It is a matter of great pride for us that Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (H.B.T.I), Kanpur is our alma mater. This Institute has a glorious history and has always been in the forefront for technological developments and growth of industries in the country since its inception. The Institute had its decent beginning in 1920 as Government Research Institute, Kanpur with Dr. E. R. Watson as its first Principal. In 1921, the Institute was renamed as Government Technological Institute, Uttar Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler, the then Governor of U. P. Province on November 25, 1921. The Institute got its present name in 1926. Degree courses in Oil Technology and Chemical Engineering were started in 1954 and thereafter number of undergraduate and post graduate courses were started. Today, the Institute is running thirteen Under Graduate Courses: Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Communication, Civil, Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology, Leather Technology and Chemical Technology (Biochemical Engineering, Food, Oil and Paints and Plastic Technology), and seven Post Graduate Courses, out of which eleven undergraduate courses except Leather and Information Technology are accredited by the National Bureau of Accreditation (NBA), All India Council for Technical Education (A.I.C.T.E), New Delhi. Besides it has active research programmes being carried out in various disciplines.
The Institute has always been a paragon and a source of inspiration in the field of science and technology, since 1921. It has maintained its conspicuous presence in the technical world. The institute has a history of realization, fulfillment of necessities and advancement in the field of science and technology. It is dedicated for the cause of rapid industrial development, creating a healthy environment for applied research and above all to carve out men and women, having a truly rational and scientific demeanor. â€˜Attitudeâ€™ is the watchword - taking care of which the personality of every harcourtian is moulded. Its roots are as deep as its outlook.
The institute is spread across two campuses; the east campus (77 acres) and the west campus (271 acres) situated about 3 km apart and is affiliated to Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow. Recognizing its competence in delivering to enhance technical horizons â€˜Dataquestâ€™ in the edition of May 2005 has designated it as the 21st best technical institute of the country and the leading institute among 8 government funded institutes of U. P Technical University, Lucknow.
The institute has received an aid of 24.78 crore rupees from the World Bank for various developmental projects. The faculty has contributed more than 350 research papers and 80 presentations in Indian as well as International journals. Besides, 49 R&D Schemes sponsored by D.S.T, U.G.C, I.C.A.R, D.R.D.O, U.P.C.S.T, C.S.I.R, D.A.E, I.C.M.R, D.O.E. and Ministry of Civil supplies have been successfully completed. All these accomplishments definitely prove it to be a fecund ground for nurturing intellects.