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Institute of Technology – Benaras Hindu University (IT-BHU)


Introduction:

Although given IIT status only recently, the Institute of Technology at Benaras Hindu University has long been recognized as one of the top engineering colleges in the country. The IIT stamp is no surprise for the institute which was started way, way back in the year 1919.

 

Location:

IT-BHU is located right in the center of Varanasi, which people will tell you is the oldest city in the world. In the recent years, roads have been widened and the transport facilities have improved markedly. Varanasi is an ancient city, however, and there’s nothing ‘modern’ about the facilities here.

 

Infrastructure:

While there’s nothing extraordinary about the infrastructure here, the administration ensures that it is regularly improved to service the needs of the students. There are no mega hostels, though plans are in place to make a few in the coming years. All the hostels are either 1 storeyed or two storeyed buildings, and have a capacity of about 300-400 students. There’s no concept of ‘house-keeping’ here; students are expected to clean their rooms themselves, but they prefer it. All the laboratories are clean and well-maintained, and the computer labs are airconditioned. The library is spacious enough for the students, and doesn’t get too crowded even during exams. There’s a good supply of books as well. IT-BHU is well known for sports; the infrastructure for extracurriculars is excellent. What’s more, students get to use all the facilities of BHU as well, free of cost.

 

Courses Offered:

  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

 

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Management
  • Material Sciene & Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

 

Fees:

Rs 66,200 per year
View breakup of fees, hostel/mess charges & fees for SC/ST students

 

Faculty:

The students are full of praise for the faculty members. All of the professors are highly qualified, and most are even interested in teaching. Students may have minor issues with a couple of professors, but there aren’t any major problems, and teachers don’t normally hold ‘widespread grudges’.

 

Attendance:

They’re quite strict about attendance at IT-BHU. Students have to maintain at least 70% attendance overall, failing which they are barred from writing the papers. Subject-specific attendance is allowed to fall to around 50%, but the overall attendance better be above 70%, or you’re in a lot of trouble. Unless wasting a year is something that appeals to you, of course.

 

Crowd:

In spite of the frankly awful girl/boy ratio (1:11!), the crowd overall is quite nice. Students tend to gel with each other easily, and that can probably be attributed to the complete lack of regionalism. Since Varanasi is a holy city, you often find students sometimes getting a bit too carried away with spirituality and religion, but don’t worry – it doesn’t happen too often.

 

Canteen/Mess:

The messes are meant only for meals, and the food they serve is actually not too bad (which is excellent by IIT standards). There is a new trend of ‘corners’ and ‘cafes’, which are located right next to hostels and named after them. These serve snacks and are really popular among students.

 

Hangouts:

People coming from bigger cities will dislike Varanasi, but students from tiny towns will quite certainly love it. It’s a highly spiritual city with temples everywhere, so there aren’t too many places for your average student to hang around. There is a lot of eye candy though- Varanasi attracts a huge number of foreigners.

 

Festivals:

The brilliant named cultural fest, Kashiyatra, is enthusiastically participated in by students from all over India. The technical fest Technex and sports festival Spardha are also crowd-pullers.

 

Famous Alumni:

  • S.P.Sukhatme - Former Director of IIT Bombay
  • Pankaj Chandra - Director, IIM-Bangalore
  • Krishan Kant - Former Vice-President of India
  • K.K.Nohria - Dean of Harvard Business School and Chairman Emeritus at Crompton Greaves

 

Verdict:

A great, historic educational institute located in a not-very-interesting city.

Comments  

+2 #2 PRAVIN 2014-04-29 16:11
Dear sir,

Very useful information. The alumni needs one correction. Dr K K Nohria is alumni of BHU but not a Dean of Harvard business school.

Its Nitin Nohria who is IIT Bombay alumni.
+6 #1 pathakrahul 2013-12-03 12:25
I can totally sense the preconceived notions regarding the institute and the city. Though, other aspects about the institute are aptly described, being an alum I'd like to elaborate a few. It is said about Varanasi city that either you will totally love it or totally hate it! Most of my friends and me, initially skeptical about the life at Varanasi, got totally mingled in it after living here for four years. There is an unique aura of mystique in the city and one realizes that only after actually living there! The ghats and the serenity around the Ganges does compel us to be introspective at times. After graduating most of us have to live in city with pretentious lifestyle and posh surroundings, so it is worth residing here if getting an opportunity. There is so much one can learn by simply exploring the narrow lanes in this city and while wandering nonchalantly on the ghats. Well, having said that a "not-very-inter esting city" tag does not seem justified. The institute is located on the south end of city (not in "center of Varanasi") and the ambiance totally contrasts the chaos of the city. The library "does" get crowded during exams and hostels are well maintained as well. The hostels have beautiful gardens and some have free WiFi also. "There aren't too many places to hang out" is totally not true !! Had that been true, why there would be so many tourists visiting from every corner of the world? Among distinguished alumni, this man should not be forgotten - Nikesh Arora, better known as the Ace of Google!

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