Indian Institute of Technology Ropar

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Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
Indian Institute of Technology Ropar logo.png
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Guide in the Right Direction
Established2008 (12 years ago) (2008)
DirectorSarit Kumar Das[1]
Location, ,
30°58′13″N 76°28′09″E / 30.9704°N 76.4691°E / 30.9704; 76.4691Coordinates: 30°58′13″N 76°28′09″E / 30.9704°N 76.4691°E / 30.9704; 76.4691
Colours  Yellow

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)[2] established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India under The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011[3] 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.[4][5]


Permanent Campus[edit]

Main gate complex of the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. The stone-carved pillars on the gate complex are inspired by the Indus Valley Civilisation. The main gate complex project is a homage to the global intellectual progress and the excellence achieved in the region of Ropar stands over the roots of the Indus Valley Civilisation. This artistic representation spread over 1600 meters and consists of four pillars of 41 feet height with 16 facades om them. Each facade carries carvings depicting a story built around central figures unearthed from the Indus Valley Civilisation, such as; the figure of the iconic dancing girl and Pashupati - likely the earliest depiction of Hindu god Shiva. On top of each pillar, the metallic molecular structure is installed - highlighting the fusion of contemporary and ancient knowledge.

IIT Ropar has completely shifted to its permanent campus since June 2019.[6] Campus architecture is inspired by Indus Valley Civilisation with four 41 feet high stone carved[7] pillars at the entrance.[8][9][10] 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.[11] 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 Spiral - an artistic representation of the DNA structure. This structure is build inside the main gate complex of the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. Philosophically, the three turns in the structure enlight the mission and vision of IIT Ropar, i.e., the Contribution to the Knowledge, Contribution to the Nation, Contribution to the Humankind.

The institute, in the past, operated in two different transit campuses located in Rupnagar.

Transit Campus I[edit]

The main academic block of 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[edit]

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.

Football Ground inside Transit Campus I

Departments and Centres[edit]

The institute currently has 11 departments, 1 multi-disciplinary centre [12] and 1 DST Technology Innovation Hub.[13] The departments are:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics[14]
  • Center for Biomedical Engineering

DST Technology Innovation Hub[edit]

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)[15] 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.[16] [17]



The institute offers undergraduate programmes awarding Bachelor of Technology in various engineering areas. Admission to these programmes is through JEE Advanced.[18] The institute also offers postgraduate degrees awarding MTech and MSc (Research) in various engineering fields, as well as MSc in basic sciences.[19] PhD courses in various fields are also offered.[20]


University rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2020)[21]205
QS (BRICS) (2019)[22]107
Times (World) (2020)[23]301-350
General – India
QS (India) (2020)[24]25
Engineering – India
NIRF (2020)[25]25
India Today (2020)[26]11

IIT Ropar has ranked on 205th position in the QS Asia Ranking 2020,[21] ranked 107th among the universities in BRICS countries by the QS BRICS Ranking 2019.[22] The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it 301-350 globally in the 2020 ranking.[23] The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked it 25th among engineering colleges in 2020[25]


The institute stresses in inter-disciplinary research areas including Renewable and Clean Energy, Artificial intelligence[27] (AI), Bio-imaging and Bio-instrumentation, and Agriculture, Water and Rural Development.[28] A Central Research Facility has been established encompassing equipment from various departments.[29]

In the academic year 2017-18, the institute organized its first Research Conclave.[30][31]

Extra curricular activities[edit]

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.[32] 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.[33] These college fests are managed financially and conducted entirely by the students. An annual Indian classical music and dance event SPIC MACAY[32] is also organized by the students and the faculty.

Events such as Inter Batch Cultural Championship (IBCC) and Inter Year Sports Championship are the intra-college events that are organized annually for the students of the institute.[32][33]

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.

Alumni Association[edit]

The IIT Ropar Alumni Association was founded on 1 February 2013.[34]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010" (PDF). 23 August 2010.
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  18. ^ "JEE Advanced 2017: Registration Ends; Know Details Here". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
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  20. ^ "PhD Admissions". Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. January 2012. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
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  22. ^ a b "QS BRICS University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
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  33. ^ a b "Board of Sports Activities". Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  34. ^ "IIT Ropar Alumni Association".