- THE UNIVERSITY
- The University of Roorkee, a temple of learning
is over 150 years old and is situated amidst verdant surroundings not far
from the stately Ganga Canal. Historically, the University has its roots
in the Roorkee College established in 1847 as the first engineering college
in the British Empire, which was soon rechristened Thomason College of
Civil Engineering in 1854 after its greatest mentor James Thomason on his
demise in 1853. In the march for continuing industrial development, this
college has played a vital roal in providing indigenous technology and
technical manpower to the country. The distinguished services of this in
stitution to the nation were recognised when it was presented the Charter
on November 25, 1949, elevating it to the first engineering University
of independent India. The University has had a phenomenal growth over the
past 150 years and now offers 10 undergraduate courses in engineering and
architecture and 56 postgraduate courses in engineering and technology,
architecture, science and management, besides research at doctoral and
post doctoral levels. The University has a highly qualified and motivated
faculty, about 425 in number, who are engaged in research in addition to
teaching. They also offer their expertise through consultancy services
to private and public sector industries as well as to government agencies.
The university has about 1500 undergraduate students, 1130 postgraduate
students and nearly 260 research scholars . About 280 of these are girls
and nearly 130 are from a number of developing countries of Asia and Africa.
There are a number of centres carrying out interdisciplinary research and
many collaborative programmes exist between the University and other institutions
in India and abroad. The teaching and research work at the University is
amply supported by central facilities such as the Central Library with
more than 2, 70,000 volumes of books, periodicals, etc., an Audio Visual
Research Centre with a full-fledged television studio, a modern Computer
Centre, University Science Instrumentation Centre with high quality analytical
instruments, Information Superhighway Centre with INTERNET connectivity.
The University prepares students to meet the ever increasing technological
and social changes with its traditions of self discipline, hard work, allround
personality development and a creative approach to problems. An extensive
inf rastructure exists to imbibe and cultivate these attributes amongst
the students. Well-designed and amply serviced Bhawans (hostels) for both
boys and girls, sprawling sports ground, a modern swimming pool, boat club
and a host of students' clubs with Tennis, Squash and Billiard facilities,
societies and associations a long with activities like NCC, Rangering and
Rovering provide considerable oppor tunities for self development.
- Roorkee, a quiet town of moderate size in the
district of Hardwar (Uttar Pradesh), is located on the banks of the Upper
Ganga Canal, which takes off at Hardwar, 30 km away. About 30 km south
of the Shivaliks, 170 km north of Delhi and situated on Amritsar Howrah
main line, it islinked by rail to many important towns such as Delhi, Calcutta
and Mumbai. Located on the Delhi - Hardwar Nation al Highway (NH 58), and
on the Delhi - Dehradun Highway, Roorkee is also well connected by road.
The town is 268 m above mean sea level (Latitude 29o52' N and
Longitude 77o 53'52" E), and has cold winter. The summer
months, though hot, are moderated by the proximity of the Shivaliks. The
rainfall, mainly takes place between July and September, the average being
1050 mm. Besides the University, which has a 150 hectare campus, the town
is an important centre of engineering activity with the headquarters of
Bengal Engineers, the Central Building Research Institute, the National
Institute of Hydrology, the U. P. Irrigation Research Institute, the U.
P. Irrigation Design Organisation and an important army base located here.