IIT Roorkee Celebrates 175 Years of Excellence

IIT Roorkee Celebrates 175 Years of Excellence

IIT Roorkee began its journey in 1847 as the first engineering college in the British Empire and has since progressed rapidly with many initiatives in engineering education, research, and development. The institute celebrated the 175th year of excellence on November 25, 2021, in the presence of the Minister of Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan as the chief guest.

Dharmendra Pradhan congratulates IIT Roorkee

Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated IIT Roorkee for achieving this milestone. He said that IIT Roorkee has not only been the pioneer in the field of research and innovation but also fostered an academic-industry relationship for the larger interest of society and the nation,

He also congratulated the alumni of IIT Roorkee for making distinguished contributions to its reverberating effects nationally and globally and wished for their continued success. He attended the event virtually.

Events during the celebration of 175 years of excellence

During the ceremony, IIT Roorkee launched its innovative research capacity by engaging with Higher education institutes (HEIs) around IIT Roorkee and inviting children from schools to visit IIT Roorkee to enhance the exchange of knowledge and add value to society for students to experience IIT Roorkee.

Professor Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, also launched the web page for IIT Roorkee’s 175-year celebration under the tagline ‘IITR@175 initiatives- Leading the future. Other activities were launched, such as ‘One day Tours for students of nearby schools to IIT Roorkee’, and the launch of the ‘Biodiversity report’ prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).

Director of IIT Roorkee expresses his feelings

Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, said, “Today is a day to renew our efforts so that we can continue to grow, continue to improve our standing among our peers on the global stage.

On inaugurating two high-impact projects, he said,” I am happy to share that in our 175th year, we will be inaugurating two high projects.’

The first one is a 1.3 PetaFLOPS supercomputing facility as a part of the national supercomputing mission and the second project is a SCADA-based Smart Energy Management System, which will establish an integrated monitoring analytics and control center for systems ranging from energy assets to transport, water and waste,

He added.

He was also very happy that they were laying the foundation stone for a new hostel and a building for the chemistry department.

IIT Roorkee inaugurated six new infrastructure projects

Marking its 175th foundation day ceremony, IIT Roorkee also witnessed the inauguration and foundation stone laying of six new infrastructure projects.

The institute has also launched an initiative focusing on knowledge transfer for building a startup ecosystem at HEIs around Roorkee by offering mentorship and guidance with the possibility of incubation support by the Technology Incubation and Entrepreneurship Development (TIDES) at IIT Roorkee.

Prof. Manoraanjan Parida, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee, said, “IIT Roorkee has a strong entrepreneurial culture. The institute has many alumni who are founders of successful technological and social ventures in India and abroad. These alumni are playing an important role in maintaining IIT Roorkee’s legacy of excellence.

Prof. Manoraanjan Parida, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee, said

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