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Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is the latest member of the IIT family and has its roots in the Roorkee College established in 1847 as the first engineering college in India, which was soon rechristened as Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1854 after its mentor James Thomason.  After about 100 years of distinguished services, the college was elevated to University of Roorkee as the first Engineering University of independent India on November 25, 1949. On 21 September, 2001, the university was converted into an IIT by the Government of India. It has now 21 academic departments/centres offering 12 undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture, 3 dual degree programmes in engineering and over 48 postgraduate courses in engineering, architecture, sciences, computer applications and business administration besides research programmes at doctoral level.

The Department of Hydrology is one among the 21 academic departments of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. The Department came into existence with the inception of the International Post Graduate Course in Hydrology in 1972, being the first such a programme in a developing country. The courses, offered by the Department are presently sponsored by the Government of India and the UNESCO.  The Department has seven dedicated full time faculty members having specializations in surface water hydrology (Floods, Droughts), water resources systems, watershed management, Geo-hydrology, ground water geophysics, stochastic hydrology, hydro-informatics,  environmental hydrology etc.



  • 1972: Commencement of International P.G. Hydrology Course at Roorkee supported by Govt. of India and UNESCO with the launch of International Hydrological Decade 1965-74.
  • 1977: International Hydrology Course christened as School of Hydrology. 
    Specialization on Surface Water Hydrology and Groundwater Hydrology Introduced. 
  • 1980: Support of WMO and The Royal Netherlands Govt. started.  Watershed Management Specialization introduced.
  • 1982: Opening of Laboratory Building at the School of Hydrology.
  • 1985: School of Hydrology upgraded as Department of Hydrology. IDRC (Canada) support commenced.
  • 1985: Inauguration of the new academic block of the Department of Hydrology and its shifting to the present location.
  • 1997: Silver Jubilee Anniversary year of the Department. International Symposium on ‘Emerging Trends in Hydrology’ (ISETH-97) organized.
  • 1999: Induction of the Department into Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of UGC at the level of Department Research Support
  • 2003: Funds for Improvement in Science & Technology Infrastructure in the University and Higher Educational Institution (FIST).
  • 2003:Extension of the Department Building (on 1st floor).
  • 2005:International Conference on “Hydrological Perspectives for Sustainable Development” (HYPESD-2005), Feb. 23 -25, 2005.
  • 2015: The Department of Hydrology was recognized as one of the WMO - Regional Training Center.