Indian Institute of Technology Ropar

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Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
IIT Ropar Official Logo.jpg
Former names
Indian Institute of Technology Punjab
Motto in English
Guide in the Right Direction
Type Public
Established 2008
Dean P. K. Raina
Director Sarit Kumar Das
Location Rupnagar, Punjab, India
30°58′32″N 76°32′22″E / 30.9755°N 76.5395°E / 30.9755; 76.5395Coordinates: 30°58′32″N 76°32′22″E / 30.9755°N 76.5395°E / 30.9755; 76.5395
Campus Main – Spread over 520 acres (2.1 km2), Transit – Spread over 25 acres (0.10 km2)

The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar) or IIT-RPR, is an engineering and technology higher education institute located in Rupnagar, Punjab, India. It is one of the eight newer Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)[1] established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development MHRD, Government of India under The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011.[2] The Act was passed in the Lok Sabha on 24 March 2011[3] and by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012.[4]


This new institute was established by MHRD in year 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.[5][6]

Campus and location[edit]

IIT Ropar is located at Rupnagar (formerly known as Ropar) town of the district Rupnagar. Rupnagar was founded in the 11th century and named after Rup Sen son of Raja Rokeshar. Recent excavations and explorations conducted at Rupnagar indicate that the first settlements here were the Harappans, who reached the upper Satluj towards the close of third millennium B.C. The district has rich historical and religious significance.

Rupnagar town is the headquarters of district Rupnagar and is located 42 km. from Chandigarh, the state capital. It is connected by road on National Highway NH-21. The Delhi-Ambala-Una railway line passes through Rupnagar and provides rail connectivity. The nearest airport is at Chandigarh at a distance of about 60 km. The Satluj river passes close to Rupnagar.

The climate is characterised by its general dryness, except during the south-west monsoon season, a hot summer and a cold winter. The winter is from mid-November to February, summer from March to June and the monsoon from late June to mid-September. The average annual rainfall in the district is about 776 mm with about 78% in the period of June to September.

Permanent campus[edit]

The location for permanent campus of IIT Ropar is Birla Seed Farms, Rupnagar. The Government of Punjab has approved about 525 acres (2.12 km2) land for the permanent campus in Rupnagar. Foundation stone for the permanent campus of IIT Ropar was laid down on 24 February 2009 by former Union HRD Minister Mr. Arjun Singh. The contract is given to CPWD and a Bangkok-based construction company is assigned the task of finishing the first phase. The college has been operational in the permanent campus from academic year 2017.

IIT Ropar transit campus

Temporary campus[edit]

The temporary campus of IIT Ropar is former Women's Polytechnic, Rupnagar. The academic and administration buildings of the Women's Polytechnic were completely renovated to accommodate all the requirements of the Institute . It has all the basic infrastructure to run Academic programmes specially designed by IIT Delhi. The transit campus is equipped with state of art lecture halls along with well maintained playgrounds to nurture the bright minds and enhance their overall development. Special emphasis has been laid to set up advanced laboratories to help students gain practical insight of the courses that are a part of their curriculum. The current temporary campus is a brief 1 km walk from Rupnagar railway station.


University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2017)[7] 32
Engineering – India
NIRF (2017)[8] 21
India Today (2017)[9] 25

Among engineering colleges, IIT Ropar ranked 25 by India Today in 2017[9] and 21 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017[8] and 32 overall.[7]


The institute flagged its beginning with the following 10 departments including 4 engineering and 6 science departments, all of which offer PhD programme.


The institute offers undergraduate programmes awarding Bachelor of Technology in various engineering areas. Admission to these programmes is through JEE Advanced.[citation needed] The institute also offers postgraduate degrees awarding M.Tech. and M.Sc. (Research) in various engineering fields, as well as M.Sc. in basic sciences.[citation needed] Ph.D. courses in various fields are also offered.[10]

Campus life/Infrastructure[edit]

Hostel Facilities[edit]

The Institute campus houses five hostels: four for boys (Mercury Wings A, B & C, Jupiter and Neptune Houses) and one for girls (Venus House). The hostels are well equipped for comfortable lodging and boarding of approximately 550 students. All hostels are provided with water coolers and RO water filter systems. Each hostel has a common room that provides facilities for indoor recreation and games. The hostel complex also includes two laundry centers. High speed internet is available via wireless internet (spread in the complete campus area) and LAN connections provided by BSNL India. 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). Institute has its own independent post office opened for the staff and students of the institute. SBI (State Bank of India) has a well operational branch inside the campus premises.

Medical Facility[edit]

The institute has allocated a separate building, which adjoins the hostel complex, for its medical facility. A doctor and a nurse have been appointed to attend to medical emergencies of the campus residents. In addition the institute relies upon a few super-speciality hospitals in the city of Ropar for providing medical care to its members.

Football field at IIT Ropar

Sports Facilities[edit]

The students of the institute, apart from showing excellent academic progress, are keen to pursue their interests in sports and games. To nurture these interests, the institute provides several facilities. At present, the institute has 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 institute also encourages its students to participate in the inter-IIT competition which is held every year in December at different IIT campuses across India and other competitions.

The Students Activity Center (SAC) has a well equipped gymnasium and rooms for different activity clubs such as the Music Club, Dance Club and the Fine Arts Club.

Central Library[edit]

The Central Library functions as the primary information resource and repository for all teaching and research activities at the institute. Apart from textbooks and recommended reading material prescribed for each course offered at the institute, the library houses a growing collection of research monographs, reports, multi-volume reference works, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks, and so on. In addition, the library also facilitates access to a number of journals through its participation in consortia such as INDEST-AICTE. At present, users can consult more than 4000 books (available on shelves) and hundreds of journals (through electronic subscription).[11]


The institute has ensured that its campus and residents are safe and secure. To accomplish this, a security agency has been entrusted with the task of providing security to its personnel and resources.

The beautiful campus has a peaceful environment.[12]

Extra Curricular Activities[edit]

Societies & Clubs[edit]

There are various societies being run by the student body at the institute to promote extra currulicular and co-curricular activities. These clubs ensure participation from the students in different institute level activities & competitions, and prepare them for inter-college competitions. The Fine Arts Club, The Music Society, The Dance Club, LitSoc- The Literary Society, The Chess Club, The Athletics Club, The Creative Writing Club, Science and Technology Club, etc. are managed by the respective student representatives and a secretary.


Zeitgeist is the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology Ropar and is held annually as a three-day festival in late Feb - early March. It was conceived in September 2010.


Advitiya is the upcoming annual technical festival of Indian Institute of Technology Ropar to be held as a three-day festival in late March. Its maiden edition will be held from 22 March 2017 to 24 March 2017.

Music Society[edit]

The Music Society provides performance opportunities and brings live music to events during the academic year. Anyone who has an interest in playing an instrument, singing or appreciating music is welcome to join. In the Student Activity Center, is a music room with various instruments including a complete drum set, acoustic and electric guitars, and a keyboard. All details regarding this society can be found at

Inter Batch Cultural Championship[edit]

The Inter Batch Cultural Championship or IBCC is the inter batch cultural competition of IIT Ropar and was inaugurated in 2014 to instil competitiveness amongst the students. Dance, music, and art are included in the list of events.

Events held[edit]

  • Saaz – Solo singing competition
  • Sur – Duet singing competition
  • Rashmi - Kavi Sammelan
  • Torque – Rock band competition (Part of Zeitgeist)
  • Symphony – Western instrumental competition (Part of Zeitgeist)
  • Raag – Indian instrumental competition (Part of Zeitgeist)
  • Zeitgeist - cultural festival
  • Samagam - weekend cultural activities
  • Conclave - English debate
  • Viruddh - Hindi debate .

Alumni association[edit]

The IIT Ropar Alumni Association was founded on 1 February 2013. The association aims to encourage the alumni to take abiding interest in the progress and development of the institute. Since its establishment, the association has grown from strength to strength, regularly undertaking several initiatives to promote and foster mutually beneficial interaction between the alumni and the alma mater.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IIT Ropar is now independent of IIT Delhi's mentoring and administration". 
  2. ^ "The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010" (PDF). 23 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "LS passes bill to provide IIT status to 8 institutes, BHU". Deccan Herald. New Delhi. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Parliament passes IIT bill". The Times of India. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ IANS/Indo-Asian News Service (7 August 2009). "IIT Punjab to start working from its new campus Aug 20". New Delhi: Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  6. ^ "Big milestone: IIT-Punjab classes from August 20". The Times of India. 21 July 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2017 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2017 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2017: Engineering". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "PhD Admissions". Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. January 2012. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Central Library". Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "IIT Ropar's Gallery (7 Albums)". Picasa Web Albums. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "IIT Ropar Alumni Association". 

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