Harcourt Butler Technological Institute

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Harcourt Butler Technological Institute
हरकोर्ट बटलर प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) Logo
Motto "Shramah ayvam Param Tapah" (Sanskrit for: Work and Great Austerity)
Type Government, Autonomous
Established 1921
Director Prof. (Dr.) Ashok kumar
Student Affairs Prof. (Dr.) Sunil Kumar
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1920
Location Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Campus Urban
East Campus
77 acres (31 ha)
West Campus
271 acres (110 ha)
Website www.hbti.ac.in
HBTI Main (Administration) Building

Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (popularly known as HBTI) is an academically autonomous engineering college affiliated to the Uttar Pradesh Technical University located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh in India. The HBTI was named after Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler, governor of the United Provinces of British India. All Three wereIts programs have been conferred autonomous status under the university.[1] It is one of the oldest engineering institutes in the country and holds the ISO 9001:2000 certification. It offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs in engineering, as well as Masters programs in Business Administration, and Computer Applications.

In 1959, when the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) was established, its classes were initially held in the canteen building of HBTI until IITK had its own campus.[2] HBTI is the mother institute of the National Sugar Institute (in 1936, then known as Imperial Institute of Sugar Technology),[3] the Government Central Textile Institute (in 1937),[4] now known as the Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, and the Glass Institute. It was also one of the 127 technical institutions in India which were the recipients of funding from World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) in the phase one (2004-2009) of the Technical Engineering Educational Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP) - the first World Bank project in Higher education in India.[5]


The history of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute dates back to the 1920s when there was a growing realization of the need for advancement in science and technology among the people of what was then called the United Provinces. Consequently, the Indian Industrial Commission, 1916–18, at its Nainital meeting proposed two institutions for engineering — one at Roorkee and the other at Kanpur. To boost entrepreneurship, accelerate industrial development, create a sound environment for contemporary applied research, and inculcate scientific temper, an institute called Government Research Institute, Cawnpore was started in 1920. It was housed in the two rooms of what was called Bhoot Wali Kothi. The old majestic building is still intact at the northwest corner of the Company Bagh crossing, near Nawabganj. Dr. H. E. Annett, who was then the Principal of the Opium Research Laboratory, Cawnpore, of which the new institute was an adjunct, was appointed as the head.

On 25 November 1921, the then governor of the United Provinces, Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler (1869–1938), K.C.S.I., C.I.E., formally laid the foundation of the present main (administration) building. It was rechristened Government Technological Institute in 1921. In 1928, it got the current name of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute.[6] Its first principal of Indian nationality was Dattatreya Yashwant Athawale (Rao Saheb Rai Bahadur).


HBTI is a government financed institute and has the following six authorities overlooking its complete administration:[7]

  • Board of Governors
  • Finance Committee
  • Administrative Committee
  • Building & Works Committee
  • Purchase Committee
  • Academic Committee

The institute is headed by a director, currently Prof. Ashok kumar who succeeded Prof. A.K Nagpal (who had been since 1 August 2014), who succeeded Prof. M.C Shukla who in turn took over from Prof. (Dr.) J.S.P Rai .Apart from the director, the institute has several administrative officers[8] and personnel for day-to-day functioning:

  • Registrar and Deputy Registrar
  • Accounts Officer
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Student's welfare
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Research and Development
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Planning and Resource Generation
  • Chief Proctor, Deputy Chief Proctor, and the Proctorial Board
  • Controller Of Examinations, and Senior Superintendent (Examination)
  • In-Charge, Training & Placement Cell
  • Public Information Officer
  • Heads of different departments, and workshop
  • TEQIP - II Co-ordinator
  • Administrative Officer
  • Security In-Charge
  • Chairman and Secretary of CSA
  • Librarian and Deputy Librarian
  • System Manager
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Physical Instructor
  • Wardens of respective hostels


HBTI is one of the most reputed and sought after engineering colleges in the state of Uttar Pradesh, and the best engineering college available through the SEE-UPTU examination. HBTI has been ranked as the 45th best Engineering College of India in the Edu-Rand Rankings of 2015.[9] The survey was done jointly by Edu, an Indian company and Rand Corporation, a non-profit American thinktank.[10]


The institute is in the northern part of the city, near the Kanpur Zoo, and less than five kilometres away from the Ganga barrage. It is spread across two campuses - the east campus (77 acres), and the west campus (271 acres) - roughly 3 km apart.[11]

East campus (academic block)[edit]

The academic campus shares a border with the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology's premises. It comprises:[12]

  • The main building which was inaugurated in 1921. It houses the administrative offices, and departments of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology (four out of five branches), Biochemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Humanities
  • Five buildings which house the departments of Computer Science & IT, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Leather Technology
  • Central Library, Auditorium, Workshop, Cafeteria, and Computer Centre
  • Oil Technologist's Association of India's (OTAI)[13] headquarters, Council of Leather Exports' (CLE)[14] central regional office, Paint and Coating Technologist's Association's (PACT)[15] headquarters, and Institution of Engineers (India)'s Kanpur Local Centre
  • Guest House
  • Medical Centre
  • Central Bank of India (CBI) branch, and their ATM
  • Four girls' hostels
  • Two boys' hostels: LV-Old (Lake View hostels I & II), and one under-construction
  • Badminton and Lawn tennis courts
  • Football and Cricket ground
  • Gymnasium

West campus (residential block)[edit]

The West Campus features:

  • Three boys’ hostels: WCH-1, WCH-2, and WCH-3 (WCH stands for West Campus Hostel)
  • Community Centre
  • Residential quarters for faculty members, and other staff
  • State Bank of India (SBI) ATM, operational since late 2012
  • Postal facilities
  • Playgrounds and an athletic track for cricket, hockey, football, basketball and volleyball.


HBTI offers its students a vide variety of UG and PG courses, awarding the following degrees:

B.Tech. courses are offered in 13 fields of engineering and technology. All have been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):

Oil Technology is the oldest course being offered by the college. Till 1970, HBTI also conducted courses in Sugar Technology, Textile Technology, and Glass Technology, but subsequently, three new institutes — the National Sugar Institute, Government Central Textile Institute, now known as Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, and Glass Institute — were created out of the respective departments.

In addition to bachelor level programs, MCA, M.Tech. (part-time and regular), MBA (through STEP-HBTI), and Doctoral programs in several disciplines of engineering, technology, and basic sciences are available. Besides playing an academic role, the institute runs research programs sponsored by government institutions and other research organizations. The institute is a QIP (Quality Improvement Programme of MHRD, Govt. of India) centre for offering Ph.D. programme in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Electronics Engineering with two seats in each discipline for teachers.

Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park (STEP-HBTI)[edit]

STEP is a project sponsored and managed by HBTI with Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi. It is financed by financial institutions like IDBI, IFCI, and ICICI with active funding from the government of Uttar Pradesh, through its Department of Science & Technology, and Department of Industries.[16] It was established in 1986 within the premises of HBTI, Kanpur, for motivating science, technology, and engineering graduates for taking up entrepreneurship as a career. It offers PGDM (since 2011), MBA, and DOEACC "O" & "A" level courses.

Student's activities and associations[edit]

Council of Student's Activities[edit]

The Council of Student's Activities is responsible for organising extra- and co-curricular activities in the institute. It is headed by a chairman and has a secretary and assistant secretary, all of whom are faculty members. It has several sub-councils and clubs, each presided over by convener, also from the faculty members. They have a student secretary, elected by the students through direct voting (secret ballot), done on non-party lines. Elections are held in starting of each odd semester for the academic year.

The sub-councils/clubs are as follows:[17]

Events and festivals[edit]

HBTI is host to several national, international and state-level conferences, seminars and programs — jointly organised by departments of the college and organisations like IEI, OTAI, PACT, and several departments of U.P. and Indian government, etc. Apart from them, the college organises the following events and youth festivals:

  • Odyssey - National Level Cultural Festival.
  • Incord - State level technical event, organised by Department Computer Science & Engineering and Information Technology (M.C.A,CS,IT), with the support from Uttar Pradesh Technical University.
  • Taal - Intra-college cultural festival.
  • Nirmaan - by Department of Civil Engineering and Association of Civil Engineers (ACE).
  • Mecharnival - by Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Resonance - by Department of Electrical Engineering.
  • Techroma - Annual technological fest of paint technology branch conducted for first time on 8 and 9 March 2011 in association with PACT.
  • Samaagam - Oil and Paint Technology department annual technical seminar on surface coatings and paints
  • Genesis - National Level Seminar, organised by Department of Bio-chemical Engineering and Food Technology.
  • Interface - by Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • TechEra - It is annual technical festival of Department Electronics Engineering .This technical festival is organised by Association of Electronics Engineers, H.B.T.I. It was first organised in 1996 and was also known by the name of 'Anuvartan' in some earlier years.
  • Corium - by Department of Leather Technology.


The departments have their own associations composed of students, alumni and faculty members. They are headed by a faculty convener and a president and secretary from among the students. There is the 'Association of Civil Engineers' (ACE) in the Civil Engineering Department, 'Association of Mechanical Engineers' (AME) in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and the like.


HBTI alumni are popularly known as Harcourtians. The Alumni Association of HBTI works to bring together all the alumni and organises national and international meets. A list of some notable alumni is as follows:


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