Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 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 the 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 23 academic departments/centers offering 12 undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture, 3 dual degree programs in engineering, and over 48 postgraduate courses in engineering, architecture, sciences, computer applications, and business administration besides research programs at the doctoral level.
The Department of Hydrology is one of the 23 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 program in a developing country. The courses, offered by the Department are presently sponsored by the Government of India and UNESCO. The Department has eight dedicated full-time faculty members having specializations in surface water hydrology (Floods, Droughts), water resources systems, watershed management, Geo-hydrology, groundwater geophysics, stochastic hydrology, hydro-informatics, environmental hydrology, atmospheric physics, climate change, 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 Centre.
2021:The Department of Hydrology started a new Course "Dam Safety and Rehabilitation".
Achievements of Department
Set up in 1972 with the inception of the International Post-Graduate Course in Hydrology during the UNESCO’s International Hydrology Decade (1965-1974). In 1977 specialization courses on Surface Water Hydrology and Groundwater Hydrology were Introduced. In 1980 with the support of WMO and The Royal Netherlands Government Watershed Management Specialization was introduced.
In 2015 the Department of Hydrology was recognized as one of the WMO - Regional Training Centers.
Department has provided training to 1000+ international candidates from 45+ countries.
Total of 50 batches of Master's students have graduated and 90 scholars have been awarded the Ph.D. degree.
The Department of Hydrology holds a strong record in publications and international conference/seminar presentations. For instance, in the year 2021 cumulatively 66 papers were published in the high impact factor international journals and one patent has been granted.
The Department of hydrology organized 03 international conferences, 100 + training programs including 25+ international programs, 03 Bharat Singh memorial Lecture along with a series of international lectures under the UDAN lecture series.
The Department is currently hosting the 1st batch of Dam Safety and Rehabilitation 2021.
Department has signed 12 international MoUs including Germany, Portugal, Italy, South Korea, Australia, UK, USA, France, and others.
With strong research and industrial projects, the department has set up 8 labs with advanced equipment and strong field sites in the different parts of the Himalayan regions.