Historical Background

Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya founded BHU in the year 1916, with benevolent and magnanimous contributions of the then maharajas and other persons of eminence. The University was nurtured by Sir Sunderlal, as the 1 st V.C. of the university, followed by the great visionaries, such as Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, Acharya Narendradev, Sir S. Radhakrishnan and many other eminent personalities. Show(+)
The Benaras Engineering College (BENCO) was started in the year 1919, with its strong foundation laid by revered Prof. Charles A. King, Prof. H. P. Philpot and Prof. M. Sengupta. With the passage of time, College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET) and College of Technology (TECHNO) were included, expanding its horizon. These three colleges were merged and named as Institute of Technology in the year 1968 with a view to give more autonomy for its better perspective in terms of academic as well as administrative decisions. Its undergraduate students are admitted through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) being conducted for all IITs. Since the inception of BENCO in 1919, combined Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering was awarded till 1952. Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering were separated in 1953 and conferred separate degrees in respective disciplines.
Presently, Department of Electrical Engineering runs five post graduate (M. Tech.) programmes in Electrical Machines and Drives (started in 1956), Power Systems (started in 1964), Control Systems (started in 1964), Power Electronics (started in 1982) and Interdisciplinary Systems Engineering (started in, 1982) and Ph. D. programme in all disciplines of Electrical Engineering. The department has also a five year Integrated Dual Degree Program (started in 2006) leading to Masters degree with specialization in Power Electronics. The department has been sanctioned Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of UGC since 1988 and COSIST program of UGC from 1995 to 2000. Apart from these, the department has been conducting research projects funded by DST, AICTE, CPRI and other R&D organizations of Govt. of India.
Department has very good placement records over the years. The students of this department are joining core companies such as PGCIL, IOCL, HPCL, Trident, Reliance, Maruti, etc. Electronics companies such as Broadcom, Sony, etc are also regularly recruiting students of this department. Our students are also regularly joining software companies such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citrix, Oracle, SISO, etc. The vast number of job offers is mainly due to the versatility of the branch which ensures that students are allowed to sit for interviews in software, core electrical, electronic as well as non-technical companies.