One of the oldest technical institutions in India was established in 1847. It was awarded the status of the first technical University of free India. Since its inception it is gaining reputation nationally as well as internationally & became a center of excellence for producing some of the best engineers in the world. In 2001, it was declared as an institution of national importance. It aims at to be the fountainhead of new ideas and innovations in science and technology & continue to be a source of pride for all Indians. It tries to create an environment that shall foster the growth of intellectually capable, innovative and entrepreneurial professionals, who shall contribute to the growth of science and technology.
IIT Roorkee is one of the biggest technical institutions in the country having the largest number of academic units. It has 18 academic departments covering engineering, applied sciences, humanities & social sciences, and management programs, 1 academic centres, 4 supporting service centres and a large number of research centers.