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IIT (BHU): All You Need to Know

IIT (BHU), Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), is situated in the holy city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Founded in the year 1919, it was then known as the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO). In 1968, it was renamed as the Institute of Technology, BHU or IT-BHU. And, finally in 2012, it got transformed into IIT (BHU). You can click here to get more details about IIT (BHU).


Set beside the bank of the perennial Ganga River, it is the largest residential university of Asia. IIT (BHU) has a beautiful lush-green campus that is sure to mesmerize you. There are hostel facilities, departments, hospitals, libraries, playgrounds, etc. for the convenience of students.

Hostel Facilities

IIT (BHU) covers an area of 1,300 acres and has over 20,000 students. There are 14 hostels for students: 11 for boys, 2 for girls and 1 for married couples.

Medical Facilities

Students can approach Students’ Healthcare Center for any health-related issues, For specialized treatment, they may be referred to Sir Sundarlal Hospital. A renowned hospital in the area, it has a tie-up with the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU or IMS-BHU.

Library facilities

The institute has one main library along with several department libraries. All the libraries of the Institute can be accessed by the student identity card. It’s interesting to see how students flock to these quiet spaces during exam times for better concentration.


Undergraduate Programs

Students are enrolled in undergraduate programs through IIT-JEE examination. The ones who qualify for the JEE (Advanced) become eligible to get a seat in the undergraduate programs offered by the Institute.

The institute offers B.Tech, B.Pharma, Integrated Dual Degree programs in a variety of branches, with specialization in ceramic and mining engineering.

Postgraduate Programs

Students can avail the postgraduate programs through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, commonly called as GATE examination. Programs such as M.Tech, M.Pharma and Ph.D. are available in a variety of branches.


IIT (BHU) has 10 engineering departments, 3 science departments, 3 interdisciplinary schools and 1 humanities and social sciences department.

Engineering Departments – Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Pharmaceutics.

Science Departments- Industrial Chemistry, Maths and Computing and Engineering Physics.

Schools- Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Material Science and Technology

Student Life


The Gymkhana is the place where most students spend their leisure time in activities like cricket, football, etc. There is indoor gym, table tennis, carrom board, chess, boxing, etc. facilities for students. Outdoor activities include volleyball, badminton, basketball, tennis courts, which are a delight for sports enthusiasts. The institute has strict policies when it comes to appropriate attire for sports activities.

Cultural Council

Cultural Council consists of many groups namely Dance Club, Fine Arts Club, Indian Music Club, Literary Club, Music Club, Quiz Club, Theater Club and Western Music Club. Students interested in any activity can join these clubs to learn and hone their skills.

Science and Technology Council

It consists of the Aeromodelling Club, Astronomy Club, Green Club, Club of Programmers, Robotics Club, Technical and Rural Outreach Club, Society of Automotive Engineers, and Club of Economics and Finance. Most of the freshers opt for the Robotics Club as it offers an opportunity to build robots.

Film and Media Council

It consists of Media Club, Design Club, Outreach Club, Photography Club, Animation Club, and Cine Club.

Games and Sports Council

It takes care of organizing all the games and sports activities in the campus.


The Parliament is a non-executive body consisting of various committees that resolve matters affecting the quality of students’ life on the campus. The inaugural elections of the Student Parliament were held on 17 January 2015.



It is the annual technical festival where students show their technical skills. Events include Paper and Poster presentation, Model Exhibition, Software Development, Robotics, Guest Lectures on burning issues, etc. Students from all over India participate in it.


It is the annual social and cultural festival where students in large numbers participate from all over India. Events include Dance Competitions, Music, Nukkad – Naatak, etc. There are also programs conducted at night with famous music bands and celebrity performances stealing the show.


Sparda is the annual sports festival of IIT (BHU). Many colleges participate in it and enjoy their stay in the campus. The competitions include football, volleyball, basketball, badminton, cricket, etc.

Department Festivals

Apart from these large-scale institute festivals, each department has festivals held every year. The main events include the paper presentation in specific fields of engineering, guest lectures, quizzes, etc.

Kashi Utkarsh

Kashi Utkarsh is a student-run, non-profit social program, which helps the children of the Lahartara slum area situated near the BHU campus. Students volunteer to educate the underprivileged children for a better future. The program also organizes blood donation camps annually.

MCII and Entrepreneurship Cell

Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship (MCIIE) was established in 2008. It provides incubation facility to start-ups and gives them technical and business assistance. You just need to have presentation skills and sound knowledge to qualify for the MCIIE cell.

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