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Harcourt Butler Technical University

Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU) is a government technical university located at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh in India. The HBTU was named after Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler, governor of the United Provinces in British India. All Its programs have been conferred in autonomous status under the university.[1] It is one of the oldest engineering institutes in the country and holds the ISO 9001:2000 certification. It offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs in engineering, as well as Masters programs in Business Administration, and Computer Applications.

Harcourt Butler Technical University
Harcourt Butler Technical University logo.png
Former names
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute
Motto in English
Work and Great Austerity
Type State university
Established 1921
Founder Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler
Chancellor Governor of Uttar Pradesh
Vice-Chancellor Narendra Bahadur Singh
Location Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Campus Urban
HBTI Main (Administration) Building

HBTU is the mother institute of the National Sugar Institute (in 1936, then known as Imperial Institute of Sugar Technology),[2] the Government Central Textile Institute (in 1937),[3] now known as the Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, and the Glass Institute. It was also one of the 127 technical institutions in India which were the recipients of funding from World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) in the phase one (2004-2009) of the Technical Engineering Educational Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP) - the first World Bank project in Higher education in India.[4]



The history of Harcourt Butler Technical University dates back to the 1920s when there was a growing realization of the need for advancement in science and technology among the people of what was then called the United Provinces. Consequently, the Indian Industrial Commission, 1916–18, at its Nainital meeting proposed two institutions for engineering — one at Roorkee and the other at Kanpur. To boost entrepreneurship, accelerate industrial development, create a sound environment for contemporary applied research, and inculcate scientific temper, an institute called Government Research Institute, Cawnpore was started in 1920. It was housed in the two rooms of what was called Bhoot Wali Kothi. The old majestic building is still intact at the northwest corner of the Company Bagh crossing, near Nawabganj. Dr. H. E. Annett, who was then the Principal of the Opium Research Laboratory, Cawnpore, of which the new institute was an adjunct, was appointed as the head.

On 25 November 1921, the then governor of the United Provinces, Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler (1869–1938), K.C.S.I., C.I.E., formally laid the foundation of the present main (administration) building. It was rechristened Government Technological Institute in 1921. In 1928, it got the name Harcourt Butler Technological Institute.[5] Its first principal of Indian nationality was Dattatreya Yashwant Athawale (Rao Saheb Rai Bahadur). As of 1 September 2016, it was granted a university status and renamed Harcourt Butler Technical University under the HBTU Act, 2016 passed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.[6]


HBTU is a government residential university and has the following six authorities overlooking its complete administration:[7]

  • Board of Governors
  • Finance Committee
  • Administrative Committee
  • Building & Works Committee
  • Purchase Committee
  • Academic Committee

The university is headed by the Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Narendra Bahadur Singh [8] who succeeded the VC, Professor Vinay Pathak.[citation needed]


The university is in the northern part of the city, near the Kanpur Zoo, and less than five kilometres away from the Ganga barrage. It is spread across two campuses - the east campus (77 acres), and the west campus (271 acres) - roughly 3 km apart.[9]

East campus (academic block)Edit

The academic campus shares a border with the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology's premises. It comprises:[10]

  • The main building which was inaugurated in 1921. It houses the administrative offices, and departments of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology (four out of five branches), Biochemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Humanities
  • Five buildings which house the departments of Computer Science & IT, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Leather Technology
  • Central Library, Auditorium, Workshop, Cafeteria, and Computer Centre
  • Oil Technologist's Association of India's (OTAI)[11] headquarters, Council of Leather Exports' (CLE)[12] central regional office, Paint and Coating Technologist's Association's (PACT)[13] headquarters, and Institution of Engineers (India)'s Kanpur Local Centre
  • Guest House
  • Medical Centre
  • Central Bank of India (CBI) branch, and their ATM
  • Four girls' hostels
  • Two boys' hostels: LV-Old (Lake View hostels I & II), and one under-construction
  • Badminton and Lawn tennis courts
  • Football and Cricket ground
  • Gymnasium

West campus (residential block)Edit

The West Campus features:

  • Three boys’ hostels: WCH-1, WCH-2, and WCH-3 (WCH stands for West Campus Hostel)
  • DBRA hostels
  • New hostels
  • Gymnasium
  • Community ventre
  • Residential quarters for faculty members, and other staff
  • State Bank of India (SBI) ATM
  • Postal facilities
  • Playgrounds and an athletic track for cricket, hockey, football, basketball and volleyball.


HBTU offers its students a vide variety of UG and PG courses, awarding Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) (through STEP-HBTU)

B.Tech. courses are offered in 13 fields of engineering and technology.

Student activitiesEdit

The Council of Student's Activities is responsible for organising extra- and co-curricular activities in the institute. It is headed by a chairman and has a secretary and assistant secretary, all of whom are faculty members. It has several sub-councils and clubs, each presided over by convener, also from the faculty members. They have a student secretary, elected by the students through direct voting (secret ballot), done on non-party lines. Elections are held in starting of each odd semester for the academic year.


HBTU alumni are popularly known as Harcourtians. The Alumni Association of HBTU works together to organise all the alumni national and international meets. Notable alumni include:


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