Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is an institute with long and illustrious history. Its eventful journey began in 1847 as Roorkee College, the first Engineering College in British Empire which was later renamed as Thomson College of Civil Engineering in 1854 and again as Thomson College of Engineering in 1945, when other engineering disciplines were introduced. On November 25th 1949 it became University of Roorkee, the first Engineering University of Independent India and finally an IIT on September 21st 2001 by an Act of Parliament.

The Institute has 18 academic departments, supported by 6 academic and service centres (like Institute Computer Centre, Information Superhighway Centre, Instrumentation Centre etc.), offering 22 undergraduate programmes (including 5 IDD programmes, 6 Integrated M.Sc./ M.Tech. programmes) and 51 postgraduate courses in engineering, architecture, sciences, computer applications and business administration, besides research programmes at doctoral and post-doctoral levels in cutting-edge technology and sciences. One of the academic departments namely the department of Pulp and Paper Engineering is located at the Saharanpur Campus (approximately 50 km from Roorkee) because of proximity with Paper Industries in Saharanpur.

The IIT Roorkee has a highly qualified and motivated faculty of about 400 members who are engaged in research and consultancy in addition to teaching. The faculty members offer their expertise through consultancy services to private/public sector industries as well as to government agencies. The institute has about 3500 undergraduate students, 1800 postgraduates and nearly 950 research scholars.

There are a number of academic and research centres engaged in interdisciplinary research, and collaborative programs exist with many institutions in India and abroad. Several central facilities such as Central Library having more than 3,20,000 volumes of books and periodicals, Information Superhighway Centre with Internet connectivity, a modern Computer Centre and Institute Instrumentation Centre with highly sophisticated analytical instruments exist on the campus.

The Institute prepares students to meet ever-increasing technological and social challenges with its traditions of self-discipline, hard work, all-round personality development and innovative approach to problems.

The IIT Roorkee is a fully residential Institute, with well-designed hostels (Bhawans) for both boys and girls, sprawling sports ground, a modern swimming pool, boat club and a host of students clubs with facilities for different games including Tennis, Squash and Billiards. Societies and Associations for activities like NCC, Rangering and Rovering, Mountaineering and Trekking provide excellent opportunities to the students for their self-development.

Roorkee Town

Roorkee, a quiet town of moderate size in the district of Hardwar (Uttarakhand), is located on the banks of the Upper Ganga Canal, which takes off at Hardwar. It is about 30 km south of the Shivalik range of the mighty Himalayas, about 170 km to the north of Delhi and is situated on Amritsar-Howrah main railway line. Roorkee is linked by rail to many important mega cities such as Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Roorkee is also well connected by road being located on the Delhi-Hardwar National Highway (NH 58), and on the Roorkee-Panchkula Highway (NH 73). The Roorkee town (Latitude 29.0o 52’ N and Longitude 77.0o 53’ 52” E) is 268 m above mean sea level and has a cold winter. The summer months, though hot, are moderated by the proximity of the Shivalik. The rainy season is mainly between July and September with an average rainfall of 1050 mm.

Apart from the institute, which is situated in a 150-hectare campus, Roorkee town is an important centre of engineering activity. It has the Central Building Research Institute, the National Institute of Hydrology, the Irrigation Research Institute, the Irrigation Design Organization and the headquarters of Bengal Engineering Group and Centre along with an important Army base.

The institute campus is 2.5 Km from the Roorkee Railway Station and is only 200 m from the Roadways Bus Station.

Institute Scholarships

The Institute offers a certain number of merit-cum-means scholarships to the deserving students in M.Sc. courses on merit, based on the student’s cumulative performance as reflected in CGPA and their economic status. One scholarship in M.Sc. final year is awarded for the best performance in the previous year, in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry departments by rotation. Some trust scholarships and tuition free-ships are also available.

In M.Sc. Biotechnology a scholarship of Rs. 1200/- per month is available for meritorious students.

All SC/ST category students whose parents/guardians income is less than Rs. 4.50 lakh per annum and wish to avail the facility of scholarship of Rs.1000/- per month or free messing and Rs. 250/- per month for 10 months are required to give their options and submit their parents/guardians income certificate in the prescribed proforma obtainable from the Academic Section.

Only one scholarship / assistantship is admissible to a student at a time.

Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology, established in 1981, offers 2-year M.Sc. Biotechnology (sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India) and Ph. D. & B.Tech. (Initiated in 2005) Biotechnology programmes. Research is carried out in identified thrust areas in the field of Molecular Biophysics, Genetics, Microbiology, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, Protein Biochemistry and Crystallography, Bioinformatics, Biochemical Engineering and Molecular Biology. Several sponsored research projects have been undertaken in the specialized areas of protein–DNA interactions, 3D Structure and Molecular Dynamics of biological molecules based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, DNA-Anticancer Drug interactions, Structure based Drug Designing, Plant defense proteins, Genetic Engineering of Nitrogen Fixation, Genome and Genomics of Wheat and Rice, Plasma Membrane based Enzymes, Therapeutically important Viral Enzymes and Proteins, Molecular Mechanism of Hormone Action and Endocrine Disruptors, Microbial Biosynthesis of Enzymes and Organic Acids, Biocatalysis, Biofuels, Biofilms, Cell Surface Antigens, Molecular Biology of abiotic stress in plants, plant therapeutic proteins, biosensors, aptamers, drug discovery for antimicrobials and microbial pathogenesis. Research collaboration has been initiated/exists with institutions such as Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Bombay, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology Delhi, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Lucknow, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) New Delhi, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Karnal & Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani-Goa campus.

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry was established 1960 and has a glorious record in academic activities. Currently the department has 24 faculty members earnestly devoted to teaching and frontline research in various areas in chemistry.

The total number of seats in M.Sc. (2 year programme) is 25. The department offers specialization in Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry. In the fourth semester each M.Sc. student is required to carry out a laboratory project work under supervision of a faculty member and submit dissertation along with a seminar presentation.

The department is well equipped with instrumental facilities like HPLC, GC, GC-Mass, CHNS analyzer, AAS, Electrochemistry system, Anodic stripping voltameter, Muffle furnace, nuclear detectors, Fluorimeter, UV-visible spectrophotometer, IR etc. Several other sophisticated instrumental facilities like NMR (500 MHz), X-ray diffractometer (single crystal and powder), EPMA, XRF, SEM-EDAX, TEM, AFM, LA-ICPMS, VSM and SQUID magnetometer, Fluorescence life time spectrometer, Mossbauer spectrometer etc. are also available at the Institute Instrumentation Centre.

Placement opportunities through Institute’s placement cell are also available. In addition, the department also offers a 2 year M.Tech. programme in Advance Chemical Analysis, a 5-year integrated M.Sc. (Chemistry) programme with admission through JEE and Ph.D. programmes in all major areas in chemistry.

Department of Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences, formerly the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was established in 1960. During the span of about five decades, the Department has become one of the foremost centers of research, postgraduate training and consultancy in the field of Earth Sciences. Presently, the Department runs two year M.Sc. course in Applied Geology, three year M.Tech. courses in Geological Technology & Geophysical Technology and five year Integrated M.Tech courses in Geological Technology & Geophysical Technology. The Department has been recipient of financial aid under the prestigious Special Assistance and COSIST programmes of UGC (Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India).

Research work in several interdisciplinary areas and consultancy programmes constitute an integral part of the Departmental activities. The faculty is engaged in a number of research projects sponsored by the Government of India agencies like CSIR, DST, ONGC, AICTE etc. Consultancy projects sponsored by agencies such as U.P. Irrigation, Ministry of Environment, UNICEF, ISRO, NTPC, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, and various river valley projects etc. have been successfully implemented.

The focus of scientific projects has been on the development of technological skills and applications on the following themes in the Himalayan origin :

  • Landslide mapping, landslide hazard zonation, remediatides etc.

  • Seismotectonic evaluation of river valley projects, seismic hazard mapping and earthquake damage surveys

  • Snow cover and glaciological studies, glacial terrain mapping

  • Land use land cover mapping in mountaineer terrain

  • Environmental geology, Himalayan lake and river water characteristics

  • Magneto-telluric investigations

  • Geophysical Inversion Studies

  • Mathematical and Numerical Modelling Geophysics

  • Remote Sensing and GIS Investigations

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics attained its present status of an independent department in 1960. Growing steadily, today the department not only teaches various courses in Mathematics to undergraduate and postgraduate students of different engineering and science departments, but is also running its own M. Sc. courses in Applied Mathematics and Industrial Mathematics & Informatics. From the academic session 2007-2008, the department has started a 5-year integrated M.Sc. programme in Applied Mathematics.

The department also coordinates an interdisciplinary MCA Course. Nine batches of MCA have passed out and they have been well placed in the Industry. The students have got jobs in the companies like Microsoft Corporation, TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Oracle India Ltd, IBM India Ltd, Cognizant, CSC Ltd., Accenture Kairus Software, Tata Steel, Market Rx, etc with a very good package. Besides the central computing facilities of the Institute, the department has its own state of the art Computational Laboratory, Image Processing Lab, Parellel Processing Lab & Mathematical Modeling Lab. The department has a very well stocked library which is self sufficient in providing text books to M.Sc. and M.C.A. students.

The department offers facilities for research work leading to Ph.D. in various fields of Pure and Applied Mathematics. The department has a mathematical modelling laboratory and a PC based system analyzer and a PC based sound analyzer. Department has research collaborations with different national and international organizations. The Department of Mathematics offers consultancies in mathematical modeling and solution of various industrial and real life problems. The faculty also joins different industrial research and consultancy teams to mutually solve problems of higher mathematical contents.

Department of Physics

The Physics Department was opened in 1960 and now has emerged as an active centre of quality teaching and research. Today it stands as one of the leading departments in the country, well known for its high quality teaching and research. Besides teaching the undergraduate engineering students, the faculty of the department provides active leadership in training the postgraduate students. The department offers M.Sc. (2-year post B.Sc. programme), M.Sc. (5-year integrated programme), and M.Tech. (Solid State Electronic Materials) degree. Research facilities leading to Ph.D. degree are available in all major branches of Physics. The faculty of Physics department has been actively pursuing research in important areas like High-TC superconductivity, heavy fermions, magneto-optical properties of transition metal compounds, conducting polymers and device applications, smart electro ceramics and biomaterials, nano-physics, scattering of spin-polarized electrons with atoms and molecules, nuclear structure physics, theoretical nuclear physics, particle high energy physics, Quark-Gluon Plasma Theory, Gauge Field Theories, String Theory, Lightning, atmospheric, cloud formation and precipitation, tropospherics- ionospheric interaction, ionospheric chemistry, Auroral and airflow studies, fibre optics and semiconductor photonics. The department is also a member of the International Network of Nuclear Structure and Decay data evaluators under I.A.E.A. The Experimental and theoretical research activities in the department are recognized by CSIR, AICTE, DST and ISRO etc. and a number of research projects funded by these agencies are in progress. The achievements in research have been well recognized by U.G.C. in selecting this department under Special Assistance programme in 1979 in the thrust areas of Condensed Matter Physics, and Atomic and Molecular Collision Physics. The programme was further extended in 1985 and 1992. The U.P. Council of Science and Technology has also selected the department as a Centre of Excellence in Physics. The department has also received support under the FIST programme of DST.

As a member of the Theoretical Physics Seminar Circuit programme (TPSC), the department is able to invite a large number of eminent scientists from other institutions in India. The department has several national and international collaborations which include collaborations with universities and research institutes in USA, UK, France, Canada, Portugal, Germany, Japan, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Brief description of curriculum and other information regarding each course could be obtained on the website of IIT Roorkee :

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Semester fees:

a)Tuition fees**

b)Other fees

c)Hostel fees***

Rs. 3,000/- / 25000/-

Rs. 2,250/-

Rs. 5,500/-

Rs. 10,000/-

Rs. 2,250/-

Rs. 5,500/-


One Time fees

Rs. 2,790/-

Rs. 2,790/-


Yearly fees for GIS, Bhawan fund

Rs. 380/-

Rs. 380/-


Refundable deposits

Rs. 4,000/-

Rs. 4,000/-


Rs. 17,920/- (M.Sc.)

Rs. 39,920/(M.Tech)

Rs. 24,920/-

* Tentative and subject to change

** Not chargeable from SC/ST students

*** Includes elect. advance Rs. 2,000/- to be adjusted and

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