Department established: 1921
Q1. What is Chemical Engineering all about? Is it mostly chemistry?
Chemical engineering stands at the interface between molecular sciences and engineering. Intimately linked with chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology — and in close collaboration with fellow engineering disciplines like materials science, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering — chemical engineering offers unparalleled opportunities to do great things. Today’s chemical engineers are spearheading new developments in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronics, advanced materials, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, and environmental solutions.
But contrary to the misconception, it is not mostly chemistry. While elements of physical chemistry do figure in the course structure, Chemical Engineering is in equal parts chemistry and physics with a bit of maths thrown in. It is a very diverse field with a wide range of research areas. And the extent of your command over High School Chemistry doesn’t make a difference.
Q2. How is Chemical Engineering at IIT BHU like?
The Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT BHU has been recognized as a Centre of Advanced Study by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. While now that it is an IIT, it is no longer under the purview of UGC, the fact that it was recognized thus implies that it has had an excellent reputation through the years.
The Chemical Engineering batch is the largest at IIT BHU with well over a hundred students which makes it highly competitive. The department is a sprawling complex with a large number of labs and there is a good amount of research being carried out. It has an impressive lecture series held each academic session in which noted speakers from academia and industry deliver talks on developments in and the future of Chemical Engineering.
With greater funds expected to be allocated in the future, it seems to be nicely poised at present. However all being said, prospective undergraduates must remember that they would not be spoon-fed and should be willing to take charge of their own careers right from the start.
Q3. Tell me something about facilities and opportunities for internships at department?
Department has its own library, computer facilities ,seminar room along with 16 well equipped laboratories for teaching ,research & development, testing and consultancy work. Department participates extensively in R&D and consulting for a host of chemical and processing industries in India.
Opportunity of foreign intern in 3rd year, offers from companies like HUL and Reliance and provides a platform for research intern in 2nd year. It will mainly depends on your credentials and initiative.
Q4. How is placement scenario in Chemical Engineering at IIT(BHU) Varanasi?
Due to influential alumni at various levels , department is visited by many companies during placement. Chemical Engineering has traditionally had a good placement record. Companies that visited the campus this year include Hindustan Unilever Limited, Fluor Daniels and Reliance among others. Some other big names were BPCL ,IOCL, Pertofac,,KBR ,ACC , Aditya birla group etc.
- 100% placement
- 45 dream jobs out of 83
- Avg 6.5 lakhs
- Highest on campus 10 lakhs
- Highest off campus placement 65 lakhs
Q5. What non-core options do I have once I join?
As with any other branch, you could always pursue an MS, an MBA or go for UPSC if you do not want to pick up a job. You could also start a company if you want, like some graduates from the 2008 and 2009 batches, who have started a chemical engineering consultancy called Bridgedots (www.bridgedots.com). IIT BHU has a Technology Business Incubator which helps a startup until it has matured.
Some well-regarded alumni from this department include:
lt Shri Krishnakant – Vice president of India
P.V.kuppuswamy – CEO, Bombay dyeing
S P Shukla: He is a Member of the Group Executive Board at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and as President is responsible for Group Strategy and the Defense Sector. He is also the Chief Brand Officer for the Mahindra Group.
L C Singh: He is the President and CEO of Nihilent, a global consulting headquartered at Pune, India. LC Singh founded Nihilent Technologiesin the year 2000. He performed key roles at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). At the time of leaving the company, he was the Senior Vice President, in charge of operations for UK, South Africa and the Middle East.
Q6. Why should I join Chemical Engineering at IIT BHU?
If you have a rank between 3000-3500, Chemical Engineering at IIT BHU is one of the best options you would have. IIT BHU is a highly reputed institute with a glorious tradition of producing exceptional achievers and a proud body of alumni who would be willing to provide you guidance and assistance right through your career. It is a core branch and a very diverse one at that, thereby ensuring employment options and flexibility.
It is highly unlikely that you would get an equally diverse branch with so good placement records in any established IIT and the only reason you would be getting it here is that it lacked the IIT brand name until an year ago. In short, you have a core branch in a college which is ranked in top 5-6 in India.
Q7. I may want to pursue a branch change. How bright is my chance of getting a branch change? How does branch change option compares with other IITs?
IIT-BHU provides branch change option for top 10% of the class. Some IITs are very restrictive. For Example, IIT Roorkee allows only top 2% of students to opt for a branch change. Clearly, that makes it 5 times more difficult. It’s still difficult at IIT(BHU) Varanasi but you can work hard in your first year.
From Chemical, you will have a wide array of branch change options but you should not depend on branch change. So even if you don’t manage to get your desired branch change, you end up with a core branch + a great institute.
Q8. All branches of IIT(BHU) Varanasi are expected to jump upwards due to IIT conversion. If my rank is in the range of 3500-3700, can I expect Chemical BHU?
JEE Counselling 2013 would be the first time when IIT-BHU shall be listed as an IIT. Many students in last few years didn’t prefer IIT-BHU just because it was not an IIT. This year when IIT status has been accorded closing ranks of all branches at BHU are expected to move up. No one can predict the exact closing rank so use your judgement.
It will depend on how many students ranked higher than you opt for IIT-BHU Chemical. If your rank is in the range of 3000-3500 then it’s safe to assume that you will get Chemical at IIT(BHU) Varanasi. For 3500-3700 range, you still have some chance.