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Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur has a rich history and tradition that dates back to the 19th century when it was founded in 1856 in the premises of the Writers Building, Calcutta. Known as Bengal Engineering College, the idea of setting up a technical institute was prompted by the requirement of trained engineering personnel for the Public Works Department, the then council of Education. A College of Engineering was started by the name of Civil Engineering College on 24th November, 1856, in the premises of the Writers Building, Calcutta.

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibour was initially under the affiliation of Calcutta University. The first-degree examination in Bachelors of Civil Engineering was held in 1864 in which only 2 students graduated. In 1865, the college merged with Presidency College, Calcutta and from 1865 to 1869 the college functioned as the Civil Engineering Department of Presidency College. In 1880, the college was shifted to its present campus at Shibpur, Howrah, and was christened the 'Government College, Howrah,' in the premises of Bishop's College. It started imparting training in Civil as well as Mechanical Engineering. The college became wholly residential from the year 1889.

In 1921, the name of the college was changed to 'Bengal Engineering College' (popularly known as B.E.College). Under the Chairmanship of Sir R.N. Mukherjee, the college started flourishing. The degree course in Electrical Engineering was introduced during 1935-36 and that in Metallurgical Engineering in 1939. The department of Humanities started in 1945, Applied Mechanics in 1947, and Architecture, Town and Regional Planning department in 1949.

In 2004, B.E. College, Deemed University then was converted into a full-fledged university and renamed as Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur. In addition to the tradition engineering disciplines, the university started M.Sc curriculum in basic sciences.

In March 2014, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur was taken over by the Government of India and converted into an Institute of National Importance through an act of parliament and renamed as Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur.

Vision of IIEST

It is envisioned as one of the best Institutes in the world in providing the state-of-the art multi-disciplinary research ambience that will usher innovative world-class technologies developed towards realizing the goal of Developed India.

Prime activities include creation and dissemination of knowledge; producing engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs of highest quality equipped with latest technologies and developing innovation technology solutions for the cause of the society.

Academic Programs in IIEST

Admission to UG  programme is done through the JEE-main examinations for Nine Engineering Departments; namely

  • Aerospace and Applied Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

Five year B. Arch programme is offered by the Architecture, Town and Regional Planning Department for which is also done through JEE-main examinations for Architecture. Most of the PG admission to this Institute will be done through the Centralised Counselling System (CCMT)


The PhD programme is offered by all the Engineering, Science, HSS, Management and all other specialised Schools and Centres. Admissions are done twice in a year; the first cycle (Starting on July) and the second cycle (starting on January). 

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
P.O. - Botanic Garden
Howrah - 711103
West Bengal, India
Ph. No. : 91 (033) 2668 4561 to 63
Fax : 91 (033) 2668 2916

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