Thapar University, previously known as Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (before 2007)- was founded in 1956 by Karam Chand Thapar of the Thapar Group of companies. Situated in the city of Patiala in Punjab, it is one of north India's premier institutes of engineering and technology. Thapar University offers courses at the bachelors, masters and Ph. D., level in several disciplines of engineering and technology. Over 10,000 students have graduated from Thapar University. In a survey conducted by DataQuest, it was rated among the top engineering schools in India.
The Thaparian culture is based on overall growth. The students keep themselves busy in some activity or the other. These include various academic, cultural and literary activities. At the same time discipline is maintained by the institute to maintain professional focus. The annual college fest "Aranya" is quite a success among all colleges in Punjab.
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) is one of the three Institutes located in the 250 acre Thapar Technology Campus (TTC) in the historic city of Patiala(Punjab). The other two members of TTC are the Thapar Polytechnic (TP) and the Thapar Centre for Industrial Research & Development (TCIRD).
The Institute offers undergraduate programmes leading to Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree and postgraduate programmes leading to Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Software Engineering, Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degrees. In addition, industry oriented and practice based Master's Degree programmes in various disciplines are offered in collaboration with TTTI, Chandigarh.
Recently, the institute has started dual MBA+BE five year integreted programme.
A number of Thapar graduates have made it to the IES. D.S.Kapur, a civil graduate of 1978 batch was all India IES Topper. Apart from the technical field, the Thaparians have also excelled in the administrative services.IAS and other Central Services also caught the fancy of the Thaparians, after a 1983-batch electronics and telecommunications graduate K. B. S. Sidhu set the trend, finishing among the IAS toppers in the 1984 batch.
The most pronounced aspect of education at TIET is the extensive participation of its students in extracurricular activities. These are carried out by various societes headed by one member of the faculity. MUDRA (Music and Dramatics Society) conducts its cultural nite and an inter-year cultural competition IZHAAR. LITSOC (Literary Society) is another popular society which conducts the annual inter-hostel literary festival ACUMEN. Other societes include ACID, CCS, IEEE (TIET chapter), SAE (TIET chapter), etc and various departmental socites. The institute also has its own literary-cultural festival by the name Saturnalia held every winter, along with a technical one ARANYA, normally held in October-November each year. This extravaganza features large participation from prestigious institutes from all over India. The students publish their own magazines, AVANT GARDE, which represents the views of the students along with addressing issues of the youth and nation, and ECLECTIZA (the urge to know..), which emphasizes on the latest advancements and applications in the field of science, thus catering to the thirst of all the techees in the institute.
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) was established in 1956 with the goal of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education in Engineering and Technology, a close interaction with industry, and a strong emphasis on research. TIET has grown steadily in size and activities during the last four decades of its existence. Over 10,000 engineers have graduated from TIET. In recognition of its achievements, TIET was granted full autonomy and the status of a Deemed University in 1985 by the University Grants Commission.
Ballarpur Industries Limited  , Bilt Paper Holdings Limited, Orient Engineering and Commercial Company Limited, The Pioneer , Sohna Stud Farm Pvt Limited, TT & G Trading Pvt Limited, iBilt Technologies Limited, Bilt Middle East Pvt Limited, Himalayan Hideaways Pvt Limited, Karam Chand Thapar & Bros Limited, Lavasa Corporation Limited and KCT Papers Limited are some of the Thapar group companies. Other Thapar group companies and concerns in India are, the Pioneer newspaper, Thapar house on Janpath lane, Tiger Bay restaurant, Global Green. The Crompton Greaves , Greaves Cotton and JCT group is with MM Thapar. His son Samir Thapar runs JCT Mills and JCT Limited and his son Arjun Thapar runs JCT electronics. Bilt Chemicals and Bharat Starch was vested with BM Thapar and hence would be under his sons Gautam and Karan Thapar's control. Gautam has also been named by L.M. Thapar as the successor of his group of companies. IM Thapar's son Vikram Thapar looks after his group which includes the Calcutta based coal trading business K.C Thapar started out with and prawn farms for prawn exports as well as the Tiger Bay restaurant chain. Thapar Institute of Engineering and Tech. is a group project funded by the Thapar's. JCT Mills FC is a Football club of JCT Mills.
Thapar University, Patiala has 8 Departments listed that offer various academic courses.
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