The Computer Science Department has been shifted to this campus in July 2018. A part of the administration office was shifted on 17 June 2018. In June 2019, the Administration and Departments of Electrical, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering completely shifted to the permanent campus.
The institute, in the past, operated in two different transit campuses located in Rupnagar.
Transit Campus I
The transit campus I of IIT Ropar is former Women's Polytechnic, Rupnagar. The academic and administration buildings of the Women's Polytechnic, Ropar were renovated to accommodate all the requirements of the Institute.
This campus houses four hostels: three for boys (Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune Houses) and one for girls (Venus House). The day-to-day management of hostels is taken care of by a committee consisting of student representatives, faculty members (as Wardens) and administrative staff (caretakers, office-heads).
This campus currently houses the central library of the institute. It also an independent post office and a branch of State Bank of India.
Sports facilities include a cricket field, three tennis courts, a football field, a gymnasium, a basketball court, two volleyball court and also a number of facilities for several athletics. The Students Activity Center (SAC) has a gymnasium and rooms for different activity clubs.
Transit Campus II
Owing to the Ministry of Human Resource Development's (HRD) order for increasing seats, the institute started functioning from an additional transit campus. This campus has been shared by and leased from NIELIT Ropar. It is located adjacent to the permanent campus. IIT Ropar does not use this campus anymore.
Departments and Centres
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Mathematics and Computing
- Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Center for Biomedical Engineering
DST Technology Innovation Hub
In 2020, the Department of Science of Technology (DST) has established a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) in the application domain of Agriculture & Water, named as Agriculture and Water Technology Development Hub (AWaDH), at IIT Ropar in the framework of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) with a grant of Rs. 110 crore. The innovation hub is aimed to bring solutions for stubble management, water quality improvement, mapping of hazardous substances in water and soil, and their treatment using next generation cyber-physical systems. 
The institute offers undergraduate programmes awarding Bachelor of Technology in various engineering areas. Admission to these programmes is through JEE Advanced. The institute also offers postgraduate degrees awarding MTech and MSc (Research) in various engineering fields, as well as MSc in basic sciences. PhD courses in various fields are also offered.
|General – international|
|QS (Asia) (2020)||205|
|QS (BRICS) (2019)||107|
|Times (World) (2020)||301-350|
|General – India|
|QS (India) (2020)||25|
|Engineering – India|
|India Today (2020)||11|
IIT Ropar has ranked on 205th position in the QS Asia Ranking 2020, ranked 107th among the universities in BRICS countries by the QS BRICS Ranking 2019. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it 301-350 globally in the 2020 ranking. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked it 25th among engineering colleges in 2020
The institute stresses in inter-disciplinary research areas including Renewable and Clean Energy, Artificial intelligence (AI), Bio-imaging and Bio-instrumentation, and Agriculture, Water and Rural Development. A Central Research Facility has been established encompassing equipment from various departments.
Extra curricular activities
Zeitgeist is the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology Ropar and is held annually as a three-day festival in October or November. It was conceived in September 2010. Advitiya, with its maiden edition in 2017, is the annual technical festival, which is held for three days in February or March. An annual sports festival, Aarohan is also held annually during February. It is currently in its second edition. These college fests are managed financially and conducted entirely by the students. An annual Indian classical music and dance event SPIC MACAY is also organized by the students and the faculty.
The management of student activities is done by many boards functioning under the Student Affairs Department. These boards have elected student representatives known as General Secretaries, and an overall elected President of the Student Council. They have various societies and clubs to promote extra curricular and co-curricular activities.
The IIT Ropar Alumni Association was founded on 1 February 2013.
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