IIT Roorkee (1847 - 2022): 175 years of Excellence

On its 175 Years celebrations, IIT Roorkee has announced to engage with Higher Education Institutions around Roorkee for the Creation of research capacity

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee began its journey in 1847 as the First Engineering College in the British Empire and has since progressed rapidly with many firsts and pioneering initiatives in engineering education, Research and Development (R&D), societal impact, and international collaborations. The Institute started the 175th Year celebration today, on 25th November 2021, in the esteemed presence of Hon’ble Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan as the Chief Guest.

Congratulating IIT Roorkee for its glorious 175 years of excellence, Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan said,“I congratulate IIT Roorkee for achieving this marvellous milestone. IIT Roorkee has not only been the pioneer in the field of research and innovation but also fostered the academia-industry relationship for the larger interest of society and the nation. I heartily congratulate the alumni of IIT Roorkee for making distinguished contributions with its reverberating effects nationally and globally and wish for their continued success. “

During the ceremony, IIT Roorkee launched its initiative of the Creation of Research capacity by engaging with Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) around IIT Roorkee and inviting children from schools to visit IIT Roorkee to enhance the exchange of knowledge and add value to the society students to experience the glory and magnificence of IIT Roorkee, the unique amalgamation of cultural heritage and future possibilities, experiencing with the fascinating facts, research culture, how the future could be, and what all can they become, the endless possibilities in life to which the students to get motivated and inspired.

Marking its 175th Foundation Day ceremony, IIT Roorkee also witnessed the inauguration and foundation stone laying of six new infrastructure projects. The Institute has also launched an initiative focusing on knowledge transfer for building a startup ecosystem at HEIs around Roorkee by offering mentorship and guidance with the possibility of incubation support by the Technology Incubation and Entrepreneurship Development Society (TIDES) at IIT Roorkee.

The initiative related to the Creation of research capacity by engaging with HEIs around Roorkee will be initially implemented for a period of three years which may be continued after review. For the same, proposals from prospective Institutes will be invited, and after shortlisting, a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) of the partnership will be signed. Partnership under this initiative will also help in joint research opportunities for IIT Roorkee and the partnering Institutes along with access to IIT Roorkee’s high-end facilities.

History of the Institute

IIT Roorkee, formerly known as The Roorkee College was established in 1847 AD as the First Engineering College in the British Empire. Recognizing its performance and potential in the view of independent India’s needs, in November 1949 it was elevated from the erstwhile college to the First Engineering University of independent India. On the 21st of September 2001, the University was declared an institute of national importance, bypassing a bill in the parliament, changing its status from University of Roorkee to Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.

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