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Premier Institutes for Chemical Engineering Study in India 

IIT(Indian Institute of Technology) - Delhi

 The Chemical Department offers undergraduate level courses leading to 4 year B.Tech degree and 5-year Dual degree and at postgraduate level leading to M.Tech./M.S.(Research) and Ph.D. degrees. The courses at the undergraduate level aims at providing the students a broad-based education with emphasis on theory and practice of Chemical Engineering keeping in views the current and future requirements of the country. At the postgraduate level, students are trained to assume independent responsibilities laying emphasis again on the country’s current and future requirements in industry, R&D organizations, design firms and academic institutions. Opportunities are provided to the students at all levels to get acquainted with the latest developments in the various areas of Chemical Engineering. The Department maintains close association with a large number of chemical industries and design organization, and continuously upgrades the course curriculum. Industry-oriented developmental projects are undertaken regularly. Students are encouraged to identify industrial problems and participate actively in sponsored programs from outside. In-plant training in industrial organizations is a part of the regular undergraduate curriculum. The Department also undertakes consultancy assignments from industry, in the areas of Process Development, Design, Pollution control, Particle Technology, Biomass Utilization etc. The Department is well equipped for carrying out basic and applied research leading to the degrees of M.Tech/M.S.(Research) and Ph.D. In addition to the infrastructural facilities, pilot plant sized equipment as well as advanced instruments are available. These serve the multiple purposes of training the undergraduate students as well as carrying out research work for final application to solve industrial problems. 

Undergraduate Programs

 (1) B.Tech.

 (2) Dual Degree Programme in Process Engineering and Design

 (3) Dual Degree Programme in Computer Application in Chemical Engineering 

Postgraduate Programs

 (1) M.Tech in Process Engineering and Design  


IIT Bombay

  IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. Today the Institute is recognised as one of the centres of academic excellence in the country. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress at IIT Bombay in all academic and research activities, and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to keep it on par with the best institutions in the world.

          The Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay was started in 1958, with assistance from the Soviet Union under a UNESCO aid scheme. Over time, the Department has evolved into a more homogeneous entity, with an emphasis on Chemical Engineering fundamentals. The general academic programme reflects this evolution; however, specialization in particular technologies is possible by research projects and through streamed electives.  

      Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay is today recognized as a leading department in India primarily because of its strong academic programme, large faculty strength and diverse range of research areas. The academic programmes of the Department are the B.Tech(60 students/year, duration 4 years), the M.Tech(40 students/year, duration 1.5 years), 5 year Dual Degree(15 students/year) and Ph.D. programme(8 students/year).

      The Department has built up good experimental and computational facilities, through funding from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, and research projects from Government Agencies and Industry. The Department has good interaction with Industry and provides service by way of consultancy projects and continuing education courses in many of areas.

Dual Degree

   The Institute offers a 5 year Dual Degree programme(DD) in all Engineering departments. This programme is the Bachelor and Master degree combined together. That means that upon successful completion of the necessary academic requirements, a student is awarded two degrees:

(1) B.Tech. degree of the parent department

(2) M.Tech. degree of the Specialization within the parent department

Doctoral Programme

  The Ph.D. programme at the Department was initiated in 2002.  Many times,  research scholars work in interdisciplinary research getting involved with other departments and research centers (nanotechnology centre, energy centre and environment centre).  Given the fact that Department have the state of the art analytical and computational facilities, presently the department has research scholars working in different research areas such as waste pyrolysis, nanotechnology, combustion engineering, solar photocatalysis, membrane reactors, sono-chemical waste water treatment, membrane separation, auto-catalytic solid fluid reactions, gas-liquid reactions, value added products etc.

            The doctoral programme curriculum constitutes the minimum necessity of taking at least four(for a scholar with M.Tech. degree) or six(for a scholar with B.Tech. degree) course modules offered for the M.Tech. programme.  Usually, a scholar is allowed in the first one year to finish his/her course work and follow up later with his/her research work.  The maximum time allowed for a research scholar to finish his/her Ph.D. programme is about 4 years.

Post Graduate program

   The field of chemical engineering offers advanced degree programs to prepare its students for research and technical careers in industry, academia, and government. The program strikes a balance between the science of chemical engineering and its implementation through synthesis-a blend that provides a strong base in the discipline's fundamentals while developing in its students the skills to apply these fundamentals to significant engineering problems.

B.Tech Programme

   The B.Tech program in chemical engineering begins with a foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. These fundamentals are used to develop the analytical tools of chemical engineering- fluid mechanics, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics - in junior years. The units of chemical processes-such as chemical reactors, bio-reactors, distillation columns, and heat exchangers - are analyzed with these tools, beginning in the junior year. In the senior year students design chemical processes by integrating process units with regard to economics, safety, and environmental impact. This program will prepare the students for professional practice in traditional areas of chemical engineering-chemicals, polymers, petroleum, utilities, pharmaceuticals, computers and information technology-as well as emerging areas of biotechnology and electronic materials.

Areas of Specialization for M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering


Process Modeling




Computer Aided Design


Optimization & control


Particulate Systems


Fluid Mechanics


Separation Process




Electrochemical processes




Colloid & Interfacial Science


Microstructure Engineering


Supercritical Fluid Extraction


Membrane Processes


Environmental Engineering


Bioprocess Engineering and food Engineering


IIT Kanpur

    The research in the department ranges from the core areas of chemical engineering such as transport phenomena, thermodynamics, kinetics, process engineering, catalysis, hazard management, optimization and control and separation processes, to the newer frontiers that include bioinformatics, colloids and interfaces, nanotechnology and novel polymeric and semiconductor materials. Our research programs receive support from almost all of the Government funding agencies, as well as from a host of chemical and processing industries like Hindustan Lever, IPCL, GSFC, BPCL, GAIL, ICI, etc. Faculties also contributes to the training and teaching needs of the industry and the faculty of other colleges by conducting short-term courses in almost all areas of chemical engineering.

Postgraduate Program

     The four semester M.Tech. program attracts approximately 40 students each year. These students take six courses (of which at least three from compulsory areas of Reactor Design, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena and Mathematics or Numerical Methods, the remaining from among several state-of-art electives). This is followed by six course units (and a summer) of research.

      Every year about 8 to 10 students are admitted into our Doctoral degree program. A doctoral student is expected to complete at least four graduate level courses. Every year about five to six students are awarded the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering


IIT Kharagpur

     The Chemical Engineering Department was established in 1951. The first post-graduate degree course with specialisation in Combustion engineering and Fuel Economy was started in 1952 under the leadership of Professor Weissweller. At present, the department is deeply involved in activities in the field of Pollution Control, Transport Processes, Coal and Petroleum Technology, and Membrane Processes. The department has always been engaged in research sponsored by notable organisations like L&T, SAIL, TISCO, ONGC, BHEL, IOC, CMPDE and many more covering areas like Process Control, Heavy Chemicals and other process industries, Petroleum industry, Steel industry, Nuclear industry, FCC Riser Hydrodynamic Studies, Process Development for Alkylation of Aromatics, Coke Oven Effluent treatment, On-line polymerisation process optimisation, Heat Pipe Performance Simulation etc. The ‘National Bio-gas project' was undertaken to serve rural India.


(1) B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, 4 years

(2) B.Tech. and M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, 5 years

(3) M.S.(Chemical Engineering), 2 Years

(4) M.Tech.(Chemical Engineering), 2 years

(5) Ph.D.(Chemical Engineering)


IIT Roorkee

    The Department of Chemical Engineering was established in 1963 with an Undergraduate programme in Chemical Engineering. A Master’s course in Equipment and Plant Design was initiated in 1970. Later on, two new Master’s courses namely Industrial Pollution Abatement and Advanced Transfer Processes were inducted. Subsequently, the specialisation of Equipment and Plant Design was redesigned, updated and re-christened as Computer Aided Process Plant Design. At present, the Department is running three post-graduate programmes leading to M.Tech.(Chem.) degree with specialization in Computer Aided Process Plant Design, Industrial Pollution Abatement and Industrial Safety & Hazards Management. A five-year integrated programme on Hydrocarbon Engineering offering dual degree of B.Tech.(Chem. Engg.) and M.Tech.(Hydrocarbon Engineering) has been started from the session 2003-04. The Department offers high level research programme in diverse areas of Chemical Engineering. It has been providing consultancy to chemical and allied industries in several areas.


IIT Madras

   The Academic Departments of the institute offer the various course based and research based degree programmes.

    The following courses based degree programmes are offered by the departments:

1. Bachelor of Technology(B.Tech.)
2. Dual Degree progammes in Engineering leading to B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees
3. Master of Technology(M.Tech.)
4. Master of Science(MSc)
   The following are the Research based degrees offered by the departments:

1. Master of Science by Research(MS)
2. Doctor of Philosophy(PhD)

  There are fifteen academic departments in the institute. All the departments have the doctoral programme. The departments of Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Ocean Engineering and Physics offer B.Tech. and Dual degree programmes. The Chemical Engineering related courses are :

(1) B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering

(2) Doctor of Philosophy(PhD)

(3) Dual Degree in Chemical Engineering

(4) M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering




The Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS), Pilani is an All-India Institute for higher education deemed to be a University by the Government of India. BITS Pilani is a technological university currently offering Master's degree and Doctoral programmes in various areas of Science, Humanities, Management and various branches of Engineering & Technology. As of this writing, BITS Pilani has three full-fledged campuses at Pilani & Goa in India and at Knowledge Village, Dubai in UAE.

     Over the years, BITS has provided the highest quality technical education to students from all over India admitted on the basis of merit. BITS is located in the Vidya Vihar campus adjacent to the town of Pilani in Rajasthan. 

       Graduate Programme offered at BITS, Pilani-Pilani Campus :

B.E.(Hons.): Chemical

        Programme offered at BITS, Pilani-Goa Campus:

B.E.(Hons.): Chemical

Eligibility for Admissions: For admission to any of the Integrated first degree programmes, the candidate should have passed the 12th examination from a recognized Central/State board with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and adequate proficiency in English. Further, the candidate should have obtained a minimum of aggregate 80% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects in 12th examination, with at least 60% marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects. Admissions will be made purely on merit. Admissions to Integrated first degree programmes, both at Pilani campus and Goa campus, is through a computer based online test conducted by BITS. This test is referred to as ' BITS Admission Test', in short as BITSAT.

Post Graduate Courses :

M.E. Biotechnology
M.E. Chemical

Degree Programmes

Input Qualification


Any integrated first degree of BITS or its equivalent with adequate preparation in Bio-chemistry and Microbiology.

Chemical; Civil; Computer Science; Mechanical

Integrated first degree of BITS in the same discipline or its equivalent.



Eligibility for Admissions:   

    Any Higher Degree of BITS or its equivalent.

Any applicant with qualification equivalent to Integrated first degree of BITS will be first examined for suitability to one of the higher degree programmes of the Institute. Shortlisted candidates will be called for a written test/interview for selections. Selected candidates will be given financial assistance in the form of either a fellowship of any government agency or of the Institute, project or teaching assistantship, full/partial tuition waiver or a combination of these. Employed professionals having long experience and proven competence aspiring for Ph.D. programme will be considered under the 'Ph.D. Aspirants' scheme and will be allowed to pursue their research at their own locations of work.

Virtual University(VU)

     These programs were initially offered to only on-campus students. However in the past decade it has had significant experience in distance learning pedagogy and instructional design. To make its model of distance learning scalable, reachable to wider audience and leverage the benefits of emerging technologies, BITS conceived and designed the BITS Virtual University(VU).
This VU project envisages the design and development of multimedia course that is web-enabled that goes towards the curriculum of a full-fledged degree program. This enables people who are off-campus to avail of the facilities offered to a normal on-campus student registered under the same program. The advantage of this concept of VU is that students can get a degree from BITS, while being off-campus. Since these courses are web-enabled, the student can work in his own comfortable environment and is not restricted to the classroom.

     Moreover he can work at a pace with which he finds convenient. All the students registered for the current semester are given a login and a password. Using this student can access course materials for which he has registered. Prescribed textbooks and materials which will be useful to the student are made available separately.


The Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology(MUICT)

       UDCT is the most outstanding Institute of the University of Mumbai. This prestigious institute is a jewel in the crown of the University of Mumbai. It was founded on 4th August 1934 and was recently awarded the status of the Institute on 26th January 2002 and renamed MUICT. It enjoys a unique and prominent place amongst the premier institutes that are engaged in education, training and research in the field of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology and Pharmacy in India. Located in central Mumbai over a lush green campus of 16 acres, the MUICT has a built-up area of 33000 m2 including classrooms, laboratories and hostels. 

        The institute has received the FICCI(Federation of Indian Chambers of commerce and Industries) award in the field of research in Science and Technology for the pioneering work in chemical engineering and technology for the year 2000-2001. This is also for the first time that any educational institution in India has received the highest recognition from the apex body of industries i.e. Federation of Indian Chambers of commerce and Industries. The FICCI award commemorates the “excellent relationship that the MUICT has built with industry by commercialization of major process improvement, designs in engineering and adoption of new technologies resulting in large increase in profitability”.  The award also recognizes the achievement in establishing a “culture of research in an exemplary fashion”. 

            Appropriate specialized and interdisciplinary courses are introduced to keep pace with the fast changing technology. The Masters Program in Bioprocess Technology with special emphasis on downstream processing, Masters Program in Flavour & Perfume Technology and Masters Program in Plastic Processing are some of these courses that are unique in the whole country. Most of these courses have partial or total support of the industry and allied professional bodies. In January 2001, MUICT has introduced a certificate course in Chemical Technology Management for Doctoral students of MUICT with the objective to train them to provide leadership to chemical industry and undertake entrepreneurship. The course is launched with the assistance of UICT Alumni Association. It is a matter of pride to state that on an average 30% of MUICT graduates from every class have started their own industries, most of the time without any family background of business.

            The All India Council of Technical Education(AICTE) has rated MUICT postgraduate education as the best in the country including all the branches of engineering and technology and as comparable to the best anywhere in the world. There are 11 Departments in MUICT, which include Chemical Engineering, Six branches of Chemical Technology: Intermediates & Dyes, Food & Fermentation, Oils Surfactants & Oleochemicals, Paints & Polymer, Pharmaceutical Technology & Pharmacy, Fibres & Textile Processing. In addition, there is one Department of General Engineering and three Departments of Applied Sciences: Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, and Applied Mathematics.  

                MUICT offers four years Degree courses in Chemical Engineering(B.Chem.Engg.), in Pharmacy(B.Pharm.Sc.) and B.Tech. in 7 branches of Chemical Technology(Dyes, Foods, Oils, Paints, Polymer, Pharmaceutical, Textile). The eligibility is 12th science.  Admission for All India Seats are filled by MUICT and the remaining seats are filled by the Directorate of Technical Education(DTE), the Government of Maharashtra. Admission for Masters programs is in line with the UGC norms and GATE is required as an eligibility criteria. For Doctorate in Engineering, Technology, Pharmacy and Sciences, UGC/CSIR norms are followed for usual UGC sponsored seats as well as for endowment and other project positions.

             Library has about 38200 books, 25290 journals and 10000 standards and subscribes 120 international and 25 national journals. In addition there are 3000 thesis, 925 reports, 16000 microfilms/microfiches and 30 CD-ROM.

              The faculty members obtain several research grants through prestigious national institutions and international collaborative research programs. International collaborative programs is a common feature in MUICT and Indo-US, Indo-French, Indo-EU, Indo-SA, Indo-Netherlands programs were instrumental in producing several outstanding research contributions in both fundamental and applied science. Some of the important on-going international collaborations include Exxo-Noble, Netherlands; Ensic-Topulouse, France; University of Perdue, USA; University Birmingham, UK; Huntsman Polyurathanes, Belgium; Groningen University, Netherlands.

         Industrial consultancy is another unique feature of MUICT faculty members.  This leads to many aspects: realize and utilize the fruitful research at the implementation stage, to focus the research to the directly relevant areas with potential commercialization, solve specific technical problems faced by the industry, nurture industry-academics interactions and attract competent and highly qualified technocrats to occupy the faculty positions at MUICT. Interestingly, many faculty members pay out their salaries through the one-third share of the consultation fees to the University.

Major Research Work Undergoing in UDCT:

(1) Chemical Engineering Division : Design of multi phase reactors, design of multiphase reactions, separation processes, catalysis, bioseparation, enzyme technology, environmental engg., process development, computer aided mathematical modeling and stimulations, modeling of stirred reactors, pollution control etc.

(2) Technology of Intermediates and Dye-stuff Division : Synthesis of heterocyclic, carbocyclic, fluorescent compounds, synthesis and applications of high performance azo pigments, synthesis of laser dyes, process development and standardization of Intermediates, pharmaceutical intermediates, liquid crystal dyes and intermediates, environmental aspects of Dyestuff etc.

(3) Technology of Textiles and Fiber Processing: Eco-friendly textile processing, computer colour matching, exploiting the use of natural dyes, application of alternative sources enzymes and their use in textiles, Electro kinetic studies, effluent treatment studies, colouration of all forms of man made fibers etc.

(4) Foods and fermentation Division : Fermentative production of enzymes & industrial chemicals, technology of traditional food, plant tissue culture, natural food colours, bioconversions, food quality analysis, supercritical extractions of valuable good constituents etc.

(5) Technology of Oils Surfactants & Oleoresin Division : Energy efficient & eco-friendly processes in oil seeds processing & utilization , novel surfactants and speciality chemicals, edible oil & oil based products, uses of oleochemical , waxes in cosmetics etc.

(6) Technology of Pharmaceuticals & Pharmacy Division: Novel reaction search, asymmetric synthesis, natural products, drug design & discovery, new drugs and drug intermediates and their analyses, computer aide drug design, drug delivery systems etc.

(7) Paints & Polymer Division: Polymer recycling , blends, rheological studies, synthesis and characterization of resins, colouration & colour matching synthesis of inorganic and organic pigments, ion exchange resins etc.

(8) Applied Chemistry Division: Sonochemistry, microwave technology, catalysis, surface chemistry, green chemistry, solvent extraction, electro chemistry etc.

(9) Applied Physics: Polymer physics, laser, colour physics, plasma physics etc.

(10) Applied Mathematics: Computer applications, computer programming for chemical engineering applications and other modeling problems etc.

           The Chemical Engineering Department of UICT is known as one of the best chemical engineering schools in the world. The Chemical Engineering Department of UDCT, from its inception to date, maintains a continued tradition of high quality education, research and academia-industry interaction. There is a regular output of high quality research in the field of multiphase reactors, catalysis, Bio separation, enzyme technology, environmental engineering, process intensification and process development.

Courses Offered: 
Undergraduate Courses:

Four year Semesterised course leading to Bachelor in Chemical Engineering(B.Chem. Engg.)

Post Graduate Courses:

-Master in Chemical Engineering(M. Chem. Engg.)

-Master of Technology(M. Tech.) (Bioprocess Technology): An inter-Departmental course

-Master of Technology(M. Tech.) (Perfumes and Flavours): An inter-Departmental course


-Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering(Ph.D.(Tech))

-Ph.D. in Chemistry(organic, physical, inorganic)

Research Facilities :

The Chemical Engg Department over the past few years has equipped itself with diverse types of modern laboratory equipment required for work in the areas of contemporary interest viz. multiphase reactors, catalysis, bio-separation, enzyme technology, and environmental engineering.

Qualifications for Admission:

Masters in Chemical Engineering: The candidate should have passed the degree of B.Chem. Engineering of University of Mumbai or any equivalent examination of a post-HSC four-year degree course, of a University recognized by the University of Mumbai, with first class(i.e. 60% of the marks in aggregate or equivalent grade average).

M.Tech. in Polymer Technology & Engineering: Any person who has passed with first class(60% and above or equivalent grade point average) in any one of the following examinations or their equivalent.
(a) B.Tech.(Polymer Technology and Engineering) or B.Tech. (Paints Technology) from University

      of Mumbai or from any other recognized University
(b) B.Sc.(Tech.) (Technology of Plastics or Technology of Paints), from University of Mumbai or

       from any other recognized University
(c) B.Chem.Engg. from University of Mumbai or from any other recognized University
(d) B.Sc.Tech.(Rubber technology) from any recognized University

(e) B.E.(Polymer Engg. or Plastic Engg.) from any recognized University
(f) B.Chem.Tech.(Polymer Engg. or Plastic Engg.) from any recognized University
(g) B.E.(Petrochemical Engineering/Technology) from any recognized University

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.):Four year Semesterised Degree Courses after HSSC Exam

For those qualified with HSSC or equivalent with First Class and also with Physics, Chemistry, Maths with 60% marks at one and same sitting.
-Reservations: Reservations as per the Government Resolutions

-All India Open Merit Seats(Including the State of Maharashtra) : 41(To be filled by MUICT)

 Mumbai & Maharashtra State Seats : 95(To be filled by DTE)


The Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

         It was started in 1909 through the pioneering vision of J.N. Tata. Since then, it has grown into a premier institution of research and advanced instruction, with more than 2000 active researchers working in almost all frontier areas of science and technology. IISc is an institute of higher learning and is constantly in pursuit of excellence. It is one of the oldest and finest centres of its kind in India, and has a very high international standing in the academic world as well.

         The Department of Chemical Engineering was started in 1943 as a wing of the Division of Pure and Applied Chemistry. The Chemical Engineering wing earned the full status of a department in 1947. In 1961, it was affiliated to the Engineering Faculty and renamed the Department of Chemical Engineering.

         Department began as a center for excellence in research and higher education in chemical engineering to address the needs of a phenomenally growing chemical industry in post-independence India. The department has evolved significantly over the last six decades, reflecting changes in the Indian chemical industry and the chemical engineering profession worldwide. Research began in the fifties and sixties with focus on thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, catalysis, and unit operations, and was followed in the seventies by chemical reactor theory. Scores of catalysts were developed for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions central to our industry, and a variety of chemical reactors were designed and analyzed. Gradually, focus shifted to more basic research in multiphase systems. In subsequent years, department went on to make major theoretical contributions in multiphase systems and won considerable national and international acclaim. Newer areas like colloid and interfacial science, biochemical engineering, complex fluids, and polymer science appeared on the chemical engineering arena in the eighties. In synchrony, the department developed cutting edge research programs in these areas and has emerged today as a major center for expertise in modeling complex fluids and advanced materials. Endeavors in biochemical engineering initiated during the eighties have culminated today in the establishment of several novel bioreactors across the country, bringing new accolades to our department.

           The turn of the century is witnessing the fusion of traditional chemical engineering areas with modern fields like information science, communication technology, nanoscience, and biology. In keeping with this transition, the department today has acquired a significantly interdisciplinary character. Current activities extend to such diverse areas as biochemical and metabolic engineering, colloid and interfacial science, complex fluids, environmental engineering, granular flows, molecular modeling and simulation, nanotechnology, theoretical biology, transfer processes, and process systems engineering. At the same time, the traditional strengths as work on reactor analysis, multiphase systems, and catalysis continues.

     The department has had a longstanding tradition of providing its students with chemical engineering education of the highest international standards. It currently offer programs leading to the Master of Engineering(ME), Master of Science(M.Sc.(Engg.)) and Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) degrees. This is also the first Institute in the country to introduce innovative Integrated PhD Programmes in Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences for science graduates.

   Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata (1839-1904) was one of the extraordinary men who even towards the end of the nineteenth century was convinced that the future progress of the country depended crucially on research in Science and Engineering. The first batch of students were admitted in the Departments of General and Applied Chemistry and Electrotechnology.

Master of Engineering (ME): The ME program is a two-year course based program designed to prepare students to address complex industrial and technological problems through an advanced knowledge of various chemical engineering subjects. A bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a related field is necessary to enter the program. Selection is based on the score obtained in the GATE Chemical Engineering Paper.

Master of Science (MSc(Engg)): The Master of Science program is a research based program designed to prepare students to advance chemical engineering through research, development, production, design and/or management. A bachelors degree in engineering or a masters degree in sciences with mathematics as a subject at least at the bachelors level is required to enter the program. Candidates are called for an interview on the basis of their scores in GATE or Joint CSIR-UGC National Entrance Test for JRF or UGC-NET for JRF. The final selection is based on the performance in the interview.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to prepare each student to actively participate in the development and growth of the field of chemical engineering at all levels in the industry or in research and teaching in a university or a research organization. Students can enter the PhD program either with a masters or a bachelors degree in engineering.

        Admission to the PhD program is in both August and January semesters for which applications are generally received in March and October, respectively, every year. For Applicants with a masters degree in engineering Selection is based on performance in an interview. No GATE score is required. In the PhD program, each student selects a research advisor and plans a program of course work and thesis research. Six credit hours of graduate course work of which at least 3 credits should be from core courses offered in the department are required for the PhD degree. Independent research work is assessed by a comprehensive examination midway in the program and a defense of the thesis at the end.  

       Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in engineering are called for an interview on the basis of their scores in GATE or Joint CSIR-UGC National Entrance Test for JRF or UGC-NET for JRF. The final selection is based on the performance in the interview. Each student selects a research advisor and plans a program of course work and thesis research. A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate course work of which at least 6 credits of core courses in addition to the 4 credit mathematics course offered in the department are required for the MSc(Engg.) degree. Independent research work is assessed through a comprehensive examination midway in the program and a defense of the thesis at the end.

ERP & QIP: The department also accepts students under the External Registration Programme sponsored by industries and scientific organizations. Faculty members from different engineering colleges can register for higher degrees under the Quality Improvement Programme (QIP).


Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

     The sixth member of the IIT fraternity was established in 1994. The academic programme of IIT Guwahati commenced in 1995. IIT Guwahati's campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 20 kms. from the heart of the city.

    At present the Institute has eleven departments covering all the major engineering and science disciplines, offering B.Tech., B.Des., M.Tech., Ph.D. and M.Sc. programmes which includes Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering also.

      Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Guwahati.  Started in 2002 is a major academic host offering all degrees(B.Tech., M.Tech. & Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering.  The research interests of the faculty vary broadly ranging from nano scale to meso scale systems/technology that may demand a collaborative approach with chemistry, material science, bio-technology, computing and electronics.

     Modern Chemical engineering involves the economic transformation of raw-materials to valuable products with lowest possible environmental risk and hazards.  Therefore, a chemical engineer should possess an all round competence in mathematics, chemistry, physics and economics in addition to the basics in engineering.  Chemical engineering applications have wide spectrum including the production of petroleum products, petrochemicals, bulk chemicals, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, plastics and polymers.  Frontier areas of chemical engineering research include microfluidics, microreactors, waste management, computer aided process decisions, smart material synthesis, nanotechnology, hydrogen energy, fuel cells, membranes, drug delivery systems, bio-chemical systems etc. 


Undergraduate Course Curriculum

The B.Tech. program in Chemical Engineering involves an eight semester program of courses. The admission to B.Tech. courses is through JEE test. The entire curriculum is carefully designed to promote gradual transfer of chemical engineering knowledge ranging from fundamental principles to advanced concepts.  The undergraduate program also makes the students familiar with real world situations related to chemical engineering discipline in the form of summer training and research project.  The department presently takes about 20 students per year.

The Departmental Undergraduate Course Curriculum includes the following courses: 

Course Name

Chemical Process Calculations

Fluid Mechanics

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

Strength of Materials

Heat Transfer Operations

Solid and Fluid-Solid Operation

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

Mass Transfer Operations I

Material Science I

Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

Chemical Process Technology

Mass Transfer Operations II

Chemical Reaction Engineering

Process Control and Instrumentation

Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

Transport Phenomena

Chemical Reactor Design

Project Engineering

Process Design Decisions

Process Equipment Design I

Chemical Engineering Laboratory II

Process Equipment Design II

Chemical Engineering Laboratory III


Summer Training Seminar

Process Equipment Design III

Chemical Engineering Laboratory IV



Electives Subjects

Polymer Technology

Biochemical Engineering

Process Plant safety

Non-traditional Optimization Techniques

Environmental Pollution Control

Novel Separation Techniques

Introduction to Interfacial Science & Engineering

Petroleum Refinery & Petrochemicals

Fuel Engineering



Postgraduate Course Curriculum

The M.Tech. programme with specialization in Petroleum Refinery Engineering has been initiated in 2004.  Course modules in this curriculum allow one to develop advanced skills to understand complex problems that exist in both chemical and petroleum industry. 

The Departmental M.Tech curriculum includes the following courses:

Course Name

Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Principles of Petroleum Refinery Engineering

Advanced Heat & Mass Transfer

Numerical Methods


Advanced Separation Technology

Reaction Engineering

Petroleum Lab


Project / Thesis

Project Thesis


Departmental electives

Advanced Process Control

Interfacial Science & Engineering

Advanced Separation Technology

Computational Transport Phenomena

Fluidization Engineering

Emerging Optimization Techniques

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering

Petroleum Downstream Processing

Natural Gas Engineering

Refinery Process Design


Doctoral Programme Course Curriculum

    The Ph.D. programme at the Department was initiated in 2002.  The department enjoys wide variety of research interests due to competent faculty in research and therefore about 33 research areas (link) have been identified that can suit the purpose of the student.  Many times, research scholars work in interdisciplinary research getting involved with other departments and research centers at IITG (nanotechnology centre, energy centre and environment centre).  Given the fact that we have the state of the art analytical and computational facilities, presently the department has  research scholars working in different research areas such as waste pyrolysis, nanotechnology, combustion engineering, solar photocatalysis, membrane reactors, sono-chemical waste water treatment, membrane separation, auto-catalytic solid fluid reactions, gas-liquid reactions, value added products etc.

   The doctoral programme curriculum constitutes the minimum necessity of taking at least four (for a scholar with M.Tech. degree) or six (for a scholar with B.Tech. degree) course modules offered for the M.Tech. programme.  Usually, a scholar is allowed in the first one year to finish his/her course work and follow up later with his/her research work.  The maximum time allowed for a research scholar to finish his/her Ph.D. programme is about 4 years.