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Thapar University

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Thapar University
Thapar Campus Aerial View.jpg
Aerial view of Thapar University campus
Type public
Established 1956
Chairman Sh. R.R. Vederah
President Sh. Gautam Thapar
Director Prof. Prakash Gopalan
Academic staff
Undergraduates 5000+
Postgraduates 600+
Location Patiala, Punjab, India
Campus 250 acres (1.0 km2), Urban
Affiliations UGC, NAAC

Thapar University, formerly known as Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, was founded in 1956 by Karam Chand Thapar and is situated in Patiala. It has grown in size and activities during the last five decades of its existence. It was granted full autonomy and the status of a university by the University Grants Commission in 1985. It was ranked #5 by the limited participation CSR-GHRDC Engineering Colleges Survey 2011.[1]

Thapar University is today considered among the leading privately managed engineering institutions of the country. National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous body funded by the UGC, has accredited Thapar University with 'A Grade'. On 24 November 2014, Thapar University signed an agreement with Trinity College, Dublin, as part of its efforts to impart global standard education at its campus in Patiala.


The campus has six old academic blocks, namely A, B, C, D, E, F and a recently constructed TAN block. The blocks are well constructed with greenery interspersed between them. The university campus has six hostels for boys. Each hostel has a gym, a reading room and a common room. There is a cooperative mess system in each hostel, and a student executive committee headed by the warden to manage day-to-day hostel activities.

Hostel -A(Capacity: 252)

Hostel -B(Capacity: 282)

Hostel -C(Capacity: 320)

Hostel -H(Capacity: 480)

Hostel-J(Capacity: 942) J stands for Jannat. As the name must suggest, this hostel is best in the campus and understandably the most expensive.

Hostel-E(Capacity : 237)

Hostel-PG(Capacity: 288)

Hostel -I(Capacity: 407)

The campus boasts of an in-house market COS (Cultural Open-air Sports) complex which has variety of shops where one can eat, drink, get his/her laundry done and buy stationery items.


The institute offers undergraduate programmes leading to Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree and postgraduate programmes leading to Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Software Engineering, Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degrees. Students have to take the Jee-main exam to get admission into Thapar University for the undergraduate program and students take the MET exam for admission into graduate/postgraduate programmes.


University rankings
General – international
Times (World) (2018)[2] 801-1000
General – India
Careers360[3] 51
Engineering – India
NIRF (2017)[4] 31
India Today (2017)[5] 10
Outlook India (2017)[6] 19
Careers360[7] AAAA+

Thapar University was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018.[2] The university was ranked 51 in India by Careers360 in 2017, 8th among private universities,[3] Careers360 has rated it the second best rating, "AAAA+", among engineering colleges in India.[7] It also ranked 10th among engineering colleges by India Today in 2017,[5] 19 by Outlook India in 2017[6] and 26 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017.[4]

College societies and chapters

The college has a variety of Technical as well as nontechnical societies. A few of them are:

  • Thapar Codechef Chapter
  • Computer Society of India
  • Fine Arts and Photography Society
  • LEAD Society
  • Thapar IIChE (Indian Institute Of Chemical Engineers)
  • Thapar AIChE (American Institute Of Chemical Engineers)
  • Literary Society
  • Thapar MUN (Model United Nations)
  • Scientist's Spiritual Alliance
  • Creative Computing Society
  • Microsoft Student Chapter
  • Linux User Group
  • Owasp

(B.E) programmes

The institute offers undergraduate programmes leading to Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree.

*Biotechnology BT
*Chemical Engineering CHE
*Civil Engineering CIE
*Computer Engineering C.E
*Computer Engineering (Hons in Machine Learning and Data Analytics) CS(MLDA)
*Computer Engineering (Hons in Computer Animation and Gaming) CS(CAG)
*Software Engineering And Management CS(SEM)
*Electronics & Communication Engineering ECE
*Electronics (Instrumentation & Control) Engineering EIC
*Electrical Engineering ELE
*Mechatronics Engineering MEC
*Mechanical Engineering MEE
*Mechanical Production Engineering MPE
* Electronics and Computers ECE

Sports Activities

The university has several playgrounds and well-maintained athletic track to encourage the students to take part in different games such as cricket, hockey, table tennis, football, basketball, volleyball, lawn tennis, badminton, chess and athletics.

The university has also a gymnasium-cum-badminton hall and a swimming pool complex equipped with all modern facilities.

It is mandatory for all the students of the university to get themselves registered in any one of the following activities in each semester

  • Athletics
  • Any one of the games
  • Physical exercises
  • Yoga/meditation

Future expansions

Thapar University plans to set up two campuses over the next five years: one on a 14-acre (57,000 m2) campus near Chandigarh[8] and another in Chhattisgarh. It plans to offer courses in management and engineering at its proposed Chandigarh campus and will invest around Rs 30-35 crore. The existing 250-acre (1.0 km2) campus in Patiala has a student strength of 4,600 and can accommodate around 6,000 students.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference Rankings_CSR_E was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2018". The Times Higher Education. 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Top Universities in India 2017". Careers360. 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2017 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2017: Engineering". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Top 100 Engineering Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Top Engineering Colleges in India 2017". Careers360. 2017. 
  8. ^ "Avantha group to invest Rs 100 crore in education sector". Indian Express. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2013-12-26.