Indian Institute of Technology BHU


IIT (BHU) Varanasi is among India's leading public engineering institutions and is situated in Uttar Pradesh in the northern region of the country. It was set up in 1919 when it was part of the coveted Banaras Hindu University. Three sections of BHU, namely, College of Technology, College of Mining & Metallurgy, and Banaras Engineering College, were merged to form the Institute of Technology (IT-BHU) in 1971. It was much later in 2012 that the institution was given the status of an Indian Institute of Technology. The transformation was made possible by incorporation of The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2012.

IIT (BHU) has a co-educational and residential campus inside the larger BHU campus spread over an area of 1,300 acres near the Ganges riverside. Its establishment is closely linked with the Banaras Hindu University. Over the years, these institutes have paved way for pursuing advanced courses in various disciplines of engineering.

It was in 2003 that MHRD Committee advised conversion of the IT-BHU to an Indian Institute of Technology. The Government published a press release on this in 2008 and the process was completed by 2012. The HRD ministry's proposal to turn IT-BHU into an IIT was approved by the BHU Executive Council. However, administrative and academic ties to the BHU were retained.

The current director of the IIT (BHU) Varanasi is Prof. Rajeev Sangal.

Inter-Disciplinary Centers And Schools Of IIT (BHU) Varanasi

The inter-disciplinary schools in IIT (BHU) are:
  • School of Biochemical Engineering
  • School of Materials Science and Technology
  • School of Biomedical Engineering

Departments/Courses Offered By IIT (BHU) Varanasi

IIT (BHU) has a total of 13 departments.

The science department of the institute covers three disciplines: physics, chemistry and mathematics.

The engineering department of IIT (BHU) offers 10 branches courses:

  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutics

The departments of Electronics Engineering, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering have been marked as (CAS) or Centres of Advanced Studies by the UGC. The IIT's Department of Metallurgical Engineering is incidentally the first engineering department in the country to get the recognition from UGC.

Academic Programs (Undergraduate, Postgraduate) Of IIT (BHU) Varanasi

Undergraduate Programs: IIT (BHU) Varanasi offers instructional programs consisting of four-year duration for Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) and Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) degrees. Its five-year programs are segregated into the Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) programs and the Integrated Master's Degree programs (IMD).

The IDD program is comprised of joint B. Tech and M. Tech, or selective B. Pharm and M. Pharm degrees.

The Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) courses are offered in the following disciplines:

  • Metallurgical Engineering and Mining Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ceramic Engineering

Bachelor of Pharmaceutics (B. Pharm) Courses are offered in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Integrated Dual Degree

The integrated B. Tech and M. Tech programs are offered in:
  • Metallurgical Engineering and Mining Engineering.
  • Materials Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering with M. Tech in Power Electronics
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Civil Engineering with M. Tech in Structural Engineering,
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Bioengineering with M. Tech in Biomedical Technology
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Integrated Dual Degree (B.Pharm and M.Pharm) is offered in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Integrated Master's Degree (M.Tech) is offered in
  • Industrial Chemistry and Mathematics and Computing
  • Engineering Physics

Five-Year Integrated Programme In Applied Sciences

This programme offers M. Tech. in Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics and Computing, and Engineering Physics

Postgraduate programs
    IIT (BHU)'s Postgraduate courses offer Master of Technology (M.Tech) as well as Ph.D. degrees.
  • M. Tech. in Ceramic Engineering
  • M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering
  • M. Tech. in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Water Resources Engg., Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Transportation Engineering)
  • M. Tech. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems, Electrical Machines and Drives, Control Systems and Power Electronics)
  • M. Tech. in Electronics Engineering (Microwave Engineering, Digital Techniques and Instrumentation, Microelectronics and Communication Systems Engineering)
  • M. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design, Heat Power Engineering and Production Engineering)
  • M. Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy, Metals and Materials Processing, Alloy Technology)
  • M. Tech. in Mining Engineering (Mine Environment, Rock Mechanics and Mine Planning)
  • M. Tech. in Systems Engineering
  • M. Tech. in Biochemical Engineering
  • M. Tech. in Industrial Management
  • M. Tech. in Biomedical Engineering
  • M. Tech. in Materials Science & Tech
  • M. Pharm. (Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy)

Ph.D. Programmes

IIT (BHU) also offers provisions for eligible Masters degree-holders to pursue two- and three-year Ph.D. program. It is available for all its schools and academic departments.

Examination Schedule And Admission In IIT (BHU) Varanasi

Admission to all the undergraduate programs of IIT (BHU), including B. Pharm, is done through the JEE conducted by the IITs. Previously, the intake was through BHU-PMT and JEE for Pharmaceutical Sciences. However, after the institute's conversion into an IIT, intake for both IDD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and B. Pharm is done through Joint Entrance Exam only.

Starting from 2013, admission to the undergraduate programmes will comprise a two-tier test named JEE (Advanced) and JEE (Main). Admissions to the M. Tech programmes are done through the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), which is conducted jointly by the Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Placement Cell/Programs Of IIT (BHU), Varanasi

IIT (BHU)'s Training & Placement Office aids graduate and postgraduate students passing out of the institute to get suitable placements in numerous large and coveted companies. The cell has collaboration with top-notch institutes and organizations for arranging internship and training. The office has excellent liaison with corporate houses and industrial establishments, and the institute premises is equipped with extensive provisions for companies to conduct campus interviews. The Training & Placement Office of IIT (BHU) has tie-usp with leading entities in the following industries, among others:

  • Manufacturing Industries
  • IT & IT enabled services
  • Core Engineering industries
  • R & D laboratories
  • Consultancy Firms
  • Management Organisations

The placement season starts in the last week of July and goes on till March next year. The office announces selection of candidates, dates of interviews, as well as job offers as per schedule. Student representatives from postgraduate and undergraduate engineering streams assist the Placement Office.


The interdisciplinary schools and various departments of the IIT (BHU) have brought the institute much honour and accolades since its formation. The school of Materials Science and Technology has been given the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship Award and S. S. Bhatnagar Prize in the past. The IIT (BHU) Varanasi was ranked the 6th Top Engineering College in India by the Outlook magazine. It bagged 5th spot in Technology School ranking in 2013 by the Dataquest magazine.

Campus Life/Student Activities in IIT (BHU) Varanasi

Students of IIT (BHU) enjoy the thrill of a vibrant campus life, along with academics all over the year. The IIT Gymkhana arranges and coordinates three major festivals: the technical festival Technex; the cultural festival Kashi Yatra; and the sports festival Spardha. Technex is the oldest festival among the three, dating back to 1939. Apart from these, a number of intra-IIT events are also held by several clubs. Various departments in the IIT (BHU) Varanasi also organize their own festivals like Anveshan, Prastuti and Udbhav at various time of the year.

Last Updated on : March 15, 2016

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