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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.[2] 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 Buttler Technical University
HBTI Logo.png
Former names
Harcourt Butler Techlonogical Institute
Motto in English
Work and Great Austerity
Type Government University
Established 1921
Founder Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler
Chancellor Governor of Uttar Pradesh
Vice-Chancellor Vinay Kumar Pathak[1]
Dean Yaduveer Singh
Location Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 208002, 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),[3] the Government Central Textile Institute (in 1937),[4] 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.[5]



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.[6] 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.[7]


HBTU is a government residential university and has the following six authorities overlooking its complete administration:[8]

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

The university is headed by its first Vice Chancellor, Prof.(Dr.) MZ khan who succeeded Prof. DB Shakhywar(then Director HBTI K).Apart from the Vice Chancellor, the university has several administrative officers[9] and personnel for day-to-day functioning:

  • Registrar and Deputy Registrar
  • Accounts Officer
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Student's welfare
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Research and Development
  • Dean and Assistant Dean of Planning and Resource Generation
  • Chief Proctor, Deputy Chief Proctor, and the Proctorial Board
  • Controller Of Examinations, and Senior Superintendent (Examination)
  • In-Charge, Training & Placement Cell
  • Public Information Officer
  • Heads of different departments, and workshop
  • TEQIP - II Co-ordinator
  • Administrative Officer
  • Security In-Charge
  • Chairman and Secretary of CSA
  • Librarian and Deputy Librarian
  • System Manager
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Physical Instructor
  • Wardens of respective hostels


HBTU is one of the most reputed and sought after Technical university in the state of Uttar Pradesh HBTU has been ranked as the 45th best Engineering College of India in the Edu-Rand Rankings of 2015.[10] The survey was done jointly by Edu, an Indian company and Rand Corporation, a non-profit American thinktank.[11]


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.[12]

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:[13]

  • 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)[14] headquarters, Council of Leather Exports' (CLE)[15] central regional office, Paint and Coating Technologist's Association's (PACT)[16] 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)
  • Community Centre
  • Residential quarters for faculty members, and other staff
  • State Bank of India (SBI) ATM, operational since late 2012
  • 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 the following degrees:

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

Oil Technology is the oldest course being offered by the college. Till 1970, HBTU also conducted courses in Sugar Technology, Textile Technology, and Glass Technology, but subsequently, three new institutes — the National Sugar Institute, Government Central Textile Institute, now known as Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, and Glass Institute — were created out of the respective departments.

In addition to bachelor level programs, MCA, M.Tech. (part-time and regular), MBA (through STEP-HBTU), and Doctoral programs in several disciplines of engineering, technology, and basic sciences are available. Besides playing an academic role, the institute runs research programs sponsored by government institutions and other research organizations. The institute is a QIP (Quality Improvement Programme of MHRD, Govt. of India) centre for offering Ph.D. programme in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Electronics Engineering with two seats in each discipline for teachers.

Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park (STEP-HBTU)Edit

STEP is a project sponsored and managed by HBTU with Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi. It is financed by financial institutions like IDBI, IFCI, and ICICI with active funding from the government of Uttar Pradesh, through its Department of Science & Technology, and Department of Industries.[17] It was established in 1986 within the premises of HBTU, Kanpur, for motivating science, technology, and engineering graduates for taking up entrepreneurship as a career. It offers PGDM (since 2011), MBA, and DOEACC "O" & "A" level courses.

Student's activities and associationsEdit

Council of Student's 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.

The sub-councils/clubs are as follows:[18]

Events and festivalsEdit

HBTU is host to several national, international and state-level conferences, seminars and programs — jointly organised by departments of the college and organisations like IEI, OTAI, PACT, and several departments of U.P. and Indian government, etc. Apart from them, the college organises the following events and youth festivals:

  • Odyssey - National Level Cultural Festival.
  • TechEra - It is annual technical festival of Department Electronics Engineering .This technical festival is organised by Association of Electronics Engineers, H.B.T.U. It was first organised in 1996 and was also known by the name of 'Anuvartan' in some earlier years.
  • Incord - State level technical event, organised by Department Computer Science & Engineering and Information Technology (M.C.A, CS, IT), with the support from Uttar Pradesh Technical University.
  • Taal - Intra-college cultural festival.
  • Nirmaan - by Department of Civil Engineering and Association of Civil Engineers (ACE).
  • Mecharnival - by Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Resonance - by Department of Electrical Engineering.
  • Techroma - Annual technological fest of paint technology branch conducted for first time on 8 and 9 March 2011 in association with PACT.
  • Samaagam - Oil and Paint Technology department annual technical seminar on surface coatings and paints
  • Genesis - National Level Seminar, organised by Department of Bio-chemical Engineering and Food Technology.
  • Interface - by Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • Corium - by Department of Leather Technology.


The departments have their own associations composed of students, alumni and faculty members. They are headed by a faculty convener and a president and secretary from among the students. There is the 'Association of Civil Engineers' (ACE) in the Civil Engineering Department, 'Association of Mechanical Engineers' (AME) in the Mechanical Engineering Department, 'Polymer Engineers &Technologist Association'(PETA) in Plastic Technology Department and the like.


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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