Engineering education requires development of expert knowledge and skills in respective branches of engineering, whereas Technology development requires broad based fundamental knowledge of both science and engineering with analytical skills and innovative thinking. Quality engineering education should inculcate a broad foundation along with deeper knowledge, understanding and expertise in the branch or discipline of specialization of students, with a further inclusion of humanism, social responsibilities, business aptitude and soft skills. The Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) at Varanasi, which is founded in 1919 as Banaras Engineering College has a glorious history of academic achievements. It was made the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) in 1968. It was in the 10th meeting of IIT Council in 1972 a proposal came to convert IT-BHU into IIT. Finally from 29 June 2012 it joined the great galaxy of Indian Institutes of Technology as one of its bright stars with full-fledged status of IIT (BHU) Varanasi. The Institute has in all 14 departments and 3 inter-disciplinary Schools.
- Ceramic Engineering
- Chemical Engineering & Technology
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Sci. & Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronics Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metallurgical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Pharmaceutical Engineering & Technology
- Mathematical Sciences
- Humanistic Studies
- Biochemical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Materials Science & Technology.
All the departments and Schools offer PhD Programmes for research in engineering sciences and technology. External registration is meant to promote collaborative R&D work on topics of interest. To provide boost to collaborative R&D in the Institute more and more programs for external candidates from industries are being initiated. To boost exchange of students and teachers and also to improve the research MoUs are signed with reputed international & national institutions and industries.
Research and development are essential function of national institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi and ever-increasing emphasis is being laid to this important aspect of academic pursuit by different departments and schools of the institute. Highly qualified faculty members and talented research scholars continue to be active in the frontier areas of research and their efforts are generously supported sponsoring agencies such as UGC, CSIR, DOE, DST, ARDB, DAE, AICTE, HCL, DRDO, FCL and many reputed industries like TISCO, HINDALCO, ONGC, SAIL, BHEL, UPSEB, COAL, India, etc. A large number of research schemes have been completed successfully and at present over 100 projects are under progress and with substantial funding.
Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) has a very rich central instrumentation facility (CIF) for producing futuristic research infrastructure and quality education service in support of advanced instrumentation. The CIF offers facilities of sophisticated instrument and technical expertise to support faculty/student research and industry.