New Delhi,13th June 2019: IIT Roorkee and IIT (BHU) signed an MoU on 13th June for mentoring, academic support and guidance of the new Department of Architecture and Planning at IIT (BHU), Varanasi. The MoU signing took place at IIT Roorkee between Prof.Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee and Prof.Pramod Kumar Jain, Director IIT (BHU).

The collaboration with IIT Roorkee, which is known as a leading institution with a long standing and well established Department of Architecture and Planning, will be helpful in this endeavor. The Institutes will undertake activities which include exchange of scientific & technical information, collaborative research activities, faculty & staff visits, joint supervision of Post Graduate (including Ph.D) students, joint organisation of seminars & conferences and sharing the databank of information through their libraries.

Varanasi is one of the oldest cities and a centre for cultural and architectural heritage.To fulfil the needs of this holy city and nearby regions, a new department of Architectural and Planning is being created at IIT (BHU).

This development will in particular help introduce efficient solutions for the city of Varanasi and the Purvanchal area. This may be scalable and adaptable to other similar geographies, in India and abroad.

“We hope that this MoU shall bring two of the oldest institutions of the country closer. As someone who has worked in both these great institutions earlier, it is indeed a momentous occasion for me personally" said Prof.Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee.

Prof. PK Jain, Director IIT BHU said “This signing ceremony is very special occasion for me and it’s a great honour for me to sign this MoU between two great institutions of this country. IIT Roorkee has a privilege of having the oldest Department of Architecture & Planning among IITs and IIT BHU starting Department of Architecture & Planning with the help of IIT Roorkee from coming academic session in its centenary year as respect to its founder MahamanaPandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Ji to realise his dream of conservation of ancient Indian Heritage & Culture through education.

He further added “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all whose dedication and efforts have contributed to achieve this milestone”

About Department of Architecture & Planning IIT Roorkee (https://www.iitr.ac.in/departments/AR/pages/index.html)

For over the last six decades, the Department of Architecture and Planning at IIT Roorkee has played a foremost role in the country to provide best practices in architectural and planning education and research. The course on Architecture began in the department in 1956-57. Later, in 1961, the Department was housed in its own independent building and premises. The course, Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) was recognized by the Indian Institute of Architects in December 1961. The Department also has the singular distinction of being the first in India in instituting a Masters Degree course in Architecture (M. Arch.) in 1969-70. This was eventually raised to an independent course of Masters Degree in Urban and Rural Planning (MURP) in 1973-74. The Department also offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes.

The students to the undergraduate course on architectureare admitted through the IIT-JEE programme. Other national level examinations are for admission in postgraduate programmes in architecture and planning with the objective of providing technical education to the best from different parts of the country and abroad. The department today is known for its legacy and excellence in education and research at the national and international level. Over the years, it has been consistently ranked as the one of the top departments of architecture and planning in India by different national and international organizations.

Today the department is equipped with high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, smart class rooms, high performance computer labs, a department library, world-class experimental and research laboratories with cutting-edge technology and state-of-art facilities to provide the best environment to our students, researchers and faculty. The facilities are accessible to the students round the clock 24 x7. Recently, the department has set up seven new labs and currently, it has the Climatology Lab, NEDZED Lab (Zero-Energy research), Virtual Reality Lab, SPARSH (Spatial Planning research), Urban Dynamics Lab, Civic Design Lab, Industrial Design Lab, and LID Lab to conduct high-end research. The department has eminent faculty members who contribute towards excellent teaching, research and knowledge transfer and have noticeable achievements and accolades in research projects (national and international), research publications and awards. The students of the Department also mark their excellence in National and International fora by participating and winning many inter-college competitions and events.

About IIT Roorkee (https://www.iitr.ac.in/)

IIT Roorkee is an institute of national importance imparting higher education in engineering, sciences, management, architecture and planning, and humanities and social sciences. Since its establishment in 1847, the Institute has played a vital role in providing technical manpower and know-how to the country. In the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2019, the institute has been ranked 3rd among the IITs, while on the citations criterion it has been ranked 1st among all the Institutes in India.