Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee was established in 1847 by the British lieutenant governor Sir James Thomson. Established as Thomson College of Civil Engineering(1847-1949). Later renamed as the University of Roorkee in 1949 and finally converted to IIT Roorkee. IITR holds a legacy of 174 years. Located in Roorkee, Uttarakhand the college provides quality education and great research facilities. It also focuses on overall development of the students. IIT Roorkee hosts various extracurricular events like Cognizance (technical festival), Thomso (cultural festival) and Sangram (sports festival) throughout the year. Thus becoming the dream institute of every engineering aspirant in India.
IITR has several academic departments covering a wide range of specializations in engineering, management, social sciences, humanities and applied sciences. The department of civil engineering is the oldest engineering department in India established in 1847. In the year 1897 the department of Electrical engineering was added. The Architecture department was first in India to offer a M.Arch degree course from 1969.The Institute of Paper Technology Saharanpur was merged with University of Roorkee in 1978.
Since its conversion to IIT Roorkee the college began admitting students for the undergraduate and integrated postgraduate courses through JEE Advance (Joint Entrance Examination Advance). Conducted nationwide is considered one of the toughest entrance tests at the age of 17-18. Before that the institute had its own entrance examination REE(Roorkee Entrance Examination).Admissions to postgraduate engineering and architecture is done on the basis of GATE score while for PG in applied science admission is done through JAM(Joint Admission Test). Admission for 2 year MBA program is done through CAT(Common Aptitude Test) from 2011 replacing the JMET(Joint Management Entrance Test) conducted by IITs.
IITR have NIRF(National Institute Ranking Framework) ranking of 6th in engineering colleges,9th in general ranking,12th in management and 2nd in architecture. It have a QS world ranking of 387.