IIT BHU, previously known as the Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University, has undergone an upgrade to earn the status of an IIT. This change was approved by Lok Sabha on March 24, 2011 and formalized through the Institutes of Technology Amendment Bill 2011.
IIT BHU has a rich history dating back to 1919 when three engineering institutions were established by the visionary leader, Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. These institutions, the Banaras Engineering College, College of Mining and Metallurgy, and College of Technology, merged in 1971 to form IT-BHU and provide a strong and integrated educational base.
Following recommendations from committees constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, IT-BHU was transformed into IIT BHU in Varanasi. Despite being integrated with the Indian Institutes of Technology, Banaras Hindu University remains intact.
IIT BHU continues to carry forward the legacy of its founders and strive towards providing quality education in the fields of engineering and technology.
Departments and Schools
Department of Applied Sciences
Department of Engineering
Hostels – There are 11 hostels out of which 9 are for boys and 2 are for girls.
Main Library – The institutes Library system consists of a Main Library, and 5 Departmental Libraries.
The total collection of the library as on 31st March 2010 is as follows:
Research – Various type of research work is carried out by different departments of the institutes which are equipped with exclusive laboratories with advanced equipments. Various projects carried out by IIT (BHU) especially in engineering and technology fields are funded by AICTE, ARDB, BHEL, CSIR, COAL INDIA, DAE, FCI, DOE, DST, DRDO, HINDALCO, GAIL, ONGC, SAIL, TISCO, UGC etc. The institute also provides industrial consultancy and testing services to various industrial corporations.
Training & Placement Cell – The cell provides the infra-structural facilities to conduct group discussions, tests and interviews besides catering to other logistics. It facilitates the process of placement of students passing out from the Institute by setting up internship and training programs. The placement season runs through the course of the year commencing the last week of July through to March.
MCIIE and Entrepreneurship Cell – Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (MCIIE) produces successful firms which will be that will financially viable when they complete the program. Incubator tenants benefit from business and technical assistance. They also benefit from official affiliation with the incubator, a supportive community with an entrepreneurial environment, direct link to entrepreneurs, and immediate networking and commercial opportunities with other tenant firms.
Programmes under MCIIE include:
Sports – Facilities in all games and sports have been provided, like – indoor squash courts, tennis courts, swimming pool, flying club, mountaineering and boating facilities etc.
Extra Curricular Activities – These activities are mainly coordinated by the Gymkhana, which ensures round the year activities and conducts three major national level festivals namely, Technex (technical festival), Kashi-Yatra (cultural festival) and Spardha (sports festival).
IBGAA – ITBHU Global Alumni Association is the official alumni association of the institute with chapters located around the world. The alumni brings together the alumni, students and faculty which work collaboratively to benefit their alma mater. It also publishes BHU Chronicle, a monthly e-magazine which is emailed to a large number of members of the institute.