The Bengal Engineering and Science University, established at Shibpur, Howrah (just opposite to the city of Kolkata), is the fourth oldest (behind the College of Engineering, Guindy, IIT Roorkee and the College of Engineering, Pune) engineering college in existence in India. It was formally established as Civil Engineering College, Calcutta, in 1856 with the idea of introducing engineering education to the country. Every year students from this institution form a large intake of the administration, management and technocracy, both in the public sector and private companies in India and abroad. The University celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006.
It has had a long and checkered past. Initially known as Bishop's College, Bengal Engineering College came to be known as Calcutta Civil Engineering College from 24th November, 1856, when there were only 10 students and a few instructive staff. From 12th February, 1920, the name was changed to B.E. College Shibpur. The word Shibpur was deleted from 24th March, 1921.
From 1865 to 1879 the College functioned as Civil Engineering Department of Presidency College, Kolkata. In 1880 the college shifted to its new and permanent home the lush campus at Bishop's College, Howrah. It got its name, Bengal Engineering College in 1921.
From May 1857 to 1992, it was a constituent college of the University of Calcutta. In recognition of its services to the nation, the college was elevated to the status of a Deemed University in 1992. The then President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, formally inaugurated the University on March 13, 1993. On 1st October, 2004, Bengal Engineering College (A Deemed University) was elevated to the status of a full-fledged University with its present name. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, formally inaugurated it as Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, BESUS, on 13 July 2005.
The Central Govt decided to upgrade it to an IIT, along with seven other institutes in various parts of the country. However after initial debates it is decided now that instead of IIT status it will be given a new status: Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST). The upgrade will bring to it the highest accolade of Institute of National Importance, a distinction shared by only some celebrated institutes like the IIT's, IISc, ISI. This is now going to be possible after the approval of the state government of West Bengal which they announced in the State Assembly on 13 July 2007, exactly two years after the day the President of India inaugurated as a University.The institute will become a national institute and its admissions will be through IITJEE, AIEEE or any other national exams with 50 percent reservations for West Bengal.
The University is located in the sylvan surrounding on the western bank of the Hoogli River in Howrah, opposite the city of Kolkata, which is connected by transportation to all the major Indian cities as well as to some foreign ones by rail transport and air routes and also by the Golden Quadrangle Road Network presently nearing completion. The nearest railway station is Howrah Station, which is six kilometres from the University Campus, and the Airport is at a distance of thirty kilometres from the Main Gate of the campus.
The university has a lush green campus, with a number of ponds. There is a four storied central academic building, an eight storied extension building, a workshop complex, a three storied building for material science, two canteens and an university auditorium. Classes start from 8am in the morning and continue till 5pm. There are a number of hostels out of which the 1st and 2nd year students are accommodated into Hostel Nos. 7,8,9 & 11 while Hostel Nos.14,15 and 16 are used to accommodate the pg and few 3rd year ug students. A number of single-seater residence halls like McDonald Hall, Richardson Hall, Sen Hall, Sengupta Hall and Wolfenden Hall accommodates the 3rd and 4th year ug students. The ladies hostel is called Pandya Hall. The campus also has a well-equipped gymnasium, a swimming pool and a hospital. There is a model school named BE College Model School in the campus.
Campus activities include games in two large ground called Oval and Lords, that good old "adda" at Netaji bhaban or at the canteen. Every year an annual fest is held together with an alumni meet - it is called REBECA, an acronym for "REunion of BECollege Annuals".It is one of the biggest cultural fest in the Eastern India.
The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) Cut Off for B.Tech / B.Arch / Integrated Course Admission in Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur is listed below. All following Ranks are All India Ranks.
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) formerly Bengal Engineering & Science University, Shibpur has 16 Departments listed that offer various academic courses.
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