Learning Beyond Classrooms – IIT Roorkee Workshops

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The Founding Story of IIT Roorkee

With over 150 years of glorious history and enriched past, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) formerly Thomason College of Civil Engineering is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious higher educational institutions of the country.

Established in 1847 as Roorkee College, by the then lieutenant governor, Sir James Thomason, IIT Roorkee was the first engineering college of India. It got the university status in 1949 and finally, in 2001, the University of Roorkee was converted to an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

With the maximum number of academic units and disciplines at postgraduates or Doctorate level, IITR, which was initially set up as a civil engineering college, is now considered as one of the biggest technical colleges in India. The institution can accommodate a total of 7561 students in different disciplines (as per  2017-2018 statistics).

With more than 50 faculty members carrying years of experience in the teaching field, IITR doesn’t only provide the highest quality training to the budding engineers but also encourage them to think innovative.

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Beyond Academics : Education at IIT Roorkee does not end with classrooms

Offering several workshops and seminars for students of all disciplines, IITR makes learning effective and intuitive for all. Organizing several short-term courses and seminars, it enables students to learn things that are beyond academics and out of their regular curriculum.

IITR has a Student’s Affairs Council; a student-led organization, which represents the students and works as a liaison between the management and the students.  From taking care of students’ issues to encouraging them to follow their interest in sports, cultural activities or technology, SAC ensures proper cooperation for our budding engineers at IITR.

Besides providing the best of technological education, IITR has also managed to grab a distinctive place for itself by hosting Cognizance that is touted to be the second largest technical festival of Asia.

Apart from regular post-graduate, graduate and Doctorate course, IITR offers several certified short-term courses and executive programmes for in campus or out-campus students to hone their competencies beyond the regular curriculum.

The Continuing education centre of IIT Roorkee workshops has about 70 specialist courses that are designed to be attended by in-service technical professionals across India or from the neighboring countries as well. Non-technical executive programmes like data mining or project management etc are also offered at IITR under CEC.

While the hectic academic environment keeps the students on their toes, the Clubs at IIT Roorkee workshops make the best place to relax and rejuvenate for them.  Some of the on-campus clubs are U.G. club, P.G. club, Alaknanda club and the Jawahar clubhouse. Apart from these, IITR also offers students a wide range of Hobby clubs that include different sections like Photography, Stargazing, Gardening, Fine arts, Electronics etc.

Be it learning a new dance move, mastering a new language, creating something innovative or interacting with industry experts, IITR does it all for its students to shape up their personalities to help them evolve as a successful human being in future.

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Schedule for Workshops and Conferences at IITR

There are plenty of events including guest talks, seminars with industry leaders are scheduled throughout the year at IIT Roorkee. To check out the full schedule of IIT Roorkee workshops, check the upcoming events page of the official website.

Here are further details about two of the most popular extra-curricular events held on campusC


Providing a great platform to unleash the innovative ideas of budding engineers,Cognizance, the Annual Technical Festival of IIT Roorkee is considered as one of the most coveted tech-fest in India. Initiated in 20003, this three days long technical extravaganza is described as the second biggest tech-fest in Asia.

With more than 200 events, which are classified into various types like science, literary, technical, robotics, business management, gaming and many more Cognizance make a great platform to display the innovative spirit of young engineers.

Organized every year in March, Cognizance attracts more than 20000 students from all the technical institutions across the country and over 300 international participants from neighbouring nations. As a part of this much-awaited fest, IITR holds several guest talks, pedagogic workshops and seminars with industry leaders and technical gurus of recent times.

 While Cognizance tries to reach out as many students as it can by organizing workshops or events at different institutions across the country, the main event is held at the IIT Roorkee campus.

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WAC Workshops

Organized by the Vidyavilla Foundation at IIT Roorkee, What after College (WAC) 2018 is the flagship workshop that connects students with industry experts. Bringing together eminent educationists, industry veterans and dynamic leaders, this one-of-a-kind career guidance workshop discusses the several career opportunities available to students after their college degree.

Understanding students’ personal interests with their astute insight and experience, these experts help young aspirants to select the most relevant career path.  WAC workshops are organized at IIT Roorkee campus in association with Thomso, the annual youth festival of IITR.

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Who can attend workshops at IITR?

Most of the IITR workshops, Cognizance seminars and all WAC workshops are open to all students across different colleges across the country. However, a few of the on-campus executive courses and short-term programmes are designed only for the IITR students. Before enrolling in any such courses, make sure to check your eligibility on the particular registration page of the workshop.

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Why Attend Events and Workshops at IIT Roorkee?

As one of the most-coveted institutions in the country, IIT Roorkee attracts some of the best minds and industry leaders for workshops. While honing your skill and competencies, the IIT Roorkee workshops give you a deep insight into the present industry trends and future technological development. When you take part in such events, you get an excellent opportunity to interact with people who share their experiences and motivate you to drive your career to the right direction. Moreover, these workshops or events are excellent ways to build networks that is pivotal for a successful career ahead.

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How to reach IIT Roorkee?

Situated on NH 58 and 73, Roorkee is well connected to Delhi and several other major cities by road and rail. The easiest way to get to IITR is by train as several trains serving Roorkee daily from various cities around India. It takes about 4 hours to complete the 188 km journey from Delhi to Roorkee by any superfast train. You can take electronic rickshaw or auto from Roorkee station to get to the IITR campus, which is about 4 km away from the station.

The main bus terminal of Roorkee is located at a distance of 2 km from the main IITR campus, making this institution easily accessible from various cities in North India. Located approximately 180km away from Roorkee, the New Delhi International Airport is the most preferable airport to get to IITR, though, Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Roorkee.

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Accommodation at Roorkee

For some workshops organized by IITR, accommodation is provided for students directly on the campus. There are several guesthouses and visitor’s hostels available at IITR premises where accommodation is provided at reasonable rates.  However, if students are required to arrange accommodation themselves, there are several hotels around the IITR campus catering to all budget and requirement.


  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee,Roorkee – Haridwar Highway, Campus: Urban, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667
  • Contact No. +91-1332-285311
  • Email Id: registrar@iitr.ac.in

Upcoming workshops at IIT Roorkee

For complete details on upcoming workshops and seminars scheduled to be held at IIT Roorkee, check out this page – https://www.iitr.ac.in/ For further details on registration, course fee, eligibility and other information; check out the page of individual courses, workshops and seminars. check out upcoming workshops IIT Roorkee.