Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is the oldest institute of technical education in Asia to award its own degrees. IIT Roorkee was established in year 1847 as Thomason College of Civil Engineering by the British. IIT Roorkee has been ranked No. 6 by India Today in the list of Top 25 Engineering colleges of India. IIT Roorkee has academic collaboration with University of Texas, National University of Singapore, University of Waterloo and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
The institute has 18 Departments covering all major academic courses in engineering and science. The Institute offers 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture in Bachelor degree and in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Sciences, Architecture and Planning in Postgraduate degree programme. Students to B.Tech and B.Arch. courses are admitted through Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). Admission to other courses is based on JAM, JMET, and GATE entrance exams. The world class Central Library of IIT Roorkee houses over 3,20,000 volumes of study material.