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IIEST, Shibpur

IIEST Shibpur
MottoUttiṣṭhita jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata
Motto in English
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached
TypePublic technical
research university
Establishedc. 1856; 168 years ago (1856)
Budget193.17 crore (US$23 million)
(FY2022–23 est.)[1]
ChairpersonTejaswini Ananth Kumar
DirectorVemavarapu MSR Murthy[2]
Academic staff
284 (2024)[1]
Students4,322 (2024)[1]
Undergraduates2,784 (2024)[1]
Postgraduates707 (2024)[1]
831 (2024)[1]
Location, ,

22°33′21″N 88°18′20″E / 22.55583°N 88.30556°E / 22.55583; 88.30556
123 acres (50 ha) Edit this at Wikidata
IIEST main entrance in Shibpur, Howrah.

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, abbreviated as IIEST Shibpur is a public technological university located at Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal, India. Founded in 1856,[3] it is recognised as an Institute of National Importance under Ministry of Education by the Government of India.[4][5][6] It is controlled by the Council of NITSER.[7][8][9] It is the fourth oldest engineering institute in India after College of Engineering, Guindy, IIT Roorkee, College of Engineering, Pune.[10][3]


Bishop's College, Howrah
  • Ajoy Kumar Ray, 2014-2018
  • Parthasarathi Chakrabarti, 2018-2024
  • Vemavarapu MSR Murthy, 2024-

The college was founded as the Civil Engineering College on 24 November 1856, in Writers' Building, Calcutta (now Kolkata).[11][12][13] The college was established as an independent entity in 1880 as Government College, Howrah, on the premises of Bishop's College in Shibpur, Howrah. In 1921, the name of the college was changed to Bengal Engineering College. B.E. College was previously affiliated to the University of Calcutta. At that time it contained only civil and mechanical engineering departments.[14] Several other departments were created subsequently over the years, the last among them being that of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 2010.

On 1 October 2004, the institution was conferred the status of a full-fledged university.[15] It was formally inaugurated as Bengal Engineering and Science University by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, on 13 July 2005.[16] In November 2003, the Government of India announced that the S K Joshi Committee[17] would guide the selection of the five institutions to be the five new IITs.[18]

Post 2010

In October 2010 The union cabinet approved a proposal for the conversion of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) at Shibpur to an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, it will be an Institution of international standard and will produce quality manpower for the strategic sector of the country, research laboratories and quality teachers for the institutions of engineering and science education.[19] An amount of ₹ 592.20 crore has been earmarked for the project and it will be completed over a period of five years.[20]

In March 2014, the institute was conferred the status of an INI and was renamed Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur by the Govt. of India by suitably amending the National Institutes of Technology and Science Education and Research Act, 2007. The conversion process of BESU to IIEST was mentored by IIT Kanpur.[21][22] President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated it as IIEST on 24 August 2014.[23][24]

In June 2014, Govt. of West Bengal appointed IIEST Shibpur as the Mentor Institute for the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kalyani, which was inaugurated in June of the same year.[25][26]

In May 2017, the Government of India sanctioned a grant of ₹11 crore to the Institute for conducting Dr. Bholanath Chakroborty Fundamental Research Laboratory on Homeopathy under the ‘Ayush’ project to undertake focused, evidence-based research on homeopathy formulation and validate their mode of action.[27]

Organisation and administration


Just like all NITs follow the same organization structure which has the President of India is the ex officio visitor of IIEST Shibpur, at the top of the hierarchy. Directly under the president is the Council of NITSER. Under the Council of NITSER is the board of governors of IIEST, Shibpur. The board of governors consists of the chairperson, director, and twelve members, which include government, industry, alumni, and faculty representation. Under the director, in the Senate Standing Committee, the director and the Secretary to the Senate, deans, department heads, and registrar. In September 2023 T Kumar appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Institution for a period of next three years.[28]


Departments of IIEST, Shibpur
  • Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Physics


Eight schools of excellence in IIEST are:[29]

Schools of IIEST, Shibpur
  • School of Advanced Materials, Green Energy and Sensor Systems
  • Purabi Das School of Information Technology
  • School of Community Science and Technology
  • School of Disaster Mitigation Engineering
  • School of Ecology, Infrastructure and Human Settlement Management
  • School of Management Sciences
  • School of Mechatronics and Robotics
  • School of VLSI Technology


Following are the multi-disciplinary centers located in IIEST Shibpur:[30]

  • Center of Healthcare Science and Technology
  • Centre for Excellence for Green Energy and Sensors System


The Clock Tower, IIEST


The institute's Ramanujan Central Library occupies 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) and houses 158,000 books, 41,000 bound volumes of journals, and a collection of documents, such as patents, standards, technical reports and pamphlets.[31] The library has old and rare books and journals of the nineteenth century.[32]

Admission procedure

Undergraduate programs to the various engineering disciplines (4-year B. Tech. programs) and architecture (5-year B.Arch. program) are granted via JEE Main, taking 50% students from the home state (West Bengal) and 50% from other states.[33] Students from any discipline other than Architecture, on the basis of their performance, are allowed to change their disciplines at the end of the 1st Year (i.e., second semester) and may opt for dual degree (B.Tech.-M.Tech.) courses extending over 10 semesters as per terms and conditions specified by the institute.[34] For PG programs admission is through GATE for M.Tech. courses and Joint Entrance Screening Test for MSc.[35] Students are also admitted in Ph.D programs twice a year through online applications.[36]

Ranking and reputation

University and college rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2023)[37]66
Engineering – India
NIRF (2023)[38]35

IIEST Shibpur has ranked 401-450 among the top Universities in Asia category by the QS Asia Ranking 2024.

In India, IIEST Shibpur was ranked 66th overall and 35th among engineering institutes by the NIRF rankings in 2023.[38]

Controversies and criticism

A BJP vice-president in Karnataka has been appointed chairperson of the board of governors of IIEST, which has drawn criticism in academic circles for allegedly trying to saffronise an institution with a rich legacy.[28]

Notable people

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (July 2020)


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