IIT Roorkee

The Roorkee College, which is now celebrated as one of the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, was established in 1847 as the First Engineering College in the British Empire. The College was renamed as the Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1854. It was given the status of University by Act No. IX of 1948 of the United Province (Uttar Pradesh) in recognition of its performance and its potential and keeping in view the needs of post-independent India. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, presented the Charter in November 1949 elevating the erstwhile college to the First Engineering University of Independent India. The Institute has about 8000 students in 23 academic departments, 07 academic centres, and 01 school covering engineering, architecture and planning, sciences, humanities & social sciences, and management programmes. Since its establishment, this internationally commemorated institute continues to play a vital role in providing technical manpower and research expertise to the country and the world.

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