Institute of Chemical Technology

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Institute of Chemical Technology
Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology logo.jpg
Former names
MottoSanskrit: कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते Karmanyewadhikaraste
Motto in English
Your right is to selflessly perform the work
TypePublic, State
Established1 October 1933
ChancellorRaghunath Mashelkar FRS
Vice-ChancellorGanpati D. Yadav FRSC
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates983,[1] 1100[2]
Postgraduates1015 (Including PhDs, 2015)[1]
Location, ,
19°01′26″N 72°51′31″E / 19.02401°N 72.85852°E / 19.02401; 72.85852
CampusUrban, 16 acres (65,000 m2)

Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), formerly the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), is a chemical technology research university located in Mumbai, India. The institute also has campuses at Jalna, Marathwada and Bhubaneswar (in collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation and IIT Kharagpur) It is focused on training and research in various branches of chemical engineering, chemical technology, and pharmacy. It was established in 1933 and was granted deemed university status in 2008, making it the only state-funded deemed university in India.[3] On 12 February 2018 it was given status of Category 1 institute with graded autonomy by MHRD and UGC. It is also an institute with a special status as mentioned in SECTION IV of the Report of the Empowered Expert Committee in 2018.[4][better source needed]


The ICT was founded in 1933 as a University Department of Chemical and Technology (UDCT) of the University of Mumbai. Robert Forster was first Head of the Department (1933–38), followed by K. Venkataraman, who continued its development. It was considerably improved under the guidance of Man Mohan Sharma. The university conferred the autonomous status on the UDCT in 1994, with concurrence from the Maharashtra State Government and the UGC.[5]

UDCT was renamed as the Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology (Autonomous) (MUICT) on 26 January 2002.[6] In June 2004, in accordance with the Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) of the Government of India, under which the institute was selected as a Lead Institution, the Government of Maharashtra granted complete autonomy to the institute. On 12 September 2008, it was granted the deemed university status and renamed as the Institute of Chemical Technology.[3]

Institute of Chemical Technology was the first institute to be granted the elite badge by the government of the state of Maharashtra. This status put the institute on a par with other reputable schools such as the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research. It also makes the institute, which has plans to set up a satellite campus,[7] eligible for various special grants from the union and the state governments.[8]


The facade of the main building of the Institute

ICT is located on a 16 acres (65,000 m2) campus at 19°01′26″N 72°51′32″E / 19.024°N 72.859°E / 19.024; 72.859Coordinates: 19°01′26″N 72°51′32″E / 19.024°N 72.859°E / 19.024; 72.859. The academic building faces Nathalal Parekh Marg and has a beautiful architecture with fine dressed stone. Other buildings including three boys hostels, two girls hostels, faculty and staff apartments are located behind the academic building. The rear boundary of the institute runs along Kidwai Road. The Institute is located opposite to VJTI. Additional campuses are operational in Jalna, Maharashtra[9][10] and in Bhubaneswar, Odisha in collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation [11][12] and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP). The Bhubaneswar campus of ICT started its academic session on 3 September, 2018 at the IIT Kharagpur extension centre. The campus was inaugurated by Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Shri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman of IndianOil Corporation.[13][14]


At present ICT offers three degrees at undergraduate level: B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology), B.Chem.Eng. (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering), B.Pharm. (Bachelor of Pharmacy).[15] The institute offers several courses at the masters level which specialize in Chemical Technology, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy. M.Sc. degree from ICT is accredited by Royal Society of Chemistry and is only second institute in India to receive this accreditation. It also offers Integrated M.Tech degree, which is a one of a kind degree program in the country. ICT is accredited by AICTE, NAAC,[16] NBA,[17] NIRF,[18] and UGC.


ICT has specialization and runs several courses in the following areas:

  • Technology of Fibres and Textiles Processing
  • Technology of Dyes and Intermediates
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology
  • Food Engineering and Technology
  • Paints Technology
  • Polymer Technology
  • Plastic Technology
  • Technology of Oils and Surfactants
  • Fibers and Textiles Processing Technology
  • Surface Coating Technology
  • Perfumery and Flavour Technology
  • Bioprocess Technology (with special emphasis on Downstream Processing)
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Drug Delivery Technology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medicinal Natural Products
  • Green Technology

Faculty and Student Support[edit]

K. Venkataraman Auditorium at ICT

The ICT has sanctioned positions of 108 faculty (29 Professors, 38 Associate Professors and 41 Assistant Professors) and a support staff of 240. There are 114 visiting faculties (who typically are industry researchers), 7 emeritus faculties, and 4 adjuncts.[16] The ICT has a tradition of establishment of endowments with an objective of supporting faculty positions, foreign travel assistance, merit-cum-means scholarships, staff welfare, library, campus development, research fellowships and seed money for research by young faculty. There are 90 faculty endowments in the Institute. All these endowments have been established through generous donations by alumni, industries, philanthropists and well wishers. Only part of the interest (up to 50-70%) is used towards the purpose of the endowment and the remaining is invested back into the corpus.[15] There are 22 endowment chairs, as well as 49 visiting fellowships which helps attract the best professionals to the Institute from all over the world who interact with UG and PG students, faculty and alumni. The honoraria range from ₹ 5000 to 1.25 lakhs for a period of one day to 15 days. Some eminent faculty from institutes such as MIT, Purdue, Cambridge, Monash, UC Berkeley, UCSB, Montreal have taught UG and PG courses in ICT under these endowments. These lectures will form part of audit courses for research students. Besides, public lectures are organized under each endowment.[15] Each academic year, 251 students are supported through under merit-cum-means scholarships. The range is ₹3000-75,000 per annum per person through several endowments, private trust and annual commitments by alumni. All economically deprived students are given assistance in the form of tuition fees, hostel fees, mess bills and travel assistance to present papers in national conferences.[15]


ICT has a strong and celebrated research culture and is considered to be the best post-graduate center in India and comparable to other top-level centers in the world.[19][20] The first-ever Ph.D. in India in engineering was awarded by ICT in 1941.[citation needed] Currently, ICT graduates 100 PhDs annually, which is about 10% of India's engineering PhDs. ICT has strong relationships with the industries and many government as well as industry-sponsored projects take shape in ICT. In 2011, the Ministry of Textiles sanctioned ICT as National Center of Excellence in Sportswear with a grant of ₹ 24.5 crore for researching sports-related apparel and goods. With this, ICT has become the first institute in India to conduct research on sports fabrics.[21] ICT hosts several research centers within the campus. These include DBT-ICT (Department of Biotechnology) Center for Energy Biosciences,[22] ICT-DAE (Department of Atomic Energy) Center for Chemical Engineering Education and Research,[23] UGC Networking Resource Centre in Chemical Engineering,[24] and Center for Green Technology.[25]


Established in 1934, Prof. M M Sharma Library functions as the central library of the institute and is one of the special collection libraries in the country.[26] It performs a dual role of an Academic Library as well as a Research Library, catering to the information needs of the in-house students and faculty and attracts a variety of readers, students, in particular, and technologists, industrialists, and research community. It is housed in a separate Ground Plus two-storied building and follows a completely open-access concept. It is a unique library in India to have its own endowment fund. The library can boast of rich heritage collection of old classic books and bound volumes dating back to 1930s. It has 38,200 books, 25,290 journals and 10,000 standards and subscribes to 120 international and 25 national journals. Along with the traditional collection, it also has a significant digital collection with access to more than 500 electronic journals. Has access to databases such as Reaxys, Sci-Finder, Scopus, and Web of science. The library is fully computerized using the library management software called Libsys. It can be termed as a hybrid library with the best collection of printed and digital documents. The library is also a member of E-Shodh Sindhu Consortium. It has MOU with BONET for participating in exchange program devised by MISSAT, DST, New Delhi.[better source needed]

Fellows of Royal Society[edit]

Till date ICT has produced two fellows of Royal Society out of 60 odd fellows from India. One of them is Dr. M. M. Sharma who has been director of the institute and other is Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, who currently serves as the chancellor. Dr. G. D. Yadav, current Vice Chancellor of ICT, and Dr. Bhalchandra Bhanage, Head of Department of Chemistry were bestowed with Fellowship of Royal Society of Chemistry.[27][28]

Various activities[edit]

Technological Association[edit]

Technological Association (TA) is an organization that conducts co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in ICT. Currently,[when?] the Vice Chancellor, G.D. Yadav is the President of TA and Prof. Purnima Amin is the Vice President. TA, a 30 member student body organizes various activities including the intra- and inter-collegiate festivals and runs various clubs for the students. TA also looks after the student grievances and makes sure that the students at the institute are satisfied.[citation needed]

Entrepreneurship cell[edit]

ICT inaugurated its entrepreneurship cell in April 2013 with inauguration lecture from Ashwin Dani (Founder of Asian Paints) and Yogesh Kothari (Founder of Alkyl Amines). A fellowship for visit to Korea was offered at the time of inauguration. The primary purpose behind the entrepreneurship cell was to accelerate the entrepreneurial culture at ICT. ICT also has international dignitaries visiting regularly for contributing in the research as well as guidance students. Some of the international dignitaries include Ahmet Uzumcu, Director General of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.[29] There are more than 500 first-generation entrepreneurs which have come up from alumni and from the portals of ICT.[16]


Within the campus walls, five hostel buildings cater to the students' need of accommodation. Hostel No. 1, 4, and 5 accommodate male students whereas hostel No. 2 & 3 are girls hostels. The Hostel No. 1, better known as old hostel, was established in 1952, has 48 single rooms and 48 double rooms and accommodates 160 students and four faculty members. Hostel 2, and 3 accommodate approximately 259 and 120 female students. Hostel 4 is currently[when?] under redevelopment. Hostel 5 was built and inaugurated in 2005. This building was built at the cost of ₹70 million, with the majority of the money raised by the alumni of the college. It has 7 floors, about 190 double rooms, 3 large guest rooms, 4 faculty flats, a dining hall, and a health clinic and a gym and houses 330 students.[citation needed]

Student Festivals[edit]


Rangotsav is a Conference on Advances in Polymer and Coating, Technical Festival of Polymer and Surface Coating Technology Department.[citation needed]


A game in progress at Pidilite Pavilion

Sportsaga is the annual sports festival of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai organized by the Technological Association. It was established in 2005.[citation needed]

Vortex – The Chemfest[edit]

In 2013, it was decided by the Technological Association (Student Council) of ICT that Exergy would be merged with the other technical festivals of the Institute, YICC (Young Innovators Choice Competition) and YRC (Young Researchers Competition). This led to the creation of Vortex - The Chemfest.[30] It saw over 5000 participants from various colleges across the country coming into the ICT to showcase their Chemical Engineering skills.[citation needed]


Manzar is the cultural festival of the Institute of Chemical Technology organized by the Technological Association. It has completed 10 years since it first began in 2007, and 2019 saw the 13th edition of this festival. Every year, Manzar proudly hosts a variety of events in music, dance, literary arts and fine arts. The Dance and Fashion Show events are the most popular, with active participation of students from all over the city. Manzar has a social initiative called Awaaz, through which students are able to do their bit for all-round societal development and improvement of underprivileged lives. Apart from all this, Manzar also has the Cultural Night and the Popular Night. Many famous artists have performed on the Manzar stage, including Shaan, Kailash Kher, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Fire on Dawson, Shalmali Kholgade, Sachin-Jigar, Niladri Kumar, Arijit Singh, Armaan Malik, and Farhan Akhtar.[citation needed] Apart from that, comedians such as Kenny Sebastian, and Biswa Kalyan Rath have also entertained the crowd during Manzar.[citation needed] Manzar attracts a crowd of over 10,000 people every year.[citation needed]


The division of Fibres and Textiles Processing annually holds Texpression, a cultural festival. Texpression also brings the alumni of the division together to foster camaraderie and network among them.[citation needed]


The Spirit[edit]

The Spirit is the official bimonthly cultural magazine cum newsletter of ICT. There are typically 5-6 issues a year. The newsletter highlights the achievements of students and alumni, has news and information about the institute, and is a platform for students to showcase their art and literary skills. The first issue was released in October 2006.[citation needed]

The Bombay Technologist[edit]

The Bombay Technologist is the annual peer-reviewed journal of the institute, started in 1951.[31] The journal publishes technical articles in the thrust areas of science and technology, written by undergraduate as well as graduate students of the institute. Annually, the three best articles published are awarded prizes. The best post-graduate student in the institute is given the ‘Bombay Technologist Best Post-Graduate Student’ award.[citation needed]

To foster the talents of the ICTians in non-technical areas, the journal has instituted ‘Bombay Technologist Creativity’ Award. The Bombay Technologist supports partial travel and registration expenses of students presenting technical papers in India. ICT had previously lacked the framework for an organized, official and widespread UG research ethic in tandem with academics. However, with the Bombay Technologist Undergraduate Research Program (BTUGRP), it has become one of the first in India in laying a foundation for a robust UG research system, in pace with other globally renowned universities.[32] An archive of past issues is maintained on the Bombay Technologist website.[33]


University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[34]30
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[35]19
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[36]10
Pharmacy – India
NIRF (2018)[37]4

ICT was ranked 10th among engineering institutes,[36] 4th in the pharmacy ranking,[37] 19 among universities[35] and 30 overall.[34] by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018. ICT was also ranked 118 in the QS (BRICS) Rank List.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

The Institute has produced many first-generation entrepreneurs and academics. Civilian honors awarded to alumni include 3 Padma Vibhushan, 8 Padma Bhushan and 10 Padma Shri awardees. Only two Indian engineers - Raghunath Mashelkar and Man Mohan Sharma - have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), both of whom are alumni of ICT.[citation needed]

Among the notable people who have attended or graduated from ICT are:[citation needed]


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