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The Roorkee College was constructed in 1847 as India’s first engineering college. Its establishment is accredited by Lieutenant governor of the North-West provinces, James Thomason, which is why it was named as Thomason College of Civil Engineering. While it’s immediate requirement was to train for construction of the Ganges canal, the broader prospect of systematic training of civil engineers was also taken into taken. Colonel A.M. Lang served as the first principal. After 1896, the next few years saw its strengthening as a technical institute. The college was on a vacation during the First World War but it reopened with great enthusiasm in 1914. Independent India saw its elevation as an independent “University of Roorkee” when it also completed its 100 years of exemplary services. In 2001, the Government of India converted it into an IIT. A major change in nomenclature of teaching faculty was seen in 1955 wherein, Professor, Lecturer and Reader were changed to Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor. It has largely contributed to the technological advancement and has proved to be one of the best educational institutions of Roorkee.
Some Big Names from the Alumni
- Sir Ganga Ram (Referred as ‘Father of modern Lahore’; leading philanthropist and an agriculturist)
- Naveen Jain (Founder & CEO; Intelius and Founder of Moon Express Infospace)
- Pradeep Baijal (IAS and Former Chairman of TRAI)
- Jaiprakash Gaur (founder chairman of Jaiprakash Associates and Jaypee Group of companies).
- Vinita Gupta (Founder/CEO, Quick Eagles Networks and first Indian-origin-woman to take her company public)
- Rakesh Agarwal (“Father of data mining” and currently heads search labs at Microsoft)
Basic Campus details and Student Activity Centre
Location: Haridwar Highway, Roorkee.
Area: 365 acres.
Popular destinations for sight-seeing nearby: Patanjali Ayurvedic Centre, Haridwar temple, Hrishikesh.
Hostel Details: 13(total)-10(boys) and 3 (girls).
Activities for Students: The students at IITR, conduct three fests every year; Cognizance (Tech fest), Thomso (Cultural fest) and Sangram (Sports fest) and a techno-hobby exhibition; SRISHTI.
Student groups on the campus include STIFKI (Student Teacher Interaction Forum for Knowledge and Innovation), IMG (Information Management Group), SDSLabs (Software Development Section Labs), GIL (Group for Interactive Learning), EDC (Entrepreneurship Development Cell), HEC (Himalayan Explorers’ Club), Literary Society (Active involvement in debating and quizzing), a local chapter of ShARE, Spic Macay in addition to student chapters of technical societies such as AAPG, SEG, SPG, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IIT Roorkee Student Section), SAE, IEEE, IIChE (Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers), etc.The Cultural Society (dramatics, music, choreography, cinematic, literary, IIT Heartbeat(Official inter-IIT magazine), audio, lights, Programme management, Kshitij, Geek Gazette(technical magazine of IIT Roorkee)
The Official News Magazine of IIT Roorkee takes all initiative related to cultural activities in the institute. It organizes music concerts, dance shows, dramas and quiz competitions. National Service Scheme at IIT Roorkee is headed by Dean of Students Welfare, IIT Roorkee. As of 2014, NSS, IIT Roorkee has over 700 active members from different disciplines, participating and organizing various community and social service activities.
IIT Roorkee has a hobbies club, one of its kind among IITs. It aims at facilitating activities like photography, philately, astronomy, fine arts, gardening, web design, etc. It is headed by a chief advisor, who is supported by two deputy chief advisors and a council secretary. It hosts SRISHTI, an annual techno- hobby exhibition.
Presently, IIT Roorkee provides courses through 21 academic departments. The campus is spread on high ground on which the college itself was built, facing in the direction of the main range of Himalayas. Besides academics, it organizes various fests and activities that add to the overall personality development of students. Facilities for various sports are also provided. The hostels facilitate, along with Wi-Fi, water, electricity, and security. The placement records have been phenomenal with the average package of around 10 lakhs and the highest package of around 80 lakhs.
A time worthy IIT to visit for some clean environment and fresh wind; holding some best minds of the country.